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“Behold, I am coming quickly!”

(December 2006) The Revelation of John contains a multifaceted passage that refers very directly to the return of Christ: “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (Revelation 22: 12). It begins with the... more ...

The fire of the gospel

(November 2006) Jesus Christ kindled the “fire of the gospel” and commissioned His Apostles to carry this fire into the entire world. It is for this reason that the “fire of the gospel” is again today – and still – burning around the world. Wherever we come into... more ...

Praising God

(October 2006) The Psalms often speak of praise. I think in particular of the following verse: “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalms 103:2, NIV). When children achieve good grades at school their teachers and parents usually praise... more ...

A devilish strategy

(September 2006) Satan, the adversary from the beginning, practises a devilish strategy. This was already evident in the Garden of Eden. At that time the serpent in which the Devil was embodied awakened the thought: “Has God indeed said? Are things really the way He... more ...

The walls of Jericho

(August 2006) At the time of Moses and Joshua, Jericho was a fortified city, a veritable fortress. And here the Israelites, a nation of half-nomads without any sort of military knowledge or training, had just come out of the wilderness and wanted to – had been... more ...

Do not hesitate

(July 2006) The Holy Scripture relates the story of Lot’s rescue from Sodom. According to God’s will, Sodom was doomed to destruction because of its sinfulness. Two angels came to Lot and told him to flee the city. Lot must have recognised these two men as... more ...

All for the congregation

(June 2006) In one of his letters Apostle Paul writes: “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men … for you serve the Lord Christ” (cf. Colossians 3: 23-24) With these words the apostle summarises his principles on the Christian home,... more ...

Trust – the path to blessing

(May 2006) Year after year we await the return of God’s Son with unwavering patience. And there is really no sensible reason for our becoming faint-hearted in this. The promise of the Lord still stands: He will return in order to take His own to Himself. We... more ...

How is your work?

(April 2006) In the last chapter of Revelation the Lord emphatically underscores the promise of His imminent return with the words: ?And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give every one according to his work? (Revelation 22:12). Here the... more ...

The cloud of witnesses

(March 2006) The letter to the Hebrews speaks of a "cloud of witnesses" that surrounds us (cf. Hebrews 12: 1). These witnesses are the souls who are already in the beyond and have long completed their life on earth. The eleventh chapter of the epistle to the... more ...

The works of God

(February 2006) The Lord was once asked: "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" (John 6: 28). We can imagine that there were many expectations associated with the response the Lord Jesus would give. Perhaps one or the other sought self-affirmation... more ...

For the New Year

(January 2006) We perceive that we live in a very restless time. Every day there are new reports about tragic accidents and even catastrophes. These events do not leave us indifferent. We notice that it is becoming more and more difficult to find peace and... 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 ...