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Love is … to give a piece of yourself

The sixth characteristic of our house of faith that we can learn from Paul and Timothy is probably the most important one and that is love. Jesus showed us the biggest ever act of love by dying, though innocent, in our place. That is exactly where we have to start too. To share love freely, […]

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Love is

Sometimes you get to a place where things aren’t going well. A place where you struggle to see the meaning of things. Leading to questions like: Why am I on earth? What is my purpose? Do I have a calling? And before you know it, nothing makes sense. I’ve been there. Where you simply don’t […]

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Tracing my name carved in stone

Sometimes it feels as if nothing in the world is stable. Everyone standing behind a microphone thinks he or she has the answer. Just believe this. Just do this. Just hope that. Then everything will go right – but two days later you hear how that person messed up. Whether it is matters of faith […]

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The recovery plan!

This one verse sums up the whole Gospel. When someone asks you what makes Christianity tick, just read them this verse: 10Since the appearance of our Saviour, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus. That’s all, all that the gospel is about. […]

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Overflowing trust and love

It’s good to know that we belong to God. We’ve been commanded to stay away from the wrong things. We’ve heard that we need to put all our energy into living in a way that will make God say: Well done. We hear it. We know it. We know it’s the right thing to do, […]

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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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