Tears for our brothers and friends who go to hell

I want to tell you about three guys close enough to my heart to call them brothers. They are all from different walks of life, come from different cultures and they all have different values and belief systems. We are thousands of miles apart but our souls are still knit together. My first brother is a Muslim. I’ve known him…

The Romans murdered Peter in Nero’s circus. Andrew was stoned and crucified. James, the leader of the church in Jerusalem, was pushed off the temple by the religious leaders, survived the fall, stoned and eventually killed him with a club. James, son of Zebedee, was beheaded. Thomas was struck with a lance. Paul, author a large part of the New…

Christian ready to go to battle

How many boys do you know that pursue weakness? They all want adventures and fighting. They like soldiers, swords, and Samson. It’s only when they get older that they start hiding their god-given desires to fight. Boys are shamed into weakness. Their passionate hearts are quenched by the pressure to be civilized and “nice”. It’s hard enough that culture tells…

Our life on this earth is short. Make it count.

In ancient Rome, a victorious centurion would be celebrated in the streets after returning home from battle. The people went crazy over him. They gave him gifts, shouted his name in celebration and danced in his honor. It was like a Justin Bieber rock concert. Everyone adored their protectors whose victory would bless the whole nation and bring honor to…

My most beautiful wife

Left hook, right hook, headbutt - boom. It’s over. The guy lays there on the ground, holding his broken nose. Doesn’t look that tough anymore. A rush of satisfaction flushes through your body. A smile, barely visible, rushes through your face until you manage to suppress it. “How dare you break into my house and threaten my family? You picked…

The lion of Judah will protect you against bullies

As a little boy, I dreaded going to school. Learning was not the problem, neither were the teachers. What I feared were my bullies. No one ever taught me how to handle them nor did I have someone to protect me. Bullying wasn’t even a thing back then so my cries echoed in the darkness. The best advice I got…

Crown of thorns

So many Christians look at what’s happening in this world today and see it as a sign. They call it a “sign of the time” and proof that Jesus is coming back soon. Even though this sounds holy at first, it is often the easiest excuse for us to turn a blind eye to the suffering in this world. It…

Our reality is made up of what we derive from our experiences up until today. As little children, we took in everything. We build our world without being able to distinguish lies from truths. We were at the mercy of our surroundings. If we had mostly good experiences, we grow up as positive, healthy people. If they were mostly bad,…

The church teaches us the things we should and shouldn’t do but it avoids to fill us in on the consequences. Somehow, we have to stay on the right track but how can we do that if the consequences of sin don’t seem to be that bad after all? Going for the wrong choice is often tempting. Making the right…

Dark skies are calming the soul. Rain mingled with the north wind is trickling down my face. Today is the day we have been molded for. We were prepared for this day by iron winters and blazing summers. Forged through pain and trial, a beast arose upon dry lands. We ran, brothers, through the trials this life has laid upon…

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