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April 12, 2019

More than any man

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On April 29, 1992 truck driver Reginald Denny took a short cut through Los Angeles on his way to deliver 27 tons of sand to its destination. Without a radio in his truck, he was unaware that rioting had broken out along his intended route, the result of the acquittal of police officers accused of police brutality from an incident a year earlier. (more…)

April 5, 2019

Living uncompromisingly

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All human beings are in the slavery of corruption and death caused by sin: "For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:22-23; see also Romans 6:16; 8:21; Hebrews 2:14-15). (more…)

March 29, 2019

The blessing of knowledge

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How often is the kingdom of God preached today in the large denominations and the many smaller churches? How many understand what this is all about? We know that the kingdom of God was the core of Jesus' message. Mark 1:14-15 tells us: "Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." In the short time on earth after His resurrection Jesus continued to talk with His disciples about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). (more…)

March 22, 2019

Materialism and faith

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The world in which we live seems destined to question faith. The educational system, the entertainment industry and the media are predominantly materialistic and undermine divine principles and the Bible. Everything — science, philosophy, history — is reduced to what is physically perceptible. The result is predictable and obvious: few know what God expects of us. Even fewer are willing to let Him influence their lives. (more…)

March 15, 2019

Satan is allowed to sift

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Jesus' words in Luke 22, verse 31 are sobering: "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat." Although the words in verse 31 were addressed to Peter, they were also addressed to the other disciples. Jesus spoke in the plural, and He could just as well have said "you all". Satan already had Judas, and he also wanted Peter and the others. He wanted to test and sift them all. (more…)

March 8, 2019

Being of one mind about the church's mission

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How many members of the early church did the apostle Paul know personally? We do not know the exact number, but there were certainly many, even thousands. God blessed his work on his journeys, such as in the city of Corinth, where God told him: "I have many people in this city" (Acts 18:10). (more…)

March 1, 2019

Teamwork as God's co-workers

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Jesus told His disciples that they were His friends and He encouraged them to love one another (John 15:12-17). The apostle Paul saw himself and the other elders as co-workers of God (1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 6:1). But the apostle Paul also called those who helped him in his ministry as apostle "my fellow workers in Christ Jesus" (Romans 16:3) and his "fellow workers for the kingdom of God" (Colossians 4:11). Consequently, the entire Philippi congregation was among his co-workers, faithfully supporting his work in preaching the gospel. (more…)

February 22, 2019

The "Absalom effect"

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King David's son Absalom avenged the rape of his sister by his half brother Amnon by having his servants kill Amnon. Amnon was David's eldest son, Absalom his third son. After Amnon's death, Absalom was separated from his father for three long years, living in exile in Geshur with his maternal grandfather Talmai, king of Geshur. (more…)

February 8, 2019

Working together towards the goal

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As Christians in the 21st century, we are constantly exposed to the societal currents emanating from the "God of this world" (2. Corinthians 4:4). We are an insignificant minority—the "little flock"—, which must remain faithful to God's standards despite the influence of the vast majority. (more…)

February 1, 2019

Prophecy and personal responsibility

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For some, the prophecies of the Bible are their "entry" into Scripture and their relationship with God, as was the case with me. As Christians, however, our way of life is based not only on the prophecies of the Bible, but on the "foundation … which is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 3:11). (more…)

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