Because God loves me …
God’s idea is that we should walk through life filled with joy. We shouldn’t walk around with long faces. That is not how God meant it to be. But we struggle. We struggle to find our joy in all the hardship. We struggle to make Paul’s command part of our lives: 16Be cheerful no matter […]
Where have our joy gone?
We are emotional beings. God made us that way. That is why we are so easily influenced emotionally by our circumstances. It is difficult for me to be joyful when someone close to me is in pain. I can’t laugh when I know my friend is hurting. I feel depressed when my cash flow looks […]
Is it possible to laugh in all circumstances?
When you make a choice for God, his Spirit moves in, bringing about a major change in your life of which joy probably is the most significant. That is what Paul said about the new Christians in Thessalonica: 6Although great trouble accompanied the Word, you were able to take great joy from the Holy Spirit! […]
Goodness and peace for you!
I’m intentionally trying to pray more, especially to pray for other people. I think things will go much better if we all pray more for one another. I wake up early, long before the alarm. So I use this extra time I have not planned for to pray. I pray for the children I talked […]
I speak peace
Some people are in the habit of saying: You “speak” it over us. In other words, because you say it, it will happen. I do not always agree with this, although I know there is power in words, but often it doesn’t take a lot of insight or deep wisdom to see something is on […]
I read on Facebook about two young men who assaulted an older man at a petrol station in Rustenburg. Seven plates had to be used to rebuild his face. The security cameras recorded everything and all of Facebook was screaming for these guys to be apprehended. Rightly so. Why did these men have so much […]
The right station
But it’s still not easy to act wisely. Last night my daughter forgot to upload the sketch for the Crossroad message that had to be sent out. A couple of thousand e-mails already sent – without the sketch. I didn’t take this well. Immediately, I lost my cool and the net effect on the people […]
My stress and God’s peace
Paul was in jail. He probably had a visit from Epaphras, who had planted the congregation in Colossae. Epaphras told him about the congregation and that many of them had a skewed idea of the gospel. With this letter to the young Christians of Colossae Paul tried to give them practical guidance to stay on […]
Peace where there is no peace
Philippians 4:10-20 Paul has experienced both sides of life. He has done this so often that it was actually too much. However, he also had too little, actually nothing: 12I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. For many of us this sounds quite familiar. Especially about suffering hardship […]
Happiness is in your hands
Philippians 4:1-9 Elmo describes his experience of God’s love: THE BIGGEST GIFT OF ALL Because God loves me, He is never impatient with me. Because God loves me, He doesn’t keep track of my sins that He has forgiven. He forgets about them. Because God loves me, He never says there is no more hope […]