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Marilyn Monroe’s dream
Marilyn Monroe’s dream

Our grand truth arrives only with a definitive encounter: only when we meet our Creator.

 
 
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Pharaoh’s officials - Faith in unexpected places
Pharaoh’s officials - Faith in unexpected places

We human beings like simple moral choices, where one side is clearly Bad, with a capital B, the other is Good, with a capital G, and the Good wins.

 
 
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Do science and religion contradict one another?
Do science and religion contradict one another?

Today secularist and religious camps have grown so far apart. In Einstein’s perspective, science and religion are not in contradiction,

 
 
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Knowing your place
Knowing your place

God wants us to fill our place in life, whatever it may be, and do our job well.

 
 
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Knowing your place
Knowing your place

God wants us to fill our place in life, whatever it may be, and do our job well.

 
 
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The end of virtue
The end of virtue

Every virtuous person is flawed, and every flawed person has good character traits too. Let’s keep both in mind.

 
 
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Skepticism is blind to itself
Skepticism is blind to itself

To believe or not to believe, that is not the question. The question, instead, is: what to believe?

 
 
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Majesty
Majesty

The day will come when there will be no confusion about the future.

 
 
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Run for the victory
Run for the victory

You may renounce many things, but never give up the truth. Only truth can set you free.

 
 
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Don’t just lie there
Don’t just lie there

Our dignity as people doen’t depend on the opinion of others, or how things are going.

 
 
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Jump in with both feet
Jump in with both feet

If God is calling you to a responsible job, don't be afraid. He himself will fit you for it by his Spirit, and you'll do well.

 
 
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An Evening of Questions
An Evening of Questions

The way we answer the question Who is Jesus?, will change the way we answer every other existential question.

 
 
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Local gods
Local gods

The human heart longs to worship. We are desperate for someone who will captivate our attention.

 
 
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A city-sized vision
A city-sized vision

A generous attitude to a city forms citizens instead of consumers, communities that seek to promote the common good instead of promoting just their own agenda.

 
 
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Are all viruses bad?
Are all viruses bad?

Although “virus” means “poison”, and we associate the term with diseases such as Ebola, AIDS or flu, among others, certain viruses are instrumental in the growth of our nervous system.

 
 
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ZOE

 
The woodpecker’s head
The woodpecker’s head

While pecking a tree the woodpecker is subjected to impacts of up to 1400 times the force of gravity. Human beings can only withstand impacts of up to 8 times the force of gravity before becoming unconscious.

 
 
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Thank you very much
Thank you very much

You cannot say you are a follower of Jesus if your life does not show the gratitude that always characterised the Master.

 
 
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I only lack one single thing...
I only lack one single thing...

As it’s already past opening hours, I make a detour into the nearest town to find a late-night store.

 
 
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Not even one
Not even one

Only those who know they are completely powerless before God, and accept what God did for them, can be saved.

 
 
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Walking on the ceiling with Dad
Walking on the ceiling with Dad

Conflict is a form of communication of last resort, which, contrary to appearances, does not have to finish badly, but provides the opportunity to draw closer to the other person.

 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Israelite foreman – Hope deferred
Israelite foreman – Hope deferred

I vaguely remember hearing stories about the Lord from my grandmother. He was the one who helped our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when they were in really tough spots.

 
 
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Does art speak?
Does art speak?

No story can move us like the story of the Author entering our plot to give his life for the bliss of his people.

 
 
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Vicarious religion
Vicarious religion

I’ve finally come across the term that wraps my mind around the nuanced social reality I see in Europe.

 
 
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Time condensed, stretched, revisited
Time condensed, stretched, revisited

That trip felt like a cautionary tale: like a chance to look back to a phase like one day I’ll look back to the whole of my life.

 
 
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Should I marry this person?
Should I marry this person?

Our contemporary romantic beliefs make us long for someone who probably does not exist.

 
 
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On Oxford’s Very Short Introductions
On Oxford’s Very Short Introductions

The idea is to have an expert introduce a subject in a competent by readable way, in about 100 pages or so.

 
 
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Admirable traits
Admirable traits

We have no right to go around thinking that we wish we were like this or that person.

 
 
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Don’t give up
Don’t give up

Time teaches us to recognise that what seemed so terrible then wasn't as bad as it seemed.

 
 
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The Judas tree
The Judas tree

The varying and changing climate in the Bible lands allowed for a wide variety of trees, which took root everywhere from the high, and very cold, mountain regions of Mt. Hermon to the hot Negev desert and the shores of the Dead Sea.

 
 
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Gauguin’s Blue
Gauguin’s Blue

The painting portrays Gauguin’s struggle with the meaning of existence.

 
 
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Remember you are only human
Remember you are only human

There are people who have always believed, and always will, that they can do without God in their lives.

 
 
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The rewards of travel
The rewards of travel

When we travel we see reality with a different set of eyes; we not only taste new food, smell exotic aromas and hear foreign voices, but we also come to look at ourselves differently.

 
 
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FAITHFUL UNDER PRESSURE

 
Moses – Encounter
Moses – Encounter

Straightaway he replies, “Here I am”, and that begins a conversation with God which ends up with him choosing to abandon his comfortable lifestyle and to lead the Israelites out of slavery.

 
 
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Anticipating delights
Anticipating delights

There are certain things which seem to open suddenly a new dimension to us: a brief moment of eternity.

 
 
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The hybridization of the Spanish fir
The hybridization of the Spanish fir

As a relict species it has only managed to survive on a handful of isolated mountain-tops.

 
 
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“In my sorrow, you are there”
“In my sorrow, you are there”

Nothing can change the certainty that God is at our side. Always, without exception.

 
 
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Can I pray for my country at the World Cup?
Can I pray for my country at the World Cup?

The God “who played the cosmos into being” delights himself in the World Cup but delights in higher things still.

 
 
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Rejoicing in heaven
Rejoicing in heaven

The Bible says there is rejoicing in heaven when we do something worthy of God's character.

 
 
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In pursuit of a sign - Part 3
In pursuit of a sign - Part 3

As I look out of the window, I think of all those young people who made a commitment at that memorable event. What if that commitment was just the effect of the emotion of one evening?

 
 
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A few half-baked thoughts on mid-life crisis
A few half-baked thoughts on mid-life crisis

The second act is often the place of the false project, where the protagonist pursues a wrong goal before realizing what his true need is.

 
 
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In pursuit of a sign - Part 2
In pursuit of a sign - Part 2

When we arrive at his house, the first thing we visit is the American’s office, with its low ceiling and artificial lights. The shift in culture emanates from everything I see.

 
 
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In pursuit of a sign - Part 1
In pursuit of a sign - Part 1

At the moment of paying, I nearly fall over backwards: the price of this fondue is just exorbitant!

 
 
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Chariots of fire
Chariots of fire

We should always put God first if we think that something goes against His word.

 
 
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This is a fascinating world
This is a fascinating world

Graceful writing is for the courageous few.

 
 
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The ‘Shortcut’ - part 2
The ‘Shortcut’ - part 2

Spending time with God influences and puts into perspective my way of looking at things.

 
 
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A Biblical animal called Argol
A Biblical animal called Argol

There were insects that could be eaten, such as various types of winged locusts, which the New Testament also refers to as the food that John the Baptist ate.

 
 
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Use your time wisely
Use your time wisely

God wants each one of us to accept him as Lord of our lives, since that is the only way our lives will have meaning.

 
 
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Solomon’s caper-berries
Solomon’s caper-berries

The caper is native to Southeast Asia, but it is common throughout the Mediterranean basin and in many other parts of the world.

 
 
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Obstacles
Obstacles

God always responds, though sometimes not in the way or at the moment we would like.

 
 
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The upper hand of evil
The upper hand of evil

If that body was really gone, if Jesus had come back to life, then the matrix of reality is altered; tragedy is not the final result of goodness.

 
 
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The dance of satyrs
The dance of satyrs

The ancient Egyptians tamed them and trained them to collect fruit from the tallest trees, like palms, and even to look after flocks of sheep, just as certain breeds of dog are trained to do nowadays.

 
 
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Is life worth it?
Is life worth it?

The texture of suffering is changed when we see it and begin to experience it as being redemptive.

 
 
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Pharaoh’s daughter – Consequences
Pharaoh’s daughter – Consequences

How can we be more aware of God’s constant presence with us and of the pattern of his working in the spheres in which we live our life?

 
 
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The bittern’s camouflage
The bittern’s camouflage

It is a strong, timid, solitary and hard-to-find member of the heron family, whose brownish-red plumage bears a number of dark streaks, and which lives among the reeds in marshy wetland.

 
 
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Superstition? no, thanks
Superstition? no, thanks

Hundreds of evil activities are on the rise. Don't get involved.

 
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Whose fault is it?
Whose fault is it?

Each one will carry his own guilt before God; we won't be able to blame anyone else. What will you do then?

 
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The pursuit of greatness
The pursuit of greatness

For Christians the paradigmatic model of success served others and gave his life for our rescue.

 
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Mud machine
Mud machine

One of the crucial steps to spiritual sanity is the realization that the devil exists.

 
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To the bitter end
To the bitter end

Learn to rely on God at each moment, and so be faithful till the end.

 
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God helpers
God helpers

He has named us his ambassadors on earth; as such, we should help others.

 
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Quiet please
Quiet please

Verbal abuse starts a destructive spiral, unpredictable and unstoppable, that frequently ends in violence.

 
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Congratulations, you may now kiss yourself
Congratulations, you may now kiss yourself

God chose to assume all risks and to give of himself sacrificially, so that we may glimpse what love is.

 
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Early history is a matter of revelation
Early history is a matter of revelation

Humanity’s collective memory recalls up to a certain point, when we found ourselves already breathing in this wondrous world.

 
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Liberating freedom
Liberating freedom

Truth will bind us and therefore free us evermore. We will be free to be the persons we were created to be.

 
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A goal
A goal

Only by the power of God will you manage to get what you have set out to do.

 
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Discriminations
Discriminations

God has used men and women without distinction throughout history - men and women full of his power who obeyed his call.

 
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Zipporah – life saver
Zipporah – life saver

Exodus 4:24-26:  Those three short verses are the only place in the biblical narrative where Zipporah is recorded as having done anything, but how important was her contribution!

 
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The tallest god in the world
The tallest god in the world

What will catch my eye? What will I worship? What will I surrender to?

 
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Pass the torch
Pass the torch

Life is like a relay race. As we grow up, others are already running, and the day comes when they pass the baton.

 
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Why does the world exist?
Why does the world exist?

The purpose of the world is a grand but also a personal question.

 
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Disguises
Disguises

Don't let evil masquerade in your life. As pleasant as it may seem, if it is against God's word, it will destroy you.

 
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Moses – Not by might
Moses – Not by might

Moses learnt that, as Hudson Taylor was fond of saying, God’s work done in God’s way never lacks God’s supply.

 
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The greatest
The greatest

Nothing in the world is comparable to the person of Jesus Christ.

 
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Cheating
Cheating

Anything other than believing God's Word is cheating.

 
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Do your best
Do your best

The same people who admire you now criticise you later, because they only want “the best”.

 
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Spiritualities of money
Spiritualities of money

Life’s treasures come from someone who shed his riches for us, someone who does not charge interest if we can’t pay Him back.

 
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Moses – Bias to the poor
Moses – Bias to the poor

In Western Europe today the majority of the church is made up of the relatively wealthy middle classes.

 
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Searching of heart
Searching of heart

We've become used to letting others, ourselves, and even God down.

 
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Pied Beauty
Pied Beauty

Praise God for who he is and for who we are, however we may be.

 
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70x7
70x7

No one in the world has shown more willingness to forgive every human being than God.

 
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Me again
Me again

God created life in His image and likeness, and granted them the creativity to sculpt and the ability to love.

 
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Worn out stones
Worn out stones

We can pick up the fallen stones time and again to construct our lives according to God's will.

 
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Running toward life
Running toward life

Our faith bumps into surprise and dances with doubt, like Peter’s and John’s.

 
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Follow me
Follow me

God has promised to guide us in the way we should follow.

 
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Fate
Fate

We have to learn that a complainer is no good to the world.

 
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A privileged position
A privileged position

The greatest desire of God is to have a deep relationship with us, His children.

 
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Very important people
Very important people

Sometimes it seems that helpfulness has gone out of fashion, but it hasn't.

 
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Dig up your bike!
Dig up your bike!

Even those who say God doesn't exist blame Him when things go wrong.

 
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Seoul 88
Seoul 88

I remember one young man who never told me his name or address. He gave me his Olympic Volunteer jacket when he found out I was a foreign visitor.

 
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I bind these words!
I bind these words!

‘Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven...’ (Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew 18:18)

 
 

 
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Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA Kathy Bryan: Online sex trafficking in the USA

“Prostitution is nobody’s dream,  it’s a very traumatic lifestyle”, says Kathy Bryan, director of the Elevate Academy. She mentors former victims.

 
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Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
Photos: Hope for Europe Photos: Hope for Europe

Unity in Diversity is the theme of the conference. Representatives of Evangelical Alliances and many other church leaders gathered in Tallinn (Estonia).

 
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“We need prayers for Bulgaria” “We need prayers for Bulgaria”

An interview with Pastor Vlady Raichinov, Vice President of the Bulgarian Evangelical Alliance.

 
The Impact of the Reformation on the social  reforms The Impact of the Reformation on the social reforms

David Hilborn, Principal, St. John's College, explains how has the Reformation view of justification led to social and political reforms.

 
The Manzanas case The Manzanas case

A short documentary about how retired pastors and widows of an evangelical denomination in Spain fight a legal battle for their pensions after the favourable ruling of the European Court of Human Rights.

 
‘Mediterráneo’ ‘Mediterráneo’

“Something will change if you have hunger and thirst for justice”, sings Spanish artist Eva Betoret in a song about the refugee crisis.

 
 
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