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101 Things About Bas

Here’s more about me.

To list 101 things about yourself is a great excerise to get clear what you’ve experienced, what you value, what your gifts are and what you still want to do.

Be inspired.

101 Things About Bas

101 Random Things About Me

  1. I am the husband of one. The father of two.
  2. I am a potato chips addict.
  3. I was born in 1977 in a renovated chicken coop. (No joke).
  4. I am a printed-sock fan. No plain socks for me.
  5. I played the violin for 5 years.
  6. I live intentional.
  7. I’ve been to 47 countries.
  8. I had one big “idol.” It was my hair.
  9. I’ve had a motorbike for 10 years (Honda Shadow, 700CC).
  10. I enjoy strong Dutch coffee.
  11. I run in the park in front of our house.
  12. I’ve lived my whole live in the Netherlands. Don’t plan to emigrate either.
  13. I value clarity.
  14. I’m 1.78 meters tall.
  15. I produce lot’s of work when I’m undistracted…with coffee.
  16. I fail a lot, but that doesn’t have my focus.
  17. I bike almost every day. It’s thé means of transportation in Amsterdam.
  18. I played volleyball.
  19. I struggled big time with fear of man before overcoming it.
  20. I had rabbits, dogs, cats, geese, sheep and hamsters while growing up.
  21. I’m not a big fan of small talk.
  22. I’m a fervent cheese eater.
  23. My favourite colour is green.
  24. I aim to exalt God, exhort people and exhaust the devil everywhere, any time.
  25. I’m a good listener.
  26. I have no favourite Bible book or verse. It’s usually the last one I read.
  27. I see the positive, even in the negative.
  28. I’ve been a lumberjack, cutting trees.
  29. I love baby spare ribs with BBQ sauce.
  30. I’ve done confession of faith (according to Dutch reformed tradition) without being born again 🙂
  31. I’ve owned a car, named the ugly duckling (also named, Flying Dustbin).
  32. I get frustrated in meetings that don’t get to the point (I’m a “bring closure guy”).
  33. I’m thrilled to be alive in this age.
  34. I’m privileged to have a cross-cultural marriage.
  35. I used to stutter.
  36. I’d rather relate with a few deep, than many shallow.
  37. I hear God’s voice during the day through random thoughts.
  38. I grow vegetables.
  39. I like routine.
  40. I am somewhat handy at fixing things, untill Michelle has to take over and do it 🙂
  41. I used to be very shy – hiding behind Mom’s skirt was not uncommon.
  42. I’m not interested in modern art.
  43. I’m a provocative thinker and speaker.
  44. I value efficiency.
  45. I like my weekly date nights with Michelle.
  46. I still want to teach in South-Africa, New Zealand and South America.
  47. I don’t have skydiving on my bucket list.
  48. I have the fondest travel memories of Indonesia (yes, that’s where Michelle and I fell in love).
  49. I am an achiever.
  50. I am more of an introvert, then extrovert.
  51. I admire people who boldly preach Grace despite the given persecution.
  52. I like the smell of just cut grass.
  53. I am called to make the complicated simple.
  54. I’ve helped install concrete sewage systems.
  55. I used to know how to speak French and German.
  56. I can juggle with three balls.
  57. I use the NKJV (Bible translation)
  58. I have an analytic brain.
  59. I love the process from ignorance to gaining knowledge.
  60. I am a reformer.
  61. I use yellow high lighter in every book I read.
  62. I ask questions.
  63. I enjoy teaching truth from the Bible.
  64. I spend weekends mostly reading and relating to others.
  65. I’ve been to the second hottest place on earth.
  66. I am passionate about the eternal fellowship in the Godhead.
  67. I take several short vacations each year to my parents place.
  68. I don’t have a favourite movie.
  69. I experience God most when I focus on Him and when I do what I enjoy most.
  70. I have a daughter who has two passports (Dutch and U.S.).
  71. I have ministered healing to hundreds of sick people, and still wear glasses 🙂
  72. I get more joy out of others successfully healing the sick who I’ve trained then to minister healing myself.
  73. I’m stocked when people get revelation about who God is and who they are in Him.
  74. I’ve worked for 12 years in a greenhouse and 4 years as a gardener for pocket money.
  75. I’ve not been in the army.
  76. I value structure.
  77. I graduated by writing a thesis on the liveability in the city Utrecht.
  78. I am the youngest of three kids.
  79. I’ve been to South-Switzerland for our honeymoon.
  80. I was raised in a Christian family with a Dutch Reformed background
  81. I maintain an attitude of “I might be wrong. My views have flaws. Jesus is Truth.”
  82. I like Michelle a lot. She’s my friend for life.
  83. I have a B.A. in Land, Water & Environmental Management and a Master’s in Environmental Science.
  84. I like to think about Trinity’s relationship of love, respect and humility.
  85. I am addicted to experiencing God’s enjoyment and happiness.
  86. I value focus.
  87. I wear the same clothes for many years.
  88. I eat a mix of crunchy with regular muesli with yoghurt for breakfast.
  89. I’m called to help people learn.
  90. I don’t have a car. And don’t plan on getting one.
  91. I can’t help but smile, when I think about God.
  92. I spend less then a minute in front of the mirror, except when shaving.
  93. I would like to have lunch with King Willem Alexander.
  94. I love apple-pie with whip cream.
  95. I rather go a week without a change of clothes, but be able to bath, then go a week without bathing and be able to change clothes.
  96. I like to encourage people.
  97. I want to be remembered for loving people unconditionally (that means I understand God’s unconditional love for me).
  98. I like simple.
  99. I see things more black and white then shades of gray.
  100. I like to BBQ with friends.
  101. If my life was made into a movie it would be called “Just love.”

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    • Bas Rijksen says:

      Hi Anna,

      Feel free to use the material. I’m glad you enjoy the simple and easy explanation of all my teachings.

      No I don’t have verses with the Cheat Sheet.

      Currently I visit the Vineyard church in Amsterdam. However, much of what I teach isn’t fully embraced by the people there or elsewhere.

      So don’t expect this simple Gospel presentation to be found easily in a group of believers who come together here.

      It’s just a fact that more then 95% of the churches has still lots of legalistic teaching (thinking)

      Have a great weekend,


  10. Brad Sonntag says:

    Wow….You are soooo similar to me. I’ve got to ask you about your “hair idol” thing. I find this hilarious! I have a bit of a body-idol thing, but I justify it as my hobby. It involves a high degree of analysis given that it is so challenging to get the muscles to continue to grow (or maintain what you have at my age).
    So lets have it……Tell me about the hair!

    • Bas Rijksen says:

      Hi Brad. My hear, haha. Well, in the past I was fixated on my hear sitting right. Lot’s of gel, looking into window/car mirrors etc, AND nobody was ever allowed to touch my hear. I guess it was in part a teenager/young adult thing, because I slowly grew out of that ‘tense situation.’ I do my hear, but I’m not anxious any more when I’m on my bike and the wind is blowing 🙂

  11. I am very happy for all your teachings. I”ve been a seeker of Truth and what I have learned from the Holy Spirit by revelations is identical with your teachings. Commit everything to Jesus all our cares, problems, needs etc and let Him do it. Our self effort will only delay to see the Glory of God. Your teaching is hard to find in a church organizations. Beinbg free is knowing the Truth, Jesus Christ our Savior.

    • Bas Rijksen says:

      Hi Robert.

      So great to hear you are blessed by my teachings.

      Awesome how the revelations you received were identical with these teachings…same Holy Spirit 🙂

      Grace and peace,


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  16. I would love to hear your comments on communion in the church where we sre told to remember what Jesus did on the cross. Love your teacing on grace

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