by ANNA HAGGARD “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last.” John 15:16a (NIV) I meet Jess* on a sweltering afternoon. She wears traditional Pakistani garb: long turquoise tunic, scarf and loose-fitting trousers, breathable in the Pennsylvania summer … Continue reading When God Calls You, He Doesn’t Waste Your Gifts.
Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:5-8; Mark 11:20-26 There is often a time gap between claiming a promise of God by faith and its fulfilment! In our Bible verses today Paul uses the word confidence twice. The Greek word is tharrheo and is only found seven times in the New Testament, two of them in these … Continue reading Mind the Gap. .
Beautiful Esther becomes Queen Queen Vashti disobeyed the drunken orders of her husband King Ahasuerus, so he divorced her. Lonely, he sought a new queen – the most beautiful woman in the land. A young Jewish orphan, Esther, was chosen. She kept her Jewish identity secret. Her cousin Mordecai, a servant of the king, overheard … Continue reading Who was Esther in the Bible?
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head ( Mat_27:29) A Touch of Brotherhood Amid all the sufferings which Christ had to endure in the last and terrible days of His humility, none has more deeply moved the heart of Christendom than His wearing of the crown of thorns. … Continue reading The Crown of Thorns
Die fontein van lewende water. (Jer 2:13) Hoe kosbaar is u goedertierenheid, O God! Daarom skuil die mensekinders onder die skaduwee van u vleuels. Hulle verkwik hul aan die vettigheid van u huis, en U laat hulle drink uit die stroom van u genietinge. Want by U is die fontein van die lewe. Daarom, so … Continue reading Die fontein van lewende water.
But you, O God, do see trouble and grief; you consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; you are the helper of the fatherless. (Psalm 10:14) Just as God saw the plight of the Israelites in Egypt and heard their cries for help, he still sees and hears today. … Continue reading You are the helper of the fatherless, O God.
Al hoe meer lidmate verlaat die hoofstroomkerke. Hierdie mense is nog lief vir die Here, maar voel nie meer tuis in die sisteem nie. Wat nou? Kobus Kok was pastoriekind en NG predikant, en is tans professor en hoof van die departement Nuwe Testament aan die Evangelische Teologische Faculteit Leuven in België. As party mense … Continue reading Ja vir God, nee vir die kerk?
Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. § David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. § God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to … Continue reading The Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.
Ons laat dikwels toe dat ons ge-side track word. Ons raak betrokke by stories en vraagstukke wat eintlik net mooi niks uit te waai het met ons saligheid nie. Ons maak ons moeg met vraagstukke wat eintlik nie antwoorde het nie. Die ergste van alles is dat ons aan die einde van die dag nie … Continue reading Oefen vir dien en diens
by EMILY P. FREEMAN “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (ESV) “Wait, is this plant real?” The plant in question lives in our living room, tucked into a black pot behind our sofa. As our son mindlessly plays with the … Continue reading What If I Make the Wrong Choice?