The Lost Art of Lament

The Lost Art of Lament

It’s springtime, the Easter season, and we should all be joyful, right? Yet people seem to be gloomy and somewhat desperate because of COVID-19. These times remind me of the need of the lost art of lamenting. It’s not complaining, folks. Yet that seems what most people are doing right now. Instead, we should be lamenting. I cry aloud to the Lord;    I lift up my voice to the Lord for mercy.I pour out before him my complaint;    before him I tell my trouble.(Ps. 142:1-2, NIV,*)…

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Another Day of Grace

Another Day of Grace

Another month of social distancing has started, how are you doing? Despite everything, I’m doing very well, thank you. I’ve chosen to live in grace and bask in God’s love and that has not changed. It’s the best way to live, social distancing or not because then I’m ready for anything. Without God, I can do nothing. With God, I can do anything. So, another day of grace is here, it’s an invitation to live it fully with Jesus. May…

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You Will Also Rise

You Will Also Rise

How was your Easter? It probably was less social than usual but blessedly the message of Easter was as – or even more – powerful than ever. Because Jesus has risen, we have hope upon hope. Jesus’ resurrection was not just for some good people or it wasn’t some general sign of goodwill on God’s behalf. No, Jesus died for everyone, especially for hopeless and sinful. And what’s important: Jesus rose on the third day. So you will also rise….

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Sacrificial Love

Sacrificial Love

Good Friday always leaves me in awe. I’m in awe of God’s patient love. And how far he was willing to go in order to save us, to unite us with him. The crucifixion did not form a pretty picture for sure. Yet it is the most beautiful picture of sacrificial love. For us. For free. It does not make sense to us to get such an amazing gift – salvation and eternal life – for free yet that’s how…

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God’s Grace from Start to Finish

God’s Grace from Start to Finish

Lent has lasted now for six weeks. Have you learned anything new? I’ve come to understand more deeply it’s all about God. My contribution to my salvation is my need to be saved. God has provided everything else. It’s God’s grace from start to finish. We all need God and his grace. There has not been, is not, and will not be a human being who does not Jesus to save him. Just think about Peter who had a fundamental…

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Fearless Living

Fearless Living

The fear of COVID-19 has made many people rethink their views on eternity and many are earnestly seeking spiritual well-being. They want boldness to live (and die) but they don’t know it does not come separate from grace and peace. Wanting boldness without faith is like putting the cart before the horse. Grace, peace, boldness belong together. Because together they equal fearless living. Positive thinking does not kick the fear of dying out of the picture but God’s grace does….

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From Desperation to Transformation

From Desperation to Transformation

Do you tend to get stuck in negative thoughts or feelings? I have good news for you. The antidote to negativity is found in prayer. Truly. We are welcome into God’s presence with any kind of desperation. Transformation happens when our feelings meet the Holy Spirit in prayer. So it’s not us, it’s the Holy Spirit. And that’s why it is so effective. The journey from desperation to transformation is short. It’s only a prayer away. So don’t try to…

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Adjusting to the New Normal

Adjusting to the New Normal

We all have a new normal now due to the threat of Covid-19. How are you adjusting? For some of us it is easy, but some might struggle quite a bit. What could we do to ease anxiety as we are adjusting to the new normal? The first thing is to remember even if the world and life is changing fast, God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And we can count on him in everything. Jesus Christ is…

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Surrendering to God Brings Blessings

Surrendering to God Brings Blessings

Do you think the talk about God is good as long as it does not demand you to alter your way of living? That’s how we think of most of things, right? All is good until it tries to limit our life. We think any restrictions will spoil everything we have. But new and different do not – most often – equal bad or spoiled. Especially when it comes to surrendering to God and obeying his will. It’s the best…

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Trust and Rest in God

Trust and Rest in God

It’s interesting how frustrating it can be to not be able to plan far in the future, isn’t it? We barely know what will happen tomorrow and nobody knows how our life or the world will look like in two months. Maybe we needed a reminder of our vulnerability. We truly aren’t in control. Anyhow, we do not need to worry. Because we know intimately the One who is in control and who knows what will happen tomorrow and in…

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