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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…)

July 17, 2020

Helping others helps us, too

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When Pontius Pilate asked Jesus if He were a king, Jesus answered: "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born" (John 18:37). Jesus' concept of rulership was quite a bit different, though, from the rulers of His day. (more…)

July 10, 2020

The higher priority: My feelings or God?

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Over the years, some brethren have stopped attending church services either temporarily or permanently due to hurt feelings or conflicts with another member. This contributed partly to the creation of the "cassette church" a few years ago. (more…)

July 3, 2020

Who gets the credit?

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One of the first lessons we should learn as Christians is that we cannot rely on ourselves, our abilities, our "numbers" or any other human consideration as a primary source for meeting challenges. (more…)

June 26, 2020

The holy spirit and water

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Four weeks ago we observed the Feast of Pentecost, which among other things symbolizes the outpouring of the holy spirit. And water is a symbol of that spirit. And since a few weeks ago, we are also allowed to visit restaurants. What do these two things have to do with each other, you might be wondering. :-) (more…)

April 10, 2020

Did God do this?

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There is a mentality some Christians have that says that whenever something bad happens to us God is punishing us for our sins. And in the internet you can find the claim that God has sent the corona virus to punish people. This mentality is not new — it has existed for centuries. (more…)

April 3, 2020

The branches are pruned

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In the United Church of God congregations in the USA, a survey was recently conducted which, among other things, looked at the "quality" of fellowship in the local congregations. The vast majority of the feedback on this topic was positive. (more…)

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