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The hunger deep inside us

"Everyone looks at you expectantly, and you give them food at the right time. You open your hand and saturate your creatures ... "(Psalm 145, 15-16 HFA). Sometimes I feel a crying hunger somewhere deep inside me. In my thoughts, I try to disrespect him and suppress him for a while. But all of a sudden he comes back to light. I'm talking about the desire, the desire in us to better understand the depth, the cry ...

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 ...

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 future

Nothing sells as well as prophecies. It's true. A church or ministry can have a stupid theology, a weird head, and nonsensical strict rules, but they have some world maps, a pair of scissors, and a stack of newspapers, along with a preacher who can reasonably well express himself, then it seems, people will send you bucketfuls of money. People are afraid of the unknown and they know the ...

To be too good to be true

Most Christians do not believe the gospel - they think that salvation can only be achieved if one earns it by faith and morally impeccable life. "You do not get anything in life." "If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is not true either." These well-known facts of life are inundated by each and every one of us through personal experiences. But the Christian message is against it. The…

Experiences with God

"Just come as you are!" It is a reminder that God sees everything: our best and worst and he still loves us. The call to come just as you are is a reflection of the words of the apostle Paul in Romans: "For Christ was dead to us wicked even at the time when we were still weak. Hardly anyone dies for the sake of a righteous man; For the sake of goodness, he may venture his life. God, however, proves his love for ...

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 ...

Is there an eternal punishment?

Have you ever had reason to punish a disobedient kid? Have you ever stated that the punishment would never end? I have some questions for all of us who have children. Here comes the first question: Was your child disobedient to you? Well, take some time to think if you are not sure. Okay, if you answered yes like all other parents, we come to the second question: ...

Founded on mercy

Do all paths lead to God? Some believe that all religions are a variation of the same theme - doing this or that and going to heaven. At first glance, it seems to be so. Hinduism promises the believer unity with an impersonal God. Getting into nirvana requires good works during many rebirths. Buddhism, which also promises nirvana, calls for the four noble truths and the eightfold path through ...

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 ...

The heavenly judge

If we understand that we live, weave and are in Christ, in the One who has created all things and redeemed all things, and who loves us unconditionally (Acts 12,32, Kol 1,19-20, Joh 3,16-17), we can all Fear and worry about "where we stand with God" and begin to really rest in our lives in the certainty of his love and directing power. The gospel is good news, and indeed it is not just for a few ...

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 ...

A better way

My daughter recently asked me, "Mum, is there really more than a way to skin a cat"? I laughed. She knew what the saying meant, but she really had a real question about this poor cat. There is usually more than one way to do something. When it comes to doing difficult things, we Americans believe in "good old American genius." Then we have the stereotype: "Not is the mother of ...

Can you trust the Holy Spirit?

One of our elders recently told me that the main reason why he was baptized before 20 years is because he wanted to receive the power of the Holy Spirit so that he could overcome all his sins. His intentions were good, but his understanding was somewhat flawed (of course, no one has perfect understanding, we are saved by God's grace, despite our misunderstandings). The Holy Spirit is not something we just "turn on" ...

God's grace - too good to be true?

It sounds too good to be true so begins a familiar saying and you know it's unlikely. But when it comes to God's grace, it is true. Nevertheless, some people insist that grace can not be like that and resort to the law to avoid what they see as a license to sin. Their sincere but misguided efforts are a form of legalism that gives people the transforming power of grace ...

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…

The church

A beautiful biblical image speaks of the Church as the Bride of Christ. Through symbolism in various scriptures, including the Song of Solomon is played on it. A key passage is Song of Songs 2,10-16, where the bride's lover says her winter time has passed and now the time to sing and enjoy (see also Hebr 2,12), and also where the bride says, "My friend is mine and I am his "(Hl 2,16). The church belongs to both ...

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 ...

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…

Only ONE way?

People sometimes object to Christian doctrine that salvation is to be had through Jesus Christ alone. In our pluralistic society, tolerance is expected and demanded, and the concept of religious freedom (which allows all religions) is sometimes misinterpreted in the sense that all religions are somehow equally true. All roads lead to the same God, some claim, as if they have gone all these and gone ...

Trust in God

Faith simply means "trust". We can fully trust Jesus in our salvation. The New Testament clearly tells us that we are not justified by anything we can do, but simply by trusting in Christ the Son of God. In Romans 3,28, the apostle Paul wrote: "So we now believe that man does justice without works of the law, by faith alone." Salvation does not depend on us at all ...

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 ...

Our triune God: living love

When asked about the oldest creature, some may refer to the 10.000-year-old pines of Tasmania or to a 40.000-year-old shrub there. Others might think of the 200.000 year old seagrass on the coast of the Spanish Balearic Islands. As old as these plants may be, there is something much older - and that is the eternal God revealed in Scripture as living love. Manifested in love ...

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: ...