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Friday the 13th – what to do?

Friday the 13th – what to do?

It’s Friday the 13th. What to do? How to go about it as a Christian? Well, I’d suggest you start your day with the Lord. Not because it’s Friday the 13th but because it is the best way to start any day. When we live our days with the Lord, we are safe and sound, even on Friday the 13th. How do I know? Well, the Bible tells us so. The Lord is your keeper;    the Lord is your shade at your right hand.The sun…

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Believing Needs to Begin Again Every Morning

Believing Needs to Begin Again Every Morning

Do you struggle with constancy in your faith life? Having some ups and downs is normal, even dry seasons are part of our faith journey. But it is helpful to learn to take care of one’s faith to avoid pitfalls when possible. How do we do that? Basically, we stick to it every single day. Believing needs to begin again every morning. With yesterday’s manna we don’t get very far. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love,    for…

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It Is Finished for You – but not in You

It Is Finished for You – but not in You

After vacation, it can be really hard to get back to the grind. There are of course many reasons for this. But it helps to realize perfection is not required of you. Not even on a good day and especially not right after vacation. So it’s totally okay to be slow and a bit disoriented. Even now you can rest in grace and wait for good because God is good. God has not forgotten you. Actually, he has provided everything….

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Is God Distant or Is He just Silent?

Is God Distant or Is He just Silent?

Many people say God feels distant. But we can’t trust our feelings in spiritual matters. But I understand if God feels distant, it’s easy to also doubt his existence. And that can cause all kinds of problems. But is there anything we could do? Is God distant or is he just silent? Sometimes God is silent and then we just need to wait. We all get dry spells along our spiritual journey, the trick is to know what to do…

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My Take on Obedience

My Take on Obedience

Obedience is not a buzzword. Nowadays everyone wants to be independent and do whatever they want. That’s why obedience is not very fashionable. And because faith is trusting and obeying God, faith is not very fashionable either. But faith in Christ gives us something eternal, something that never goes out of fashion. With the words of Paul, the gospel “is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16, NIV). The blessings of obedience are out of…

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Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

Do you dare to dream? Or do you think dreaming is not a prudent thing to do for Christians? There is a lot of talk floating around about dreaming and at its worst dreamlessness can make us bury our talents. And that’s not the point, right? But how could we avoid chasing dreams that are not worthy? How could we discern which dreams are from God and which are our own creations or forced upon us by the demands of…

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Grace for Weary

Grace for Weary

I hope you, my friend, know that you don’t need to earn your salvation. You receive it as a gift when you believe in Jesus. Grace is enough. You are enough. Why do we then talk so much about tending our faith or growing in our faith? We are called to live with God and a lot of it happens via spiritual exercises. But what if we are for one reason or another so weary that we can’t even think…

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Strong in Spirit

Strong in Spirit

Are you strong in spirit? Would you like to be? And what does it mean to be strong in spirit anyway? Let’s find out. John the Baptist – whose birth many churches are celebrating this weekend – is a wonderful example of a person who was strong in spirit. I’m sure we can take some pointers from him. John grew up and became strong in spirit. (Luke 1:80, NLT,*) I think John the Baptist was totally focused and dedicated to his…

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Worthy of God’s Love and Grace

Worthy of God’s Love and Grace

Do you consider yourself worthy of God’s love and grace? Worthy of eternal life and other God’s blessings? I hope so. Because then you’re open to God and to salvation by grace and not by merit. Let me explain. I love reading the Acts during the Easter season. It’s great to see what disciples did after the resurrection of Jesus. Today a few words from Paul and Barnabas’ message to the Jews touched my heart and got me thinking. Then…

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God’s Promises Will Carry You Home

God’s Promises Will Carry You Home

God’s promises are so many and various that you can be absolutely sure they will never run out and they cover all your needs. Always and forevermore . You can base your life on God’s promises. They will carry you home. Your promise revives me;    it comforts me in all my troubles.(Psalm 119:50; NLT,*) As R.C. Sproul has said, “faith involves trusting in the future promises of God and waiting for their fulfillment”. So let’s put our trust in God and…

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