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March 24, 2017

The last word

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What do we learn about a person's relationship to God when he goes through difficult times? Persecution, financial problems, sickness – and even death? For centuries some people have tended to view such things as evidence of a disturbed relationship to God. Either the person was lacking zeal for God and His way, or God needed to punish the person for his sins. (more…)

March 10, 2017

What is our foundation? Sand or rock?

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What is the foundation of our relationship to God? Do we build on sand or rock? Those who build on rock live by the words of Jesus Christ. (more…)

February 24, 2017

Seeing with "four eyes"

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Do you have special "double vision"? There is a small fish in Central and northern South America that has this ability. Our creator gave them large, protruding eyes that have an air lens on the upper side and a water lens on the lower side of the eye. Called "four eyes" by local people, when they swim along the surface of the water, they can see what is happening above the surface of the water, but at the same time watch what is happening under the water's surface. (more…)

February 17, 2017

What "way out" do we choose?

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You can learn about the character of people who are experiencing serious problems or difficulties. What do they do to cope with their situation – or flee from it? (more…)

February 10, 2017

Are there "trivial sins"?

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To answer this question, we need to look at "trivial offenses" as they are called ("Kavaliersdelikt" in German). A trivial offense is doing something that is actually against the law, but the person doing it does it anyway out of convenience or a personal sense of justice. Examples would be traffic violations, not paying your fare on public transportation and ignoring a copyright on a small scale by copying texts written by others. (more…)

January 20, 2017

Can we be "someone"?

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Disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. often mean tragedy and death for many people and have us asking "Why?". On the other hand, the positive side of the human spirit is evident when disaster strikes, as people respond to help the victims. (more…)

January 6, 2017

Stay close to the shepherd

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Chris the sheep became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his wool grew without anyone there to shear (shave) it. (more…)

December 23, 2016

Taking things for granted

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Can you imagine that beautiful scenery could ever become boring? Probably not. That's what a young couple thought that moved to one of Canada's vacation paradises, surrounded by majestic mountains in the Canadian Rockies. (more…)

December 16, 2016

Our first thoughts each day

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While it is true that we learn the importance of preparing for the foreseeable future from the ant (Proverbs 6:6-8), we live our lives – including that preparation – now, not yesterday or tomorrow, but today. "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble", Jesus tells us in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 6:34). (more…)

December 9, 2016

Helping those who cry to cry

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In his poem "The Lover's Complaint" the English poet William Shakespeare declared that a grievance shared divides its weight (or burden), which in German is the proverb "Geteiltes Leid ist halbes Leid". Human experience confirms the playwright's declaration. (more…)

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