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Showing gratitude

(April 2009) The beginnings of the church of Christ were very humble, but out of it developed a worldwide church. This achievement cannot be ascribed to a few believing individuals, but came about thanks to the goodness and grace of God. Luke writes that the... more ...

How we understand the Bible

(March 2009) I have recently received some letters dealing with the question of how we understand Holy Scripture. I will take this as an opportunity to state some fundamental points on the matter. In 2 Timothy 3: 16-17 we can read the following – here in the... more ...

It is the Lord!

(February 2009) Holy Scripture relates many events that transpired after Jesus’ resurrection. For example, in his first epistle to the Corinthians, Apostle Paul summarises the Lord’s appearances in what is probably the oldest account on record. Paul professes that... more ...

For the New Year 2009

(January 2009) In recent years it has become customary to associate individual years with certain themes. For example, the year 2008 was designated as the year of mathematics in Germany and as the year of intercultural dialogue in Europe. The idea is to draw... more ...

Simeon’s joy

(December 2008) The Lord seeks to fill us with joy. He has stated this on various occasions through the prophets (cf. e.g. Isaiah 49: 13; Jeremiah 31: 13). In this regard one might well ask: “Well, where does this joy come from?” For us, joy comes into being... more ...

Being rooted in the Lord

(November 2008) When you hear the word “rooted” you usually think of a tree. When you plant a tree, it is easy to pull it out of the ground after the first few days. But it will be nearly impossible to pull the tree out once it is properly rooted. In his letter... more ...

Thoughts for Thanksgiving Day

(October 2008) Most feasts celebrated by the people of the old covenant were in some way associated with the harvest. They thanked God for their earthly gifts. This makes it quite clear that sowing, growing, and harvesting were not to be taken for granted, and... more ...

Testifying – is that even possible any more?

(September 2008) We have probably all noticed that it is not so easy to talk to people about our faith nowadays. Many influences and developments have contributed to this state of affairs. But we would be wrong in concluding that any endeavour in this area is... more ...

Peacemakers

(August 2008) Jesus once expressed a special message when He said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5: 9). The literal translation of the original text refers to “those who establish peace”. In other words, one of the... more ...

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

(July 2008) Sometimes I am asked why sealed people do not manifest all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10, thus implying that the gift of tongues (speaking in unknown languages) or the gift of healing are irrefutable evidence... more ...

Peace – the foundation of faith

(June 2008) The book of Daniel relates a special vision Daniel had. In this vision he saw a man and heard a voice: “Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me. And he said, ‘O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you;... more ...

The house upon the rock

(May 2008) In the Sermon on the Mount the Lord Jesus referred to two types of people. The one accepts the word and acts accordingly. The other also hears it but does not act in accordance with it. And the Lord drew a vivid comparison to two men who each built... more ...
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