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December 5, 2014

He who comes to God

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A song often song in some protestant churches says "Just as I am". Some interpret the refrain "Just as I am" to mean that God accepts us without any preconditions or without us having to meet certain requirements for a relationship with Him. The Bible contradicts this notion. (more…)

December 12, 2014

A practical application of forgiveness

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We all are familiar with Jesus' admonition concerning the willingness to forgive, which we find at the end of the "Lord's prayer": "If you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses" (Matthew 6:14-15). (more…)

December 19, 2014

God's guiding hand

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The Germans have a proverb: "Der Mensch denkt und Gott lenkt", meaning "We think and God guides". (more…)

December 26, 2014

When things don't go as planned

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A new year is about to begin, according to human time reckoning. Some look forward to the new year by making plans and resolutions. New year's resolutions, we call them. In order words, we have a wish: to purchase something, to change jobs or to improve ourselves. (more…)

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