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March 25, 2016

Watch – and pray!

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The news can give us cause to ask about the times in which we live. Or perhaps more precisely: about the course of events relative to biblical prophecy. Read more…»»

March 18, 2016

How faithful are you?

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The divorce statistics in western countries are reason enough for some to joke about changing the traditional marriage vow from "Till death do us part" to "Till the judge parts us". Read more…»»

March 11, 2016

To judge or not to judge

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We are familiar with Jesus' exhortation concerning judgment in Matthew 7, verses 1-2: "Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you." Read more…»»

February 26, 2016

Achievements and recognition

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Some people who have great achievements to their credit seek fame. And sometimes their achievements are readily recognized by others. Images of famous people honored for what they have done have appeared on postage stamps. Some have monuments erected to honor them, others have streets, squares or schools named after them. Read more…»»

February 19, 2016

Knowing the Father

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In Luke 10 Jesus rejoices over the knowledge that God was revealing through Him: "At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure" (Luke 10:21; NIV). Read more…»»

February 12, 2016

Can you "suffer long"?

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Longsuffering is no longer an everyday word, but it is a virtue needed more than ever when impatience, intolerance, oversensitivity and impulsive anger are so prevalent. If we are growing as Christians, "longsuffering" will be part of our character, since it is part of the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:21-22). Read more…»»

February 5, 2016

The right path

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33 years ago my family and attended the church's winter camp in Austria as guests. Sport in the winter for me as a child and youth meant ice skating and ice hockey, but not skiing. Nevertheless, one day we went cross country skiing with other families who were at the camp. Read more…»»

January 29, 2016

Bearing with one another

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In his epistles the apostle Paul exhorted Christians to be tolerant of one another in their fellowship. Read more…»»

January 22, 2016

Joy is internal, not external

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As the associate pastor of a church in Ohio 38 years ago I got to know a young married couple that asked me for advice. They were having financial difficulties because their expenses were at times higher than their income. The husband had a good job with a good salary. What was the problem? Read more…»»

January 15, 2016

Problems and Promises

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Who can say that he never has problems? We can have them when we least expect them or are not prepared for them. Sometimes they can make us feel like we are on a roller coaster: We are going along just fine, and then all of a sudden we experience a big "drop". Everything seems to go wrong. Read more…»»

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