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I'll be back and stay forever!

"It is true that I go and make you a place, but it is equally true that I will come again and take you to me, so that you too may be where I am (Joh. 14,3). Have you ever had a deep desire for something to happen soon? All Christians, even those in the first century, yearned for Christ's return, but in those days and ages they expressed it in a simple Aramaic prayer: "Maranatha," meaning ...

Jesus was not alone

On a rotten hill outside of Jerusalem, a troubling teacher was murdered on a cross. He was not alone. He was not the only troublemaker in Jerusalem that spring day. "I am crucified with Christ," wrote the apostle Paul (Gal 2,20), but Paul was not the only one. "You have died with Christ," he told other Christians (Kol 2,20). "We are buried with him" he wrote to the Romans (Rom 6,4). What's going on here…

A lesson from the laundry

Washing clothes is one of the things that you know you need to do, unless you can get someone else to do it for you! The clothes have to be sorted - dark colors separated from the white and lighter ones. Some garments need to be washed with a gentle program and a special detergent. It is possible to learn this the hard way I experienced it in college. I put my new ...

The wisdom of God

There is a salient verse in the New Testament in which the apostle Paul speaks of the cross of Christ as a folly to the Greeks and a nuisance to the Jews (1Kor 1,23). It's easy to understand why he makes that statement. After all, in the view of the Greeks, sophistication, philosophy and education were a sublime aspiration. How could a crucified person convey knowledge at all? For the Jewish mind it was a scream and ...

The mediator is the message

Again and again, God spoke in many ways through the prophets to our ancestors. But now, in this last time, God spoke to us through his Son. Through him, God created heaven and earth, and he has made him an heir over everything. In the Son shows the divine glory of his Father, because he is completely God's image (Hebrews 1,1-3 HFA). Social scientists use words like ...

Sin and not despair?

It is very surprising that in a letter to his friend Philip Melanchthon, Martin Luther admonishes him: "Be a sinner and let sin be mighty, but more powerful than sin be your trust in Christ and rejoice in Christ, that he is the sin, has overcome death and the world. At first glance, the call seems unbelievable. To understand Luther's reminder, we need to take a closer look at the context. Luther does not designate sinners ...

The descendants of Abraham

The church is his body, and he lives in it with all his fullness. He who fills everything and everyone with his presence (Ephesians 1: 23). Also in the last year, we have remembered those who paid the highest sacrifice in the war to ensure our survival as a nation. Remembering is good. In fact, it seems to be one of God's favorite words because it uses it more often. He constantly reminds us to be aware of our root and ...

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 ...

Xmas - Christmas

"Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, look to the apostle and high priest whom we confess, Jesus Christ" (Hebrews 3: 1). Most people take it for granted that Christmas has become an exuberant, commercial festival - with Jesus mostly being completely forgotten. Value is placed on food, wine, gifts and celebrations; but what is celebrated? As Christians, we should think about why God is ...

God in a box

Did you ever think that you understood everything and realized later that you had no idea? How many try-it-yourself projects follow the old adage If everything else does not work, read the instructions? I even had trouble after reading the instructions. Sometimes I read each step carefully, execute it the way I understand it and start all over again because I'm not sure ...

Pond or river?

As a child, I spent some time with my cousins ​​on Grandma's farm. We went down to the pond and looked for something exciting. What did we have there for fun, we caught frogs, waded in the mud and discovered some slimy inhabitants. The adults were not surprised when we came home smeared with natural grime, unlike what we had left. Ponds are often places full of mud, algae, small critters and ...

Who is Nicodemus?

During his earthly life, Jesus attracted the attention of many important people. One of the most remembered people was Nicodemus. He was a member of the High Council, a group of leading scholars who had Jesus crucified with the participation of the Romans. Nicodemus had a very different relationship with our Savior-a relationship that completely changed him. When he met Jesus for the first time, he insisted ...

Gardens and deserts

"But there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and a new tomb in the garden, into which no one had ever been placed." John 19: 41. Many of the defining moments in Biblical history took place in locations that seem to reflect the character of the events. The first such moment took place in a beautiful garden where God had placed Adam and Eve. Of course, the Garden of Eden was something special, because it was God's ...

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…

Christ our Passover lamb

"For our Passover lamb has been slaughtered for us: Christ" (1, cor. 5,7). We do not want to miss the great event that took place in Egypt nearly 4000 years ago, when God freed Israel from slavery, or overlooked it. Ten plagues in 2. Moses were needed to shake Pharaoh in his stubbornness, arrogance and in his arrogant opposition to God. The Passover was the last and final plague ...

He took care of her

Most of us have been reading the Bible for a long time, often for many years. It feels good to read the familiar verses and wrap themselves in them as if they were a warm blanket. It may happen that our familiarity causes us to overlook things. When we read them with alert eyes and from a new angle, the Holy Ghost can help us recognize more and possibly also remember things that we forget ...

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…

Breathing the air

A few years ago, an improvisation comedian who was famous for his witty remarks celebrated his 91st birthday. The event brought all of his friends and relatives together and was also well attended by news reporters. During an interview at the party, the most predictable and most important question for him was: "Who or what do you attribute your long life to?" The comedian answered without hesitation: "Breathing!" Who can disagree? We could ...

Confession of an "Anonymous legalist"

"Hello, my name is Tammy and I am a legalist. Ten minutes ago, I condemned someone in my mind. "I would probably think so in a meeting of the" Anonymous Legalists "(AL). I would go on and describe how I started with little things; thinking I was special because I held the Mosaic Law. How then I started to look down on people who did not believe the same as ...

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 ...

The medium is the message

Social scientists use interesting words to describe the time in which we live. You probably heard the words "pre-modern", "modern" or "postmodern". In fact, some call the time we live now a postmodern world. Social scientists also suggest different techniques for effective communication for each generation, be it the Builders, the Boomers, the Busters, the X-ers, the Y-ers, Z-ers. ...

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 ...

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 not God answer my prayer?

"Why does not God hear my prayer?", There must be a good reason for that, I always tell myself. Maybe I did not pray according to his will, which is a biblical requirement for answered prayers. Maybe I still have sins in my life that I have not regretted. I know that my prayers are likely to be answered sooner if I remain constantly in Christ and in His word. Maybe it's a doubt of faith. While praying happens ...

Answering machine

When I started taking a cure for mild skin disease, I was told that three out of ten patients did not respond to the drug. I never thought that medication could be taken in vain and hoped to be one of the lucky seven. I would have preferred the doctor never to explain it to me because it bothered me that I could waste my time and money and I had unpleasant side effects ...

Why pray, when God knows everything?

"When praying, you shouldn't string together empty words like the Gentiles who don't know God. They think they will be heard if they say a lot of words. Don't do it like them, because your father knows what you need, and yes before you ask him "(Mt 6,7-8 NGÜ). Someone once asked, "Why should I pray to God when He knows everything?" Jesus made the above-mentioned explanation as an introduction to the Lord's Prayer. God knows everything. His spirit is everywhere. ...

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 ...

With a new heart into the new year!

John Bell had the opportunity to do something that most of us would hopefully never be able to do: holding his own heart in his hands. Two years ago, he underwent a heart transplant that was successful. Thanks to the heart-to-heart program at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, he was now able to hold his heart in his hands that had kept him alive for 70 years before it had to be replaced.

Written on his hand

"I kept taking him in my arms. But the people of Israel did not realize that all the good things that happened to them came from me "(Hosea 11: 3 HFA). As I rummaged in my toolbox, I came across an old cigarette pack, probably from the 60 years. It had been cut open so that the largest possible area was created. On it were a drawing of a three-point plug and a manual how to wire it. Who…

God has nothing against you

A psychologist named Lawrence Kolberg developed a detailed test to measure maturity in the field of moral reasoning. He came to the conclusion that good behavior to avoid punishment is the lowest form of motivation to do what is right. Are we just changing our behavior to avoid punishment? Does Christian remorse look like this? Is Christianity just one of many ways to pursue moral development? Many Christians ...

What God reveals affects us all

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 call on his own achievements before him (Ephesians 2,8-9 GN). How wonderful when we learn to understand the grace of Christians! This understanding removes the pressure and stress that we often experience. It makes us ...

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 ...

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: ...

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 ...

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 ...

The difficult way

"Because he himself said:" I certainly do not want to pull my hand from you and certainly do not want to leave you "(Heb 13, 5 ZUB). What do we do if we cannot see our way? It is probably not possible to go through life without the worries and problems that life brings with it. Sometimes these are hard to bear. Life, it seems, is temporarily unjust. Why is that so? We would like to know that. Much unforeseeable ...

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, ...

Bear good fruit

Christ is the vine, we are the branches! Grapes have been harvested to make wine for thousands of years. This is an elaborate process because it requires an experienced cellar master, good soil and perfect timing. The vineyard pruners and cleans the vines and observes the ripening of the grapes to determine the exact time of harvest. There is hard work behind it, but if everything fits together, it was the ...

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 ...

Better than ants

Have you ever been in a huge crowd where you felt small and insignificant? Or did you sit in a plane and notice that the people on the ground were small like vermin? Sometimes I think that in God's eyes we look like locusts leaping around in the dirt. In Isaiah 40,22-24, God says: He sits enthroned above the earth's circle, and those who dwell on it are like locusts; he spans the sky like ...

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 ...