God's word in today's world


Do others jump for joy about you?

In this section it is very clear that Paul has a lot of respect for the people of Thessalonica. He is so excited about them that he would like to go and visit them again, but repeatedly something prevents him from doing so. Paul is excited about their faith. He is filled with joy because […]

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Calling in reinforcements for the right road

How do you live right? Nowadays right and wrong are so interwoven that you hardly know which way to go. This struggle to know where the line between right and wrong is, is illustrated very well in this story: One day a daughter wanted to do something her mother really did not approve of – […]

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Put on the breastplate of righteousness

Ephesians 6:10-20 A friend of mine had a big business. I was surprised to see his business growing from a small one-man job to a big organisation employing hundreds of people. One day I went to see him and saw that not much was going on. No trucks driving in and out. The people were […]

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Happiness does not go with scheming in the dark     

Ephesians 5:6-18 A friend of mine is always unhappy. One mishap after the other befalls him. At one time he nearly lost everything. Although he is now doing well financially, he is very lonely. His friends hang around, but when they leave there is a deep loneliness inside him. He comes to see me, close […]

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A bitter taste in the mouth

A friend of mine gave me a few kilograms of olives to bottle. But bottling olives is not a simple job. First you have to get rid of the bitterness. I normally choose to take the long method. For months on end the water has to be replaced daily. And as the old water is […]

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Time for a service

Some people in Ephesus were still going in completely the wrong direction. They confessed in words, but it had not yet become visible in their conduct. The things that they did told a different story, the story of what their lives were like before Jesus. I suspect that they had assumed that they could simply […]

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A life God can be proud of

Paul repeatedly speaks directly to the congregation of Corinth. He speaks to them in a way that everybody can understand. It’s so practical that we don’t have to say much more to understand it ourselves and to make it part of our lives. Take verse one of Chapter 7: 1With promises like this to pull […]

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The Spirit is strong

Click here to go to the Scripture: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 As winter starts in South Africa, a different kind of winter descends over the labour force, because it’s strike season. People are dissatisfied with their circumstances and start striking to make their voices heard. Not a nice season in our country. Paul’s time also had […]

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An honorary doctorate for you?

1 Corinthians 16:5-24 This is the last of 2014. Maybe just a bit tongue-in-cheek, but a significant message for now and for 2015. Enjoy! In the conclusion of his letter to the young congregation in Corinth Paul chats about people who were sending their greetings and names a couple of young Christians who can be […]

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