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Embracing the Good News Brings Great Joy

Embracing the Good News Brings Great Joy

This is a year when we need good news for a change. The whole year has been packed with bad news, so we need some good news for sure. But the truth is, we can’t make them happen. Just like shepherds, we are in dark and we are afraid. Thankfully, God has some major good news for us too. And embracing the good news brings great joy. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over…

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Our Expectations for Jesus

Our Expectations for Jesus

Singing Hosanna on the first Advent Sunday is a must. This year, due to Covid-19, I did so at home while virtually attending the service. Nonetheless, it is a powerful experience. It is good to cry for help with the body of Christ. Especially this year, don’t you think? We do need help. Hence our expectations for Jesus are high. Hosanna could be translated as “Please, save us” or “Please, help us”. The crowd welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem was enthusiastic,…

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Process Your Life with God

Process Your Life with God

I often talk about life with God because living with God gives your life colors. Often I have struggled to convey to you how to do it in real life and then God provided a perfect teachable moment last week. My family was deeply disappointed with the canceled year in Africa as I wrote in my previous blog post. This experience allowed me to re-experience what it is to process your life with God. When your life is turned upside…

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Have You Heard? Trouble Is Normal

Have You Heard? Trouble Is Normal

COVID-19 has certainly revamped our lives, hasn’t it? The new normal has been challenging for sure but nonetheless we have prevailed, right? So many of us pray daily that this pandemic would end so we could go back to trouble-free existence. But I have news for you. Trouble is normal in life, there is no such thing as trouble-free existence. Actually, Jesus promised us troubles and some of us wish he hadn’t done it. Jesus told us that in the…

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When Doubting God’s Love

When Doubting God’s Love

Today I’m writing to you who’s been struggling so long that you’ve started to doubt God’s love. I know life can be really tough. And when it keeps being that way for years, we’re tempted to start questioning even the great foundations of our lives. When you’re doubting God’s love, know his relentless love is holding you up even then. So do not fear, for I am with you;    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you;    I…

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How to Persevere

How to Persevere

This post is for you who have already cried out to God for years for help but the obstacles won’t budge, difficulties keep piling up, you’re feeling worse and thinking you just can’t cope anymore. How to persevere when you’re at the end of your rope, you ask. Let’s try to find some morsels of hope for you to keep on keeping on. First of all, you need to know you’re not alone, God has not abandoned you, he is…

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Seven Tips to Deal with Challenges

Seven Tips to Deal with Challenges

Life is full of ups and downs. We’d prefer not to have many downs but that’s not life. Perpetual sunshine is waiting for us in heaven. Meanwhile, there will be lots of rain and all kinds of life challenges. How to deal with them, that’s the key here. Joy is not the absence of demanding life events, it’s the ability to deal with them. Okay, you say. How can we do that? The main thing whenever you meet any kind…

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Delights in Impossibilities

Delights in Impossibilities

We love opportunities because they represent hope, right? And that’s why when a window of opportunity closes, we start to panic as despair starts to take hold of us. But losing an opportunity is not the end of the world. It might feel that way but it’s not true. We need to remember we have – as Billy Sunday has put it – a God who delights in impossibilities. And with him anything is possible. Jesus looked at them 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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How to Be Prepared for Tough Times

How to Be Prepared for Tough Times

Often we have big why questions when horrible things happen. But that question does not help us to deal with disasters. Because we can’t understand why certain things happen. Some of the evil things are caused by humans, directly or indirectly. But there are a lot of mysterious, inexplicable suffering in the world too. Whatever the cause of the current suffering is, taking it all in is taxing. Then it’s just time to lean on God, trust Him for seeing…

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