Henri J.M. Nouwen

Words of wisdom by Henri Nouwens …

“To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.”

― Henri Nouwen

“Compassion- which means, literally, “to suffer with”- is the way to the truth that we are most ourselves, not when we differ from others, but when we are the same. Indeed the main spiritual question is not, “What difference do you make?” but “What do you have in common?” It is not “excelling” but “serving” that makes us most human. It is not proving ourselves to be better than others but confessing to be just like others that is the way to healing and reconciliation.”

― Henri Nouwen

“We may be little, insignificant servants in the eyes of a world motivated by efficiency, control and success. But when we realize that God has chosen us from all eternity, sent us into the world as the blessed ones, handed us over to suffering, can’t we, then, also trust that our little lives will multiply themselves and be able to fulfill the needs of countless people?”

― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World

“Learn the discipline of being surprised not by suffering but by joy. As we grow old, there is suffering ahead of us, immense suffering, a suffering that will continue to tempt us to think that we have chosen the wrong road. But don’t be surprised by pain. Be surprised by joy, be surprised by the little flower that shows its beauty in the midst of a barren desert, and be surprised by the immense healing power that keeps bursting forth like springs of fresh water from the depth of our pain.”

― Henri Nouwen

“I am gradually learning that the call to gratitude asks us to say, “Everything is grace.” As long as we remain resentful about things we wish had not happened, about relationships that we wish had turned out differently, mistakes we wish we had not made, part of our heart remains isolated, unable to bear fruit in the new life ahead of us. It is a way we hold part of ourselves apart from God.”

― Henri Nouwen

Stay blessed and thankful in the grace that God gives us each new day…

Pr. Paddick


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Put love into what you do


1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

Often we place so much emphasis and importance together with prestige in what we do but forget that how we do our job/calling is more important….

Stay blessed in ‘doing love’ , especially in your job…

Pr Paddick



“Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own. Mother Teresa”

” Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. Mother Teresa”


” Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home. Mother Teresa”

1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

John 13:35: ” By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Stay blessed in loving as Jesus commanded…

Pr Paddick


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The Final Analysis…

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“People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

~Mother Teresa”

These words are so true…

Stay blessed and love, forgive, help and be kind anyway, bringing glory to God through your life!

Pr. Paddick


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Notes on Dr. Paul Tripp’s Marriage Conference 2019

Some notes on Paul Tripp’s Marriage Conference:

Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019 www.paultripp.com  

“Your marriage isn’t lived in three or four dramatic moments. Your marriage is lived in these little mundane, one-morning-at-a-time, moments. And if God doesn’t rule the mundane where your marriage lives, He doesn’t rule you.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“A marriage is formed by thousands and thousands and thousands of little moments. Listen, the little moments of your marriage are profoundly important, precisely because they are little moments. Because those little moments happen to be the address where your marriage lives.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“Marriages don’t die in big moments. Marriages don’t grow beautiful in big moments. The character of your marriage isn’t set in big moments.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“The little moments in your marriage are where you love, where you hate. They are where you fight, they are where you serve, they are where you demand, they are where you lash out in vengeance. They are the movements where your marriage lives.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“And if you are not interested in the little moments of your marriage, listen to what I’m about to say: you are not interested in your marriage. And if God can’t reach into the little moments of our marriage, there is no hope for our marriages.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“In those little moments, habits get formed. And those habits begin to provide these unseen tracks on which your marriage travels. They begin to set the curves and twists and directions of your marriage. You know what habits are? Habits are things that are so often done, that they begin to get easy, they become automatic, you don’t have to think anymore, you don’t’ have to desire anymore. You automatically, naturally do things because they become habits.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“One of the most loving things that the Creator wired into us is the capacity to develop habits. And so God loving us, knowing how complicated life would be in this fallen world, knowing how difficult things would be, gave us the capacity to develop habits so we could do things naturally without needing to re-learn them again.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“Your marriage is a collection of habits. Because you were wired by God to be a habitual human being. So every marriage is a collection of habits.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“Now we can’t get into this topic without talking about God’s agenda between the already of your conversion (first coming to know Christ) and the not yet of your home going. That’s where your marriage lives. The agenda is not yours. It is the agenda of the Redeemer, the Saviour, the Sovereign King.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“The entire work of your Redeemer, right here, right now, between the already and the not yet (home going) is habit transformation. God is working progressively to form you into the image of His Son so that godliness, what is honourable in Gods eyes, and therefore good for your neighbour, would be habitual for you.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“Marriage is an intentional workroom for something bigger than marriage. Because if God is working to establish, through marriage, personal, present happiness He is a massive failure. That is not His agenda. His agenda is actually this thing called holiness – because you get in tune with God’s purpose and you start moving in the same direction God is moving in those little moments with a progressive change in habits so you are more in tune with God’s doing, you will have the marriage of your dreams. Because you now will be living according to the purpose for which you were created and you will have remarkable unity with that person that you’re living with because you bought into the same set of habits, you’re moving in the same direction, you find the same things fulfilling and satisfying you share purpose, all of a sudden you’ve got a deeper unity than you ever had in any point in your marriage.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“God’s purpose for marriage isn’t that it would be comfortable, God’s purpose for marriage is that it would be transformational.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“You’ve got to hear me saying this: if you put happiness as your highest priority, (in marriage and life) you will chafe against God’s purpose again, and again and again.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“(When the person you are married to drives you up the wall and makes you mad at them) Because marriage isn’t first meant to be comfortable, marriage is meant to be transformational because the whole thing that God is doing in your marriage is using that profoundly significant intimate relationship to transform you…” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“If your eyes ever see and your ears ever hear, the sin, weakness or failure of your husband or your wife, are you listening? – It is never an accident, it is never an interruption, it is always grace. God loves that person you’re married to and He will reveal their need to you, so you can be a tool of His rescuing and transforming grace. Welcome to your marriage!”

“You see – you can’t have transformation, habit transformation, without exposure taking place. Without God revealing what needs to be transformed.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“Human logic says this – why would God put the world’s most comprehensive relationship smackdab in the middle of world’s most important incomplete process (sanctification). Doesn’t that seem out of order for you? Would it not have been easier of God got us sanctified first before we got married? Why do we think that way? Because we’d rather have an easy life, that to be redeemed.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“You’re mad (upset) because you are living with a broke human being, your are mad because you haven’t been able to do, in that human being, what only God can do – change them… and you say ‘why does this have to be so hard?’ Transformation can be discouraging. Transformation means suffering. Transformation means surgery. Transformation is hard…but it is glorious as well” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“God has designed marriage, He knows what He’s doing.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“There are three dangers for your marriage when it comes to this process of transformation: the first one is inattention (neglect), I am deeply persuaded that the number one reason that marriages fail is not adultery, it is neglect. (Our lawns and homes gets more attention than our marriages). Second danger is laziness – we just don’t want to do the work necessary. Rather than doing something (God in His love shows us problem areas) we do nothing. There is a third (danger) – doubt. We just wonder if it will be worth it. Will change ever happen? I want to say this to you tonight: I wouldn’t be in this moment with you if I didn’t believe that. You invest in the transformation of habits in your marriage, not because you trust your spouse but because you trust your God. He will not call you to something that is not good.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“If there were 3 steps, 7 steps, 12 steps that the power to change you and change your marriage, Jesus would have never had to come. The gospel we believe says this – hope is a person and His name is Jesus. The willingness to be part of this process of the transformation of the habits of your marriage, hear this: is a willingness to say ‘I love Jesus, I know He loves me, I believe He is kind and good and faithful and loving and wise, I will step into His workroom because I believe in Jesus.’” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“And habit transformation, it’s this: I am willing to go in the same direction that the Redeemer is going, believing that out of that will be the most beautiful fruit that we could have ever experienced as husband and a wife.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“I am deeply persuaded that our problem in our marriages is not that we are dissatisfied – I think we are all too easily satisfied. We’re satisfied with way less than God has the ability and willingness to give us. Where is God revealing your brokenness, so in His transforming grace He could make you whole again?” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“Marriage – is a workroom. And if it’s a workroom you will feel the hammers and saws of redemption. It is NOT because you are being punished, it’s not because God is absent, distant, not because He is uncaring but because He loves you. And although you’re satisfied, one of the glories of grace is that you’re blessed with a dissatisfied Redeemer, who will not quit, He will not relent until every micro percent is removed from every cell of every heart of every one of His children.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

“God is never disgusted by your brokenness, did you hear what I said? He is never disgusted. He never looks on your brokenness as a judge because Jesus carried all of your judgement. He looks on your brokenness with tenderness, and love and powerful grace, and the hope for all of us, and this is my hope too – I have not yet arrived. There is a Redeemer who wants more for me in my marriage than I would ever want for myself. And if you believe that then you are willing to look at your habits and you’re willing to say: ‘Let’s follow Him to a better place than we are right now, as a husband and a wife. God is in your mess and He is in it for good.” Paul Tripp Marriage Conference 2019

Stay blessed in being transfomred in your marriage

Pr. Paddick van Zyl


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1 Corinthians 13 1 NIV

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”

Stay blessed in loving and being loved

Pr Paddick


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Psalm 90:12
“So teach us to number our days, That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 39:4
“LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.”

Stay blessed being thankful for each nee day…

Pr Paddick van Zyl


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Caring in love

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It’s been a year & a half since Mom went to be with Jesus. I don’t begrudge her heaven, but the process of getting her there was a beast. Likewise, the process of my recovery from caregiving has been harder than expected. Two-and-a-half years of caring for Mom full time took a toll on my health. Some of my relationships suffered. I faded into the background at church. I got out of healthy routines. Many days it seemed like life was passing me by. I felt left out, left behind & alone. I also felt incredibly old. Mom’s death wasn’t the end of my caring for her, either. In the months that followed I planned two memorial services in two different states. I paid her remaining bills and taxes, closed and settled accounts, & notified friends & family of the news. I went through all of her things, purged & distributed most, & kept a few. In the midst of all of this necessary activity, I grieved. I grieved haltingly & imperfectly. In stops and starts, with laughter & weeping. Sometimes with others, but often alone. For a while, I wondered if I should have done things differently. Had I made a few tweaks in caregiving and grieving, would things have been easier? Could I have headed some of the hardship off at the pass? These are unproductive questions. Mom’s now happy and whole, & I’ve had more time & distance to process & heal. I’m serving again at church. I’m sleeping (and occasionally sleeping in!) again. I’m reconnecting with friends & repairing relationships with family. I’m living life today & planning for the future. And I have no regrets. My caregiving season was unspeakably hard, but so worth it. I’m a changed person – a softer-hearted & more mature person. I have memories with Mom I’ll never forget. I learned lessons I would not have learned otherwise. Don’t assume that you can’t be a caregiver because you can’t do it perfectly. You’ll never do it perfectly; believe me, I tried. Caregiving is about showing up. It’s about setting aside a season for service & selflessness. It’s a holy calling. And eventually – perhaps when the season’s over – you’ll feel the weight of the privilege you were given. And you’ll thank God for it. -by @andersonlisac

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Exodus 20:12 AMP

Honor (respect, obey, care for) yourfatherandyourmother, so that your days may be prolonged in the land the Lordyour God gives you.”

Matthew 25:44-45 TLB

44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

45 “And I will answer, ‘When you refused to help the least of these my brothers, you were refusing help to me.’”

Stay blessed in serving

Pr Paddick van Zyl


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New day, new mercy…

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Lamentations 3:22-23 English Standard Version (ESV)

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[a]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.

Stay blessed in trusting God

Pr Paddick


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How Cool…

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Jeremiah 1:5 NIV

“Before I formed you in the wombI knew you,
    before you were born I set you apart;”

Psalm 139: 13-14 NIV

13 “For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.”

You are handmade by God…

Pr Paddick van Zyl


Emotions & Intelligence

” *Our External Situation plus our Internal Perception/Belief leads to our Emotional Response. Picture our emotions like this:

*Negative Situation + Biblical Belief = Legitimate Painful Emotion (Sorrow, Sadness, etc.)

*Negative Situation + Unbiblical Belief = Illegitimate Painful Emotion (Hatred, Despair, etc.)

*Positive Situation + Biblical Belief = Legitimate Positive Emotion (Joy, Peace)

*Positive Situation + Unbiblical Belief = Illegitimate Positive Emotion (Pride, SelfSufficiency, etc.)

Your boss says to you, “You blew it.” Your emotions react to this external situation and to your internal beliefs. What if you had a biblical belief: “I enjoy my boss’s approval, but I don’t need it, and I know that in Christ I am accepted by God”? Then you will respond with legitimate painful emotions such as sorrow, disappointment, or remorse (if you were truly in the wrong).

On the other hand, if your boss says, “You always do A+ work,” and you live for the praise of man, then you might experience illegitimate positive emotions like pride and arrogance. The key to our emotional reaction is our belief or perception about the meaning behind the event. Thus, events determine whether our emotions are pleasant or painful, while longings, beliefs, and goals determine whether our emotional reaction is holy or sinful.” 1 http://bit.ly/EmotionsABCs Dr. Bob Kellemen

Stay blessed in caring for your emotions, intelligently,

Pr. Paddick van Zyl


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1 What Does the Bible Teach About Our Emotions? Learning the ABCs of Emotional Intelligence By Dr. Bob Kellemen © 2018


It’s real, if the rich man could tell you himself he would, and countless others…

Luke 16 HCSB

19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was left at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table,but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores.22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side.[e]The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’

25 “‘Son,’[f] Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’

27 “‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house— 28 because I have five brothers—to warn them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’

29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets;they should listen to them.’

30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’

31 “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’”

Be ready – do not die without Jesus

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick


Keep on going…

Even though it is difficult, even though there may be pain – keep on going…

2 Timothy 4:7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Stay blessed

Pr Paddick van Zyl


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Stress and Peace

Luke 10:38-42 New International Version (NIV)At the Home of Martha and Mary

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feetlistening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Stay in peace in Christ




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“So many things change when a person ages. Wrinkles, changing hairlines, graying hair, the list goes on… But one thing that always stays the same is a person’s identity.”

Isaiah 46:4 NIV

“Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

Stay blessed in growing old, it is a gift not granted to everyone

Pr. Paddick


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God’s plan

Isaiah 55:8-9 New International Version (NIV)

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Stay blessed in seeking God’s plan…

Pr Paddick


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Our Identity and Christ

“So what does it mean to be getting our identity from Christ? I’m afraid we throw around phrases like that without knowing what they really mean, so I want to take today and explain what I think that means. Here’s what Peter says: “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Another way of saying this is, “God has already given me everything I need for life and godliness.”

Now I want to nitpick over the two words ‘life and godliness.’ If Peter had only written, “God has given me everything I need for life,” we would tend to add in the word ‘eternal’ and say, “Of course I know this. God has given me everything I need so that someday I’ll have eternal life.” But that’s not what Peter is talking about. Peter is talking about the ‘here and now’, which is why he uses the term ‘godliness.’

What is godliness? It’s a God-honoring life between the time I come to Christ and the time I go home to be with Him. And Christ has already given me everything I need for it! Yes, we face the harsh realities of life in a fallen world, and yes, we still struggle with indwelling sin. But because of my relationship with Christ, I have been given a Warrior Spirit that lives inside of me. He fights on my behalf and enables me to produce good fruit: faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, and love (2 Peter 1:5-7).

This passage is describing the ‘here and now’ benefits of our salvation. Listen, it’s not enough for us to believe in life after death – we need to start believing in life before death. If we understand our identity that we’ve been given in Christ, we can live filled with hope and courage. Christ has not just forgiven you. He has completely and fundamentally changed who you are, and because of that, you can live in a very new and different way.

If you remember that in your marriage, if you remember that in your job, if you remember that as you face the situations and relationships of life, it will make a tremendous difference in the way that you live. You’ll begin to produce new and surprising fruit, and you’ll be used by God to help others remember their identity.” Paul Tripp : Life & Godliness https://www.paultripp.com/articles/posts/life-and-godliness

“We “know” that identity influences our thinking, our choices, and our behavior, but we have a hard time getting identity right. I call it Identity Amnesia – misunderstanding and replacing our identity in Christ.

Identity Amnesia is powerful and potentially destructive. Here’s the critical issue: you either define yourself vertically, or you’ll end up defining yourself horizontally. Horizontal identity is the subject matter we talked about the past four weeks – I Am my success, my relationships, my righteousness, or my possessions.

You might be asking, “What does it mean to define myself vertically?” Hear this – vertical identity is always rooted in worship. In fact, the Bible tells us that a true understanding of anything starts with acknowledging God. As the great Christian thinker John Calvin taught, there’s no knowing that does not begin with knowing God.

It’s only when you have God in His proper place and are celebrating who He is that you can ever truly know yourself. The theological principle is that knowledge of the Creator is fundamental to understanding the creation. To the degree that we’ve failed to worship God for who He is and what He has done, we’ll take unseen identity confusion into life.

There are three pillars of worship that support a Biblical sense of vertical identity, and we’ll tackle them in the upcoming weeks.

  1. How might you be defining yourself horizontally?
  2. How can you better define yourself vertically?
  3. How will knowing God more help cure Identity Amnesia?

God bless, Paul David Tripp” Paul Tripp : Getting Identity Right Wednesday, February 6, 2013 https://www.paultripp.com/wednesdays-word/posts/getting-identity-right

Stay blessed in having your identity in Christ alone,

Pr. Paddick


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Who is God?

Wonderful discussion by Ray Comfort, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, and Mark Spence on who God is, His character and nature…

The purpose of life? To Know God, to know His goodness, His mercy, His love on a personal level…

Listen here: https://www.livingwaters.com/who-is-god/

Stay blessed in Christ the Lord,

Pr. Paddick


Who Is God? Living Waters .com https://www.livingwaters.com/who-is-god/

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Your Heart

The small verse with so much to say and teach … So many facets and truths – a warning to all, you are tasked with the guarding and protection of your own heart ♥

Stay blessed in guarding over your heart

Pr Paddick


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Ruth – God’s Wisdom Revealed

Only 4 chapters in length, the old statement book of Ruth is a showcase of God’s Sovereign wisdom and plan for each of us. The Apostle Paul writes the following:

1 Corinthians 1:27 NKJV

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”

Paul Tripp remarks the following on Ruth and God’s plan:

“I would title Ruth, not a love story, but a redemptive story, …Ruth was a Moabite woman who had no claim to the promises of God, who had no natural entrance to relationship with God. She was an outsider, an outcast, an alien, a stranger who, by God’s mysterious plan, His sovereign power, and His amazing grace, this Moabite woman becomes an heir of His covenant promises. “I would title Ruth, not a love story, but a redemptive story,

That is the entire story of redemption in this lady’s biography, that’s us! Sin makes us strangers and aliens. We have no right to Covenant promises; we have no natural entrance to relationship with God. Paul says it very powerfully in Ephesians, like I can’t read Ruth ever without hearing these words from Paul, “We were without God and without hope in the world.” That’s Ruth; but that’s us.

And why is it a story about redemption? Because this is God taking one more step in delivering His promise, because out of this couple would come David, and out of David would come the Messiah Jesus. This is God through this alien woman, this stranger, making sure that the promised Messiah would actually come. It confronts us again with the wild ways that God accomplishes His work of grace.

This is God protecting His promises, making sure that they’ll happen, creating the line, the genealogy, out of which Jesus, The Redeemer, will come. Yes, Boaz is a picture of redemption, but he’s not the Redeemer. But he’s in the line of the Redeemer because God makes sure it will happen. Listen, the physical history of Scripture is important because it’s that history in which God works to make sure that His promises actually do take place for His people.” Paul Tripp – The Gospel One Chapter at a Time : Ruth: A Redemption Story

Often we do not undertdan the way and manner in which God works in our lives to bring about His plan and purpose, however in this we may take comfort – God is Soveriegn, God is Wise and God is in control…

Stay blessed in trusting God’s plan, like Ruth did

Pr. Paddick


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Who is the real hero?

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Be someone’s sun today…

Matthew 7:12 NIV

” So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

Romans 12:15-18 NKJV

”  15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.

17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have[e] regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. “

We don’t always know what the person in front of us, that we are talking with, might be going through or experiencing in their life. Some people have learned to put up a brave front and smile, amidst the sorrow and pain they are living with. Try to see others with the eyes of Jesus Christ, compassion and love. Remembering – it is only grace alone that keeps us every day…

Stay blesed in making sunshine for others,

Pr. Paddick van Zyl


Laus Deo Ministries Int.

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Discipline Defined

James 5 :7-8 NIV

7Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.”

1 Corinthians 9:27 NIV

“I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

Patience and discipline go hand in hand.

Stay blessed

Pr. Paddick


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What is Marriage?

Matthew 19:1-12 NKJV (Read the entire chapter for context)

And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who[a]made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said,‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”

Stay blessed

Pr. Paddick

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“Our purpose (in relationship) is to get what we want but God’s purpose is to give us what we really need. We think things are going well only if we are getting along with others. But God says that it is also when we are not getting along with others that he is accomplishing his purpose.

God has designed our relationship to function as both a diagnosis and a cure.”

Paul David Tripp

Luke 6:27-36 NIV

Love for Enemies

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

Stay blessed

Pr. Paddick


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When we get tired…

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Stay blessed in rest

Pr Paddick


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Success & Failure

“Never let your success go to your head. Never let your ‘failures’ go to your heart.” Unknown

Luke 14 :11

11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Stay blessed in humility,

Pr. Paddick



Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”

Genesis 18:14 “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.”

Stay waiting in God’s perfect timing for you,

Pr. Paddick


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