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The Meaning Behind Christmas Joy

The Meaning Behind Christmas Joy

Why is Christmas a season of joy? Is it only because people have collectively decided it’s time to be merry? Or could there be a deeper meaning behind it? Why do we commemorate a manger scene 2000 years ago? What’s the meaning behind Christmas joy? And what has Christmas joy got to do with us? Indeed. What’s the point of all this? The point is very simple and sometimes we overlook it. The same way that we might overlook the…

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Self-Righteousness Is Ugly

Self-Righteousness Is Ugly

Ecclesiastes advises us not to be too righteous (Ecc.7:16). What do you make out of that? Righteousness is a good thing, isn’t it? Of course, it is. Righteousness by God’s grace is the best thing ever. But this verse doesn’t talk about that kind of righteousness but unhealthy kind. Yes, there is such a thing. Self-righteousness is ugly. Be not [morbidly exacting and externally] righteous overmuch, neither strive to make yourself [pretentiously appear] overwise—why should you [get puffed up and] destroy yourself [with presumptuous…

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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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Cast Your Pain on Jesus

Cast Your Pain on Jesus

Pain is inevitable in life. There’s just no way around it. So we have to deal with it. How do you do it? What’s your coping mechanism? Some people become bitter when life throws a hardball at them. That is one way to go. But there’s another option, a much better one. I highly recommend it: cast your pain on Jesus. This is why he came into the world: to save us and carry our burdens. Cast your burden on the Lord [release…

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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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Dare to Share

Dare to Share

Sometimes we don’t want to share because we are afraid of not having enough left to ourselves. Does this sound familiar? We might not even realize it but our instinct is to look merely out for our personal interests. Not much sharing then. And when we do not share, we are not fully living. Because life is about compassion and caring not about cumulating stuff and resources. Dare to share. Because we are called to do so. Therefore if there is any…

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Grace Is God’s Power for Us

Grace Is God’s Power for Us

Are you struggling with life? Or are you at the end of your rope? I have good news for you. First of all, you are loved. And, second of all, God wants to help you. I know, it is a bit astonishing. But God did not send Jesus to save you and then leave you to manage on your own. The Holy Spirit is here to help us out. We just need to ask for help. This is not an…

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Grace Is Like Rain

Grace Is Like Rain

This summer has been very dry. Droughts have caused a lot of problems around the globe. No matter how advanced science becomes, we still can’t make rain. Just like the rain comes from God, so does grace. We can’t make rain, neither we can make grace or save ourselves. Also, just like it rains on everyone, so is grace meant to everyone. God is eager to pour out grace upon grace on everyone. Grace is like rain, just as pure and…

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When You Are Weary, Crawl to Jesus

When You Are Weary, Crawl to Jesus

When you are totally empty, just crawl to Jesus. It doesn’t matter you have nothing left to give, you are still most welcome to Jesus. God is way more interested in you than in what you can do for him. Actually, with less of you, there is more room for Jesus. So when you’re exhausted and weary, don’t hesitate, just crawl to Jesus. Know that you can always find rest in Jesus. Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who…

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