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Christmas – Unreserved trust in God

(December 2012) Christmas is associated with a great deal of sparkle and glitter. Just look at everything that is going on! The stores are filled with people! There are lights everywhere! But in contrast to all of this hustle and bustle, the story of Christmas... more ...

A message of comfort

(November 2012) Often I come to congregations where – without knowing any details – I feel many burdens and concerns. In this context I recently came across a Bible passage that I found to be very beautiful and comforting. It is recorded in one of Apostle Paul’s... more ...

Thank God for everything always

(October 2012) “Give thanks always for all things to God the Father” (cf. Ephesians 5:20). That is how Paul puts it in his epistle to the Ephesians. In my eyes this is a fundamental attitude: our thankfulness must not be limited to specific events or moments when... more ...

I want to see the Lord!

(September 2012) When reading through Scripture one often notices that one is constantly discovering new aspects—even about events and Bible texts that are very familiar—and deriving new insights from them. One of the more familiar biblical accounts is that of... more ...

What matters is our faithfulness

(August 2012) From the Wilderness of Paran, Moses sent twelve spies into the land of Canaan in order to gain a better impression of the Promised Land. Among these spies was Caleb. Concerning this man, God later spoke the words: “But My servant Caleb, because he... more ...

Overcome doubt!

(July 2012) At the conclusion of Mark we read: “Later He [the Risen One] appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen” (Mark 16: 14).... more ...

The wings of God: Peace and grace

(June 2012) In connection with a church dedication I recently stumbled upon a passage from the Psalms and was much moved by its powerful language and deep content. It begins with the words: “How precious is Your loving-kindness, O God! Therefore the children of... more ...

Leave the world behind!

(May 2012) Ascension is a celebration that moves our hearts. It was on this occasion that the Lord completed His course upon the earth and was caught up into heaven out of the circle of His Apostles. Suddenly – as Scripture relates – He was taken up into... more ...

Remember Jesus Christ

(April 2012) Apostle Paul counsels Timothy: “Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel” (2 Timothy 2: 8). This is not only meant as a simple reminder to think about it once in a while! Rather it is a call... more ...

Jesus Christ in us

(March 2012) Apostle Paul’s letter to the Colossians contains a passage that, in very concise terms, describes our goal, how our life of faith is to be defined, and how the two belong together: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1: 27). The epistle... more ...

The right way to follow

(February 2012) Jesus once spoke of the two ways and the two gates (cf. Matthew 7: 13-14). The one gate is wide and there is a broad way that leads to it. The other way is narrow and difficult and leads through a narrow gate. This narrow way leads to life, but the... more ...

Serve the Lord!

(January 2012) As I reflect upon the year ahead, I find myself thinking about the Lord’s parable of the talents. There we read of a nobleman who travelled to a far country, but before leaving entrusted each of his servants with one mina (= 100 denarii) and... more ...

Word of the Month

Hey, I know that fellow!

(March 2017) Curiosity is a familiar human trait. We always want to know who it is we are meeting, the person... more ...