The Process of Becoming a Person of Faith

The Process of Becoming a Person of Faith

I find it a huge blessing to know perfection is not required for Christians. Martin Luther has said, “A Christian is never in a state of completion but always in a process of becoming”. We are in the process of becoming a person of faith. God is at work in us. We are becoming what God created us to be. Unfortunately, we are able to hinder the process through our decision making. If we always choose things based on convenience,…

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Obtaining Guidance

Obtaining Guidance

The most frustrating thing about God’s guidance is that it happens in God’s time and in God’s way. Of course, we understand it has to be that way. But how we would like to be able to receive it when we want it. If we want to do God’s will, why is it so difficult sometimes to know what to do next? Well, God’s ways are higher than ours for sure. And God values the process of obtaining guidance as…

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Experience God’s Love

Experience God’s Love

Do you yearn for love? Just know that you are already deeply loved by God. Actually, he is crazy in love with you. You might know all this in your head but it is time to experience God’s love in your heart. Because only when you’re filled to the brim with God’s amazing love, you are free of forcing love to happen or settling for something that is not real love. Okay, you say. How do we experience God’s love?…

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Undeserved Grace

Undeserved Grace

At first sight, this text has nothing to do with undeserved grace or does it? I was astonied by this year’s (B) lectionary reading. Then Peter said in reply, “Look, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man is seated on the throne of his glory, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging…

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Prayer Is the Most Important Work

Prayer Is the Most Important Work

Do you feel you’re not that talented? Not gifted enough to make a difference? You’re wrong, my dear friend. Let me tell you, being ordinary is not a stumbling block, it’s a stepping stone for the most important work: prayer. Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7, AMP,’) We are all called to pray but many neglect…

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Nothing Surprises God

Nothing Surprises God

Do you like surprises? I guess it depends on whether they’re good or bad. And, most importantly, whether you trust God or not. Life is full of twists and turns for sure. How we react to them depends on how certain we are about God’s will happening in our lives and how certain we are nothing surprises God. Because nothing surprises God. You can count on that. And he has a plan for our lives. You might wonder why he…

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Embracing God’s Perspective

Embracing God’s Perspective

There are some puzzling Bible stories of what Jesus did, like turning tables of money changers and telling Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan!’ It’s a bit shocking to hear Jesus reacting this way but when we look at the stories a bit closer, we find deep wisdom in them. Today I want to talk about the latter story. It will help us to understand the importance of embracing God’s perspective. From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that…

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How to Pray without Ceasing

How to Pray without Ceasing

I’d always kind of wondered how to pray without ceasing (1 Thess.5:17, NRSV,*) as the Bible tells us to do. You know, we have normal lives to live, right? We can’t drop everything to just pray. So what is the secret for praying without ceasing? I had already learned to pray while working or driving and I cherished my special times of prayer but then I noticed that my whole internal monologue had become a dialogue with God. I seem…

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God Loves You

God Loves You

Do you know deep down in your soul that God loves you? I hope so. Because that’s the truth. No matter what you’ve done or left undone, God’s love does not waver. It’s not about you, it’s about who God is. What a relief! This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and…

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Meeting Jesus Changes You

Meeting Jesus Changes You

Do you remember the story of Jesus and the woman of Samaria at the well? It is quite the story, isn’t it? Every time I read it I gain a new understanding. I won’t go into every detail here, instead, I just want to share what spoke to me loudest this time around. Meeting Jesus changes you, my friend. When we encounter Jesus, our fears disappear. The fact the Samaritan woman was at the well in the middle of the…

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