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All in love

Each of us has a calling. We should not make excuses. No, we must set the example for others by the way in which we speak as well as the way in which we do things. That is fairly obvious. But Paul helps Timothy and us by going a little further: we must show love. […]

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Amazing grace

Sometimes I suffer badly from feelings of guilt. I’ve always tested the boundaries. I don’t know why, but I’ve always lived on the edge of life, and, yes, sometimes I’ve fallen over the edge, resulting in lots of pain for me and my loved ones. I don’t feel good about it. Sometimes it depresses me […]

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Watch out for the guy with the Bible under his arm

We know not everything and everyone in the world are good. Although some things look good, it remains our responsibility to make sure that we do not stray from the path. We are so easily blinded by that apparent beauty and prosperity, only to discover around the next corner that we’ve been taken for a […]

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Who wants love and peace?

A doctor phoned me and said he had a man with him who has started writing letters to end his life. He was depressed. The man gave my name to the doctor to fetch him, because he couldn’t be left alone. Phew, I haven’t seen a man so deep in a dark pit in a long time. He sat there crying […]

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God leads our thoughts to love

My mind is normally all over the place, especially when I pray. So I often choose a Psalm and read it slowly and carefully. Then I take pen and paper and write down everything that I hear in that Psalm. I can fill a number of pages quite quickly. It helps me to focus. It […]

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Love, favour and tears

Do you sometimes wonder why God loves you specifically? You, with all your sin? You, with all the things you do and do not do that are against God’s will? Often when I look at my life, I am amazed when I see all the places where I lost the way. I’m ashamed about the […]

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God’s love is not lip service

Sometimes life is hard. It’s just one curveball after the other and it feels as if life is falling apart piece by piece. Have you been there? I suspect so. You may be there right now. I’ve been there. When I was planning my fourth book launch a while ago, a couple of curveballs came […]

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New courage and strength

I woke up with a bang. It is 2:30. I can’t sleep because the stress is driving me up the wall. My stomach is churning, and my body is covered in cold sweat. I’m having a huge project at hand and the doors are closing one after the other. I’m wondering what God wants me […]

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Greater love for one another

Every now and then there are times in a marriage when you start wondering why on earth you chose that husband or this wife. And then you berate yourself for not listening to Paul when he said it is actually better to remain unmarried. It seems to me that the longer we are together, the […]

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Care for your leader

I served on the governing body of one of the schools in our town. I never realised how much energy it takes to run a school properly these days. Financial support from the Department of Education is decreasing, while expenditure keeps on increasing. Because both parents in many families work, parents’ expectations of the school […]

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