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Good Riddance 2020

Good Riddance 2020

Are you ready for the New Year? I am, at least, ready to say goodbye to 2020. Good riddance, right? 2020 is a year we won’t forget easily. I had such high hopes for it, yet it was nothing I had hoped for. Yet I am thankful. Because I learned a lot this year, I bet you did too. And, most of all, I am thankful because God is good all the time. The Lord is good,A strength and stronghold in the day of…

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Faith Is Lived in Christ

Faith Is Lived in Christ

Sometimes I wonder if we just believe to get to heaven. In that case, we see faith as an insurance policy. We repent and become forgiven citizens of heaven but then we go back to live like we always used to do. But that’s not what Jesus wants us to do, is it? Faith is lived in Christ. Not away from Christ. Faith is meant to be so much more than an insurance policy for the afterlife. [And I am…

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Accepting Death and Dying Is Hard yet Necessary

Accepting Death and Dying Is Hard yet Necessary

It’s hard to accept death and dying, especially when it comes too close to home. Yet death and dying are part of life. No one will stay on earth forever. Yet somehow we still would like to pretend death and dying are not part of our lives. And when death claims one of our own, we might even be angry at God for taking our loved one. We’d like to have cake and eat it too. It’s human to not…

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When Grace Reigns in You

When Grace Reigns in You

Does grace reign in you? This is an important question for every believer. If grace doesn’t reign in you, either sin or self-righteousness rules you. Neither brings life or freedom. Only grace does. Abundantly. When grace reigns in you, all is well. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 5:21, NLT,*)…

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Faith and Control Do Not Mix Well Together

Faith and Control Do Not Mix Well Together

Today I have four quotes and three Bible verses about faith and control to share with you. We all would like to have everything together, be in control so we could relax and enjoy our lives, right? But that’s not how faith or life works. Faith and control don’t mix well together. How come? If our goal is to be in control, we push faith away. The one who is in control is the god in our life whether we…

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When Dreams Come Crashing Down.

When Dreams Come Crashing Down.

Some of you may have known that for the past year our family has prepared for a year in Ethiopia. I was called to teach at a theological seminary there. Then the pandemic happened and our year was first postponed and then canceled altogether due to financial difficulties of the Mission organization. Perhaps needless to say, our family was shocked. All our dreams for a year in Africa came crashing down. How did we take it? And how do you…

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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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Life on-demand

Life on-demand

Modern people would like to think there’s no sacrifice or compromise needed in anything. We would all like to be able to choose what we like and be perpetually happy. No sadness or sacrifices, instead, we want a happy ending in everything. But that’s not how life works. We can’t oust sadness no matter how much we’d like that. There is no such a thing as life on-demand. We all know everyone’s life is touched by sadness. It might be…

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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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