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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 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 ...

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 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 - 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: ...

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. ...

Why did Jesus have to die?

Jesus' work was amazingly fruitful. He taught and healed thousands. He attracted large numbers of listeners and could have had a far greater impact. He could have healed more thousands if he had gone to the Jews and non-Jews who lived in other lands. But Jesus allowed his work to come to an abrupt end. He could have avoided arrest, but he chose to die instead of his preaching ...

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 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 ...

Poverty and generosity

In Paul's second letter to the Corinthians, he gave an excellent account of how the wonderful gift of joy touches the lives of the faithful in a practical way. "But we announce to you, dear brothers, the grace of God given in the churches of Macedonia" (2 Kor 8,1). Paul did not just give an insignificant account - he wanted the siblings in Corinth to respond to the grace of God in a similar way to the congregation in Thessalonica ...

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 spirit world

We think of our world as physical, material, three-dimensional. We experience them through the five senses touching, tasting, seeing, smelling, hearing. With these senses and the technical equipment we have devised to reinforce, we can explore the physical world and harness its potential. It has taken humanity a long way, today more than ever. Our modern scientific achievements, our technological ...

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 ...

What does it mean to be in Christ?

An expression that we have all heard before. Albert Schweitzer called the "being in Christ" the main mystery of the teaching of the apostle Paul. And Schweitzer finally had to know. As a famous theologian, musician and eminent missionary, the Alsatian was one of the most outstanding Germans of the 20. Century. 1952 was awarded the Nobel Prize. In his book 1931 published The Mysticism of the Apostle Paul Schweitzer strokes the ...

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: ...

To fulfill the law

"It is indeed pure grace that you are saved. You can do nothing but accept with confidence what God gives you. You did not deserve it by any action; because God does not want anyone to be able to invoke his own accomplishments before him "(Ephesians 2,8-9 GN). Paul wrote in Romans 13, 10 "Love does not harm the neighbor; so now the love of the law is fulfillment "(Zürcherbibel). It is interesting that we ...

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 ...

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 ...

God never stops loving us!

Do you know that most people who believe in God have a hard time believing that God loves them? People find it easy to imagine God as Creator and Judge, but terribly hard to see God as the One who loves them and cares deeply about them. But the truth is that our infinitely loving, creative, and perfect God creates nothing that opposes him, which is in opposition to himself. Everything, what ...

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 ...

The resurrection and return of Jesus Christ

Acts 1,9 tells us, "And when he said that, he was quickly lifted, and a cloud took him away from their eyes." At this point I would like to ask a simple question: Why? Why was Jesus taken away this way? But before we get to that, let's read the next three verses: "And when they watched him go to heaven, behold, there were two men in white robes with them. They said, you men of ...

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 ...

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 ...