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Month: July 2016

Treasures Hidden in Jesus

Treasures Hidden in Jesus

Too often these days the name of Jesus does not evoke reverence and awe in us. We take Jesus granted or don’t recognise the amazing things Jesus really brings into our lives. We are ignorant of treasures hidden in Jesus. What could be so amazing about Jesus? First of all, through Jesus we get to know God Almighty. There’s no other way to God than Jesus. But even that’s not all, folks! We are called to personally know Christ. And…

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Revolution of Grace

Revolution of Grace

Have you been wondering what to do with all the hate going around? Hurt people hurt people. It seems like there is more and more toxic waste going around. Is there anything we can do about it? Or should we just give in? Absolutely not! We have the way to make a huge difference in the world. Even start a revolution of grace? Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing,…

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Grace for All Sinners?

Grace for All Sinners?

Have you been hurt badly? Do you think the offence should not be pardoned? Do you think God should not extend grace to your offender? I hear you. It is hard to understand why God would offer grace for all sinners. But he does. Because he loves us. TheBible tells us: And He [that same Jesus] is the propitiation for our sins [the atoning sacrifice that holds back the wrath of God that would otherwise be directed at us because…

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Help Is Near

Help Is Near

Are you in need of help? But are you too embarrassed or too proud to ask for help? Or do you think no one can ever understand what you’re going through so why bother? I hear you. Being vulnerable and weak is not fun. But denying our need for help does no good for anyone. That way we don’t get the help we’d need but we also deny others the blessing to help us. And we’d all miss God’s hand…

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The Power of Grace Has Not Diminished

The Power of Grace Has Not Diminished

Sometimes you hear people saying that Christianity is not important any more. That the message of Jesus Christ is not that much needed in today’s world. That the power of grace is weakening or, at least, its not so meaningful any more. I could not disagree more. The world seems to be going crazy. There hasn’t been a time when God’s grace was more needed than right now. And, for the record, the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ…

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My Ten Favorite Quotes by A. B. Simpson

My Ten Favorite Quotes by A. B. Simpson

Albert Benjamin Simpson (December 15, 1843 – October 29, 1919), also known as A. B. Simpson, was a Canadian preacher, theologian, author, and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He has already been dead almost 100 years now but his writings are still relevant. How on earth? Because he wrote about eternal things that last. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is…

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Prevailing Prayer

Prevailing Prayer

Have you ever wrestled with God in prayer? Have you cried your heart out to God trusting that he will help you? Have you been perseverant in your prayer? Not letting God go until he has blessed you? Good for you. Prevailing prayer has more power than you know. With the words of Samuel Chadwick. “There is no power like that of prevailing prayer – of Abraham pleading for Sodom, Jacob wrestling in the stillness of the night, Moses standing in the…

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How to Deal with Imperfection

How to Deal with Imperfection

How do you deal with life’s imperfections? That’s what I’ve been thinking about today. How do you live with flaws? Because life is not perfect. Every house I’ve ever lived in has had some sort of flaw. Every job I’ve ever had has some down sides. Every person I’ve met has some habits that leaves room for perfection. And, last but not least, I have way to many flaws myself. What to do then? How to deal with all these…

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The Joy of Creation

The Joy of Creation

Do you like putting puzzles together? I do. A couple weeks ago we finished a puzzle of 2000 pieces. And this past weekend we put 1000 pieces together. Puzzles are symbolic to life. We don’t know the big picture but all the pieces will eventually form a beautiful picture. No matter how odd pieces we see along the way. Perseverance is the key to puzzles and life as well. But that’s not what I want to share with you today….

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How to Build a Beautiful Life

How to Build a Beautiful Life

Do you rush around like crazy? Trying this and trying that? And nothing really comes together anyhow? Have you thought about asking God in what you’re doing? Have you thought about beginning with a prayer? Or – this is even a wilder thought – have you thought about laying down your own agenda asking God what and when and how he would like you to proceed? Because that is how to build a beautiful life. Unless the Lord builds the house,…

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