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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…)

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