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October 2022: God creates new things

October 2022: God creates new things

The Lord creates new things. He also creates new knowledge through the Holy Spirit, and He leads us into the perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ. I know that one or the other has trouble with these new insights. For years you believed certain things, it was preached for...

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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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May 2021: A sensation?

May 2021: A sensation?

A sensation is a spectacular and unexpected event. The ascension of Jesus sure had the potential to be just that, a sensation: Christ was lifted up into heaven and a cloud took Him away. Two men dressed in white appeared and announced that He will come back (Acts 1:...

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April 2021: Spiritual stability

April 2021: Spiritual stability

Our faith in the Son of God accompanies us throughout our lives: it constitutes the content of divine services and our conversations. It is also an expression of our relationship with God and our living assurance and hope. In our Second Article of Faith we profess our...

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March 2021: Final exams

March 2021: Final exams

Anyone who trains for a trade or studies for a profession has to sit final exams. The examinees do not have to be perfect and pass with distinction, earning a summa cum laude, but it should be evident that they are capable of handling their chosen profession without...

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February 2021: A matter of definition

February 2021: A matter of definition

People have the most diverse ideas about what constitutes happiness. Many anchor their happiness to earthly wellbeing, while others consider their health to be the top priority. Still others can only feel happy when they are surrounded by family and friends. Thus...

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January 2021: Christ, our future!

January 2021: Christ, our future!

The past year 2020 was characterised by the coronavirus pandemic. There is one thing that this crisis has not been able to take from us: our trust in God! He is and remains our heavenly Father, who wants only the best for His children. This faith is also to define our...

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December 2020: Advent

December 2020: Advent

In our latitudes we have quite a specific idea of how Christmas and the Advent season preceding it should look. It is the dark time of the year, and thus there are many lights that shine during Advent. The light of a candle in particular really helps set the mood for...

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November 2020: He will never amount to anything…

November 2020: He will never amount to anything…

Many a saddened teacher has perhaps secretly had this thought about a student. All efforts to help equip him for life seemed to have been in vain. The teacher’s joy is all the greater when he later learns that something has become of the student after all, and that...

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