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September 23, 2016

Rejoicing then, now and in the future

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For the ancient Israelites the Feast of Tabernacles was the most joyful festival. Everyone's needs were taken care of – the widows, poor, Levites and even sojourners. Nothing was left undone to make sure that everyone was able to rejoice before the Lord. (more…)

September 16, 2016

Our imperishable crown

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It should not surprise us that the apostle Paul compared the life of a Christian to a race run by a trained athlete competing for a prize. Athletic contests were popular in ancient Greece, and the Corinthians knew exactly what he meant when he wrote: "Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? … They do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown" (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). (more…)

August 19, 2016

The most difficult instrument

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You wouldn't know it by watching me, but my family was musical – at least some of my six brothers. My mother took care of that with her preference for classical music and her sense of rhythm and timing. (more…)

August 12, 2016

"Why is this happening to me?"

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For a research project an author once interviewed 24 people who had been prisoners of war during World War II. None of them had been tortured or in any other manner physically mistreated. Nevertheless, during their imprisonment they did suffer from cold, hunger, isolation and uncertainty concerning their own personal future. (more…)

August 5, 2016

"Good things come to those who wait"

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The well-known English saying was probably derived from a poem written by English author Violet Fane in 1892. In meaning it is similar to the German idiom, "Was lange währt, wird endlich gut". (more…)

July 22, 2016

Our words are monitored

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Richard Nixon is the only president in American history to have resigned from his office. He became the victim of his own recording system. During the hearings on the Watergate affair, a White House staff member was asked if the president's office was equipped with a recording system to automatically record conversations that took place in that office. (more…)

July 1, 2016

Our private life

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Years ago someone told me that a person isn't necessarily what he seems to be when he is around people – the way he acts when others are around or the impression he wants to make on others. Instead, as my conversation partner mentioned, the real person is how that person acts in private – when no one else is around and there is no need to make an impression. (more…)

June 3, 2016

Recognizing the caller i.d.

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Before taking office in January 2009 the newly elected president Barack Obama, a member of the Democrat party, reached out to Republicans to emphasize his desire to work together to make things happen. When he called a Republican member of Congress from Florida, she hung up on him because she thought it was a prank call. He called a second time, and again she hung up. On the third attempt she was able to be convinced that it really was Barack Obama. (more…)

May 27, 2016

Jesus' Facebook friends

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Most members are familiar with the social network Facebook, and some are active Facebook members, having even Facebook friends among their church brethren. (more…)

May 13, 2016

"But do not have love"

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In his epistle to the church in Corinth the apostle Paul emphasized how important true love is in a Christian's life. In 1 Corinthians 13 he says: If I could tell the future, knew all mysteries, had great faith to move mountains, distributed my wealth to others, but did not have love, then all those things would not benefit me. (more…)

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