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November 22, 2013

"Talk to me!"

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While standing in front of a statue of Christ in a cathedral, Swedish movie director Ingmar Bergman is reported to have said: "Talk to me!" Of course, God did not react to Bergman's request. Read more…»»

November 15, 2013

"If they kept My word"

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Jesus commissioned His church to preach the gospel, leading to people being made His disciples (Matthew 28:18-20). The wording of the commission shows that people will be called to baptism. That is true today as it has been for the last 2000 years. Read more…»»

November 8, 2013

Are you an oxymoron?

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Are you a passive Christian – someone who sits around passively in his relationship to God, waiting for God to intervene or impart a blessing? Read more…»»

November 1, 2013

Should we be surprised?

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How would you react if someone were to tell you: "The day of Jesus' return is set. It will take place at midnight on the Feast of Trumpets in the year 2020!" My mother's sense of humor might influence my reaction: "Congratulations! You are better informed than Jesus!" Read more…»»

October 25, 2013

"Is this not the carpenter?"

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After Jesus had started to preach, He came to Nazareth, where He had grown up as a child. He wanted to preach His message there, too, and Mark describes what happened. Read more…»»

October 18, 2013

"Sufficient for the day"

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There is a story about Francis of Assisi as he was working in his garden one day. Someone asked him what he would do if he should find out that he was going to die that very day before sunset. According to the story, Francis supposedly replied: "Finish working in my garden." Read more…»»

October 11, 2013

"Six days you shall labor"

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The fourth commandment does not only mention God’s directive for us to keep the seventh day holy as a day of rest, but also the admonition to work on the other six days of the week. Read more…»»

October 4, 2013

The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven

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After Jesus told the parable of the sower and the seed to a large group of people, His disciples asked Him: "Why do You speak to them in parables?" (Matthew 13:10). Read more…»»

September 20, 2013

2013 Feast of Tabernacles in Germany

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The beautiful Black Forest in southern Germany was the site of the Feast for 223 brethren from 10 different countries. Read more…»»

September 13, 2013

Familiarity and the gospel

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"Familiarity breeds contempt" – a statement with proverbial character in the English language. Jesus Christ did not speak English during His earthly ministry, so He used different words to express this human tendency. Read more…»»

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