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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Potiphar’s wife – Desire
Potiphar’s wife – Desire

God wants us to tell him our desires and dialogue with us over them; but most of all he wants us to delight ourselves in him.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Bees
Bees

Bee colonies give the impression of being a single organism made up of thousands of individual parts.

 
 
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FINISH LINE

 
The enemies were not expelled
The enemies were not expelled

Get rid of evil from inside you, or it will finish by conquering you.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
Why is “seize the day” our universal motto?
Why is “seize the day” our universal motto?

“Seize the day. Live for the moment. Be yourself.” Behind the vitality these maxims exude there is such desperation, so much fear.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The Martagon Lily
The Martagon Lily

We are living in a society which is driven by appearance and image, where aesthetics take precedence over ethics and morality.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Potiphar – Unexpected Blessing
Potiphar – Unexpected Blessing

The captain of Pharaoh’s guard, was a person who benefitted from the blessing of God on his household through the presence of a believer.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Wild strawberries
Wild strawberries

Strawberry juice, with its bitter-sweet taste and mouth-watering aroma, is one of the most complex natural products of the vegetable kingdom.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
Crow
Crow

 – “I beg your pardon?”  – “Yes, the person you need to see is Mr Crow! Come this way, follow me, I’ll introduce him to you, I’m his wife!”

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Judah – Double standards
Judah – Double standards

Do you have the courage now to ask your teenage children, your spouse or a trusted friend if you have any double standards?

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
A Trumpian Europe
A Trumpian Europe

I wish our public discourse would reflect the complexity of life more fully.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Mount Tabor
Mount Tabor

It is 588 metres high and stands on the southern edge of Lower Galilee. It was a sacred mountain for the Canaanites, and then also for the Northern Israelite tribes.

 
 
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CULTURE MAKING

 
I love my life
I love my life

The gospel we nod to today is something like: believe in yourself. Be authentic. Be you. You’re beautiful. Fulfill your dream.

 
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FINISH LINE

 
Under pressure
Under pressure

Nothing can compare to the security of our relationship with him and the peace that he puts in our hearts.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The guy with the stick
The guy with the stick

I walk on to a stretch on the edge of the forest that is particularly full of light, and right there: Whoosh!  

 
 
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ZOE

 
Dragonfly or butterfly?
Dragonfly or butterfly?

When we accommodate our moral beliefs and choices to our personal preferences, we are almost always distorting the message of Jesus Christ.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The moon clock
The moon clock

As the psalmist says, the Moon has enabled mankind to measure time with remarkable accuracy, and to reflect on the nature of the cosmos.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Joseph – The arrogance of youth
Joseph – The arrogance of youth

God did not look at the arrogant young Joseph and say, ‘That’s it. He’s blown it. I can’t do anything with him.’ Not at all.

 
 
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FINISH LINE

 
Face to face
Face to face

To speak evil of others is the sport practised by 99% of cowards, those who are afraid to solve their own problems face to face.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Reuben – Forgotten sin
Reuben – Forgotten sin

The Bible is not like our Western society. It does not glorify sex. But it certainly does not avoid it.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
Forests that move
Forests that move

As there is no better way of gaining time than by talking with God I go into the forest.

 
 
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FINISH LINE

 
Don’t even remind me
Don’t even remind me

We do not often remember that bitterness is one of Satan's favourite weapons.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The word ‘resurrection’
The word ‘resurrection’

No term in human language is sufficient to adequately express the greatness of the resurrection.

 
 
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Peace makers
Peace makers

Peace makers are essential in Christian life: men and women who never accept evil; men and women who prefer to lose their own rights to let God be glorified.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Red sea coral reefs
Red sea coral reefs

Corals are the only animals that can be detected by satellites from space.

 
 
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There is no other way
There is no other way

The word of God speaks of only one way to be saved: to believe in Christ.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The Berty Family’s Incredible Date (III)
The Berty Family’s Incredible Date (III)

She still doesn’t know the sweetness of this voice: it is the voice of Jesus, who is entering the game again!

 
 
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That’s what friends are for
That’s what friends are for

Barry Richards, on of the best South African cricket players once said: “I would have preferred to make fewer runs and more friends.”

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Hamor – infiltration
Hamor – infiltration

How many people have I seen over the years whose faith has been diluted, even extinguished, say, by a spouse who was not a believer, or by a business partner who did not share the same Christian values.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The Berty Family’s Incredible Date (II)
The Berty Family’s Incredible Date (II)

His wife’s body, bathed in sweat, is in the throes of convulsions. Véro would love to be able to cry out, but her cries remain stuck in her throat.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The Berty Family’s Incredible Date
The Berty Family’s Incredible Date

The Bertys free their chakras, consult all kinds of ‘specialists’: masters in guided meditation, mediums, kinesiologists, cleaners of cellular memories and even their animal totem (a snake!) to try to discover what they still lack…

 
 
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FINISH LINE

 
Too smart
Too smart

Endurance is a beautiful word for an athlete, and for a Christian. God has not called us to conquer the world in five days.

 
 
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THOUGHT TRANSLATION

 
Am I building my Babel?
Am I building my Babel?

Am I building my Babel? / Brick upon brick / Constructing an edifice / Of my own achievement.

 
 
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I don’t have time
I don’t have time

We cannot use time better than when we give it to God, in every sense.

 
 
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THOUGHT TRANSLATION

 
To Those Who’ll Listen
To Those Who’ll Listen

I wish I could whisper to your desires, ‘There is more. Much more.’

 
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ZOE

 
The sea slug
The sea slug

How does such a fragile and conspicuous organism survive in a sub aqua environment, replete with voracious predators?

 
 
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FINISH LINE

 
Here I am
Here I am

It is not a matter of being better, nor being more prepared. It is a matter of ANSWERING. God continues to call in the same way each day: "Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?"

 
 
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THOUGHT TRANSLATION

 
Bereaved of My Own Grandeur
Bereaved of My Own Grandeur

A voice I longed to hear but / Whose sweet tones I had almost forgotten. / Too soft, too subtle, too strong. / Unshakeable, gentle steel. / You’re welcome.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Rachel – Unhappiness
Rachel – Unhappiness

We can have a great marriage, a wonderful husband or wife and still be fundamentally unhappy. Rachel is an example of this.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The seagull
The seagull

Where are we getting our food supply as believers? Are we feeding on God’s Word, or do we prefer other sources of nourishment?

 
 
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ZOE

 
A trapped, solitary flamingo
A trapped, solitary flamingo

This flamingo reminded me of the fact that we humans were also created to live in community.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Leah – Unloved
Leah – Unloved

Being in a relational situation where you are unloved can feel very oppressive. But the Lord sees your situation. He says, “I will show my love to the person who is not loved” (Hosea 2:23).

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Laban – Cheating
Laban – Cheating

Cheating and deceit may benefit us in the short term, but in the longer term they will take us away from God’s presence and from his purpose.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Sunset
Sunset

The distorting effect of the earth’s atmosphere (the refraction of the sun’s rays in its gases) causes the spherical or round shape of the sun to seem altered, depending on where it is in relation to the earth.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The Enchanted Forest
The Enchanted Forest

To Jesus alone the glory; His amazing power is only equalled by his tenderness... And today, he still is the same.

 
 
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FRESH BREEZE

 
Malcomson: There Can Be No Unity with Roman Catholicism
Malcomson: There Can Be No Unity with Roman Catholicism

An interview with the author of ‘The Scarlet Woman’, Keith Malcomson

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The wall of evil (II)
The wall of evil (II)

There is something even stronger than prayer: Listening to God!

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The wall of evil (I)
The wall of evil (I)

I rained prayer upon prayer against the walls present in my own life, its injustices, recurrent struggles and other adversities.

 
 
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Todd Friel: There is no Salvation without Repentance
Todd Friel: There is no Salvation without Repentance

Will Graham caught up with Todd Friel to talk ministry, evangelism, repentance and much more.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
Go(o)d bye, my friend
Go(o)d bye, my friend

The whys and wherefores don’t matter, I just need God

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Esau – Success?
Esau – Success?

How will we use the gifts God has given to us? What will be remembered for in the way that we have used these gifts?

 
 
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Lost ball
Lost ball

Do not worry about lost balls! Do not be interested in criticism! Do not fear responsibility! God has called you, so he will give you the strength to be restored.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
As we grow...
As we grow...

At birth, little does it matter to us whether we are disadvantaged or favoured. The only thing that matters is the love of those close to us.

 
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ZOE

 
The red rock mullet
The red rock mullet

It swallows the sand to filter it and then expels it through its gills, thus retaining crustaceans, amphipods, polychaetes, molluscs and tiny fish.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Rebekah - 15 minutes of fame
Rebekah - 15 minutes of fame

She lived 4,000 years ago and, although she can hardly be called a celebrity, even today people all over the world are still reading about her.

 
 
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FROM PRAGUE

 
Liberty
Liberty

Many of us don't know anything other than living in freedom. But often we're not aware –or we don't want to know– that the choices we make in our freedom can curb the freedom of others.

 
 
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ZOE

 
A porcupine fish
A porcupine fish

They deploy a further defence mechanism in the form of the numerous sharp spines that they are covered with. As if that wasn’t enough, some of the species of this fish possess a venomous substance (tetrodotoxine) in their skin and in their spines.

 
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FRESH BREEZE

 
10 Mega-Heresies
10 Mega-Heresies

A look at 10 of the most dangerous heresies in the history of the Church.

 
 
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Living nature
Living nature

We can obey the creator, loving and caring for all the things he made; or we can obey the destroyer and do the things that pollute the atmosphere more each day.

 
 
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ZOE

 
Corals
Corals

The only animals that can be detected by satellites from space are corals. In reality, they are tiny organisms with a fragile body that are particularly prevalent in the warm seas of the world.

 
 
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“The king is risen”
“The king is risen”

Thousands of people blindly follow their spiritual leaders to the death. Millions of men and women are willing to give their lives for an ideal... all following dead gods.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The Gorgonians of the Costa Brava
The Gorgonians of the Costa Brava

These organisms are not only flora, however, but also include whole colonies of tiny marine animals, like these lovely red gorgonians that I photographed in the Ullastres de Tamariu (Girona).

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
Getting past my cartastrophes
Getting past my cartastrophes

Those who overtake me treat me to an amazing mime show featuring a whole range of whiners and complainers. It’s too funny for words (and cheaper than going to the movies!)

 
 
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ZOE

 
A crane prepares to take off
A crane prepares to take off

Some scientists are misinterpreting both God, and the meaning of the word “create”.

 
 
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Too young
Too young

When an important decision needs to be made, few will ask the opinion of a youth, for he "doesn't carry any weight" and he's got "a lot to learn".

 
 
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10 lesser-known Protestant Reformers
10 lesser-known Protestant Reformers

A closer look at Philip Melanchthon, Matthias Flacius, Martin Bucer, John Knox and William Farel.

 
 
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Little Battles
Little Battles

Although we won't lose the war, how long are we going to live without victory because of hundreds of different "little battles"?

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
Buzzzz
Buzzzz

To tell you the truth, my prayers sometimes sound as hollow as that banal ‘How are you?’ two passers-by in a hurry to get home might exchange.

 
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To be a pioneer
To be a pioneer

It's difficult to be a pioneer. You work more than anyone, but the fruits are enjoyed by those who come after you.

 
 
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Seven defence mechanisms against apostasy
Seven defence mechanisms against apostasy

How John Owen can help us steer clear from the danger of apostasy.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The Master of the Seasons (3)
The Master of the Seasons (3)

A delegation, all wearing ties, is waiting for me at the entrance and welcomes me, just like the technical team of a Formula One racing driver.

 
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But did Jesus really rise from the dead?
But did Jesus really rise from the dead?

We take a look at four theories regarding Jesus' 'supposed' resurrection from the dead.

 
 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The Master of the Seasons (2)
The Master of the Seasons  (2)

For, if I don’t understand anything either about what is happening to me, I know at least that, for sure, God is not far away.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE
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Ishmael – Homelessness
Ishmael – Homelessness

I was reminded of Ishmael when recently I saw a homeless teenage boy being interviewed on TV. He explained that he was on the streets because his step-father had thrown him out of the house.

 
 
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David J. Randall: Why I left the Church of Scotland
David J. Randall: Why I left the Church of Scotland

We ask David Randall about his decision to leave the Church of Scotland after 40 years of faithful service and about his new book ‘A Sad Departure’.

 
 
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Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Being dead, yet speaks
Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Being dead, yet speaks

Thirty-five years after his death, we take a look back at the growing legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

 
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There's always someone better
There's always someone better

God keeps asking us to use the strength that we have... his strength. No giant can resist that.

 
 
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Dare to dream
Dare to dream

A bitter person has never helped to change the world. It is the dreamers who build the future, those who can see beyond the circumstances.

 
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THE MIRROR

 
Worshippers of convenience
Worshippers of convenience

In order to worship, it is necessary to truly understand who we are and who the God of all ages is, over and above what He does for us.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Hagar – Powerlessness
Hagar – Powerlessness

Like Hagar, Paul, and Jesus, we may sometimes need to take the way of powerlessness in order to experience the power of God in our lives.

 
 
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An obstacle race
An obstacle race

Obstacles are nothing more than passing difficulties. The race goes on, and all we need is wisdom from God.

 
 
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Be conformed
Be conformed

M. Thompsopn (Bahamas), number one in the Draft of the NBA, and world champion with the Lakers, met the Lord Jesus when he was young, and his order of priorities soon began to change.

 
 
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FROM PRAGUE

 
A Mongolian church in Prague
A Mongolian church in Prague

Christians share Jesus with others in the Mongolian community which is about 600 people in the capital city of the Czech Republic.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
The clutter along the path
The clutter along the path

I called out to two walkers who were unlucky enough to be approaching from the opposite direction: “Watch out! I’ve dumped a load of trash on the path! Whatever you do, don’t walk in it!”

 
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The best team of all time
The best team of all time

God's entire plan was put into the hands of eleven very ordinary men, without human power, fearful, and doubting - eleven men waiting for supernatural power.

 
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FROM PRAGUE

 
Surprised sheep
Surprised sheep

The first line went well, but when the surprised sheep passed by, someone at the other side of the table lay in stitches. “Surprised sheep”, my son roared with laughter. He vividly imagined a big flock of sheep that en masse dropped their jaws. 

 
 
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We only have one mother
We only have one mother

It is even more difficult to find people who recognise the greatness of their parents, and even more difficult to find young people who will say it publicly. It seems to be out of fashion.

 
 
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The genealogy of Swine
The genealogy of Swine

A closer look at the Moabitess who appears on Jesus' genealogy.

 
 
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Mister Universe
Mister Universe

Anyone who puts his faith in himself has a short future. One of the biggest dangers of our day for both men and women is pride.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
Tears, that’s nothing (II)
Tears, that’s nothing (II)

All the way through that first night in India, bursts of noises from the streets climb all the way up the walls to infiltrate the badly soundproofed windows of my hotel room and arouse my Western feeling of security.

 
 
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THE MIRROR

 
The deception of Authenticity
The deception of Authenticity

Are our emotions and feelings, our explosive characters or our desires more authentic than our responsibilities?

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Noah – Seeing the invisible
Noah – Seeing the invisible

Noah was prepared to engage in a 100-year building project on the basis of a warning from God about things that he had not seen and could not yet see.

 
 
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The genealogy of incest
The genealogy of incest

A closer look at one of Jesus' problematic grandmothers.

 
 
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Why Evangelicals need Catechisms
Why Evangelicals need Catechisms

How contemporary Evangelicalism could benefit from going back to Protestant catechisms.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Methuselah - The Curse of Immortality
Methuselah - The Curse of Immortality

What are our hopes and aspirations for old age - if God allows us to reach that point in life? None of us can escape the ageing process: Outwardly we are wasting away, but inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

 
 
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That’s just the way I am
That’s just the way I am

God's involvement with man does not depend primarily on man's personality or character, but on his love for them.

 
 
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Why read the Puritans?
Why read the Puritans?

In the 400th anniversary of Richard Baxter, today I give you 10 reasons why it is important to read the Puritans.

 
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APPOINTMENT WITH GOD

 
Will you be able to hear the call of the fiancé?
Will you be able to hear the call of the fiancé?

Saying, ‘I want to make the most of life before following God,’ is to have understood nothing about what He is, nor what He gives.

 
 
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Why am I a Protestant?
Why am I a Protestant?

Will Graham gives us ten reasons why he is a Protestant.

 
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And me, worried
And me, worried

Jesus felt the scorn of his own people. If this happened to the Lord Jesus, it shouldn't be surprising that it happens to us too.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Cain - A battle
Cain - A battle

When we react badly to a situation, do something that is wrong or mess up, how do we react? Cain’s example shows that we can either master sin, or we can let sin have us.

 
 
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Compassion
Compassion

When Jesus saw the multitudes he cried . And how de we react?

 
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THE MIRROR

 
Comfort’s Deceitfulness
Comfort’s Deceitfulness

Although it’s licit and appropriate to enjoy what we have, it’s not if we do so at the expense of the One who gave it to us, and less so if we sacrifice His call for our own.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Abel - Still speaking to us
Abel - Still speaking to us

Abel was the first martyr for his faith; and his example, together with the words of Scripture, tells us that those who are killed for the sake of Christ do not lose their lives in vain.

 
 
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Beeke: It's time to rediscover the Reformers and the Puritans
Beeke: It's time to rediscover the Reformers and the Puritans

“Evangelicalism desperately needs a revival of robust Reformed theology that is thoroughly biblical, helpfully doctrinal, warmly experiential, and pointedly practical”, says the President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary.

 
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Journey into the unknown
Journey into the unknown

God's Holy Spirit can bring the appropriate text to your mind because you have prepared beforehand, by storing them in your heart.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Adam - a legacy
Adam - a legacy

God has given every one of us certain privileges, abilities and gifts. What are we going to do with them?

 
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A tower falling down
A tower falling down

A young Christian managed to get me into his comic book school. I was able to witness to his whole class, in spite of the teacher being visibly ill at ease about God being talked about so freely in his class.

 
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The gates of glory
The gates of glory

I am the blind and deaf friend of your King! Blind, because throughout my life, He gave me so many wonderful things, so much help, but I was almost unable to see it. Deaf, because He talked to me so often yet I heard so little of what He said…

 
 
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History is His story!
History is His story!

The great thing about God is that his plans are always carried out. Despite the apparent determination of mankind to destroy things, God shows his power.

 
 
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Morning dew
Morning dew

Leaving the house this morning, I had the impression of being entwined in an entanglement of roots of insoluble problems… I take the path which goes inside the forest and which leads me to the feet of its God.

 
 
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An Open Letter to Phil Johnson
An Open Letter to Phil Johnson

John MacArthur is no heretic. He has been faithful to Scripture, he did not deserve such treatment. His gracious response to the ‘prophet’ was praiseworthy. 

 
 
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Can I date a non-Christian?
Can I date a non-Christian?

 If you love God, you will obey Him (whatever it costs). If God doesn’t want you to be with a non-Christian then you’ve got to do as He says.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Origins (Hosea 12)
Origins (Hosea 12)

Will you, like Israel in Hosea's time, become increasingly confident in what you have gained? Or will you remember your origins, where you have come from, and so keep yourself humble before your God?

 
 
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The Canaries, a dream?
The Canaries, a dream?

In five minutes, on the podium, it will be the decisive moment. The Spanish are going to hear me for the very first time. Curses, the toilet door is jammed! I am stuck in the loo of a paradise island: highly symbolic!

 
 
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Loving a whore
Loving a whore

Some think that the doctrine of the love of God shows a weak Lord. But the love spoken of in Hosea’s book is the most ferocious type of love that history has ever known. It is a blaze fiercer than hell itself.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
The image of God (Hosea 11)
The image of God (Hosea 11)

God is love. We often find this difficult to comprehend, especially when faced with hard circumstances, because our understanding of his love is so small. We find it hard to grasp how he can hold light and love in balance.

 
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The hard words of Jesus
The hard words of Jesus

Jesus is not a doll or a teddy or a fluffy bunny. He is the eternal Judge made manifest in flesh.

 
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Is it a sin to get a tattoo?
Is it a sin to get a tattoo?

One recurring question that has surfaced in almost every Christian camp has been: “Is it a sin to get a tattoo?” I want to add my voice to the debate today. 

 
 
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God does not make mistakes
God does not make mistakes

Sometimes we hold on to the theory that if we love and obey God, everything in our life will turn out well. This is not true. It is a mistake to say that God is a form of security against all harm. 

 
 
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Boycott
Boycott

We then stray from our own objectives, and so we have our prize taken away. In the 'Olympics' of our spiritual life, materialism stops us from participating and gaining medals.

 
 
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Bible verses about homosexuality
Bible verses about homosexuality

One thing I’ve noticed amongst the so-called ‘believers’ that support gay marriage in particular and homosexuality in general is that they seem to have very little respect for Holy Scripture. 

 
 
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Me and my home
Me and my home

Everyone should serve as they are able, and in that way they will gain approval from God himself, and our gratitude too.

 
 
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Life goals (Hosea 9)
Life goals (Hosea 9)

So, what are your life goals at this moment in time? To get a better job? To get married? To move to a bigger house or flat? To get a better car? To have children? To pass your exams?

 
 
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Underground with dad
Underground with dad

He stopped for a moment and noticed that I put a lot more into my wheelbarrow  than he did in his. He tried to impress me by wheeling my barrow.

 
 
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Should I pray for Sodom?
Should I pray for Sodom?

Many of us could do with a good dose of Abraham’s spirit: the spirit of compassion, intercession and love for those in danger of condemnation.

 
 
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The House
The House

The years have gone by and today, acting as if nothing was up, Luc announces to me:  “There you are! ‘The’ house is for sale!”

 
 
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Healing (Hosea 7)
Healing (Hosea 7)

Why don't you ask God to give you a 'roadworthiness check' and see if there is anything that needs putting right? Like me, you may be surprised at what he puts his finger on.

 
 
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Returning (Hosea 6)
Returning (Hosea 6)

Have you ever tried to bargain with God? If you do this for me, if you give me this healing, I will sacrifice something for you, do something that I think you will like. It doesn’t work.

 
 
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Do you know where you are going?
Do you know where you are going?

When Bill Russell started to play in McClaymond's College there were people who played much better than he did. In the college there were 15 match shirts and he was player number 16.

 
 
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Youtube and all of life's voices
Youtube and all of life's voices

I wonder whether our constant quest for more evolved means of communication reflects a facet of our Imago Dei (to be made in the image of God). 

 
 
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Training hard
Training hard

Undergoing spiritual training in our devotion to God means letting our character be moulded to Christ's image, allowing our lives to come under the control of the Holy Spirit, that all might see in us the love of the Father.

 
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U2, Newton, and Jesus' grace
U2, Newton, and Jesus' grace

Grace is at the centre of existence. It is no surprise that John Newton, U2 and so many others have decided to sing about it.

 
 
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How much does a Human being cost?
How much does a Human being cost?

Some of Picasso’s paintings are worth more than $100 million because people have been willing to pay this amount. According to Scriptures, God was willing to pay a price to reconcile and reconnect humanity to himself: his own Son’s life.

 
 
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Followers

Many consider that the level of commitment that Jesus asks of his followers is simply too extreme and unrealistic for today’s society. Following someone on Twitter is as far as many of us are willing to go. 

 
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Karl Barth on homosexuality
Karl Barth on homosexuality

The Swiss giant still commands enough respect to be taken seriously both within and without the walls of the academic community (certainly here, at least, in Continental Europe).

 
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The unforgivable sin? (Hosea 2)
The unforgivable sin? (Hosea 2)

If you are worried that you have committed a sin that cannot be forgiven, read this chapter and see how great is the Lord’s love for the human race; open yourself to him, so that you can receive that love.

 
 
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It only hurts when I laugh
It only hurts when I laugh

The Bible says that when our heart is happy it makes the face cheerful. And those around us will see that our happiness is rooted in God.

 
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Adoption (Hosea 1)

Over 2,500 years ago the Lord used Hosea’s tangled family life to predict that he would adopt Gentiles - you and me included - into his chosen family.

 
 
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The way out
The way out

There was an exercise we did at Wayside – the fifth and final rehab I went to – in which we went through the Gospel of John and summarized every chapter, wrote it down in our own words. That’s when I met him again.

 
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Blessings
Blessings

Delfo Cabrera, an Argentinian fireman, wanted to take part in the London Olympics of 1948 but couldn't afford the air fare...

 
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Worship or entertainment?

Even music –when it is given too much prominence in the house of God- can become a hindrance rather than a blessing.

 
 
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The Mirror’s Surprise
The Mirror’s Surprise

A good part of what we do in front of the mirror and in front of others as well, is to put on makeup and cover-up whatever we’re unable to accept. Something similar happens in our day to day life as well, in front of the mirror of the Word.

 
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Is God against science?
Is God against science?

It was here in Europe where scientists expected to find order and laws in the natural realm because they confessed faith in an organizing and ordering God behind it all.

 
 
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The future (Daniel 12)
The future (Daniel 12)

Like Daniel, we hear (and read), but often do not understand. With him we ask, My Lord, what will the outcome of all this be? 

 
 
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Watch your tonge!
Watch your tonge!

"I'd prefer to say nothing about the ref but sometimes....." More than one famous football manager or president has said these words after the match, using them as a launch pad to shoot off a thousand and one things against the match officials.

 
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The promise (Daniel 9)
The promise (Daniel 9)

Have you ever had a promise from somebody, and you have waited so expectantly for the thing promised: a special present, a new relationship, a new job opportunity?

 
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Why I dislike `The creation of Adam´
Why I dislike `The creation of Adam´

One thing I dislike is how Michelangelo depicts God as leaving man to fend for himself on earth. Once Adam awakens from his drowsy snooze, the Father is hidden behind a reddish veil whereby only His hand can be seen.

 
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Joyful Contentment
Joyful Contentment

I think an honest observation recognizes that discontentment is preached and celebrated as a lifestyle by many today. Isn’t it true? A toxic system of discontentment is built and fed by most of the media, the market and other means.

 
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Who is in charge? (Daniel 7)
Who is in charge? (Daniel 7)

When I was a teenager in the 1960s I remember the widespread fear that communism would take over the world through the empire of the Soviet Union, which seemed so impregnable in its hostility to Christian faith. Yet in my own lifetime I have witnessed its collapse and disappearance.

 
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Grateful to be alive
Grateful to be alive

Before a what, there has always been a who. As the author of all creation, the Bible insists, God is the only legitimate object of our gratitude for existence.

 
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What Are We Going to Eat Today?

The fact is that we are essentially consuming experiences and our thirst doesn’t seem to go away, but to increase. 

 
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Anointed by lemon
Anointed by lemon

Did He put the eyes of faith into a few and drops of vinegar into the eyes of others? Come on! Why do some saints have faces as long as horses?

 
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Receiving Revelation (Daniel 7-12)
Receiving Revelation (Daniel 7-12)

God is constantly communicating with us. Are we ready to hear from him in any and every circumstance?

 
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What is Galatians all about?
What is Galatians all about?

The cool thing about Galatians is that it’s so easy to understand. Paul has one simple message he conveys from beginning to end. It is the key New Testament truth that justification is by faith alone.

 
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Resentment
Resentment

PAUL AZINGER is a really good golfer. Some years ago his life hit a brick wall when they told him he had cancer. But he trusted in God and got back on the greens

 
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Miracles
Miracles

It’s my opinion that embracing the reality of an originator behind the not so uncommon miracles infinitely adds to our existence. Why would we watch life in black and white and on mute when we could watch it full coloured with stereo sound?

 
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Finishing well (Daniel 6)
Finishing well (Daniel 6)

In this chapter we find Daniel an old man, probably in his 80s; but we find him as fervent as ever in his commitment to the Lord. What was his secret?

 
 
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The rich person’s sadness
The rich person’s sadness

Sometimes, even in our Christian life, obedience results in sadness.

 
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Hopeful Dissatisfaction
Hopeful Dissatisfaction

On the day that Tranströmer was announced as winner, the book I happened to be reading was Confessions, by Augustine. I mention this for a reason: if the Nobel Prize for Literature was already being given in the 5th century, I believe Augustine would possibly have received it for his writing.

 
 
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Stop complaining!
Stop complaining!

Can you come back and win a world cup match when your team is down 3-0? I bet most of us would say no. But the answer is YES! Quarter-final, England, 1966: Portugal is up against the star revelation of the tournament, Korea, and losing 3-0. 

 
 
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Rebuking: A lost Art? (Daniel 4)

Are we genuinely interested in seeing the person restored to a correct path, or are we taking the opportunity to put him or her down?

 
 
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Putting our affections to the test
Putting our affections to the test

How many times have we wondered why somebody who professes to love us so much -a relative, our spouse, our child, a friend or a colleague- treats us in a way that shows deep disrespect, indifference and selfishness -be it with their gestures, words, or attitudes?

 
 
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The gifts of the Spirit never left the early church
The gifts of the Spirit never left the early church

Tertullian was so entirely caught up in the dynamism of God’s Spirit that some have dubbed him as the church’s first authentically ‘Pentecostal’ theologian (although it’s a blatant anachronism, a bit like calling Augustine a ‘Calvinist’). Tertullian loved the Holy Spirit.

 
 
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Our first inspection
Our first inspection

One of the greatest Olympic winners of all time was Paavo Nurmi, who won twelve medals (nine of them gold) in long-distance running in the 1920's. When he ran, something caught people's attention: he always carried a stop watch. Before anyone said anything, he already knew if he was running well or not.

 
 
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And suddenly it rains
And suddenly it rains

Though we all love good surprises, our journeys are marked with surprises we would rather not have received. They break into our lives as uninvited guests. One second you are dry and the next you’re wet. One second you have a job and the next you are unemployed.

 
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To be a man is to help women flourish
To be a man is to help women flourish

A proposal has been growing on me that I believe honors the heart of mature masculinity without succumbing to Nietzsche’s übermensch, patriarchy, or gnostic sexuality.

 
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A crown of thorns
A crown of thorns

He suffered in our place, because that was what we deserved, including the crown of thorns.

 
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Closed door?
Closed door?

Whatever your fears are (timidity, challenges, etc.), here’s a piece of advice: if Jesus asks you to walk on water, don’t think about it too much, just do it…

 
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Do good and…
Do good and…

We want to do good to others, because God does good to all. It is the natural fruit of our life with God.

 
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Help
Help

God has placed people with more wisdom at our side to help us in difficult moments. Never despise his advice, given through these people.

 
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What makes a good speaker?
What makes a good speaker?

Instead of logos and pathos, Aristotle chose instead ethos: the speaker’s character.

 
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The Beard!
The Beard!

A big Harley, with a roar that would make hell tremble, is parked in front of the church door.

 
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Why do we get married?
Why do we get married?

Why is marrying-for-love so obvious to us today? There are of course many historical factors. But I wonder whether one of the most important ones isn’t a letter written many years ago.

 
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Everything is possible
Everything is possible

Begin by asking God to show us his will and then everything else will fall into place in its time.

 
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Jesus’ donkeys
Jesus’ donkeys

While horses were often used for war, donkeys were symbols of peace, which is why Christ chose to enter the capital of Israel as a gentle and humble king on the back of a donkey's colt.

 
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The lion in the pit
The lion in the pit

As soon as I arrived at the apartment, my ten year old son called out to me from his bed: - ‘Dad! Dad! I’ve got a passage from the Bible to read to you...’

 
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The four attributes of Scripture
The four attributes of Scripture

A closer look at the sufficiency, clarity, authority and necessity of Scripture.

 
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The old Chinese man’s plea
The old Chinese man’s plea

We all prayed before the computer, with its email from Beijing, opening a new door to the Holy Spirit to reach a whole country.

 
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Lose time
Lose time

When we want everything to finish quickly, it's because we are afraid of losing our victory in the last moments.

 
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Tamar - Falsely blamed
Tamar - Falsely blamed

Tamar knew what it was to be blamed for something that was not at all her fault; and that blame determined the course of her whole life.

 
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Mediocrity
Mediocrity

Being a Christian is not an excuse for mediocrity, nor is it an excuse to passively accept defeat.

 
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That people may see us
That people may see us

There is a danger that we can all fall into - to do things only for others to admire us.

 
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Something unimportant happened to me!
Something unimportant happened to me!

I am listening to Revelation 21 which talks to me about God’s house, with its foundations of precious stones... I stop: - ‘Precious stones!’

 
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The earwig
The earwig

Earwigs are calm and peaceful insects which feed on aphids and sea-slug eggs, which makes them beneficial for agriculture. 

 
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Eating reptiles
Eating reptiles

There is wisdom in the Holy Scriptures which vastly surpasses the knowledge that was available to human beings at the time!

 
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Donating blood
Donating blood

If we are not capable of giving, we have not learned what loving means.

 
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Really easy
Really easy

Jesus overcame death, when, after suffering on the cross, he came back to life, proving himself the victor when he appeared to more than five hundred people in different situations.

 
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Simeon and Levi - Violence
Simeon and Levi - Violence

Simeon and Levi are lessons to us when we are tempted to use violence - physical or verbal – to bring about what we desire (or, worse still, what we think God desires).

 
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Five in a bed
Five in a bed

These giants contemplate me scornfully from on high, looking at the little man at their feet in a monk-like silence. Who dares disturb their sleep?

 
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The Berty Family’s Incredible Date (IV)
The Berty Family’s Incredible Date (IV)

The feng shui mirrors, the statuettes of Ganesh, the Tarot games... From now on, they have no need of these lucky charms and protections, as they have all of that and morem, in Jesus alone!

 
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The Spirastrella sponge
The Spirastrella sponge

They reside in the dark rocky depths close to the shore, but when they are exposed to artificial light they show off their marvellous colours. But there is nothing ostentatious about their display.

 
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Shechem – Sex and violence
Shechem – Sex and violence

Sexual immorality really does open a doorway for the devil, not only in one’s own life, but in the whole community.

 
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A mullein flower
A mullein flower

In a world in which everything is subject to the passing of time and the inexorable entropy of decay, true wisdom consists in taking hold of that which is truly immutable and everlasting.

 
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Grown Up
Grown Up

Am I actually / really competent at anything? / How does it feel to be a grown up?

 
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A winner
A winner

A winner lives by his character, but that is not enough: he has to add training, concentration and physical condition to play in a team.

 
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Idols
Idols

If we live worshipping other "idols", we should cry out to them when we need help.

 
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The Swiss cow
The Swiss cow

When they think no one else is watching, they let their mask drop and show their inner circle what they are really like.

 
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The hidden mountain
The hidden mountain

We set off, waving our last goodbyes to all those who made us so welcome... and at this exact moment, the mountain decides to show itself to us in all its splendor.

 
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Bilhah and Zilpah – Bodies Exploited
Bilhah and Zilpah – Bodies Exploited

Ever since Adam and Eve fell and God told her in the Garden of Eden, “Your desire will be for your husband and he will rule over you”, far too many men throughout history have used this as an opportunity to dominate, exploit and use the bodies of women.

 
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Greylag geese
Greylag geese

It is not only humans that exhibit resentment towards foreigners. Some animals are extremely xenophobic.

 
 

 
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Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict Israel, the UN resolution and the long conflict

Shira Sorko-Ram, pastor and journalist in Israel, shares her views and a historical and biblical context on the latest events.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ” Giovanni Traettino: “Pope Francis is my brother in Christ”

Evangelical Focus asked the well-known Pentecostal pastor about his “open” approach to Roman Catholicism. Traettino defended his position about ecumenism during the Italian Evangelical Alliance 2016 assembly (8-9 April, Rome).

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA Thomas Bucher: Vision of the EEA

Influence in society, evangelical identity and projects in Europe. An interview with Thomas Bucher, secretary general of the European Evangelical Alliance.

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
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‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues WPF17: A look at the world’s current issues

A selection of pictures of World Press Photo 2017.

 
‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’ ‘Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible’

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
“Spain, we pray for you” “Spain, we pray for you”

Hundreds of evangelical Christians from many denominations marched in Madrid (Spain) to pray for their city, the authorities and asking God to bring hope to its society. Many gathered in other cities on June, 11.

 
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How does erotic love feature in the Bible? How does erotic love feature in the Bible?

Richard Winter, Psychotherapist and Professor Emeritus of Covenant Theological Seminary, answers the question.

 
Proverbs 31 Proverbs 31

A powerful video recites Proverbs 31:10-31, from the Bible. Produced by World Relief. 

 
‘You are a… Christian?’ ‘You are a… Christian?’

A clip by Tracey Ullman's Show (BBC, in the UK) gives a humorous approach to how Christians are perceived in the labour market.

 
What historical obstacles do European missionaries need to overcome? What historical obstacles do European missionaries need to overcome?

Teaching Director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka Ajith Fernando answers the question.

 
You-To live-How? You-To live-How?

The Roldan Camacho are a Spanish couple with deafness. They tell us how the whole family experiences everyday life through sign language. A video report by Gabriela Pérez.

 
“Who can help me? I want to become a Christian” “Who can help me? I want to become a Christian”

Nikos Stefanidis of ‘Helping Hands’ in Athens (Greece) shares the story of an Afghan lady who decided to follow Jesus.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
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