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No Ishmaels Please


I want to say a word about faith. Recent events in my own life have driven home just how easy it is to loose sight of what we say we believe.

The Greatest Love and Self-image


The Greek language had three words for "Love" First there was "eros," from which we get "erotic..

What If? -- Musings on the Tsunami


Thumbing through Isaiah recently I was startled to find this: after a passage (in Isaiah 19) in which the prophet describes horrors that caused the hearts of the Egyptians to "melt within them," he predicts that "the people will turn to the Lord, and he will respond to their pleas and heal them." The next lines describe how three bitter enemies-Egypt, Assyria, and Israel-will "worship together" and how all three will become "a blessing on the earth.

What about the 4400?


Murders are so frequent in our country that a single homicide seldom grabs national attention unless the perpetrator or the victim is already a celebrity. Even a double murder is not national news.

What Jesus Expects of You and Me


Sometimes it is hard to know where to start even if you know what your talents are. Jesus has something to say about what we can do and what he expects us to do.

Why More Priests Need To Train As Fighters (And Why We Dont See Many Boxers In Church)


"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

About The Spiritual World of Madonna


Pop singer Madonna came this week to Tel Aviv to take part in a congress of Kabbala studies. According to press releases, she is going to stay in Israel until Sunday night and will have on the last day of her visit, the opportunity to visit the graves of Jewish Tzaddikim (righteous holy people) near Safed, a small town in northern Israel.

Popping the Balloon of Belief


I'm really excited. I just got a bigger soapbox, and I wanted to invite the rest of you to get up here on it with me.

Here's Help for the "I Can't Say 'No' Blues"


I hear it all the time. Cries from Christian women who want desperately to serve the Lord, but who feel overwhelmed.

Your Mission Field At Work


One point many Christian Working Moms who have been interviewed have made is that they are a shining light in their work place. Whether or not you can speak openly about your faith at work, your co-workers are watching.

Meaning and Marketing - The Will


You are now inside one of the top theological schools in the world and you are sitting in Dr. John Hobbs' Class on Theology with first year Freshman students.

Harry Potter To Christians: Its Not Good To Hear Voices


That is the popular and, thank God (if you'll pardon the use of the G name) the politically correct feeling among most Christians today. You will recall that in the second book of the Potter series, The Chamber Of Secrets, Harry Potter alone heard the voice of the basilisk.

We Must Be Ready. But How?


Revelation 19:7 states, "Let us rejoice and give honor unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready."Our salvation is not accomplished by anything we can do, or be.

The Christmas Victory


As the Chritmas season approaches, I figured it's a good time to submit the following article:THE CHRISTMAS VICTORYA logical and practical interpretation of Is.7:14 in the light of context and language.

Finding God in the Clouds


It was a cool August night during the Summer before my Junior year in high school. I was just getting off work on what seemed to be the worst day of my life.

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02/14/2019 10:07 AM
God Will Never Abandon You
We're on a depression awareness tour in Namibia. As a tourist, one sees the country differently.
02/14/2019 10:07 AM
Desperate for Goodness and Peace
I received a confused e-mail from a woman: Gerjo Ben, you sent an e-mail to my husband. He took his own life this morning.
02/14/2019 10:07 AM
Belonging to God
When life is hard, I often question my self-worth. Am I good enough?
02/14/2019 10:06 AM
Say and Display!
There are many different ways of greeting that obviously also convey different messages. Here in Africa some people show respect by touching their right hand with their left hand when they shake your hand.
02/14/2019 10:06 AM
A Thousand Promises for You
The Bible contains thousands of promises from God to mankind. There are promises about addiction (Psalm 50:15), deliverance from demonic torment (Psalm 34:7), depression (Psalm 9:9), family (Exodus 20:12), fear (Exodus 14:4), being filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13), finances (Malachi 3:10), forgiveness (Mark 11:25), guidance (John 16:13), health (James 5:14), marriage (Psalm 68:6), and many more issues.
02/14/2019 10:06 AM
Pray for One Another!
Paul is praying a beautiful prayer for his fellow believers in Thessalonica. The reason he is doing so is not only because he always does this to end off his letters.
02/14/2019 10:06 AM
Without a Speck of Sin
At the beginning of the letter Paul said that he was praying for the readers, the people of Thessalonica. Now he puts it in practice: 23May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together-spirit, soul, and body-and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ.
02/13/2019 03:14 PM
Intolerance Lives Under Many Masks
Today, intolerance means different things to different people. However there is fast becoming a new dominant culture, with which you are expected to agree - that is with its new ways of seeing humanity, whether human rights, views on gender, LGBT rights, and which has no space for intolerant religion.
02/08/2019 12:19 PM
Atheism - The Great Escape From Reality
Cut away the trimmings and atheism is in head on collision with biblical theism. From the standpoint of biblical theism, atheism is an attempt to escape from the presence of the living God, the fount of all being and reality, and from his command to all that they repent and turn to the Son of God, Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their foolish rebellion. This attempt to escape from God is often made using the strategy of denial. We need to look at this in a little more detail in case you have fallen for this false great escape.
02/05/2019 05:15 PM
The Tolling Bell of Liberty
"Ask not For Whom the Bell Tolls, it tolls for thee.",John Donne's famous words are echoing throughout American society, carried by powerful political winds sweeping across the nation.
01/28/2019 11:22 AM
God's Way or the World's Way
Life is a journey that offers two roads for us to take-the wide one of the world that leads to sin and death, and the narrow way that leads to eternal life with God. This is clearly shown in Psalm 1. It expresses praise, prophecy, lament and hope. It moves from the way of the righteous to the way of the ungodly and concludes with their final disposition.
01/24/2019 10:54 AM
Look Up, Look Way Up... And Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Those of us who have been on long trips know that they can wear on us. The longer the trip, the more likely that our patience will grow thin and the more likely it is that we will start complaining about everything. In the case of the reading from Numbers 21:4-9, it was the lack of food and water, and the nature of the food they had that caused the Israelites to complain.
01/22/2019 03:09 PM
A Cock That Crows
I am confronted with the question: Am I prepared to suffer for my faith? Am I prepared to give away all my earthly goods to thieves and murderers just to show them what the love of Jesus looks like?
01/03/2019 04:54 PM
Prophets in the World of Today
My daughter's friend enters with a joke: How do two prophets greet one another? "You are doing well.
01/03/2019 04:54 PM
To Hear God's Spirit
The Lord has never spoken to me in an audible voice. I've never heard a deep voice saying: "Gerjo Ben, you must do this or that".
01/03/2019 01:50 PM
Talk to the Lord
Like it happens in all marriages, my wife and I sometimes also argue. Often about the smallest of things and then a cold war threatens.
01/03/2019 01:50 PM
Gratitude Breaks Through Dark Clouds
Giepie, a policeman from Oshakati in Oshana, Namibia, wrote to me: One morning my arm hurt. I went to the State hospital where a young Army doctor was on duty and complained to him about my arm.
12/28/2018 10:00 AM
What Is The Curse of Christmas?
So many accidents, disasters, murders, suicides, and other things happen around the months of December to January. The question is why? Most will happily lie to their children, to others, and ultimately to themselves.
12/27/2018 03:18 PM
The Queen Of The Sciences
In ancient times Aristotle attempted to fit all knowledge in one entire system. Thomas Aquinas followed him in this endeavour. We have given this up more or less after Hegel. Nowadays we are content with making sketches a la van Gogh. Yet there is a certain sense of being lost in a jungle of facts and findings. Maybe we should make an impressionistic sketch about the other sketches!
12/21/2018 02:29 PM
Jesus Came - A Real Saviour!
A saviour is a person who rescues or saves a person or several from serious trouble or extreme danger, from which they had no way to rescue themselves. How is Jesus a Saviour? We must make this clear.
12/19/2018 05:18 PM
Which Group?
There is a parallel between the secular educational system and the Church. Both the schools and the churches display a three tier system of commitment. This article examines those similarities.
12/13/2018 12:59 PM
To Think Or Not To Think And To Feel Or Not To Feel
Is it fruitful at all to try to understand life, or must we just feel it and go with the flow? Why not combine Apollo and Dionysius? Why not feel in a rational way and why not think with our vulnerable emotions? Maybe it is wrong to put out the mind and to turn on the soul. Maybe we must honor our whole being, spirit, soul and body and not forget about the mind, conscience and will either.
12/12/2018 06:33 PM
Where Have Our Joy Gone?
We are emotional beings. God made us that way.
12/12/2018 06:22 PM
The Lumberjack
We are not called to be lumberyards, that display different kinds of "beams," but loving and kind individuals that see the good in others. When we get rid of our "judgement wood" we will probably not even see the flaws in others!
12/12/2018 06:19 PM
In the Presence of God
Psalm 84 expresses the joy of a pilgrim traveling up to Jerusalem, then up to the temple to celebrate one of the feasts. The pilgrim focuses his attention especially on the thought of being in the very presence of God.
12/12/2018 04:39 PM
The Story of Stephen
Stephen was the first Christian martyr. His death was the first in a series of persecutions against Christians that filled the church with blood and that cost the lives of thousands, perhaps millions, in the great work of establishing the gospel today. This trend continues today, with reports of persecution in countries such as Iran and North Korea.
12/12/2018 04:39 PM
Patience, O, Patience!
I wonder why we are so impatient. Is it part of the fall into sin?
12/11/2018 05:59 PM
Where the Word of a King Is - There Is Power
Ecclesiastes 8:4 says, "Where the word of a king is, there is power." We have a king, and His name is Jesus. The question is, where is His word in our life? Is it on a bookshelf collecting dust or is it in our heart and flowing out of our mouth? If His word is on a bookshelf collecting dust, then the power of it is not working for us.
12/06/2018 09:31 PM
How Corrupt Is the Bible and Those Who Preach From It?
This is a question that needs addressing as religions of all persuasions have books to back up the things they promote. Only a na?ve person, however, would accept that knowing how man corrupts everything there has never been a book that he has not changed in some way and added to it so that it conforms with his thinking. The religious gods are creatures of the imagination, they are the giants that came to earth and spread globally (Genesis 6:4).
12/06/2018 09:31 PM
The Soul That Sinneth, It Shall Die (Ezekiel 18:4,20) - So Where Is Hell?
Religions base their survival on the existence of heaven and hell and a soul that has eternal life. They also stand by the Bible as being the Word of God from which they preach and follow. If that were the case, then why are their teachings so different from it?
12/06/2018 09:30 PM
What and Where Is One's Soul?
Most believe that everyone has a soul but who can say what it is or where it is located? The Bible, however, claims the soul is the living, breathing person. This is supported by Genesis 2:7 (King James Version) which states that when God created Adam he became a 'living soul', that is a person.
12/06/2018 09:11 PM
Why Is Christmas Evil, According To The Bible?
Christmas is a frantic time as people rush to buy presents, sometimes for some they hardly know, and then pretend that some ancient fairy-like magician brought them. They not only lie and cheat themselves but more importantly the children. They also may put themselves into debt for some time afterward as credit cards and time payment are frequently used.
12/03/2018 11:38 AM
The True Origin of Christianity
It isn't a secret as the evidence is everywhere. Christianity started with the Roman Catholic Church after Constantine established it in 325 AD. The trick as used many times by chiefs, kings, emperors, and others supposedly brought the god to earth to gain credibility and power.
12/03/2018 11:38 AM
Christmas - Not Looking Forward to It?
Christmas can mean a time of stress but also satisfaction. There is a conflict between the commercial, nostalgic, family and spiritual sides.
12/03/2018 11:38 AM
The Two Sides Of Philosophy
Philosophy really has two sides, man and God, Creator and creature, Maker and creation. Even antireligions such as atheisms, that deny God, are philosophies with these two sides. Because they go out of their way to disprove God and to rationalize the truths of the Bible away.
12/03/2018 11:37 AM
A Philosopher To The Philosophers
The apostle Paul in the Bible said that he had been everything for everybody that in any way he may save some. On the Areopagus he was a philoshopher to the philosophers. Some conservative Christians shrink from philosophy as Paul warns against it. But he must have meant the philosophy of people like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
11/29/2018 12:42 PM
God's Math
I love God's math, for He start out offering addition and then quickly converts to multiplication (Acts 2:41, 4:7, 5:14; 6:1, 7). Soon man decided to bring division and subtraction into the equation. God's math versus man's math.
11/28/2018 03:12 PM
You Are Needed
Ettienne (not his real name) tells a little bit about his life: We moved to PE dreaming of making millions and enjoying city life. I joined the athletics club where I met Attie (not his real name).
11/27/2018 01:04 PM
Care for Your Leader
I served on the governing body of one of the schools in our town. I never realised how much energy it takes to run a school properly these days.
11/27/2018 01:02 PM
When You Ask God For Something, Be Careful What You Ask For
A mother and her young son were at a local swimming pool. The boy was standing at the deep end, his toes curled over the edge. Still unsure of himself in the water, he stood there for what seemed to be a very long time. Hesitating. Meditating. Just when it seemed that he was going to back away from the edge, he looked up to the sky, put his hands together, and said, "O Lord, give me skills or give me gills!" He jumped. "Give me skills or give me gills." That pretty much covers the bases, doesn't it? O Lord give me what I need to overcome what I'm facing, but if you won't do that, give me what I need to endure it. Give me skills or give me gills.
11/26/2018 10:04 AM
How Should Religious People Spend Their Wealth
Many righteous people prefer to live a simple and humble life and they need money. So how should we as religious people spend wealth - regardless of our current status in the world?
11/19/2018 02:41 PM
Talk to Others - It May Be Their Answer
I still remember those days I was involved in the business world. Something was always happening.
11/19/2018 02:34 PM
I Have Nowhere to Go
We're spending some time on the crux of the Gospel. All of us have a responsibility to spread this message of salvation.
11/19/2018 02:33 PM
A Paintball for Jesus
Danie repeats what his Sunday School teacher said to him years ago: "Some will miss out on heaven, because it was too easy to get there." Unfortunately, that is true.
11/19/2018 02:33 PM
For Every Action, a Reaction, Except When It Comes to God
Many things happen in our lives, but we can't remember everything. I suspect that if we remembered everything, the hard drive in our brain would fill up quickly.
11/19/2018 02:32 PM
Firm Knowledge Protection
The other day my son came running in, looking very funny. He had my army helmet (which we called a bucket) on his head and the straps that hold the helmet firmly on your head were swinging loose.
11/19/2018 02:26 PM
Kingdom Citizenship
The Kingdom of God is under assault. When we see the changes that have affected the Kingdom over the last few years, we will realize the seriousness of the situation. The Kingdom must adhere to the Biblical Constitution, while at the same time be eager to show the pathway to spiritual citizenship.
11/12/2018 04:01 PM
Sin Stinks
God looks at our lives and measures them against a standard of perfect holiness. He does not overlook sins just because we think they are small or insignificant. If we treat sins casually, it will not be long before we find ourselves enslaved to them. If we bring them to the Lord in repentance, He will cleanse us and help us walk in freedom from them.
11/12/2018 12:07 PM
Religious Origins and the Facts Behind Them - Why Now?
People brain-washed into the faith are prisoners behind bars of their imagination. They build walls of deceit and frustration resulting in mental conditions like depression, self-harm, and even suicide. My goal is to deliver truth governed by memory of reincarnation and a strong spiritual link.
11/07/2018 10:51 AM
Those Who Believe Lies Are Blind and Deaf to Reality by God's Hand
As frustrating as it is for those who oppose Trump and want to see changes their voices fall on deaf ears. We are directed and guided by the Spirit of the Universe, which is the real God and it is angry. Working to a plan laid out in the prophecies nothing we can do will or can vary it.


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