God's word in today's world


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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God’s plan in me is hard

While Paul was in prison he wrote this letter to the Ephesians. They were actually the reason why he was imprisoned. 1This is why I, Paul, am in jail for Christ, having taken up the cause of you outsiders, so-called. Nothing could prevent Paul from proclaming the Gospel. Even here in prison he makes a […]

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A breakdown before the breakthrough

Sometimes honest confrontation needs to happen. But many of us try to avoid it, because we’re afraid of the pain it brings. We’re afraid that we’ll make others angry. We’re afraid of losing them. Paul was afraid that he had lost the congregation in Corinth after writing his first letter. He had to rebuke them. […]

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Will hardship help?

10What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! 11Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. 12While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best! […]

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