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Waiting on God Is Wise

Waiting on God Is Wise

Summer seems to be a time when everything stops. Nothing happens. Yes, we need that kind of time to relax and rejuvenate. But too much is too much, right? Little by little we become anxious to do something, anything really. The wise thing here is to wait until it’s the right thing to do, not just because we are too anxious to wait. This happens in our spiritual life too. Waiting on God is a big part of Christian living. We…

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Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

We all love blessings, right? The more the better, I think. A blessing is a favor of God and a life full of blessings is the best kind of life, isn’t it? But don’t fool yourself. God’s blessings are most often not materialistic and temporal but spiritual and eternal. Somehow, that diminishes the ranks of people who want them. We’d like to have a new car and money enough to control our destiny. But that’s not how it works. Spiritual…

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Our Happiness Depends on God

Our Happiness Depends on God

If we insist we are the makers of our own happiness, we fool ourselves. It might take decades for us to discover the truth: our happiness depends on God. As long as we deny the fact that our well-being depends on God, we are sidetracked. Often we get frustrated and stressed out when nothing makes sense and there’s no purpose to live for. But it all changes when we get to know God. Because our happiness does not depend on…

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God Wants to Bless You More

God Wants to Bless You More

Did you know that God loves you and wants to bless you? That’s why he sent his son Jesus into world to die for you. God wants you to be made right with him so he can spend time with you. He wants you to get to know him. And, yes, God wants to bless you more. The father of the prodigal son told his oldest son who did not know how to enjoy life with his father “all that is…

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Jesus Blesses

Jesus Blesses

How are you doing today? Are you feeling blessed and bursting with eternal joy? Or are you feeling under the weather? No matter how you feel you should know Jesus blesses you, loves you, and prays for you. The Bible tells us so. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. (Romans 8:34, NIV) Jesus even left…

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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Once in awhile it is wise to get back to basics, to remind ourselves what faith is all about. If our foundation of faith is not build on the rock, nothing really clicks. We need to get back to basics and get our foundation right. Then we can move on and build upon the solid foundation. God sacrificed Jesus on the altar of the world to clear that world of sin. Having faith in him sets us in the clear….

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Holy Happiness

Holy Happiness

What’s your take on happiness? Is it overrated or is it something you expect to be? Sometimes Christians think it’s not something we should be. But how could we not if we’ve been right with God? What if happiness is holy? But may the righteous be glad     and rejoice before God;     may they be happy and joyful. (Psalm 68:3, NIV,*) Happiness is an outward expression of an inner joy. Nothing but Jesus can make us truly joy-filled. Nothing but Jesus…

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What Raspberries Taught Me of Servanthood

What Raspberries Taught Me of Servanthood

I’ve been raspberry picking this week. We have lots of wild raspberry bushes just behind our garage. Raspberries are so delicious, aren’ they? They’ve taught me something too. If you look at a raspberry bush, it doesn’t look anything special, does it? But if you humble yourself and kneel down, you find treasures you did not expect from just looking at the bush. See yourself!This made me think that this is how we should live our lives too: humbly and serving…

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Blessings Happen by Grace

Blessings Happen by Grace

One of many temptations in life is to forget where our blessings come from. We explain blessings away by thinking things happened by accident or it was serendipity. Or we take credit for those blessings. Or we don’t recognise them. Sometimes blessings are hard to see or they come in disguise. Also, it takes time for a seed of blessing to grow into a tree and bear fruit. The middle verses of the Bible emphasise the importance of counting our blessings and…

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Don’t Be Deceived

Don’t Be Deceived

Do you think you are a good enough person without any need for a Savior? That’s what the world keeps telling you. Don’t buy it. The Bible tells us differently. First of all: you surely are precious. But, second of all, you also are a sinner just like the rest of us. You do need a Savior. Don’t be deceived. I have a message from God in my heart concerning the sinfulness of the wicked: There is no fear of…

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