Spiritual Growth

Pray. Give it to God. Continue praying.

Praying over a long period of time without seeing an answer can be discouraging. We have all been there. Yet Jesus, again and again, tells us to always pray, and not give up. He was well aware how easily we get discouraged. This is why he warns us, not to give in to our flesh, but to continue praying. So, have we fallen into the trap of giving into our flesh and given up praying?

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Spiritual Growth

Corona and Jesus’ Second Coming

Many wonder what the corona crisis means in light of the end times. Is this the end of the world? Will Jesus come back now? Jesus told us: No. Not yet. In Matthew 24, Jesus says that crises just like the one that has gripped the world today will precede his Second Coming. Yet he warned, that we should not be alarmed when we hear about wars, or crises hit the earth. All these are just “the beginning of the birth pains”. So when will the end come?

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Spiritual Growth

Always pray, don’t give up

In the parable of the persistent widow, Jesus teaches us that prayer is not just a one-off matter. Although he encourages us that our heavenly Father will hear our prayer, he also leaves no doubt that we may need to pray repeatedly and persistently until we receive our answer. If you have been praying for someone or something and are still waiting for God to answer, this is for you. Do not lose heart, do not be discouraged! Persist just as the widow persisted!

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Spiritual Growth

Our Father in Heaven? Obedience without reservation.

One of the greatest discoveries a believer can make is the wonderful truth that God is our Father and we are his children. But we shouldn’t stop here. Understanding our identity as God’s children is no end in itself. It is the starting point of our relationship with the Father. And as every relationship works in two ways, this is the case also in our relationship with God. But what do we bring to that Father-child relationship? What does God, our Father, expect from us?