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Pay More Attention to Jesus than Anything Else

Pay More Attention to Jesus than Anything Else

If you’re wondering how to deal with life’s challenges or loud critics, my advice for you is very simple: Look up to Jesus and everything else will fade away. This might sound too optimistic or idealistic but nonetheless, it works. Changing perspective always works. But when we focus on Jesus, it’s even better than that. Focusing on Jesus brings God to our aid. And that changes everything, don’t you think? So pay more attention to Jesus than anything else and…

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Let Jesus Speak within You

Let Jesus Speak within You

My heart aches for religious people who know of Jesus but don’t truly know him. Religion doesn’t save us, only Jesus does. We are not called to rule-keeping, we are called to live by faith. For that we need Jesus. And he brings life upon life. So let Jesus speak within you. Let Jesus speak life into you. The sheep that are My own hear My voice and listen to Me; I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them…

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Your Value Is in Christ – not in Motherhood or Work or Success

Your Value Is in Christ – not in Motherhood or Work or Success

As we are approaching Mothers’ Day I want to remind all of us that our worth is not based on whether we have children or not. Our value comes from the Lord and it is constant and non-negotiable. It does not increase if we have children and it does not decrease if we don’t have. Just like your identity, also your value is in Christ, not in motherhood or work or success or even relationship status. But to all who…

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Build Each Other Up in Faith

Build Each Other Up in Faith

There is so much negativity going around that it’s tempting to just give up. But that is not a solution. Instead, we are called to go against the grain and build each other up in faith. This seems to be a novel concept these days. But what if we build our lives on faith and extended love even to our enemies? Our world would become a better place for sure. And then we would not even be tempted to give…

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The Beauty of Surrender

The Beauty of Surrender

Isn’t it interesting how everything in Christian life starts with surrender? The word and the thing we all hate until we learn the beauty of it. Let me explain. The beauty of surrender is real. It leads us from dark disasters into light and love. Sure, we are saved by grace but it doesn’t happen without surrendering our hearts to Jesus. Also, all the growth in grace and wisdom happens through surrender. The Christian life is all about surrender. God…

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Live to the Praise of His Grace and Glory

Live to the Praise of His Grace and Glory

My heart is full of all the things I want to share with you. In short: do not go about your day without marveling and embracing the grace of God. It’s amazing and it’s been brought to you by the blood of Christ. So do not put it in vain without accepting and receiving it. Not only for your salvation but for your everyday enjoyment and encouragement. Because you are meant to live to the praise of his grace and…

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The Holy Spirit Backed Influence

The Holy Spirit Backed Influence

The Cambridge Dictionary defines influence as “the power to have an effect on people or things”. We’d like to think we do not have any influence not so ever to be free to do whatever we like. But, no, that’s not how it works. We influence and we are influenced by people we meet and by things we read and watch. So what to do? We need to choose what kind of person we want to become and what kind…

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Grace to Do Good

Grace to Do Good

God did not send Jesus to the world so good people could be rewarded. He sent Jesus so everyone – also hopeless has-beens – could be saved by grace. None of us deserves any grace. It is not given for good people but for desperate people in need of salvation who want to receive grace upon grace. First grace to be saved and then grace to do good. Augustinus has said, “For grace is given not because we have done…

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Thankfulness Brings Blessings

Thankfulness Brings Blessings

Thankfulness might seem like a waste of time but it’s not. Quite the opposite, actually. Thankfulness blesses us more than we can imagine. How do I know this, you ask. I know by experience. Also, the Bible tells us so. Thankfulness welcomes God into our life. And when that happens, everything changes. Because the power of God is more than we can imagine. And this is the power that is not forceful. Instead, when invited, it brings peace and joy. And…

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The Generosity of God

The Generosity of God

Do you love to see a play or a movie after you’ve read the book? I do. It’s like comparing notes with another reader. Sometimes I feel like the production team has unearthed the characters according to my notes and it makes me feel a bit giddy. Of course, I might be a bit annoyed if they have not fully understood the complexity of the characters as I did. This week I got another kind of giddy reaction. I ran…

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