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Slipping and sliding

I become engrossed in my work behind the scenes. I’d been hard at it from 5 am and was still in my pajamas. The bell rang at 08:30 and I heard Frikkie calling: “Gert, let’s go!” I went ice-cold as it hit me: I had completely forgotten about our appointment at the school in town. […]

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Run away from lust

As we know Paul, he doesn’t just dish out a list of instructions; he also gives some guidelines about how we should carry out those instructions. He says we must clean that bowl so that God can use us. This is his first suggestion: 22Run away from infantile indulgence. Why does the grass on the […]

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In need of pruning

Something about verse 21 bothers me. Even after writing about it a few times, there is still something missing. It’s all very well hearing about how we are a bowl and that God wants to use us right there where we live, work and play. But there is a condition: 21Become the kind of container […]

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Bowl with a purpose

I would like to share Mari’s story with you: You know, I always thought I was such a sucker for being so emotional about other people. Just seeing someone appearing to be sad or suffering would make me cry. And this is often so very embarrassing.  Until last year’s winter when I ended up in […]

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Red Brasso?

Pieter asked me to lead a memorial service on the farm for one of the farm workers. The worker had accompanied them to a show in Port Elizabeth and had to hold two horses. The two horses started moving around and one kicked the other. Unfortunately, the worker was caught between the two horses and […]

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Pre-emergent sin-killer

Bradley helped by giving me this simple picture of sin: As sinner, you can compare yourself to a pig and sin is the mud. And as we know, pigs like rolling around in the mud. That is the condition of the sinful nature. When we’re saved, however, we get a new nature and that is […]

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Walking the dog or the dog walking you?

I think in pictures and see verses playing in my head like a movie clip. What does the picture of the following verse look like? 24Some men’s sins are evident, pointing to judgment, but other men’s sins are revealed later (Modern English Version). The first picture I see is of a man walking a dog. […]

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Learning from my mistakes

Life changes super-fast. I was telling my son how I became the main man among the 17 guys in our student house when I got a brand-new computer – had two floppy drives with an amber screen. As my son’s eyes glassed over, I could see him wondering from what planet I was. The conversation […]

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A stupid voice and stupid thoughts

Gretha Wiid once wrote: A daughter wanted to do something her mom really did not approve of – not so much because it was a sin, but rather because it wasn’t right according to her norms and values. Stubbornly the daughter continued arguing about her intentions and her mother’s opposition. One evening they were sitting […]

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Without a speck of sin

At the beginning of the letter Paul said that he was praying for the readers, the people of Thessalonica. Now he puts it in practice: 23May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together—spirit, soul, and body—and keep you fit for the coming of our […]

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