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Draw Near to God

Draw Near to God

Because of Jesus we can walk right up to God. Without Jesus we do not have an access to God. But because Jesus died on the cross and was raised on the third day, we can approach God without hesitation. Quite a gift, isn’t it? Now we can draw near to God and we are more than welcome in his presence. And so, dear brothers and sisters, we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of…

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Joy Is Strength

Joy Is Strength

We are told to rejoice in the Bible. Many times. Why is it so important? Why should we bother? Well, being joyful is better than the alternative, isn’t it? But maybe there’s some blessings hidden in joy for all of us. Could Nehemiah be right? Could joy be strength for us? Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10, NIV,*). Joy Is Strength? If joy is strength, it changes how we see the Bible verses…

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Linger in the Presence of God

Linger in the Presence of God

I’ve always thought abiding in Christ is the most important task of a Christian. Everything else just details. Jesus himself invites us to remain in him, to linger in the presence of God. What could that mean in real life? Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. (John 15:4, NIV) The Greek word used here…

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Hide-and-Seek with God?

Hide-and-Seek with God?

Do you ever wonder if God is playing hide-and-seek with you? Even if it does feel like it sometimes, God does not play games with us. Not even hide-and-seek. Or maybe it is you who is hiding from God? Let me tell you, hiding from God does not work either. This world does not give much attention to things eternal and invisible. It is unfashionable, uncool, and extremely odd to be interested in God. But I am with C.S. Lewis:…

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How to Experience the Sweetness of God

How to Experience the Sweetness of God

Have you ever experienced the sweetness of God? Because that is the essence of God. We only get little glimpses of it at this side of eternity but it’s real. It’s real, sweet, and wonderful. Knowing God is to know his sweetness. Being loved by God means being enveloped in his sweetness. Living in the Spirit is about enjoying the sweetness of God. The sweetness of God is readily available for all his children. It’s not magic but too often…

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