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Open the door to a watershed event

A minister was criticised quite badly once for tearing a few pages from the Bible while preaching. The churchgoers were very upset, which is understandable. The minister said we read the Bible the way we want to, only reading the nice and pretty parts. We don’t read those parts that slam into us. We don’t […]

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Punishment for those who deserve it

The other day I was helping a friend of mine who stays far away from here. He probably doesn’t even know how much I do for him. I spent almost a whole day in my already busy week doing stuff for him. Although it was physical work, I enjoyed it. It was good to do […]

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Bigger, better, more beautiful, harder and then more

I was drinking a percolated coffee on a farm. It was harvest time. Outside you could hear the workers gathering the harvest and loading the trucks. I was fairly tired from recording the Sunday sermon. Suddenly a man came in. I recognised him from somewhere, but couldn’t make the connection. Then I remembered I had […]

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Upsetting the applecart

My friend and business partner was very innovative. He never stopped trying. He often suggested new concepts or plans for us to try. He eventually invented a number of products that really upset the applecart. One was balustrades (railings) that needed no or very little maintenance. The products were made of resin using sand fillers […]

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Grace for the boundary breaker

Many people are made to be decent. It’s as if they never do anything wrong. Their hair is always perfect. They are really pleasant people and won’t harm a fly. I wish I could’ve been like that, but I’m more of a boundary tester. And it’s not as if I go looking to test the […]

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We need Jesus very much

26So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin … The same day I was reading this verse, a message about pornography went out on Crossroads. The readers’ feedback left me speechless: THIS IS SHOCKING!! I am going to pray for these people today. You always pray […]

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God wants to use you

The book Hebrews was written for readers who knew the history of God’s involvement with his people very well. They knew the Old Testament and were familiar with the customs. They also probably knew what role the high priest played in that time. The author wants to use the image of the high priest to […]

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The truth will out

I’ve written about this before, but I do think we should say it to one another again: The truth always comes out! We know this since childhood. Wrong deeds will come to light some time or another. I’ve experienced this truth many times in my life. When I was at school, I was often in […]

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Jesus adds up differently

While we were growing up, there was no such thing as Grade R. Even playschools weren’t that common. We ate, played, ate, played and slept. So it was no surprise that many of us got quite weepy when we were pushed into a classroom. It felt like a cage to us. Everything was unfamiliar. The […]

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Succulents, grass and sin

5… He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Does this mean that we are now clean of sin and will never sin again? When I look at my own life, I realise the answer is a loud and clear, “no”. […]

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