Say yes

Say yes

It seems strange to say yes for no reason.
Especially in a world that teaches us to draw boundaries, to say no.
Still, to say yes is the most powerful thing there is.

Not to each question from outside.
That would make us out of control.
But a wholehearted YES to everything you feel.

Yes to love.
Yes to fear.
Yes to pain.

A difficult exercise.
But worthwhile to try.

Because in your YES lies a profound trust.
A warm belief in your own voice.
A soft stone deep inside, a little piece that only belongs to you.
Something that brings you peace.

Say yes to life that embraces you.
Say yes.

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From left to right: Devan Brockenberry; Jahnae...

From left to right: Devan Brockenberry; Jahnae Johnson; Kie’Arra Pretlow; and Larry Pretlow II (2006). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Zeg Ja

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Zeg Ja

Zeg ja
Het lijkt gek om zomaar ja te zeggen.
Zeker in een wereld die ons leert grenzen stellen, leert nee zeggen.
Toch is ja zeggen het krachtigste dat er is.
Niet op élke vraag van buitenaf.
Dat zou ons stuurloos maken.
Wel een volmondig JA op alles wat jij voelt.
Ja bij liefde.
Ja bij angst.
Ja bij pijn.
Een moeilijke oefening.
Maar de moeite waard om te proberen.
Omdat in jouw JA een diep vertrouwen schuilt.
Een warm geloof in je eigen stem.
Een zachte steen diep vanbinnen, een stukje dat alleen van jou is.
Iets waar jij rust vindt.
Zeg ja tegen dit leven dat jou omarmt.
Zeg ja.
Schoonebeker Diep

Schoonebeker Diep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Engelse versie / English version: Say Yes

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Several Christians fail to recognise the Chosen ones of God and are not taking on a Christian attitude

This beautiful Summer we may enjoy the fruits of the earth but we can also take so time free to think of the fruits of the spirit. In our free time we can think of what the master teacher had to tell and how he spread his message. The way of him addressing people should be as an example for us.
Since we do have a new gadget, an i-Pad, we tried to enrol at some Facebook Groups and share our thoughts about our Messiah. But at those groups we are often confronted with such vile language,  morally depraved, ignoble or wicked, disgusting, repulsive, coming from the mouth of those who call themselves Christian, we can get red ears or have to close them and sometimes even have to close our eyes for what disgusting things we can see placed by trinitarian Christians.

For those using such awful language the kingdom of God may  still look far away and we can clearly see that often they did not even grasp 10% of Jesus his teaching.

In his days Jesus could find many dens of robbers, and to day he would not find something else in many places. Everywhere we can find churches which charge the people coming along, want to give them guilt feelings if they are not given money, and try to sell many things.

Today’s reading of Matthew chapter 21 tells us about the Nazarene seeing a fig tree by the road and finding nothing on it but leaves. When he said to it,

“Let there be no fruit from you forever!”

Immediately the fig tree withered away.

This reminds us of many people who call themselves Christian but never bring forth any fruit, but also let us think of those who only produce rotten fruit.

First to the Jews a Land was promised. Now with Jesus the people, the Gentiles, also got the opportunity to come to live in that Land of God. To them too is the kingdom given. But like the Jews they too have to produce fruits for God.

The Jewish

“branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in”
the apostle Paul wrote to the Romans. But he also warns them,
“do not be arrogant toward the branches … if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you” (11:17,21).

So many we hear telling us we are no Christians because we do not accept Jesus as our god, also attack other monotheist people like Jehovah Witnesses, Jews and Muslims. Those attacking the Jews for having killed Jesus and telling them they are cursed by God, do forget God promised them the Holy Country. Many of them do not see that Israel (the people) shall be united in a Land (Israel) as part of the promise to Abraham. And today we can see (part of it) already coming (slowly) in fulfilment.

Those who really love God and believe that Jesus is His only begotten son, the sent one from God and the Messiah, should do their best to produce fruit God can use and which can feed those who do not know Jesus or do not know God yet.

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Witnesses of Christ and of his gospel

At the beginning of this Summer we made a call to all our readers to open their ‘heart and soul’ to those they are going to meet on their holiday trips. Now having not to go to work lots of people have much more time to talk to their neighbours and to meet other people. When on holiday we can show others we are of the world or we can show them we are not from this capitalist materialist world but partakers of a world of loving people striving for a better world and spreading the hope for a peaceful world.

It can well be that several people – now having more time to relax – love to enjoy more the extravaganzas and want to look for receiving kicks by doing dangerous things or just by exaggerating the ‘moments of fun’ in entertainment parks. Several people also shall love to talk in a bad way about others, finding more time to gossip and to give negative critic on others. Lots shall not mind to show their ungodly attitudes . Perhaps not much has changed with previous times. Jeremiah also complained already that people “love to have it so” (Jeremiah  5:31). Many do not want to think that their world shall pass. Though we can be sure and must take it serious and can wonder “what will we and them do when the end comes?”

When we do have a personal knowledge of Christ, and continually love to feel that we are sincere partakers of the Body of Christ we do know we are coming closer to the end-times and that we should not find any excuse to withdraw from the task Jesus has given to not only his close disciples, but to all his followers.

Though many people around us may already know about Jesus, having heard about him, having different impressions about him, but not really knowing him and not believing in what he might mean for the world.

Therefore we should take up our task to let them know its getting time to really coming to know Christ. For us that also means

knowing Christ and not just knowing about Christ.

A passionate pastor, teacher, author and academic who believes in ‘Preaching‘ as the means of translating God’s timeless truth in scriptures across the globe, writes

You must know Christ in order to be his witness.
You must believe in Christ, that he is the Son of God, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, that he is the way, the truth and the life.

Not forgetting that

Knowing Christ, having a personal relationship with him to be his witness is very important because to witness for him is not by human knowledge or power.

When we go out in this world and feel the necessity to make Christ to be known, we too may count on the helper Jesus has asked his heavenly Father to send to this world. Also today the Power of God is available for those who want to receive that Power. The Holy Spirit is ready to enter each heart that is willing to open for It.

It was not only for the time of the prophets and of the apostles that

Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days (Joel 2:28-29).

In our days too we may find people being blessed with the power of God, having the Holy Spirit providing them with the necessary words to tell others about the Work of God and the Work of Christ.

As Christians, we need the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to live our Christian life, we need the Holy Spirit to empower us to be witnesses for Jesus Christ our Lord, we need the holy Spirit to empower us in making decisions; we need the Holy Spirit in all of our lives. We are like plants that needs to bear fruit, as plants can but only bear fruits if well supplied with water and minerals; we can also but only bear fruit when full of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit helps us produce this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! (Galatians 5:22-23 NLT). {Following Jesus’ example through Prayer – I}

The Holy Spirit empowers feeble men to bold men, he strengthens the tongue of the stammer to proclaim his good news. You don’t have to worry of what you will say or how you will witness, only avail yourself to be a witness and the Holy Spirit will empower you to witness in ways known to him. And you will be a

Witness for Christ everywhere and every time

There is no particular place and time to witness, witnessing for Christ should be everywhere and every time. Witnessing for Christ is by both word and deed. We must not reduce witnessing for Christ to either of the two, they are sides of the same coin. We must live like Christ, in this way, the world will know that we are his disciples and we shall make him known to the world. {Witnesses for Christ: everywhere and every time}

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Witnesses for Christ: everywhere and every time

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Preceding articles

Go and make disciples of people of all the nations

What Should I Preach ?

Daring to speak in multicultural environment

Crisis man needed in this world

Refusing to Be Silent

Go Ye!

To proclaim the day of vengeance

Proclaiming: a task given to Christians

Go! Proclaim! Testify!

Scriptures and Thoughts about: Proclaim

Summer holiday time to knock and ask, and time to share

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Additional reading

  1. Looking to the East and the West for Truth
  2. Positive Preaching Day 2015
  3. Germinating small seeds, pebble-stones, small and mega churches and faith
  4. Being in isolation #7 Mission work

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Licht naar binnen laten


”Laat de volmaaktheid los;
in alles zit een barst.
Zo komt het licht naar binnen.”

Louise Penny

 

Venlo, Römerhuis

Venlo, Römerhuis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Onvoorkomelijke ingebeelde obstakels


”Ingebeelde obstakels zijn onoverkomelijk. Werkelijke obstakels niet.”

Barbara Sher

 

English: The river Does in Leiderdorp, looking...

The river Does in Leiderdorp, looking north-east from Main Street, around 1900 (Province of South-Holland, Netherlands). Nederlands: Zicht op de Does vanaf de Hoofdstraat in Leiderdorp naar het noord-oosten, omstreeks 1900 (Provincie Zuid-Holland). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Iets liefs dat ons verlaat


”Als iets liefs ons verlaat, blijft toch de liefde.”

Robert Hamerling

 

 

Der österreichische Dichter und Schriftsteller...

Der österreichische Dichter und Schriftsteller Robert Hamerling (1830-1889) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Rise of women does not mean Fall of men


“The rise of women does not mean the fall of men”

 Preceding article: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

English: One of the symbols of German Women's ...

English: One of the symbols of German Women’s movement (from the 1970s) Deutsch: Ein Logo der deutschen Frauenbewegung (aus den 70er Jahren) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Further reading

  1. Run Like A Girl
  2. What is the gender of a soul?
  3. Why Calling Yourself A Feminist Matters
  4. Nevertheless, She Persisted
  5. The boy is dying!
  6. Equality for women, really?
  7. Is feminism really a new version of male chauvinism?
  8. I’m no cat
  9. Introducing The Future Female Series
  10. An open letter to all Feminists
  11. The Impossible Dream
  12. HeForShe, Stand Together
  13. What Does Feminism Mean?
  14. What feminism means to me
  15. Three Books Every Girl Must Read Today
  16. Asked, “As businesswomen, do you ever suffer in your workplace?” They replied:
  17. It’s all about him
  18. Period Leave: Step Forward At A Time When Women Are Fighting For Equal Rights?
  19. The Patriarchy And Other Feminist Half-Truths
  20. Wimbledon must scrap Manic Monday 
  21. 2 Tier Status: Human Trafficking in the Land of Wood and Water
  22. A Different View of Feminism
  23. Selling a Home!
  24. The Gap
  25. Why men often die earlier than women
  26. The Conquest
  27. Random Thoughts: Feminism does not mean defending the bad decisions women make
  28. It’s a tired topic, but when will it be different?
  29. On legalizing prostitution
  30. Miriam Dalli. Who else?
  31. Justice is All Seeing

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Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Montañas de la Sierra de Agalta, Olancho. Hond...

Montañas de la Sierra de Agalta, Olancho. Honduras. Photo by Dennis Garcia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Tuesday in Honduras lawmakers voted unanimously to ban child marriage, making it illegal in the Central American nation for children under the age of 18 to get married under any circumstances.

“The fight against child marriage is a strategic way of promoting the rights and empowerment of women in various areas, such as health, education, work, freedom from violence,”

Portillo, Plan’s Honduras country director, said in a statement.

Enforcing the law will be hardest in indigenous communities and poor rural areas in Honduras where child marriage is most prevalent, campaigners say.

A lot has still to be done all over the world where 1 in 5 women aged 15-49 are reported to have experiencing physical and/or sexual violence even by an intimate partner within a 12 month period.

Data on the prevalence of violence against women and girls is often lacking. This is especially true for women and girls with disabilities, ethnic minorities, migrant workers and older women. Even where the data exists, comparability across and within countries remains a considerable challenge for global monitoring.

It is each responsible citizen to take action when he or she sees something abnormal. Each of us has to take the responsibility to eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).

The sensitive nature of FGM poses challenges in the reliable collection and comparability of such data, as families are reluctant to provide these details. In addition, prevalence levels among different groups and/or regions within countries are not always available, leaving only national prevalence rates which obscure differences.

Also lots of work has to be made to have woman put on the same scale as their male counterparts at work, having the same pay. Wages for the same work has to be equal for man and woman, with the only difference that those who do it already longer, have much more experience and as such can work faster, should be allowed a premium for their ‘seniority’.

Unpaid domestic and care work should be recognised by the governments and as such be accounted for the retirement rates. those women who spend time to bring up their kids should not be penalised. It should be taken into account that those who want to do a full-time job and put their children under the care of others, either should pay the prize for such service, or when getting it cheaper should share in the cost for a pensionfund for those who take care of their kids themselves and as such can not earn more money to live more in luxury.

On the job, in politics every woman should have the same say as their male counterparts. We do have to ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. For this we should see that it is already established in the local clubs and smaller groups in our society and is represented in the amount of active local politicians. Everywhere we should take care that every girl or woman counts and shall be heard.

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Further reading

  1. Building / Raising the girl child
  2. Equality for women, really?
  3. Chinna chinna aasai 
  4. Gender pay gap explained by children and choice of field, study finds
  5. Reflections on the links between Johns and everyone else who sexually objectifies women.
  6. Reviewing Goal 5 at HLPF!
  7. What is HLPF?

types of feminism

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Reflectie voor 14 Juli: Duizend dingen doen


”Lachend kan men duizend dingen doen die met tranen onmogelijk schijnen.”

Friedrich von Schiller

 

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