BEACONS

May these thoughts work for you in the same way as a beacon does for a ship at sea. It certainly did and still does for me!

 

==Nothing is self-evident==

Psalm 143,8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I lift up my soul.

In a lifetime, a lot happens, sometimes profoundly and importantly, sometimes minor things happen that the day after you will have forgotten. As you get a little older, these big things stay with you, I'm 76 now, and looking back, that's true of me, too.

One thing has become clear over all these years: Nothing is self-evident and I am not entitled to anything.

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Col.3:12-17

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 

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WHERE ARE YOU?

We all probably have to face periods in our lives during which God seems to be far away. Anyway I do sometimes and I am happy that it doesn't happen to often. But always after such a period I realise and have to acknowledge that God never really was far away.

Job 23: 8 "But if I go to the east, He is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find Him. 9 When He is at work in the north, I do not see Him; when He turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of Him.

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THE WORLD TODAY

We are living in a world which gets more and more noisy and more and more complicated. For that reason we personally have decided to watch the news only once or sometimes twice a day. It is almost like a tsunami and as during a tsunami you might get totally overwhelmed by all the news.

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OBEDIENCE

In our to-day culture obeying has become a very difficult matter. Many people get upset when they have to obey somebody. The whole community seems to be soaked by: I will decide for myself, I will go my way. Even many Christians think this way! Let us see what the Bible is telling us about obedience.

Text:

Jeremiah 7:21-28 These are the words of the Lord of armies, the God of Israel: Put your burned offer-ings with your offerings of beasts, and take flesh for your food.

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