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C-Text Christian Blog: New Life

Thursday, April 13, 2017. Each year Christianity is celebrating Easter. It is the most important Christian celebration - among Christmas and Pentacost. It is about the death and resurrection of Jesus. We might think that the resurrection is a nice story. But read the following text, which reflects the thoughts and frustration of the disciples, who thought that Jesus was dead. On the road ... 13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles1 from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 B... [more]

 

C-Text Christian Blog: What Authority?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017. Our world consists of a number of layers of power and authority. In companies, you have owners, CEOs, section heads and responsible people for sales, production, research and technical infrastructure. The same is true in other parts of our life - up to the church where pastors or priests are leading their congragation. The Question ... Where is authority coming from? Is it men given? To some extent it comes from the ownership in companies or business. The owner usually determines what happens to some enterprise. But there are various other tools of participation - owners have to follow rules, and employees have their right to take part in the ... [more]

 

 

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C-Text Christian Blog: House of Prayer

Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Do you know the following situation: you try to do some work, but it is overlain by special interests from different sides. Some people have a sense of power and influence, and it determines all they do. This can be much stronger than any particular interest in the contents or the concrete product, service or scientific question. Cleaning up ... We come to a story in the gospel of Luke today, where Jesus is also digging into this mixture of interest. He is teaching in the temple - but the temple is used to pursue all different kind of things. Let us hear: 45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, "... [more]

 

C-Text Christian Blog: Part of the Family

Monday, April 10, 2017. What is it that makes you part of the family? It is birth, usually. When you are a biological kid of your parents, you are automatically part of the family. Of course, it is also possible to be adopted. Then, you legally become a part of the family. It is interesting that the biblical books use this image as well. A man named Zacchaeus ... The biblical books know the family of faith. It is, in the first place, the family of Abraham, the family of the Jews, the people of Israel. They have become a family through the faith and discipleship of Abraham. Now, when Jesus is acting and discussing with his fellow contemporaries, the topic is raised again... [more]

 

C-Text Christian Blog: Do we understand?

Friday, April 7, 2017. Sometimes you hear someone talk about something, but somehow you do not get the point. This can happen everywhere - in a personal conversation, between men and women, but also in business or when you study. Someone tries to explain, but you just do not understand what he or she really wants. Hidden from them ... When Jesus is talking with his disciples, we face a similar situation. Jesus tries to explain his mission and what will happen. He talks about death and pain - but his disciples do not get the points. Let us look into this passage as it is written in the gospel of Luke: 31 And taking the twelve, he said to them, “See, we are goin... [more]

 
 
 

C-Text Christian Blog: What is possible for God?

Friday, Dec 19, 2014. What is it that is possible for God? What do we know about him, and about the spiritual world. What is its relationship to the physical world? What is our image of all, that is? Christmas Story ... The Christmas Story will be told next week, it will be told everywhere on the planet. Some of its versions will be full of nice images - the kid in the creche, some animals around. Angels singing and speaking. Other versions will be more intellectual. God coming close to us. I have been looking into this Christmas story as it is told by the evangelist Luke (Luke chapter 2). It is very interesting to read - Luke was a medical doctor, who collected much ... [more]

 

C-Text Christian Blog: Is Christmas relevant?

Monday, Dec 22, 2014. Is Christmas relevant for you? Is it relevant for your personal life, for your thoughts, for your feelings, for your decisions? Let us think for a moment about what Christmas is meant to be about! What does it mean to us? ... Most of us celebrate Christmas, because it is there - and because it is a nice occasion to be with the family, to step out of the usual routine, to get some rest and some holiday. In this sense, Christmas has a meaning to us. But what about the spiritual component of Christmas. What about the baby in the creche, the Jesus baby? Does that have a meaning to us? I would say that Jesus has a meaning to most people in the sense o... [more]

 

C-Text Christian Blog: God's Salvation

Tuesday, Dec 23, 2014. Often, the Christmas story is read according to Luke, chapter 2. But there is a lot written in Luke which is not read - just because long texts do not fit our worship service formats today. So let us look into these, they comment on the events and give further insight into what happens here with Jesus! Prophecies about Jesus ... When Jesus was dedicated to the temple after about one week, we read about two prophets telling about him and his special role. We read the gospel of Luke: 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon h... [more]