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God is not the author of suffering

Suffering in your life puts on the brakes really hard. Suddenly, nothing is as important as the suffering you are facing. Running to the next meeting is stopped with one call. The conversation that couldn’t wait is quickly postponed. Even the boss is simply informed that you have a crisis and that he would have […]

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Faith that stands the test of time

Castle Lager has a slogan: “It stood the test of time”. And yes, the beer has been around for more than 125 years and available in 40 countries. It has certainly been tested by thousands of beer drinkers and has passed the test with flying colours. I can still remember how we had the strength […]

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Think, feel, do

There is so much injustice in the world. So many people who suffer. I caught the police commissioner’s quarterly report: 5 760 people murdered, 10 006 people raped in South Africa … Shocking. How many people’s lives were broken apart by this, some completely destroyed? What is wrong with those people who did this? We […]

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Take the hit for others

If you put yourself out there, you’re going to take a hit at one time or another. Sometimes I do or say something that comes close to the edge, but still on this side of it, and then people get upset and I get some mud thrown at me. Sometimes it hurts a little. Sometimes […]

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Jesus suffered your suffering

Sometimes, things simply grow. You didn’t even plan for it, but when you look back after a while, you see that the Lord has provided. When we entered our ministry full-time, we never thought it would look like it does today. I suspect if we had a glimpse of what it looks like now, we […]

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Jesus knows

Sandra (not her real name) has been coming to me for support for some time now. Someone warned her that her husband was raping her little girl. It’s a hard battle and even she had to testify. This week I’ve been under cross-examination for two days about my actions “to steal” my child from the […]

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Your faith also strengthens others

Life is not just moonshine and roses. All of us experience this first hand and in person nearly every day of our lives. What do parents hold onto when their four-month-old baby boy is no longer there lying in his crib? Their home has collapsed. For a long time, I simply sat with them at […]

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Smiling in your struggles

I walked out of church. The minister had talked about the desert where we sometimes find ourselves. We all end up in the desert at one time or another and it is not an enjoyable experience. The minister said that in the desert God cut off all those things that weren’t part of his plan […]

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Take courage

Sometimes Paul’s imprisonment became too much for him. Sometimes he was uncertain and wondered if everything was worth it. Sometimes his mood was really, really low. But other times he had courage to go on: 14… most of the followers of Jesus here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever, […]

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A cup of coffee on life

If you are alive, chances are good that life will throw you a curve ball or sometimes even more than that. And being a child of God does not necessarily mean that you will always catch those curve balls. On the contrary. So the question is not whether life will throw us curve balls, because […]

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