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Simeon’s joy

(December 2008) The Lord seeks to fill us with joy. He has stated this on various occasions through the prophets (cf. e.g. Isaiah 49: 13; Jeremiah 31: 13). In this regard one might well ask: “Well, where does this joy come from?” For us, joy comes into being... more ...

Being rooted in the Lord

(November 2008) When you hear the word “rooted” you usually think of a tree. When you plant a tree, it is easy to pull it out of the ground after the first few days. But it will be nearly impossible to pull the tree out once it is properly rooted. In his letter... more ...

Thoughts for Thanksgiving Day

(October 2008) Most feasts celebrated by the people of the old covenant were in some way associated with the harvest. They thanked God for their earthly gifts. This makes it quite clear that sowing, growing, and harvesting were not to be taken for granted, and... more ...

Testifying – is that even possible any more?

(September 2008) We have probably all noticed that it is not so easy to talk to people about our faith nowadays. Many influences and developments have contributed to this state of affairs. But we would be wrong in concluding that any endeavour in this area is... more ...

Peacemakers

(August 2008) Jesus once expressed a special message when He said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5: 9). The literal translation of the original text refers to “those who establish peace”. In other words, one of the... more ...

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

(July 2008) Sometimes I am asked why sealed people do not manifest all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10, thus implying that the gift of tongues (speaking in unknown languages) or the gift of healing are irrefutable evidence... more ...

Peace – the foundation of faith

(June 2008) The book of Daniel relates a special vision Daniel had. In this vision he saw a man and heard a voice: “Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, ‘O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you;... more ...

The house upon the rock

(May 2008) In the Sermon on the Mount the Lord Jesus referred to two types of people. The one accepts the word and acts accordingly. The other also hears it but does not act in accordance with it. And the Lord drew a vivid comparison to two men who each built... more ...

Theology

(April 2008) The term “theology” has been surfacing lately in our literature. We talk about theological insights and knowledge, and even analyse our doctrinal statements from a theological perspective. I can well imagine that this has been received with some... more ...

Renewal

(March 2008) Renewal plays a special role in nature. In many regions things begin to look bare in winter, and life seems to die out. But in spring there is a renewal: everything awakens to new life. Renewal is a repetitive and constant process. It happens every... more ...

The Good Shepherd

(February 2008) In the parable of the lost sheep (cf. Matthew 18: 12-13; Luke 15: 4-6) the Lord Jesus portrayed, in very vivid and beautiful words, how a good shepherd acts: he leaves the 99 sheep where they are – together in the fold – and turns all his attention... more ...

Greeting for the New Year

(January 2008) With all my heart I wish you rich blessings and all the best for the New Year. May each one of you experience the Lord in many diverse ways! I call upon all of us to go into the New Year with great trust in the Lord. Recently I read a nice little... more ...

Word of the Month

Surprises

(May 2017) Sometimes it happens that we hear a passage from Scripture—one we know by heart by now since we... more ...