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Month: May 2015

Hope for Hopeless

Hope for Hopeless

Are you feeling down? Is your soul singing unexpected blues? Are you weary, burned-out, at the end of your rope? Don’t worry. There are loads of fresh hope reserved just for you. You might not believe it right now. But bare with me. Do you remember how Jesus, in his sermon on the mount, calls people happy or blessed who are hopeless? Why on earth would he do that? Read it yourself: “Happy are people who are hopeless, because the…

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Do We Need Repentance?

Do We Need Repentance?

How do you feel about repentance? Should we call each other to repent? Or do you think everything is forgiven anyway so why bother with repentance? The latter type of thinking seems to become more common these days even within church. We might ask for forgiveness but we don’t repent. But the Bible is pretty clear about our need of repentance in order to be saved. For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from…

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Ready to Die, Ready to Live

Ready to Die, Ready to Live

Are you afraid of natural disasters or living in general? Or are you ready to die, ready to live? Life sure is unpredictable. We can’t control it. We don’t know the time of the end of the world, neither the time of our own death. We only know that it will come one day. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will…

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Rise and Shine!

Rise and Shine!

Rise and shine, folks! Don’t forget that Christ is risen and if your are his, you are on the victor’s side. Arise [from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you—rise to a new life]! Shine (be radiant with the glory of the Lord), for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you! (Isaiah 60:1, AMP,*) There you have it. Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you….

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God Loves You

God Loves You

Today I’ve been marveling at three verses in Saint Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians and wanted to write a blog post based on those verses. Then I realized I’ve already written two different posts on it. I enjoyed rereading them. I needed to read them today. I hope you do too. The first one is called God loves every part of you. “We are children of God and God loves every one of us. God loves not just our…

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Too Much to Bear?

Too Much to Bear?

How are you doing? I’ve been pretty exhausted lately. Nothing major, just too little sleep and too much to process. Thankfully, I know where my strength comes from. My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2, NIV). Especially now spending time with God is essential. Otherwise I would not make it. Often people say God does not give you more than you can bear. But life is not fair, things happen, and, suddenly, we do…

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Following Jesus in Real Life

Following Jesus in Real Life

Following Jesus is my heart’s desire. Now that I’ve been waiting for God’s guidance for quite some time, I’ve caught myself wondering what I’ve been doing wrong. Maybe I could have done this and that. The list gets very long very quickly. And it gets me off the track very efficiently. Following Jesus in real life is more difficult than we’d like. You see, when you heart is at the right place, when you’ve surrendered yourself to Jesus, God will…

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How to Live in the Shadow of Death

How to Live in the Shadow of Death

Lately, we have had a lot of heart-breaking diagnoses and deaths in our extended family. So much that it forces you thinking and praying. How should we live in the shadow of death? I think this is one of the most important questions in life, don’t you think? It is a matter of life and death after all. It determines how we live and for what we live. And what happens to us after our death. The sad thing is…

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Use God by Faith

Use God by Faith

Do you dare to bother God with your problems? Or do you think God is not interested in what is going on in your life? Too often we keep away from God because we think we should not bother God. That is so sad. So, so sad. We think we are noble to leave God to others who are more desperate for God. But, first of all, God is not that small; God is capable to help all of us….

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Disappointed with God or Life?

Disappointed with God or Life?

Sometimes you hear people venting their frustrations with God. You know, they’re disappointed because God has not met their expectations. What do you say? Are you disappointed with God? The only way I can understand the statement is that God’s promises are misunderstood. Because God has not promised to give us whatever we want. God has not promised there wouldn’t be any hardships in our lives. Therefore, if God has disappointed you by not meeting your expectations, maybe your expectations…

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