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December 25, 2020

God's societal structure

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When God calls us, our concept of "social structure" is most likely based on the standards of the world we grew up in. Who is important, who is less important? Jesus' apostles are an example of this. More than once, they argued about who was the greatest among them. (more…)

December 18, 2020

Where is everyone?

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The Gospels tell us about people who were ready to follow Jesus right away when Jesus called them. But there were others whose response to Jesus extended over a comparatively long time, so to speak. Nicodemus is an example of this, whom we meet in more than one place in the Gospels. (more…)

December 11, 2020

What does my salvation cost?

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The Bible tells that us that all human beings (except, of course, Jesus Christ) have sinned: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23) (more…)

November 27, 2020

The Truth as glue

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Jesus prayed all night before selecting the twelve apostles. Luke describes this in his gospel: (more…)

November 20, 2020

No respecter of persons

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God loves all people, even those who are difficult to love. We see this in Jesus' example as God in the flesh. (more…)

November 13, 2020

"You have need of patience"

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From time to time there are discussions about why people today do not read the bible anymore, although the Bible can be found in the majority of households. These discussions always lead to a variety of reasons, which are then researched and analyzed and discussed further. Some of the frequently mentioned reasons are that people are intimidated by the various ancient texts, and modern man is simply too busy to read the Bible. (more…)

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…)

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