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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…)

November 18, 2016

How are we to be peacemakers?

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In the sermon on the mount Jesus emphasized the quality of being a peacemaker for those who will enter the kingdom of God: "Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). (more…)

November 11, 2016

Agreeing with God: Faith

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There are two possibilities for us when it comes to God's promises: We either take God at His word, or we don't. We either believe His promises, or we don't. (more…)

November 4, 2016

David and Uzzah

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King David planned to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem. The ark had rested some 20 years in the house of an Israelite farmer named Abinadab after the Philistines had returned the ark to Israel. 30,000 men accompanied David to witness the transfer of the ark to Jerusalem and David showed his reverence for God by having a brand new cart made to transport the ark. (more…)

October 17, 2016

Feast of Tabernacles 2016

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The beautiful Black Forest in Southern Germany was again the site of the Feast of Tabernacles for 210 brethren from eight countries met in the beautiful lakeside town of Schluchsee, Germany, a millennial setting. The village sits beside the largest lake in the Black Forest region, Lake Schluchsee. (more…)

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