Author: Marcelle Ehlers

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Control – A surprising source of impatience

In our premarital preparation, we were told that happiness is not the purpose of your marriage – holiness is. At first, I thought it meant marriage will suck, and some days it does. Especially when that other person starts doing things that dig into some...

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The Good Samaritan: Fellowship in suffering

Because I grew up in a Christian home, many of the stories became so familiar, that I’ve stopped allowing them to speak to me. The Good Samaritan is one of those stories.   Thanks to a sudden urge to read the Gospels in my home language (Afrikaans), I discovered something beautiful...

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Why Christian Movies Are Bad

I stumbled onto a video by Josh Keefe titled “Why Christian Movies are Bad”, sometime after watching God’s Not Dead. My first impressions of the film was that it deserved a less gracious rating than the 14% it received on Rotten Tomatoes. I felt this about...

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Cultivating the fruit of the Spirit is a lot like gardening

The fruit of the Spirit, as listed in Galatians is what most Christians use as their plumb line on how they’re fairing as Christians. Just as a refresher, this is the passage the Fruit of the Spirit is spoken about:  But the fruit of the...

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She Waits by the Gray Havens Lyrics Meaning

The Gray Havens is one of my favourite bands, and their song “She Waits” is just another reason why I love them.   The lyrics have such a depth to it, that it’s meaning isn’t apparent after the first listen. I’ve included the lyrics below, but you can...

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Book Review: Love Wins by Rob Bell

I know I’m quite late on the bandwagon of commentators of Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” book, but I had a conversation with someone that made me think about it. A lot.  I didn’t quite share my understanding of the book, so I thought: Let’s make my...

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What humility really is

For many years I thought humility was negating any compliment given to me with criticism. I think it made me uncomfortable to think that there could be anything good about me. In hindsight, it sounds really stupid.  Through a couple of revelations brought on by grace...

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Finding your purpose as a Christian

There’s an upside down view we often take when we consider our purpose as a Christian. The day God reveals His unfathomable love for us, we start wondering, “What’s so special about me?”. I’m not sure if it is a cultural thing, but the revelation...

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How to live out the greatest command: Love

In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus is confronted by the Pharisees with the question:  “What is the greatest command?”   Jesus replies, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the...