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The greatest gift

(December 2004) Even if we did not receive a single gift for Christmas, we would still have cause to rejoice. After all, God has given us the greatest gift conceivable: He gave us His Son for our redemption. Jesus Christ became human, brought His sacrifice to save... more ...

The first works

(November 2004) The Lord's admonition to the congregation of Ephesus: "Repent and do the first works" had a very serious backdrop. The One who dictated the Revelation to John had just made him say to the congregation: "I have this against you, that you have left... more ...

Being humble

(October 2004) Whoever acknowledges God's omnipotence in faith will not find it hard to be humble. Such a disposition pleases the Lord: He gives grace to the humble. Peter underlined this when he admonished: "Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of... more ...

Good stewardship

(September 2004) A house that has been built through wisdom and established by understanding, will be filled with all precious and pleasant riches through knowledge, wisdom, and good stewardship. This King Solomon experienced. But it also applies on a spiritual... more ...

Fervent in spirit

(August 2004) If a fire is to burn continually, it must constantly be supplied with new fuel or it will go out. It is no different spiritually. Without an uninterrupted supply of God's word and grace the flame of our faith would die. The fire of God's love can... more ...

I know your works

(July 2004) "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name." (Revelation 3:8). If this beautiful testimony that Apostle John wrote to the... more ...

What wealth!

(June 2004) In his letter to the Romans, Apostle Paul demonstrated the twofold dimension of this divine wealth: "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!" (c.f. Romans 11:33). Where does the wisdom of the soul come from? Very simply... more ...

Be of good comfort

(May 2004) We experience many things that are not at all pleasant. Often there are wishes that are not fulfilled, hopes fall apart at the seams, there are disasters in professional life. Some live in strife, some are physically ill, and others have a depressed... more ...

Christ, our intercessor

(April 2004) What would Easter be without the Lord's word, without God's grace, without the fellowship of the faithful at the holy altar? A day off work, maybe even a day of commemoration — assuming people still remember the events of Easter 2,000 years ago,... more ...

The days are evil

(March 2004) When Apostle Paul advised the Ephesians to redeem the time because the days are evil (c.f. Ephesians 5:16), he was not referring to wars, diseases, oppression, hunger, poverty, misery, and distress—although man has unfortunately seen more than... more ...

Free through Christ

(February 2004) The aspiration of peoples and the individual to be free from all constraints and oppression is understandable. After all, who would want to live in servitude? Freedom is a high ideal of human existence. Wars have been fought, great sacrifices have... more ...

For the New Year

(January 2004) We have crossed the threshold into the year 2004 and have already lived through its first few days. What do the next twelve months hold in store for us? Nobody knows this. Nonetheless there are people who would dearly love to know what the future... more ...

Word of the Month

Without words

(September 2017) What a shame—yet another minister is retiring. And this one really had something to say! No one... more ...