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Love washes away sin

A friend of mine sent me a meme saying: “Being taught to avoid talking about politics and religion, has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion. What we should have been taught, was how to have a civil conversation about a difficult topic.” We often avoid difficult topics in the hope that […]

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A restoration process

I used love watching programmes in which old cars were made new again. You could hardly recognise the old car coming out of the garage. From an old, rusted piece of tin to a shiny, new vehicle. They strip nearly everything from the old jalopy that comes in. It’s mostly the framework that remains and […]

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Let go of the wrong life style and desires

We haven’t arrived the day we meet Christ and accept Him as our Saviour. That’s not the finish line, but the starting point. It’s the beginning of a new life where we cut off the doings of the old person piece by piece and start learning a new way of living. 12 We’re being shown […]

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Healthy words for the virus

We must remember that the fall has impacted our humanity in a major way. In some way, we’re sick and completely stained by sin. We’re like a car with poor wheel alignment. We’re pulling in the wrong direction all the time. Our foundation is wrong. We use the wrong starting block. When someone cuts in […]

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With wisdom we can change our default

8 … be helpful, wise, fair, reverent … This is how all of us must be like. I struggle with “wise, fair, reverent”. God should’ve known what humans are like and that it is in our nature to go off course. Yes, it’s easy when things are going well, but when things don’t go the […]

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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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