WORD OF THE MONTH

June 2022: Unity

June 2022: Unity

One of Jesus’ biggest concerns is the unity of those who believe in and follow Him. He makes this very clear in His intercessory prayer in John 17. For many, unity is synonymous with uniformity: no differences, everyone is the same. In an ideal world, we ourselves are...

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May 2022: A message to all

May 2022: A message to all

Even today the Apostles, in fact, all of us, are sent by God to proclaim the gospel. The gospel is there for all people, because all suffer from sin. When Jesus read from the Torah in the synagogue in his hometown of Nazareth, he read Isaiah 61: 1–2: “The Spirit of...

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April 2022: Staying with Him

April 2022: Staying with Him

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, He had just brought the dead Lazarus back to life and thus aroused many hopes among the people. When the people noticed that He was not about to fulfil these hopes, they dropped Him like a hot potato. But not His disciples, they stayed...

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March 2022: Self-denial

March 2022: Self-denial

Lent is about to begin. Many people try to give up certain things in the weeks leading up to Easter to sharpen their senses for the things that are essential. What do we give up? Jesus once said: “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself” (Mark 8: 34)....

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February 2022: Do whatever He tells you

February 2022: Do whatever He tells you

Our earthly life is not always easy. We all have our difficulties and problems so that it is not possible to sing a cheerful alleluia every day. Yet God wants to give us deep and lasting joy in every divine service. How does He do that? Does He take away all our...

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January 2022: Together in Christ

January 2022: Together in Christ

No matter what the coming months may hold in store for us, let us focus on the day of the Lord in faith! We firmly believe that the Lord will come in order to take us to Himself. Hence our motto for 2022 is: Together in Christ. Let us examine this togetherness a...

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December 2021: Promise

December 2021: Promise

A promise is a declaration or assurance, stating a commitment to give or do something specific. Whether what has been promised is actually done is a different question. The first message for Advent, however, is: God keeps what He has promised! After the fall, He...

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November 2021: Comprehension

November 2021: Comprehension

What God does is often incomprehensible to us humans. We ask ourselves why He allows the one or other thing and does not prevent it. We do not agree with God at all. We humans also tend to overestimate ourselves and believe that we can do things better than God. Was...

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October 2021: Essential for salvation

October 2021: Essential for salvation

The question of what really matters often crops up in the course of a human life. And often the following recommendation is given: let’s concentrate on the essentials. Even the disciples had to learn this: if the message they were proclaiming was to reach the people,...

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September 2021: Representation

September 2021: Representation

When athletes take part in the Olympic Games, they also represent the country under whose flag they are competing. The symbols of the different nations are omnipresent, especially at the awards ceremonies. For many this is a huge additional motivation not only to...

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August 2021: An obligatory event?

August 2021: An obligatory event?

In a very familiar passage and one that has been set to music many times over the psalmist writes: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to...

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July 2021: God cares for us

July 2021: God cares for us

These are unusual times: sometimes we have divine service, sometimes we do not; sometimes we celebrate Holy Communion, sometimes we do not celebrate it. This raises questions, in fact, so many that I cannot even answer them all. One of these questions is: Is Holy...

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June 2021: Your will be done

June 2021: Your will be done

When people talk about the will of God, it is often in association with negative developments. When we are hard hit by a stroke of fate, we might say, “Oh well, it was the will of God.” When our prayers are not granted, we often think: “The things we requested in our...

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