What is in a name? I would say a lot. A name is most often thoughtfully given to a child. During his/her life a person will add characteristics to his/her own name. At funerals family and friends will speak about the beautiful and different sides of someone’s character. In the Netherlands we tend to give… Continue reading What’s in a name?
Joel’s prophecy about the outpouring of the Holy Spirit was quoted by Peter at Pentecost. The following chapter (Joel 3), which we are studying here, is about the judgement of the nations. In order to listen and hear what the Spirit is saying to the church today, we need to put aside our preconceived ideas… Continue reading The nations and Israel in the end times
My normal life rhythm stops during vacation. This morning I am enjoying a long and lazy breakfast with coffee and freshly baked croissants, and then slowly the time comes to decide what to do today. Church things are on my mind. I’m writing this piece for the newsletter. I received an e-mail about the small… Continue reading Is Jesus Christ on vacation?
From September through December 2019 we will study the life of David, the man after God’s heart. The heart is where the battle goes on. In Proverbs 4:20-27 we read twice about the heart.
There is a good chance the cashier at the supermarket will ask you, "Do you collect stamps?" Not only the big supermarkets try to attract customers with savings, the same question also pops up at the local bakery or your gas station. The list of products they try to allure you with is almost endless:… Continue reading The Dutch are sticky: we love stamps!
Are you enjoying summer in the Netherlands? One of the beauties of this part of the world is experiencing the four seasons: spring with its blossoming trees, summer producing fruit, autumn showing beautiful colours, and in the winter enjoying ice-skating. As humans we also travel through the seasons of life, not just once in a… Continue reading The seasons of life; a time for everything