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Sharing with others

(December 2016) Before the people of Israel entered into the Promised Land, God gave them a special instruction as to how they were to express their gratitude: they were to share. Out of thankfulness toward Him they were to give the poor and the stranger something... more ...

A troubled relationship

(November 2016) When the Israelites were taken captive to Babylon, they had no more opportunity to worship in the temple and bring their offerings there. Divine service, as they knew it, was no longer possible for them because they had been cut off from the temple.... more ...

A meal that strengthens

(October 2016) After having enjoyed a good meal, one usually feels strengthened, and can once again pursue one’s work with new energy. Although it may still take a little bit of time for the body to digest the food and convert it into energy through the metabolic... more ...

Use the weapons of God

(September 2016) The story of Gideon is likely familiar to all of us: Gideon went into battle against the Midianites, the enemies of Israel, with a great army. His army was originally comprised of 32,000 soldiers. But God spoke to him and said, “The people who are... more ...

What does God want?

(August 2016) In the divine services we often hear about the will of God: we are to align ourselves with the will of God. We are to subject ourselves to the will of God. In the Lord’s Prayer we say, “Your will be done!” But do we actually know what God wants?... more ...

Sticking to it is everything

(July 2016) In the letters of the New Testament we find many references as to how we can gain victory with Christ. For one thing, we read how Apostle Paul takes stock of his life: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.... more ...

Blessing—enough for each and every day

(June 2016) Again and again our minds drift back to the question of how the blessing of God manifests itself—especially when we feel we have not received enough and think to ourselves, “Well, the dear God could actually bless me a little more. After all, I do... more ...

The fear of God and trust

(May 2016) The year 2016 has been captioned by the motto of “Victory with Christ”. This also applies in daily life—perhaps first and foremost. Such a statement incorporates many facets. I would just like to pick out one point of emphasis: the fear of God and... more ...

Do it with God!

(April 2016) Reconciliation—a word that slides so easily from our lips but is so difficult to practise in daily life. Most often, the path to reconciliation is a long one that requires something from all parties involved. On the part of the culprit, there must... more ...

Protected from the evil one

(March 2016) Human beings are exposed to many influences, especially those from their surroundings. The world into which they are born, in which they grow up and make their experiences, defines their nature and personality—whether for good or ill. No matter how... more ...

Doing what is good

(February 2016) A well-known author once coined the phrase, “There is nothing good unless you do it.” Nicely put. Anyone would immediately agree with that statement. But the question remains: what is good? Just because I do something I think is good does not... more ...

An answer to all questions?

(January 2016) In many Christian circles, the prevailing view is that the Bible contains answers to all questions, and that one can take precise instructions for one’s actions from its pages for any conceivable situation of life. Anyone who uses that argument... 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 ...