WHEN ARE WE TO EXHORT AND WHEN ARE WE TO ENCOURAGE AND SHOW MERCY?

WHEN ARE WE TO EXHORT AND WHEN ARE WE TO ENCOURAGE AND SHOW MERCY? Today I am writing about something I find a little difficult and I may not have all the answers. I will describe dilemmas and point to The Word. I had some difficulties last time when I wrote that we should bless our enemies. Should we allow our enemies to hurt us? People are not primarily our enemies, but the devil and his helpers. I have had people in counselling since I wrote last time and these problems have occurred in our ... (read more)

WE ARE CALLED TO BLESS!

WE ARE CALLED TO BLESS!   We need to understand how much we are blessed before we start blessing others. We may start with Ephesians 1:3 where we read that we are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. It continues to say that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love. We have received the right to be the children of God. In Christ we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. We have ... (read more)

THE WORD WILL KEEP YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

THE WORD WILL KEEP YOU ON THE RIGHT TRACK.   When I talk to family and friends, many are saying the same about 2021. They say that the Lord has encouraged them to spend more time in the Word. The Lord has also talked to me about that. The Word has always been important to me, but I had started getting a little lazy and less disciplined at the end of 2020. I have confessed that as a sin and I have repented and changed. The Word of God is our spiritual food and we are not supposed to fast ... (read more)

WELCOME 2021

WELCOME 2021! I have not read all of the prophetic prophesies for 2021, but some. I understand that we will enter a year starting with chaos. Some things are difficult to predict and we might meet things that we are not prepared for. We might keep to the saying: “People predict, but God is the One in full control.” All of the prophesies are not correct. I know that many, many prophesied that Trump should become the president after the election. They said when it should happen and some said ... (read more)

DO NOT LIE TO ONE ANOTHER, BUT LIVE IN HONESTY AND OPENNESS!

DO NOT LIE TO ONE ANOTHER, BUT LIVE IN HONESTY AND OPENNESS!   We read in Colossians 3:9 that we should not lie to one another, since we have put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him. When I was a child, I thought that Christians were honest and that I could trust those going to church, but today I unfortunately know that this is not true anymore. I get sad every time when I discover that a ... (read more)

THE LATTER WINE IS BETTER THAN THE FIRST.

THE LATTER WINE IS BETTER THAN THE FIRST.   I will not write about a drunken party. Nor will I go into a discussion about Christians refusing alcohol or not. The Bible is clear and says that we should not get drunk. I refer to the miracle that Jesus did in the wedding in Cana. Jesus and his mother attended the wedding when the wine got finished. Jesus told the servants to fill the empty vats with water and then He made the water into wine. That wine was much better than the wine they had ... (read more)

HOW DO WE PRAY DURING TIMES OF CHAOS AND CONFUSION?

HOW DO WE PRAY DURING TIMES OF CHAOS AND CONFUSION?   I feel that we are living in such times now. Christians are not one group, thinking the same. One group might prophesy one thing and another the opposite. God is not confused and He is not saying two different things. Something must be true and something is wrong. I will mention the Corona. Many prophets prophesied during the time of Easter that it would reduce and soon to be gone. Many of us had hoped that this would be true, but ... (read more)

THANKFULNESS.

THANKFULNESS.   I am now sitting with a broken bone and a toe in the right foot. I am using a cast and walk on crutches. This is a very new situation for me and it is not so easy to walk with crutches. I say that it is not so easy to learn an old dog new tricks. Have you ever thought of how you shall carry a cup of coffee from one room to another with two crutches? No, you will probably say. These kinds of small problems become like big problems now. I place my mobile in a purse around my ... (read more)

LIGHT A CANDLE IN THE DARKNESS OF FALL.

LIGHT A CANDLE IN THE DARKNESS OF FALL.   I am living in a country with four seasons and everybody has their own favorite season. Many love the spring when everything comes back to life. Ice and snow have covered the life underneath, but now it starts to bloom. I have a daughter loving winter. She can enjoy her skis then. Some love the fall when all the leaves change colors and the trees stand there in their beauty before everything falls off. I have the summer as my favorite season. It is ... (read more)

DO YOU NOW WHO YOU ARE?

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?   Some of you might get irritated by the headline. “Of course I know who I am. I am Bill Smith.” The fact is that I am not so interested in neither your first nor your last name. I do believe that most of you know your name. Even small children do. In countries like India they children might have gotten the name of an idol, but when they become a child of God they change their names. They do not want to be identified with an idol. When I have people in ... (read more)