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Love your neighbour as your neighbour loves you
Love your neighbour as your neighbour  loves you

Freud paraphrases Jesus’ famous words with his own, rather peppery, twist.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Pharaoh’s baker – Prophecy
Pharaoh’s baker – Prophecy

Compassion should always be our over-riding motivation, and we should always offer people a way out of their situation; otherwise our words are only condemnation.

 
 
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Tristram’s starling
Tristram’s starling

The bird got its name from the English clergyman, Henry Baker Tristram, who took an interest in the Bible's natural history, and therefore in the fauna of Israel.

 
 
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Flying away
Flying away

What remains of modern ideology, free-market capitalism, gives us some nice gadgets but does not nurture the soul.

 
 
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Let Me Die
Let Me Die

Have you ever felt so full of joy that you literally prayed: 'Let me die?'

 
 
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The school of Greatness
The school of Greatness

Joseph could have become a spoiled success, an adolescent who dreams of power, receives power, and remains adolescent.

 
 
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Fear of being discovered
Fear of being discovered

The secret of forgiveness is not what we do but what God has already done.

 
 
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Work in the background
Work in the background

Nobody does any more important work than those who pray for others.

 
 
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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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Bees
Bees

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

 
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Trumpian Europe
A Trumpian Europe

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

 
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Change of rhythm
Change of  rhythm

The best way of resting is to have a personal and private conversation with God.

 
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The death of death
The death of death

The Christian narrative leaves us remarkably healed from fear and free to enjoy the delights of this world and long for the eternal ones.

 
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Almost
Almost

Don't stay in the "almost". Commit yourself to God today , right now Hell is full of "almost safe" people.

 
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The mountain goat
The mountain goat

The Old Testament links the health of the body with the health of the soul.

 
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Sweet Memories
Sweet Memories

Stop feeding resentment, doubt, problems and bad memories, and put a moment of gratitude in their place, of happiness...a sweet memory.

 
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Solomon’s horses
Solomon’s horses

For a long time, archaeologists doubted the historicity of Solomon and the horses which, according to the Bible, he possessed, as at that time supposedly only camels were used.

 
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Mail from Suzy
Mail from Suzy

And something happens inside little godless, lawless me: I need to know more about it.

 
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The red star
The red star

The stars, be they the celestial or the marine varieties, shine brightly or stand out against the background where they are located.

 
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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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Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
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.

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The 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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Students in Europe: “We are present” Students in Europe: “We are present”

A summary video of the IFES Europe conference which brought together 1,700 students from many countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany) to reflect on God's mission in society.

 
Is the Christian faith just a crutch for weak people? Is the Christian faith just a crutch for weak people?

Author Michael Ots responds to some of the objections of sceptics. 

 
What does the story of Job teach us about suffering? What does the story of Job teach us about suffering?

By Jelena Sivulka, psychologist and Director of Hana's Hope.

 
Proverbs 31 Proverbs 31

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

 
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.

 
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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