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November 13, 2015

The "fruit" of miracles

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Have you ever wondered how people in today's liberal Europe will be motivated to persecute those who have a different belief system? That seems unrealistic in our society today, where being tolerant is the norm and almost any lifestyle is acceptable. Read more…»»

November 6, 2015

Living water

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30 years ago my wife and I visited Israel. We accompanied a group of Ambassador College students on their summer tour of the country. On one of the last days of our visit, when the students were busy participating in an archaeological project, our tour guide took us along to show us an area not far from Jerusalem where Joshua's long day (cf. Joshua 10:11-13) took place. Read more…»»

October 30, 2015

The good shepherd

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In January 1982 a Boeing 737 crashed into the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. just 73 seconds after takeoff. The plane broke through the thick ice on the river, leaving just the tail of the plane out of the water. Only 6 of the 79 people on board the plane survived the crash. Read more…»»

October 23, 2015

The cultural context (2)

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Sometimes a knowledge of the cultural context can be helpful in understanding certain statements in the Bible. One of the questions a "Gute Nachrichten" subscriber asked in a recent nearly one hour conversation was: "Was Jesus during His earthly life God or was He just the son of God?" Read more…»»

October 16, 2015

The cultural context (1)

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Sometimes a knowledge of the cultural context can be helpful in understanding certain statements in the Bible. Two examples from the time of Jesus illustrate this principle. Read more…»»

October 9, 2015

"My servants would fight"

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When Pontius Pilatus asked Jesus if He was the king of the Jews and what He had done to be delivered up by His people and the chief priests, Jesus answered: "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here" (Johannes 18:36). Read more…»»

September 28, 2015

Feast of Tabernacles 2015

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The beautiful Black Forest in Southern Germany was the site of the Feast of Tabernacles for 259 brethren from 10 different countries. Read more…»»

September 11, 2015

Our job interview with God

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Can you remember your first interview for a job? How did you feel? Perhaps frightened? Or perhaps apprehensive? Perhaps your potential boss looked like he had been sawed out of a piece of granite. Maybe he didn't smile or was not overly friendly. Read more…»»

September 4, 2015

Our walk together

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The prophet Amos tells us what us needed for people to walk together: "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed" (Amos 3:3). Our relationship with God – our calling as Christians to serve Him – is compared to a path that we walk with God. But whether or not we walk this path with other Christians depends on whether we "are agreed". Read more…»»

August 28, 2015

Do we love little or much?

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In Luke's gospel we find the story of a woman who washed Jesus' feet with her tears as he sat as an inivted guest in a Pharisee's home. Then she dried His feet with her hair and anointed them with expensive oil (Luke 7:36-38). Read more…»»

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