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October 30, 2020

Our first thoughts

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We are all different, but in one area of our lives there is no difference at all. We all have 24 hours a day at our disposal — no more, no less. (more…)

October 23, 2020

A pond with no water source?

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Our neighbors in my home town of St. Louis, Missouri had a small pond in their back yard. The pond's only source of water was rainwater, and in the summer it would sometimes become stagnant when there was a dry period. The water then began to smell bad. (more…)

October 16, 2020

Feast of Tabernacles 2021

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We usually return home from the Feast of Tabernacles with renewed spiritual vigor. Even so, past experience shows us that not everyone who kept the Feast with us in past years was with us this year. Do we have high hopes that we are present at next year's Feast? Hope alone, while positive, isn't enough to ensure that we are present at next year's Feast. (more…)

September 25, 2020

Ask for forgiveness — or demand it?

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To reach out for and receive forgiveness is a Christian reality. When others ask us for forgiveness, it is our duty and responsibility to grant it. On the other hand, if we are the ones seeking forgiveness? (more…)

September 18, 2020

"The way of peace they have not known"

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The treaty for the normalization of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, called the "Abraham Agreement", which was signed in the American capital earlier this week, was a remarkable event that would usher in a new era in the Middle East, according to American President Donald Trump. UAE representatives confirmed that Trump's mediation played a role in the agreement. (more…)

September 11, 2020

God is a "weight lifter"

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God has not promised us a burden-free life. We all know that. But sometimes a burden can seem to overwhelm us. How often do we get flustered because we are carrying a burden by ourselves when we don’t need to? (more…)

August 14, 2020

Our calling, walk and goal

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What happens when we accept God's calling, His invitation to us? We experience many blessings and opportunities. Our way of thinking changes. We grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding (Proverbs 2:1-11). We begin to think and act as God thinks and acts. (more…)

August 7, 2020

Lip service or actions based on conviction?

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In general, people tend to attach more importance to their actions than their words. After all, words without corresponding actions are only lip service. This is also true of our Christian faith. It was no different with Jesus Christ. (more…)

July 31, 2020

"Be anxious for nothing"

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For those who believe in the "health-wealth-gospel", some statements in the Holy Scriptures may be a paradox, because trials are part of our life as Christians. The apostle Peter tells us this: "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:6-7). (more…)

July 24, 2020

Will there be a surprise after corona?

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Have you ever noticed how pleasant the weather seems after a storm has passed? The wind has stopped and often the sun is shining. The air smells so fresh and clean. Things seem so much better after a storm. (more…)

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