Word of the Month

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 continue to protect and help us and lead us through the time ahead!

This year we look back on a particular date in our history, namely the fiftieth anniversary of the passing of Chief Apostle Bischoff and the events associated with the so-called message of Chief Apostle Bischoff. For my part, I would like to continue the process of reconciliation with those for whom this message created a dilemma and caused difficulties in their faith. This is one of the tasks of our Church for the New Year.

I would also like to assign a task to each one of us. This year, I call upon all of us to persevere.

Perseverance is an important element of faith. Jesus already said: “But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24: 13). The Lord addressed these words to His own in view of His return. He also grants His own the strength to endure until the end.

Problems will also come up here and there in the New Year, even within the congregation. This calls for perseverance! This already begins with little things. Let us persevere

  • in prayer, even when we feel as though our prayers are not being heard.
  • in helping along, even if others in the congregation are perhaps no longer as active.
  • in our efforts to be peacemakers, even if trouble and distrust prevail around us.
  • in the endeavour to have a good and untroubled relationship with everyone in the congregation, even if we do not succeed at first.
  • in the endeavour to bring testimony to others about the activity of God in our time, even if many are not interested in hearing about it.

Apostle Paul once addressed an important message to Timothy. He wrote: “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them…” (cf. 1 Timothy 4: 16).  From this we can derive the following motto:  “Let us continually examine ourselves and continually measure ourselves against the word of God!”

We wait with perseverance for the Lord to complete His work!

With heartfelt greetings I remain

Yours truly,

Wilhelm Leber

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