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Open up a little door in your heart!

(December 2010) Throughout the season of Advent and Christmas I often hear people say: “I can hardly believe that it is almost Christmas! I’m not even in a Christmas mood yet.” This has to do with the fact that we all have to go about our daily work and do not have... more ...

The path of humbleness and obedience

(November 2010) The Gospel of Matthew describes how the Lord Jesus called His first disciples to follow Him. The brothers James and John were at work. They were in a boat, mending nets with their father. Then Jesus came up to them and called upon them to follow Him... more ...

A culture of gratitude

(October 2010) “Oh, give thanks to the Lord” – many psalms begin with these words (e.g. Psalms 106, 107). Giving thanks to the Lord is also the focus of our divine service celebrations during this time of year as we approach Thanksgiving. The psalmist in our... more ...

God’s covenant and His law

(September 2010) Already in the Old Testament the Lord promised to make a covenant through Jeremiah. He also described this covenant in greater detail, saying: “I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts.” Then He gave the promise: “… and I will... more ...

Creed and catechism

(August 2010) Nearly every religious denomination has a creed. A creed has various functions. On the one hand it is an expression of the fellowship that has been created by a particular system of belief. Beyond that, it summar­ises fundamental tenets of a... more ...

Perfection

(July 2010) Perfection. This word sounds a little frightening. And the term implies a high standard indeed: we are to come to perfection and worthiness (cf. Matthew 5: 48). We are to overcome and be prepared for the moment of Christ’s return. When we then think... more ...

God’s bounty

(June 2010) In His farewell discourses Jesus spoke about the reason for His coming to earth. He had come so that those who believe in Him “may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (cf. John 10: 10). Already the prophet Jeremiah in His time... more ...

The finger of God

(May 2010) The Lord wanted to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt through Moses. The Hebrews suffered greatly there. Exploited by the Pharaoh, they were forced to work in the fields, manufacture clay bricks, and build cities and grain reserves for the... more ...

The Lord lives!

(April 2010) In his later years, Martin Luther was often disillusioned and quite burdened as a result. He was sad about certain developments that had taken a different course than he had hoped they would. Katharina, his wife, saw this and tried to help him. She... more ...

Supplementary explanations on our understanding of the Bible

(March 2010) I have already taken position in the Our Family magazine on our approach to the Bible (see March 2009). At the time I pointed out that many things in the Old Testament are to be understood symbolically and metaphorically. This especially applies to... more ...

The foundation of God stands!

(February 2010) At the time of the first Apostles, Jesus warned against those who would come and say: “‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’” (cf. Matthew 24: 23), and urged his disciples not to believe such claims. But where is the Lord to be found? What are the... more ...

Perseverance

(January 2010) My dear brothers and sisters, The Lord has led us through the ups and downs of the last year, and now the year 2010 is upon us. I wish everyone rich blessing, great joy in our fellowship, and personal wellbeing in the New Year. May the Lord... 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 ...