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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    Also would like to visit your fellowship this spring! We will go to Finland/Denmark/Holland in May.. Every year we pick up legos from Denmark for charity this time for Ukraine.
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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,

      Bas

  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,

      Bas

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  13. You have been a true blessing to me! Wow!

  14. Aye bro, gotta favorite movie?

  15. Christine Grace says

    When i read your article about “have you forsaken your first love” it was really a life changing experience for me, i was really enlightened. and thanks God for using someone like you to remind how great is the Love of God for us. More blessings and Sir may I ask how to pronounce your surname? is it silent J? 🙂 thank you.

  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

  17. You are teaching in New Zealand. Im there now. You’ll love the rural lifestyle of the regions.

  18. Jonathan Davies says

    Hi Bas how are you nice to talk to you ,I’m just wondering how come your not speaking anymore you’ve disappeared I hope you come back mate
    Thanks Jon

    • Bas Rijksen says

      Hi Jon, I’ve paused the full time teaching in order to build some businesses to set ourselves financially free. Once that is set and in place I’d like to pick up preaching and teaching again 🙂

      • Noel Whitman says

        I’m so glad to hear this. I’m a business owner since 1997. I love your preaching and teaching. I was wondering what happened to you. What type businesses are you involved in if you don’t mind me asking?

        • Bas Rijksen says

          Hi Noel,

          I am running companies that sell mostly private label products (sourced in e.g. China) and sold on Amazon US and Europe. And we help other people with existing product lines by putting them on Amazon.

          Gr. Bas

  19. Hi Bas you have been extremely helpful to me in finding peace in religion, I think I used to be very legalistic ha . I was wondering how you got over your fear of man since I think I still have one and I was wondering since I’m a bit of an introvert the best way I could evangelise , it’s quite rare in the uk to see street evangelism and I have stage fright and I don’t think I could ever imagine myself standing in front of a group of people and preaching. Any advice thank you

    • Bas Rijksen says

      Hi Albert. Good to hear my teachings have been so helpful for you. Haha, who hasn’t been pretty legalistic, we all need renewing of the mind for sure.

      The main thing how I got over fear of man is to occupy/think in my mind not about other peoples opinions and what not, doing that by exposing myself and saturating myself with hundreds of hours of Grace teachings, daily Bible reading, and just during the day, and work, to aim to continue to practice His Presence, that is staying aware of His indwelling Presence and dialogue with my Father. Now it has become second nature, I do need to say that praying in the Spirit has also become second nature, and that is how my heart/emotions stays full of Him, that is that almost all the time I have this deep peace from the Spirit as I lean into Him as He resides in Me and wants to live through me.

      So the reason why you have fear or anxiety is because you are thinking or imaging fearful thoughts/ideas. Don’t fith them, just think upon the things that are lovely, pure, great..use your imagination by seeing yourself standing in front of people, boldly proclaiming the Word or whatever. Do this every day, for 100 days, and most-likely you are transformed, and have more confidence.

      • Bertie Short says

        Thank you so much Bas I hope that you will make videos again soon and I hope that your business is successful. But another question is, is street evangelism a calling because i REALLY don’t fancy that ( even though it’s not my place to say it’s Gods) I just hate standing out I would rather just blend in and help people like giving money etc etc . Thank you so much for the advice.

        • Bas Rijksen says

          Thank you Bertie. I don’t think “street evangelism” is a calling per se, but being yourself – in Him – is; meaning living a life whereby we actively “rest in Him” whereby He can live His live through us….and as a result we can’t help but display Jesus + where the heart is full of your mouth overflows, so we are called to share the Truth about Christ and His finished work, and that, I believe, I any situation where we get the opportunity, in daily live, not per se “on the streets”, but it might happen there too if we spend time there 🙂

  20. bertie short says

    Hello Bas
    Sorry that I keep asking questions but I do think of a lot and my mind doesn’t rest until its satisfied haha and I don’t have anyone to talk to about these kind of things in person. I wanted to ask do you think God will forgive me if I don’t get a renewed mind before judgement day , I am worried because I have strong dyslexia and a bit of autism so I cant memorise bible verses very well and I still like doing secular things like gaming and watching Youtube but something makes me feel guilty while I do that.
    any advice would be appreciated
    Bertie
    PS I am also albert haha

    • Bas Rijksen says

      Hi Bertie,

      No problem. No God does not forgive you in the sense that He is still in the “forgiving business” each time you do or think something that you consider “naughty” or sinful” and that He then needs to act and forgive based on each sinful thing, because He already HAS forgiven all sins, past present and future sins. There is nothing left for God to do, and you ARE forgiven of all sin. That does not mean one should go and live a sinful live, but that does mean – once one sees a glimpse of Gods’ love and grace – that you will live more holy by accident than you did on purpose before.

      Also a good video on this is this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqf9e-Im2EE

  21. Bas

    Have you ever taken the message of grace to primarily Hindu countries?

    Jim

    • Bas Rijksen says

      Hi Jim, no I have not, but if these countries allow youtube then I’m pretty sure we are reaching Hindu countries as well.

  22. Hello Bas hope you and your family are well.
    I was wondering whether your former Calvinist beliefs affect or have any part of your teachings today? Or would you say you have a completely non biased teaching on grace and Christianity?
    Thank you
    Bertie

    • Bas Rijksen says

      Hi Bertie, I think nobody is 100% non biased in a sense, there might be still some traces left of the beliefs in which I was brought up, who knows, but that would be more present in the subconscious part of my beliefs/brain, if there is still any.

  23. Noe Carillo says

    Hi Bas!

    Been looking for you! All I see are your youtube videos of 5 years ago. I hope to hear more from you.

    Regards,
    Noe

    • Bas Rijksen says

      Hi Noe, I’ve not created content as I started to build a business to become financially independent, at some point I want to pick up making videos again, just don’t know when yet 🙂

  24. Henry Redecop says

    Hey Bas! Henry from Ontario Canada, Thank you for your content! Couple of years ago our family radically encountered grace and your videos helped me renew my mind. We grew up religious but never saw power, law brings death but Spirit brings life!!
    Our excitement wasn’t accepted in church so we left and now amazingly we found a church that teaches this hard core, and it’s changing lives! I noticed a few people commenting on they need a church that teaches this and it is rare but it’s changing. Noticed also you shared some of Paul Ellis stuff, great stuff “Gospel in 10 words”.
    Gospel is about Jesus and only Jesus in his finished work.
    Anyway figured I would say hi and thank you, hope to meet one day😁

    • Hi Henry,

      You are welcome bro. I’m so glad you and your family encountered Grace and that you found a church that teaches this!

      Keep on shining Grace in your life 🙂

      Bas

  25. He Bas,

    Laat ik je maar een berichtje in het Nederlands sturen. Ik kwam je site tegen via E2R en het valt me op dat je site alleen in het Engels is. Heb je geen behoefte om een Nederlands publiek te bereiken? Grace-sprekers zijn helaas nog steeds in de minderheid in christelijk Nederland…
    Zo af en toe publiceer ik een Grace-filmpje op Youtube. Het is eigenlijk onderwijs voor mijn connectgroep.
    Sinds wanneer ben jij Grace echt gaan snappen? Was dat in Nederland gebeurd? Je bent ZZP’er, begrijp ik dat goed? Zit je op LinkedIn?

    Succes met je website!

    • Bas Rijksen says

      Hi George, Nederlands is ook wel zo makkelijk ja 🙂

      Nee, ik denk, spreek en droom veel in het EN, en ik wil graag zoveel mogelijk mensen bereiken vandaar. Maar ik sluit niet uit dat ik terloops ook NL publiek ga dienen hiermee.

      Sinds 2008 ben ik het gaan snappen, het was toen Andrew Wommack die mij het meest bij heeft geholpen. Dat was gewoon door naar al zijn materiaal te luisteren. Ik ben ondernemer ja, zit niet op LinkedIn.

  26. Sarah Ashby says

    Hello Bas! Sarah from Adelaide, Australia here. I just came across your video on your views on who the Church are. I thought I’d share with you that people here are moving away from the “traditional” Church business frame. I and another family had been talking for years about the very same things that you speak of. A few months before 2020 we kept bumping into each other at the shops and kept speaking of these things. When Covid 19 virus hit Australia and our government shut us down, including shutting the “Church ” doors, we contacted each other and said It’s time! Their family started meeting on Sundays at our place and “Church” continued. While the Business Model Church was shut down THE Church kept going. It’s interesting that YHWHs Church doesn’t stop when the building doors are shut. Sharing our Faith in relationship with another Christian family, in a simple home setting, was strengthened , drawing us closer to YHWH during this unusual time.
    Now the “Church” doors are open again we have decided not to be a part of that concept again.
    I have understood for many years that I am the temple of the Holy Spirit, along with All other Christians. He dwells in me and I am a part of YHWHs Church. The idea of “going to Church” is ridiculous. We ARE The Church!
    Every day in my aloneness or when I step out into the World I am in the Body of Christ, I am in the Church and the Church is in me, wherever I am, wherever I go. He is in you and He is in me.
    I also wanted to share with you how we come together with the other family we meet with, I’m saying this for people reading this that may need encouragement of how to start.
    We meet at 3pm. We share afternoon tea and catch up. We then watch an episode of The Chosen (that’s what we’re doing at the moment but that will change). We discuss YHWH, Joshua and The Holy Spirit. We pray for one another, say the Lords Prayer. We then prepare supper and we all stand around the dining table and someone leads us in Communion and then we share a meal together and continue to fellowship with one another. Traditionally Joshua broke the bread after supper so either way is ok.
    We are not religious about meeting. Sometimes we don’t meet and that’s ok.

    • Bas Rijksen says

      Hi Sarah, thank you so much for sharing and encouraging here with your story. Wonderful how you all are realising and giving hand and feed to BEING the church.

  27. Hello Bas,
    I like the way you teach, very clear, just as your teacher. I have learned a lot of his teaching and also yours. I don’t see my early comment, may be you have deleted it.
    God bless you

    • Bas Rijksen says

      Hi Edith, thank you for your encouragement and kind words. From whom did you also learned a lot? (I always look for grace based teachers also)

      • Tanner Bolden says

        Hi Bas. I’m wondering why you don’t do YouTube videos anymore? And is there a chance you could start again. I love watching them as they’ve changed my life for good and it would be cool to see what else you have learned since 2017 I think was your last video… I wanna learn more specially about healing I keep trying to heal my wife over and over to no avail. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong. I need more faith that it’s for anyone anywhere at anytime. Maybe if you can try to provide more concrete evidence of this from scripture. I know ,you healing is in the past. But how are unbelievers able to receive it from others I don’t understand since they aren’t forgiven…

        • Bas Rijksen says

          Hi Tanner, I’m coming back to create content again, and will be in full swing this year, including having a course for you on divine healing and deliverance – so stay tuned!

          • Tanner Bolden says

            Great! I am very much looking forward to it. Thank you for getting back to me so soon. I’m excited to start healing other and I already have done some healing on my brother 2 days ago. Thanks be to God and your teachings. It filled and my bro with joy. Do you think you could do maybe a more indepth teaching on how to be fearless. I’ve struggled alot with fear of man too and fear of the future. I’d like to learn more on what you mean by getting into your comfort zone as I’m having trouble understanding how to do that. Thanks for all you do Bad. Keep up the good Rest! And God Bless.

          • Tanner Bolden says

            Bas*

  28. Hello Bas,
    I like the way you teach, very clear, just as your teacher. I have learned a lot of his teaching and also yours. I don’t see my early comment, may be you have deleted it.
    God bless you

  29. Glen Andrews says

    I have been studying grace for about 7 years under Joseph Prince. You have a gift of teaching that I enjoy. The things I’ve learned from this Grace Gaze Academy has awed me. I still struggle with the organization of the site, but I am getting value out of the teachings. Thanks

    • So glad to hear you’re enjoying the teachings and finding value in them Glen! I’ll definitely take your feedback about the site organization to heart and look into ways to improve it. Keep growing in grace, and thanks for being a part of the Academy!

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