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Born to die

The Christian faith proclaims the message that in due time the Son of God became flesh in a predetermined place and lived among us human beings. Jesus was of such a remarkable personality that some even questioned his humanity as such. However, the Bible emphasizes again and again that God Himself in the flesh, born of a woman, was indeed a human being, so apart from our sinfulness, in every way resembled us (Joh 1,14, Gal 4,4, Phil ...

Mercy for all

When on the day of mourning, on 14. September 2001, people gathered in churches throughout America and other countries, they came to hear words of comfort, encouragement, hope. However, a number of conservative Christian church leaders have unwittingly spread a message that fuels desperation, despondency, and fear, contrary to their intention to give hope to the grieving nation. Namely, in people who are close to the attack ...

Does God still love you?

Do you know that many Christians live every day and are not sure that God still loves them? They are worried that God might reject them, and worse, that he has already rejected them. Maybe you are the same scared. Why do you think Christians are so worried? The answer is simply that they are honest with themselves. They know that they are sinners. They are aware of their failure, their ...

Three in unison

Three in unison where the Bible mentions "God" does not mean a single being in the sense of an "old man with a long, white beard" called God. In the Bible, one recognizes God who created us as a unity of three distinct or "different" persons, namely, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The father is not the son, and the son is not the father. The Holy Spirit is not the father or the son. ...

The Gospel - God's declaration of love to us

Many Christians are not sure and worried about it, God still loves them? They are worried that God might reject them, and worse, that he has already rejected them. Maybe you are the same scared. Why do you think Christians are so worried? The answer is simply that they are honest with themselves. They know that they are sinners. They are aware of their failure, their mistakes, their ...

God - an introduction

For us as Christians, the most basic belief is that God exists. By "God" - without articles, without further addition - we understand the God of the Bible. A good and powerful spirit being who has created all things for us, who is interested in our doing, who acts on and in our lives and offers us an eternity with his goodness. In its totality, God is not understood by man. But we can make a start: ...

The miracle of rebirth

We were born to be born again. It is your as well as my destiny to experience the greatest possible change in life - a spiritual one. God has created us so that we can share in his divine nature. The New Testament speaks of this divine nature as a redeemer that washes away the filthy layer of human sinfulness. And we all need this spiritual cleansing, since sin is the purity of every man ...

Why does God make Christians suffer?

As servants of Jesus Christ, we are often asked to comfort people as they go through various kinds of suffering. In times of suffering, we are asked to donate food, shelter or clothing. But in times of suffering, in addition to asking for physical help, we are sometimes asked to explain why God allows Christians to suffer. This is a difficult question to answer, especially if you are in ...

To fulfill the law

"It is actually pure grace that you are saved. You yourself can do nothing but accept with confidence what God gives you. You have not earned it by doing anything; because God does not want anyone to be able to refer to his own accomplishments before him ”(Ephesians 2,8-9 GN). Paul wrote: "Love does no harm to one's neighbor; so now the love of the law is fulfilled »(Rom 13,10 Zurich Bible). It is interesting that we from ...

Identity in Christ

Most who are over 50 years old will remember Nikita Khrushchev. He was a colorful, stormy character who, as a leader of the former Soviet Union, slammed his shoe on the lectern when speaking to the United Nations General Assembly. He was also known for his explanation that the first man in space, the Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, "flew into space, but saw no god there." As for Gagarin himself, ...

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has the attributes of God, is equal to God and does things that only God does. Like God, the Holy Spirit is holy - so holy that it is just as sinful to insult the Holy Spirit as the Son of God (Heb 10,29:12,32). Blasphemy, blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is an unforgivable sin (Mt). This means that the spirit is holy by nature and, unlike in the temple, it is said to be holy ...

Where does Jesus live?

We worship a resurrected Redeemer. That means that Jesus lives. But where does he live? Does he have a house? Maybe he lives down the street - as the volunteer in the homeless shelter. Maybe he lives in the big house on the corner with foster children. Maybe he also lives in your house - as the one who mowed the neighbor's lawn when he was sick. Jesus could even wear your clothes as you did when you ...

Get to know Jesus

There is often talk of getting to know Jesus. How to do this, however, seems a bit nebulous and difficult. This is especially because we can neither see nor speak face to face. He is real. But it is neither visible nor palpable. We can not hear his voice either, except on rare occasions. How could we then get to know him? Lately, more than one ...

Jesus said, I am the truth

Have you ever had to describe someone you know and had trouble finding the right words? It has already happened to me and I know that others did as well. We all have friends or acquaintances whose description is difficult to put into words. Jesus had no problems with that. He was always clear, even when it came to answering the question "Who are you?". I especially like a job, where he works in ...

God also loves atheists

Every time it comes to discussions about the question of faith, I wonder why it seems that believers feel at a disadvantage. The believers apparently assume that the atheists have somehow gained the proof, unless the faithful manage to refute it. The fact is, on the other hand, atheists are unable to prove that God does not exist. Just because believers do not convince atheists of the existence of God ...

God is ...

If you could ask God a question; which one would it be? Maybe a "big one": according to your determination of being? Why do people have to suffer? Or a "small", yet urgent: What happened to my dog, who ran away when I was ten? What if I married my childhood sweetheart? Why did God make the sky blue? Or maybe you just wanted to ask him, "Who are you?" or "What are you?" or "What do you want ...

The knowledge of Jesus Christ

Many people know the name of Jesus and know something about his life. They celebrate his birth and commemorate his death. The knowledge of the Son of God, however, goes much deeper. Shortly before his death Jesus prayed for his followers to this realization: "But that is eternal life, that they know the only true God, and whom you have sent, to know Jesus Christ" (Jn 17,3). Paul wrote the following about the knowledge of Christ: "But what me ...

History of Jeremy

Jeremy was born with a disfigured body, a slow mind, and a chronic, incurable disease that had slowly killed his entire young life. Nevertheless, his parents had tried to give him a normal life as far as possible and therefore sent him to a private school. At the age of 12, Jeremy was only in second grade. His teacher, Doris Miller, was often desperate with him. He slipped on his ...

The Holy Spirit - functionality or personality?

The Holy Spirit is often described in terms of functionality, such as: God's power or presence or action or voice. Is this a suitable way to describe the mind? Jesus is also described as the power of God (Phil 4,13), the presence of God (Gal 2,20), the action of God (Joh 5,19) and the voice of God (Joh 3,34). Yet we speak of Jesus in terms of personality. The Holy Scriptures also write to the Holy Spirit ...

God the potter

Do you remember when God turned Jeremiah's attention to the potter's disc (Jer. 18,2-6)? God used the picture of the potter and the clay to teach us a haunting lesson. Similar messages that use the image of the potter and the sound are found in Isaiah 45,9 and 64,7 as well as in Romans 9,20-21. One of my favorite cups, which I often use to drink tea in my office, carries a picture of my family. While I just ...

Just come as you are!

Billy Graham has often used a phrase to encourage people to accept the salvation we have in Jesus: He said, "Just come as you are!" It is a reminder that God sees everything: our best and worst and he still loves us. The call "just to come as you are" is a reflection of the words of the apostle Paul: "For Christ was dead to us wicked even at the time when we were still weak. Now…

Words have power

I can not remember the name of the movie. I can not remember the plot or the names of the actors. But I remember a certain scene. The hero had escaped a POW camp, and hot pursued by soldiers he fled to a nearby village. Desperately looking for a place to hide, he finally plunged into a crowded theater and found a place in it. But soon…

The miracle of Jesus' birth

"Can you read this?" Asked the tourist, pointing to a large silver star with a Latin inscription: "Hic de virgine Maria Jesus Christ natus est." "I will try," I replied, trying to find a translation by bringing forth the full power of my lean Latin: "Here Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary." "Well, what do you think?" asked the man. "Do you believe that?" It was my first visit to the Holy ...

Jesus: The perfect salvation program

Towards the end of his gospel, these fascinating comments of the apostle John are to be read: "Jesus did many other things before his disciples who are not written in this book ... But if one after the other should be written down, then I would "The world does not grasp the books that should be written" (Jn 20,30, 21,25). Based on these remarks, and taking into account the differences between the four Gospels, ...