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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…)

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…)

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