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“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3, 16) We invite you to explore faith in Christ Jesus. Read the blog, look into the different topics, pray and explore a life with a great God!

God, the father, and the son, and the holy spirit, be with you and bless you!
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Strengthened through his Spirit ...

Thursday, July 5, 2018. How does life work? The world championship is nearly through - and some of us are still racing teams, racing for the title. Others have gone home already, defeated. How does life work for the defeated? How does it work for the winners? Let us think more about God's spirit in all of this, and what he means for our life, for how life works …

Times of Strength and Times of Weakness …

There are times of strength, and there are times of weakness. I think in both of them we need to be strengthened by the spirit. Our human strength can be a time where we are very weak and where we are defeated by illusions. It can be times where we loose life! And in times of human weakness it is similar, we can be defeated, we can loose, moving into a state of despair. But we can also take the opportunity to be strengthened by the spirit - and we win! We win life eternal, day by day. ... more


Jesus and the Father ...

Thursday, June 21, 2018. Jesus claims to be one with God. He claims to be “in God” and have “God in him”. He claims that who sees him, sees God, the father. There is a far reaching claim in the New Testament for which Christians have found the term “trinity”, the unity of God in father, son and holy spirit.

Community and Unity …

What we find here is remarkable and difficult to fully understand at the same time. Jesus is a human, living on earth. At the same time, he claims to be in God: “I am in the father”. He claims that God is in him “the father is in me”. He claims that he represents the father, not that he is the father, but that his relationship with the father is such that who sees him, sees the father. ... more


Show us the Father ...

Tuesday, June 19, 2018. What is human? We start our life as babies, we start it being infants who need to be nurtured and protected by a father and a mother. These two humans play the central role in human life. Only step by step we grow into mature beings.

The bible takes up this important relationship at the beginning of human life. God is called the father - and he also calls himself the mother - of all humans. He is called your heavenly father! What does it mean? ... more


Long Enough ...

Monday, June 18, 2018. Do we know enough about faith? Do we know enough to be able to believe? Some people think they know enough to not believe. Let us follow up on this question: do we know enough? Have we been there in the church or with the church for long enough? What is the background of this question?

You still do not know? …

The gospel of John reports an incident where Jesus is approached by his disciples. They want to know more about the way to go, want to know more about what to believe and how to make it happen in their life. Jesus replies: ... more


Which Way to Take? ...

Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Often we ask ourselves: what should we do? We all need to make decisions, we decide how to approach some task, how to solve some problem. But we also decide about basic things in our life, what education to pursue, for example.

Of course, there are more general questions. What to believe? How to approach life? What is my main goal? Who am I? What to feel? What to think? How to fill my free time?

Thomas' Questions

The bible is full of the general questions. They are taken up, and they are discussed. It might be controversial, what to do, what to believe, what to think! Humans might come to different conclusions.

Let us look into one discussion, which Jesus had with his disciples, here led by Thomas. Thomas is one of those who really wants to know. He wants clarity and certainty. Here, he asks Jesus about the way to choose: ... more


Humans and our World ...

Monday, May 28, 2018. It is part of human life to try to understand who we are, where we come from, where we go. We search for insight and orientation, we search for temporal and spatial perspective for our life. And we want to know what we can expect, we act based on will, emotions, instinct, reason and a basic understanding of our world.

But what is part of this world? What is our idea of all that is? Human history always had various components of our understanding of this world. Let us look into this, and also try to understand the role of faith for human life.

The world as it is

Humans have always understood that the world follows laws. We use natural laws from morning to evening. We breath air, we use our eyes and ears, we work with gravity and motion, with the succession of day and night, summer and winter, spring and harvest. ... more


See God's Glory ...

Thursday, May 24, 2018. Can we see God's glory? The bible describes God as the holy creator of the universe. God is fantastic, and there are several lines of argument which describe the beauty and fascination which of God. Let us look into this, let us explore God's glory!

Creation, Holiness, Humanity

God is the creator, he has made all what is. We can grasp his glory by looking at nature. Planets, plants, animals and humans, it is all reflecting his glory. And indeed, most of us have a sense for the beauty of nature. When you travel around our fantastic planet, the diversity is breathtaking, its beauty can silence us completely. ... more


The Role of Sacrifice ...

Friday, May 18, 2018. Recently, in a discussion the question came up: what about all the rules about sacrifice in the Old Testament? They are disgusting - how can a God of love tell people such things? To get a better idea of the role of sacrifice, let us step back a little and look at the whole story.

Humans and Sacrifice

First, we find humans sacrificing animals very early in prehistoric history. Today, there are many theories what the origin of sacrifice has been - let us just note it has been there from the beginning.

Second, human sacrifice was taken up and regulated in the Mosaic law, as written down in the five books of Moses. The Mosaic law is a law of obedience in the first place, a law of care, truth and justice. Sacrifice plays its role where justice is violated.

Third, the role of sacrifice is taken up by the New Testament. Here, its role culminates in the sacrifice of Christ Jesus at the cross, where he died “for the sin of the world”. This is summarized for example in Hebrews 10: ... more


Living Hope - through Suffering ...

Thursday, May 10, 2018. Often, we focus on one particular aspect of the gospel. People read the bible and take up one part of the message. That is, to some extent, natural. You need to go forward step by step, and you cannot grasp the whole story in one go. But it can also be misleading and even destroy faith when you do not read the full gospel, when you try to work with a part of it only and stretch the part until it does not fit any more to reality.

Birth into Hope …

Let us read some part of Peters first letter. It starts with praise for God's mercy and gifts. But in its next thought it also addresses the problems and suffering which we all face in this world. Have a look: ... more


Everyone Who Believes ...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018. In the first chapters of the biblical book of Acts we learn a lot about God and about menkind. These chapters report the first steps of the young Christian church. After the death and resurrection of Jesus, the apostles and disciples start to preach the gospel. Today, let us look at the point where the gospel moves from the Jewish people to the world.

Christian Faith for Everyone …

There is a fantastic story in Acts 10 about the the centurion Cornelius, who had an appearance of an angel, telling him to find Peter. Peter himself saw a vision, at the same time, and then brought it all together. Let us read the conclusion of this story: ... more


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Chosen to Serve ...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018. When the church started, the apostles which Jesus himself chose led the church. We hear of problems with serving food to widows, and seven gifted and spiritual deacons are chosen to serve the people of the church, to enable the apostles to serve their way with prayer and teaching.

Problems Clearly Named …

Reading the first chapters of the book of Acts, we find quite a lot of clear speeches about the role of Jesus for Jews and all people. He is the one who frees from sin, he is the lamb of God, the source of new life. Peter preaches this, but also Paul and also Stephen, one of the deacons of the church. In Acts 7 we read a long speech of Stephen. These early sermons are a breathtaking read, have a look into it: ... more


Intense Early Church Life ...

Monday, May 7, 2018. We have been looking into the biblical book of Acts, the history of the early Christian church. It is a fascinating book, full of stories and full of faith. Let us read a little further this morning. And let us think about faith, about our expectations and about what is possible.

Wonders and Healing …

Let us read on in the book of Acts. In Chapter 5 we hear: ... more


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The Early Church ...

Wednesday, April 25, 2018. We have been looking into the transition from the gospels to the early church - in particular the book of Acts, the story of the apostles. What do we find here? It starts with the ascension and the coming of the holy spirit, the election of the replacement for Judas, then several sermons of Peter and several wondrous things happening.

Communicating the Core Message …

Let us listen to Peter communicating the core message about Jesus, his death and resurrection: ... more


Is Salvation Needed? ...

Monday, April 16, 2018. Looking into the transition from the gospels to acts, the first book on the apostles and the early church, let us discuss a very important and basic question of Christian faith: is salvation necessary? Let us recall: the core message of much of the Old Testament and also the New Testament is that we need salvation. It is about our state of being, about what humans are and what they do …

Salvation …

Salvation in the biblical sense talks about our existence as a whole. But it is very concrete at the same time, it is about words, about emotions, about desire, about thoughts, about actions. We need salvation, that is one of the core truth which is described in many different ways. We need it for deep reasons. We need it personally. And we need it desperately. ... more


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The Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Hope, Love, Truth ...

Friday, April 13, 2018. The biblical books - from the first book of the Old Testament to the last book of the New Testament - speaks about the holy spirit, the spirit of God. It is highly fascinating. God himself is said to be spirit, but also the spirit of God, coming to man, is a very important theme in all parts of the bible.

Experiences …

In the New Testament we hear Jesus promising the spirit of God to the disciples. Before we go into further discussion, let us read the passage about the coming of the spirit, as it is described in the book of Acts, chapter 1: ... more


From Luke to Acts ...

Monday, April 9, 2018. The gospels tell the life of Jesus, then the biblical book “Acts” continues the stories and speaks about the beginning of the first Christian church. The same is true with the letters of the apostles in the New Testament, they all talk about questions which arose in the early church. These first questions are highly exciting, truly fascinating, and of continuing meaning! Let us have a look …

Jesus and The Holy Spirit …

The gospels do not end with the resurrection of Jesus. He died and rose again, and then continued his mission to explain his message to the disciples. He sent them, to continue. And he left them after 40 days. Luke reports this in the last paragraph of his gospel: ... more


Discussion with the Risen Jesus ...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018. The Gospel of Luke talks about a discussion of the Risen Jesus with his disciples - with the 11 who remained after the resurrection. It is a fascinating read, have a look into this far reaching part of the New Testament.

Why are you troubled? …

36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? ... more


He Lives! ...

Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Easter days are behind us, how did you spend the last weekend? Often, Christians have particular celebrations of the Easter day. Some meet early in the morning, to see the sunrise. The new light is like an image of much more important and deeper events, the resurrection of Jesus about 2000 years ago. What did YOU do?

Something completely new! …

Let us look at one of the resurrection accounts, as written in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 24. It happened at early dawn, we hear the following: ... more


Discover Faith ...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Do we understand faith? Do we know what faith is about? How do we learn what it means?

Many people do not know what the faith of Jesus is about. So often we are satisfied with a small percentage of insight, though we search for meaning of our life at the same time. But there is more with faith. There is much to discover! There is much to see, to understand …

The Lord …

Have a look at the following sentence about faith, written many thousand years ago in the Psalms, but yet very much alive today. It can be a key to my own understanding of faith, to my own access into a world beyond: ... more


Eternity ...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Humans live in time. We know this. All we do is embedded into its temporal development and evolution. There is nothing free of time in this life. Time is one of the categories of our mind. We cannot think without thinking in time, in dynamics, change of things, states, emotions, thoughts, color, sound, visual …

Time …

I had to think about time when I read the following part from the second letter to the Thessalonians. It talks about suffering in this world, about being worthy of the kingdom of God, but also about eternal life and eternal destruction. Let us read from this New Testament book: ... more


Sketch: Listen to God 1 ...

Sunday, March 18, 2018. Currently, we have a new government in Germany, and the topic of religion has been in the media over the past days. The point is the role of Muslim immigrants. It is very interesting: in the political debate those who seem to be most atheistic when it comes to Christianity seem to be the most fierce defenders of Muslims when it comes to immigration and integration. Those who strongly oppose the catholic church when it comes to rules have no problem with Sharia preached in so many mosques in democratic countries. But …

Knowledge about God? …

But let us look at this topic in a slightly broader framework: what do we know about God? What is our idea of God? How do we deal with the topic? My understanding is that the deepest problem here is our missing knowledge of the world religions, about all of them, Judeism, Christianity and Islam. We might know something, but we do not fully understand. So we need to ask: what do we know about God, do we understand God? ... more


6th Commandment ...

Monday, Feb 26, 2018. Love and Sex are among the most important and driving moments of our life. They are everywhere today in our society, in advertising, in films and books, in music, in art. Love is what we need, and sexuality is one of the most important human desires and potentials. Who would we be without kids, without family, without passing on our ideals and behavioural patterns?

A save place …

Our behaviour when it comes to sexuality is one of the most sensitive and difficult issues humans discuss today. Sexuality is an intimate issue, it is important and keeping us busy with our thoughts and our emotions. And in the middle of this there are rules and commandments like the 6th commandment of Exodus 20 (2nd book of Moses): ... more


5th Commandment ...

Monday, Feb 19, 2018. Life is given by God, the creator. He is the one to give life and to take life. He is the beginning and the end. It is not up to humans to take life - except for very special circumstances. Honoring life, keeping life, that is one of the basic commands we hear in the biblical books. But it is not just murder we need to talk about, Jesus talks about more …

Honoring Life …

First, let us go back to the 10 commandments, which are written for example in Exodus 20 (2nd book of Moses). Here, we read: ... more


4th Commandment ...

Thursday, Feb 15, 2018. If you read the 10 commandments, they are quite fascinating. What is commanded, and what is the order of the commandments. Why is it commanded? The 10 commandments touch important parts of our life. Their order has a meaning, their content has a huge meaning. And we need to understand that it makes a real difference how we treat them! Today, we come to the fourth commandment.

Father and Mother …

The 4th commandment is about your personal relationship to your father and your mother. It says: ... more


3rd Commandment ...

Monday, Feb 12, 2018. Humans tend to spend their time with what is important to them. And they tend to let this importance become a dominating part of their life. How to structure our time seems to be a core and important force in our life … we will come to this in a moment. After the first two commandments, which tell us to put the living God into the center of our life and to keep his name holy, the third commandment is about the structure of our week. It is about how we deal with our time!

A day for the Lord …

Let us read the third commandment as we find it in Exodus 20. The Sabbath day is the 7th day of the Jewish week, which starts with what we call Sunday today. It is written: ... more


2nd Commandment ...

Thursday, Feb 8, 2018. Humans have a generic sense of justice. We know, for whatever reason, what we believe to be a just decision. Or we have a sense of just relationships. Not all of our ideas about justice are without inherent contradictions. But it is very interesting to see that we all live with ethics and ideas of what we should do or how things should be! That includes behaviour, but also attitude. It includes communication, saying the truth. There is much in what we naturally attach to justice!

Holy Name …

Our natural understanding of ethis is the basis for understanding holiness. When someone would be fully just, we would call him holy. Holy originally means something like “out of our world” or “special”. It reflects the fact that no one is really holy in this world. It is just impossible to be just in all what we do. There might be many reasons for that … let us talk about this another day.

Here, we need to look at the biblical message about God, about the creator and ultimate personal spirit. He is fully just, he is full of love, full of truth, he is all what we would call just. He is, indeed, holy - that is at the core of the biblical message. It is the background for the second commandment: ... more


1st Commandment ...

Monday, Jan 29, 2018. What is the most important thing in life? What is your first thought when you think about your day? Usually, we are busy with some immediate needs. We think about our morning at work, or our morning with the kids. Or we think about our loneliness, our illness, our most pressing problem.

The bible expresses an invitation, to think about this first place in our life. Let us look into the most prominent commandment, which takes up this most important question: what is our life build upon? What is holding it? What is giving it its spinal column? ... more


Questions and Re-Discovery ...

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018. Can faith be without doubt? What is with the days where you are certain about your faith, which are then suddenly followed by big questions, by doubt, by disappointment and emotional turmoil? Is faith without questions? What is your way to deal with the questions? Is it ignorance? Do you want to bury them somewhere? Or do you want answers?

Questions! …

All faith needs to go through questions and doubt. All faith is questioned and challenged! This is the case for all the disciples of Jesus in the New Testament. They were under pressure. They suffered. There were tribulations. They were oppressed. And they found themselves being the biggest problem: with their own missing faith, their own doubt, their own character features which did not meet the standards of God's holiness. ... more


Truth ...

Sunday, Jan 21, 2018. Is faith true? Is science true? What can we say about the truth in and behind the words of faith which are written up in the bible? And what can we say about the truth in science? Does it contradict each other? Some people say they do not touch each other, faith is about ethics, science about facts. But is that true? Let us think for a moment! Let us describe the truth of science and the truth of faith …

Truth of Science …

Science has evolved into an approach to explore nature, phenomena and technology, which is built on arguments, experiments and discussions. The goal is to gain insight into phenomena. We want to know what is driving them, how they work. And we want to be able to influence them, to do something, to design, to build, to generate, to produce. ... more


Jesus ...

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Monday, Jan 15, 2018. How important is Jesus for faith? Some of us think that it is most important to believe in God. Others think it is most important to accept other people, to be tolerant and let everyone live. But Jesus is central for faith. He is central for life. Let us explore why this is the case!

Jesus is central …

Jesus is the central theme of the New Testament. His role cannot be over estimated! He is God himself, one of the three persons of the one God, who became human. He is the central human being, restoring creation. He is put into the center of God's forgiveness for all mankind. Without him, there is no life for anyone! ... more


World Leading ...

Friday, Jan 12, 2018. It seems to be a part of the human soul to be open to competition. Look around, so much in our society talks about leadership, about being the first, about being unique. So much talks about strength. And even in games and play, in the area of leasure, we want competitions, championships, running and fighting to be the first, the best, the strongest, the fastest …

Uniqueness in Love …

There is a better way of uniqueness. It is shown by Jesus. This uniqueness is the uniqueness of the individual. It is the uniqueness of love. You are unique to me, you are valuable, you are fantastic! That is what he tells each and everyone of us. And that is what he wants us to tell the others. ... more


Come to God today ...

Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018. Why not go to God today? Why not ask God today to help him to get to know him? Why not go to him and ask him to come into my life? Why not? There might be many things either on an intellectual level or on the emotional level which can keep us away from God. But we could also be asked: why not overcome our obstacles by just asking him to help?

Steps to God …

When I think back, I could have gone to God much earlier. I was open for him. I wanted to know more about him. But somehow I did not know how. And at some point I started to ask him. That was the turning point. After that, I got all what I needed. I got to know sincere Christians - many different Christians. I was able to learn to understand the bible. Theology suddently made sense to me - and I was able to understand and discern the different arguments and schools. ... more


The Bible and Its Reception ...

Saturday, Jan 6, 2018. Recently I ran into some remarks someone had made a while ago on the Bible, on the stories written down in the New Testament. He called it childish stories. Of course, there are many people today who might think the same. The miracles and the parables and all the claims and reports of the bible are difficult to understand for so many. How to deal with this situation?

Ideas about the Past …

Of course you could tell people that they do not know what they say. But that is not always true. This guy I mentioned first was one of the brightest human minds of the 20th century. And I was reading his fantastic remarks about science and at the same time his poor treatment of the bible, where I think he just completely missed the points. ... more


On insight into this world ...

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Thursday, Jan 4, 2018. It is interesting to think about what is causing us to gain insight into this world. What is creating a path towards better insight? And what is in the way, keeping us from insight at this or that particular point?

Philosophical Preconceptions …

If you look into the history of science, your realize quickly that there were many philosophical preconceptions which kept people from insight into special problems for quite a while. Only when someone managed to break the preconception, the path was free for new insight. What is the nature of our space, the nature of light, the nature of time, the nature of small things and large things, matter and fields? Physics has seen astonishing insight over the past 150 years. ... more


Faith - not Blind but with Open Eyes! ...

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018. “Rachel, I will pick you up after your meeting at 11pm,” said Thomas. “Just walk down the road, cross the footbridge and I will be waiting there on the other side with my car.” When Rachel walked down the road later that day, it was dark already, and somehow Rachel felt uneasy. What if Thomas would not be there? She felt a little lost alone in a foreign city. But she knew she could trust Thomas, and so she walked a little faster looking forward to meeting her friend.

With open Eyes …

Trust is something which needs a sound basis. Rachel knew her friend Thomas, and she knew she could trust him. She had faith in him, that he would wait for her at the other side of the bridge. Her faith was not a blind faith, but it was a faith based on experience, based on facts. ... more


In Whom do we Trust? ...

Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018. Once there were some young kids trying to cross a river. It had been below zero already for some days. There was ice on the river, and they made a little competition between two guys who were eager to show their courage. One of them, however, was careful. He was a little afraid …

The Icy River Story …

What if the ice would be too thin, if it would not hold him? So he thought about a way to check if the ice was thick enough to carry him. And he realized that he could test it by drilling little wholes with some long old rosty skrew he found at some junkyard nearby. So he first tested, found an area where the ice was sound, and there he could walk over without any problem. ... more


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Happy New Year 2018! ...

Saturday, Dec 30, 2017. I would like to wish you a happy new year 2018! May it be a year which is good for you on all levels of your life. May it be a year full of personal relationships, which provide a framework for you to receive love and to give love! May your new year be full of mercy, …

Mercy, Hope, Insight, Faith …

… mercy for yourself when seen by others - with your strength and your weaknesses. But may it also be full of mercy in your own heart when you see the others around you, with what they can do well and where they fail. Let mercy be your guiding thought, the framework and channel of your insight into this world and the people living therein! ... more


Faith in the Modern World III ...

Friday, Dec 29, 2017. What is your personal way to approach faith and life? Do you believe? When you think a little bit about your own belief, you quickly realize that you believe quite a lot. You have your ideas about what humans are. You have your preferences. You do your choices about what is important to you, and you have ideas why it carries meaning.

We all believe! But what do we believe? And why? …

All humans have their ideas about community, about the role of humans today. We all have our idea about why we do what we do, and why we want others to behave in a particular way. We all pursue happiness of some kind. ... more


Faith in the Modern World II ...

Thursday, Dec 28, 2017. Do you have faith? What is your life built on? What is it that forms the frame of your existence? What is it that shapes your thoughts, your emotions, your decisions, your actions, your relationships? What is the role of faith for a human today? What can it be?

Does Faith have its Space? …

Does faith have its space today? What is its role in our life? Many people today live without God, at least without an explicit reference to God. They follow their daily routine, with sleep and work, with family, kids or parents, with food and drink, with sports and leisure, with various activities. Where is God? What is his role in all of this? ... more


Faith in the Modern World ...

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Wednesday, Dec 27, 2017. Faith in the modern world is always an adventure. Today, in the 21st century, we have learned a lot about nature. We have been able to invent and manufacture many goods which enable us to live in a way different from the time 100, 300 or even 1500 years ago. So everything seems to be different, right?

Faith Today …

It is highly exciting to think about faith today, to think about God, to think about who we are, what we know, what we feel, and how we come to our decisions, to our ideas, to our actions. ... more


Love Your Enemies ...

Monday, Oct 16, 2017. We all have heard about the Christian command to love your enemies, right? But usually it is burried somewhere deep in our memory, and it is far away from playing an active role in our daily thought or daily life. But this provoking command formulated by Jesus has the potential to give crucial input into our life!

Offer the other …

First of all, before we discuss what Jesus says, let us listen to the words as recorded in the Gospel of Luke. It is a part of the sermon on the mount, in the version written down by Luke. Read with an open mind … ... more


Godly and Dignified ...

Dienstag, 10. Oktober, 2017. How to live? What is our goal? What is driving us? Let us look at the raw model which we find in the New Testament. Too often, we take our ideas from somewhere, from the culture around us. We hear about victories, about champions, about riches and fame. And all this shapes our mind and our heart. But there are better ways. We are not bound to the illusions which surround us day by day!

Jesus and Paul's Mission …

The apostle Paul writes about Jesus, about the purpose of his life and death. It is an invitation to a life which comes down to earth. Living in faith means to be fully human. Let us read from 1 Timothy 2: ... more


Source of all ...

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017. God is the source of all. We know that he is the creator. But he is more. When we look into the biblical books, God is described as the one who holds the whole world. He is above all, in all, beyond all. He sees all. He provides all. There is nothing which could happen without him knowing it before. Looking into the life of David, we will explore fascinating words .

Greatness …

God is the source of all in this creation. He is our creator. All what is great is his. Let us look into the prayer of David as written down in 1 Chronicles 29, where he puts God's greatness into the center of his attention: ... more


Trouble and Honor ...

Monday, Oct 2, 2017. Human life can face trouble. Often, our trouble is caused by human affairs. We live in a community, with different strengths, different priorities, different perceptions … Community can cause trouble. Some of us love to fight, to hit others whenever they like. Others carry out their own type of manipulation. Responsibility, systematic approaches to build something up … there are so many layers of our daily activity. Trouble can come in the middle of all of this … when you are giving your best to move things forward.

Justice …

The question of who is strong and who has what type of power is one of the underlying questions of any community. The questions of justice is another good question, linked to the question of power. But before we get into a deeper discussion, read Psalm 4: ... more


A Path to Go ...

Friday, Sept 22, 2017. Sometimes we ask ourselves: how can we go on. Various problems come into our way. We face illness. We face resistance. We face bad words. We face rejection. We face our own guilt and our own failure. Where to go? How to find a way into life? How to find a save place?

A Save Place …

The bible talks about a saviour. It talks about a door to go through. It talks about peace to be found. It talks about someone who cares. It talks about someone who saves! Jesus is in the center of this message. He is the son of God, the messiah, the human who was given the task to pave the way. John, the evangelist and disciple, talks about him in his gospel: ... more


What kind of Proof? ...

Thursday, Sept 21, 2017. How do we know what to think about faith? There are many religions on the planet. And they all tell their particular story? Is any of these different from the others? Is any of these more true than others? Or are they all the same, all true, or all false?

Check it out! …

First of all: they cannot all be true. Religions have quite different concepts of the world and of God. There are some who resemble each other - those messages which speak about one God, the creator. But even these cannot be true at the same time. There are severe differences in who God is, and in very basic concepts of how he interacts with mankind. ... more


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Who is great? ...

Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017. The question of who is great and what is great is important to humans again and again. We all have categories in our mind which search for importance around us. Who is it we need to take into account? Who is leading, who determines the framework of our life?

The greatest …

Great or not important? When we come to general elections, that is a core question? Who should lead the country? When we are in science, this is what often bothers people. We are less interested in the results, we are more looking into who has found them. When we come to economy, people are discussing revenue and money - and who is the one who earns the most. Sports looks for the winner. It is everywhere in our society. Who is the greatest? ... more


Far Away or Close?

Often, living somewhere in the world, biblical stories can appear far away in a time long gone.

However, when you come to the places where it all happened, they can be very close. Spending, for example, a week in Jerusalem and in the modern state of Israel, biblical history can be very close.

Everything is here - all the historical monuments as well as all the interpretations, all the faith of the different groups, Jews, Arabs, Christians, with orthodox churches, catholic churches, protestant churches … the world meets in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem today is an invitation to think about faith, and about your faith as well. What do I know about God? What do I know about the biblical books, about Jesus, about spiritual matters - and where to I find my way to faith?


Ask, Knock, Search! ...

Friday, Sept 8, 2017. The general atmosphere and philosophy of the New Testament is quite amazing. Jesus describes the relationship between his heavenly father and himself. And he invites all humans to enter the same type of relationship: a relationship of trust and love, of truth and honesty!

Invitation to come …

Within the relationship to God, we are invited to bring him our needs. We are invited to ask, and we are promised to be given. We are invited to knock at his door, and he will let us in. We are invited to search him, and we will find! ... more


Seek first ...

Thursday, Sept 7, 2017. As humans we first need to make sure that our primary needs are met. This is about water, about food, about clothing, about shelter. Then, we need company. And further, we need purpose. All these are primary needs, you cannot live without it.

Our Concerns …

Clearly, we need to be concerned about our primary needs. It is first for ourselves, for our own person. Then it is for our family, for dependents and partners. And it is for whatever environment we live in and we are responsible for. This can be our company, our institution, even our church. Is all going well? Can we pay the bills? Do we have someone to talk to? Do we know, what we live for? ... more


Pray in Secret ...

Wednesday, August 30, 2017. God is real. And we can talk to him. We can pray, tell him our needs, our dreams, our wishes, our sorrows. God is there, he listens, he hears.

God cares …

God wants us to talk to him. He wants a relationship. You might think, he knows everything anyway. Yes, he does. But he wants ujs to involve him. He wants me to tell him, and then start to discuss the issues of my life! ... more


God sees in Secret ...

Tuesday, August 29, 2017. Where is God, humans ask. And with what we do in our life, we often act as if there is no God. Even if we think there is a God, we act as if God would not see what we do, what we say, what we think. But he sees everything.

God sees …

Can we imagine that there is a God, who is as majestic as the universe. Can we imagine that he sees everything? Nothing is hidden to him. Jesus claims this unbelievable ability of God. He claims that God can do anything. And he know everything. He can see into the tiniest parts of our life. He hears all our words. He knows all our fears. He knows our hope, our dreams, all what is there in us and around us. ... more


Yes and No - In the Middle of our Life III ...

Friday, August 25, 2017. Is God in the middle of our life? Yes, he is. If you doubt, listen to Jesus and what he says about your life, your actions, your words. We are looking into the Sermon on the Mount, and this is truly realistic, it is in the middle of everyone's life, young and old, rich or poor. It is a sermon for all of us.

Yes and No …

We have a problem with truth. It is everywhere in our society and our community. It is in politics, it is in business, it is in families, it is in all the personal relationships. Who wants to speak the truth, admit the truth, be fully truthful. What would that mean at all? We have our problems to even define what the truth might be in many cases. Let us listen to Jesus: ... more


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In the Middle of our Life II ...

Thursday, August 24, 2017. How do we know that God wants to be in the Middle of our life? How do we know that he is there? What is it that makes us believe? In the New Testament Jesus says to some of his disciples who had their difficulties to understand his death at the cross: “And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” (Luke 24) What does that mean for us today and for our quest for God?

Too slow to believe …

Jesus refers to our heart, when it comes to faith. The heart is the image of our existence, of all what drives us, of our will, our decisions, our trust. Our heart is the center of what is important to us. It is the center of what we value, how we see ourselves and others. Our heart is where our love and our hatred is located. ... more


The Images of Salt and Light ...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017. Often, Jesus uses images from everyday life. It seems that he wants to be in the middle of our life, and wants us to understand his spiritual message in a way that it is as concrete and lively as everything in and around us. And indeed, he wants to be there, day by day, morning, afternoon, evening. He wants to be there as the salt which we put into our food, as the light which we need to carry out all what we do.

Salt …

The first image Jesus uses in his sermon on the mount is the image of salt. We are meant to be like salt - the salt of the earth. Everyone who likes to cook knows that you need salt to cook. Without salt, food does not taste well. You cannot eat it, it is just terrible. Without salt, we cannot live, we need it, in exactly the right dilution. As people who trust Jesus we are needed as much as salt - and we need to keep our trust, our faith, which is what makes us salt. Without faith we loose what makes us alive. ... more


“And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Jesus is opening a new era. The mercy of God is there, his compassion, his love!

His invitation stands: come to me!


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In the Middle of our Life I ...

Monday, August 21, 2017. Where is God in our life? Where is he? With all the difficulties of this life, the problems on this earth, with all the trouble we have - where is God? Is it possible to believe at all? Is he there? Where? Is it all an illusion? Perhaps we should just give up completely.

Questions …

Can we find God in the middle of our life? Or do we need to go to a remote mountain, or any other remote place? What is it that lets us find the creator? Where is he hiding? This is what many of us ask sometimes. How to find God? And it seems to be difficult. ... more


2017_08_21_2.jpg Believe in God, and believe in Jesus!

God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit … He wants us to discover him, to trust him, to believe in him. We can meet him, listening to the words and deeds of Jesus, written up in the New Testament. He is there, in the middle of our life.

Come and See!


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Solid Foundation ...

Friday, August 18, 2017. Talking about a “solid foundation” of our life, I would like to touch two things which may sound very different when you first hear them. But we will see that they are closely linked. Let us talk about foundation of life and of faith …

Foundation of our Life …

First, what is the foundation of our life? What is it that makes you what you are. What is it that holds you? What is it that keeps you going? ... more


Be sincere in what you do!

Know that God takes you serious in everything. Your tears, your joy, your pain, your achievements … he loves you and wants to be with you in all what you are.

He wants you to trust him, and to bring all to him in prayer.


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The Bible in My Life ...

Thursday, August 17, 2017. What is the role of the bible in my life, in my days? What are the options? What are the possibilities? The bible collects the story of Jesus and his disciples in the New Testament. And it collects the stories about God and his people - the people of Israel - in the Old Testament. The texts are written to be alive, to be texts for both daily use and for deep study. They are words of life!

For You Today …

Today no one does not know the bible at all. We all know some things. But do we know Jesus? Do we realize that God in father, son and holy spirit wants to be there with us day by day? Do we realize that the bible wants to be a love letter, which conquers our heart and leads us into a life in dense community with the eternal god? ... more


Ask God today, he wants to listen to you! Pray!

Ask him to come to you, to come into your life, to guide you along his path.

Jesus says (Matthew 7,7): “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.“


Arguments on the Bible ...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The bible is a fantastic book. Do we know it? What do we know about it and what is our idea on how it was written. When you explore the history of the biblical texts, it is highly amazing! The texts go back thousands of years …

Fantastic Sources …

The biblical sources are far better preserved than anything we know from the ancient world! When you explore these things, it is really fantastic. There are so many more manuscripts on the New Testament than on any other source of that time - by far more, factor 5, or 8, or 10 more. And the oldest pieces of evidence we have are much closer to the New Testament than any other source we have. We have even evidence of the Old Testmaent coming from the time of Christ itself. It is nearly unbelievable! ... more


Fullness of God ...

Friday, July 21, 2017. What is our image of God? Do we think of him as the big creator? Do we see him as some strange figure, who has a white beard, but is not good for anything? What is it that we think if we hear the word God, or Christ, or Jesus? Is our image shaped by some films we have seen? Is it shaped by church services?

It is important to look critically into our own image of God. The reason is not that we would like to destroy faith, but we want to strengthen faith. God is fantastic, but he is different from the many images which are floating through parts of our everyday cultural heritage. There is a lot to be discovered here for you and for me … ... more


Bow my Knees ...

Monday, July 17, 2017. Do you sometimes feel the need to bow before God? Do yo feel the need to tell him that he is great, and that you fully acknowledge that you need him, his wisdom, his guidance, his forgiveness, his love?

When we look into our life, and what we do, what we feel, what we hope for and dream of … what is it that builds our inner core? What is it that keeps us upright, that keeps us going, that helps us? What is our hope built upon? Where is our strength coming from?

Strengthened …

Where is your strength coming from? What do you see? What do you feel? In the letter to the church in Ephesus the apostle Paul talks about the spirit, about the father, and that he is the source of all our strength, of all what we have. Listen! ... more


Mystery of Christ II ...

Thursday, July 13, 2017. We talked about the mystery of Christ yesterday, and I would like to stay at this topic for a moment. Even though we have a high percentage of Christians in some countries, it seems that Christ Jesus is still a mystery, even to many who see themselves as Christian. Do we understand Jesus? Do we know what he means with the passages which have been passed down to us through the New Testament? What about you personally?

Does he remain a Mystery? …

Sometimes I think that Christ remains a mystery to most of us. And in particular those who make progress realize more and more how deep the wisdom we find in him - and how deep the mystery of the gospel and the mystery of his life and death! ... more


Mystery of Christ ...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017. Christian faith is openly known and available. Today, in principle everyone can read the bible, everyone can study the sources. It is open for you and me, for any human on the planet. But it has not always been that openly known. It was known in part by the prophets, by the Old Testament books, for a long time. But then, through Christ himself, through the disciples and apostles, the full depth of the Gospel became known. We will read a passage today, where the apostle Paul talks about the unravelling of the mystery of Christ.

This mystery is …

What is the mystery, that is in Christ? What is it that is openly available today? It is that through the Gospel of Christ all men and women can be heirs of the glory of the creator. It means that through faith we can be part of the family. Forgiveness is openly available through faith in Christ. Restoration, new life, love, truth, joy … there is an unbelievable promise in Christ. This was a mystery for a long time, it is now openly available! Have a look into the original words of Paul: … ... more


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Abundant Grace ...

Thursday, June 29, 2017. The New Testament has a large number of passages which talk about grace, about love, about the joy of the community with the Lord. God in himself is fantastic - and he offers us a friendship and community which is deeper than anything we could ever experience with other humans on the planet. His spirit is the origin of all spirits, he is the origin of life, and he has and is life abundant, and abundant grace, abundant love, joy beyond measure.

Love and Grace …

One key point with the love of God is that he loves unconditionally. He loves us anyway. In a human framework, we do not always experience this kind of love. Some even think they never find it. But still it is there, in the relationship between parents and kids, and in many relationships. Let us read a passage from Ephsians, where Paul talks about this fantastic grace of God: ... more


Trials, Choices, Judgement ...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017. The bible speaks about trials, which can happen to Christians. What is it that trials can be? We hear about it in different places of the New Testament, and we can summarize in two or three sentences: trials come from all layers of our life. Trials can be external, come from other people who do not want us well. But they can also come from close friends who think in a way different from God's love and truth, and they often come from within us. We are the cause of our trials ourselves.

We cause them …

It is really interesting that we are the cause of our trouble ourselves. If you think more about it, you will realize that this is quite natural. We are part of the world, and we are part of freedom. We are influenced by a lot of things, many of which do not try to follow God's love and mercy. Why should we be surprised if some of this, driving our own ideas, our emotions and actions, causes quite some trouble in our life? But let us read more about trials, as written in 1 Peter 4: ... more


Angry ...

Monday, June 26, 2017. Sometimes we are angry about something. That can be some event in our work environment. It can be words of a colleague, of your boss, or of any other staff member in your group or in another. It can be in our church as well. There are different characters, and different expectations. It would be strange if nothing would ever happen which makes you angry …

How to deal with it? …

The New Testament knows this situation very well. It knows about our difficulties with each other. It knows well our natural impulses, when we feel hurt. Yet, it does not just let things go along as they come. But it invites us to come to him, to the Lord, with our anger - listen to the following passage from Ephesians, Chapter 4: ... more


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Biblical Images ...

Thursday, June 22, 2017. The bible is full of fantastic images. They appear on different levels: there is the strength of the historical events themselves. They are fact, but at the same time given to us as templates of faith to relate ourselves to what happened long ago. There are the parables and images which Jesus uses when he preaches. And there are the images which we find in the letters of the New Testament and in the Revelation, the last book of the bible, with far reaching prophetic words.

Do you like them? …

Do you like biblical images? Perhaps they are difficult to understand? Do you feel frightened by these images? Or do you like them, do they talk to you? All humans have an emotional level, a level of conscieous and unconscious feelings and processes, and we have a conscious level of reason. All of these levels of our existence play a role when we read biblical texts, and all of them are addressed by the biblical images. Have a look into the first chapter of the Revelation, for example: ... more


Empty or Full? ...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The bible talks about gifts which the holy spirit gives to Christians. They are some kind of talent - something which can be used to serve others and to take part in the community and organization of the Christian church, the Christian community. But the apostle Paul also puts a warning into the middle of his passages about these spiritual gifts. His warning is a fantastic piece of text …

Empty? …

I can have a lot of talents, yet be empty on my inside. I can be very gifted, very intelligent, even very skilled with my hands, or with my tongue - yet it can be that I do not touch others on an emotional level, or that I have features in my character which cause a lot of trouble. ... more


Faith ...

Monday, June 19, 2017. We had a discussion about faith recently, Christian faith. It took place in a Christian bible study group - and we talked about the description of the gifts of the holy spirit in 1 Kor 12. There, you find “faith” as one of the gifts of the spirit. It is given to some believers, not to others. But what does it mean? They all have faith, don't they?

What is Faith? …

What is faith? There are different layers and different measures we need to talk about. First of all: faith in Jesus is the beginning of all of this. Without this faith and trust in Christ, we will not come to any relationship with God. It is the generic faith which is mentioned in the gospels by Jesus himself. ... more


Role of Jesus ...

Friday, June 16, 2017. Jesus has a special role in the bible. He is the center of the New Testament. The four gospels describe elements from his life. They provide some detail about his passion and death, and then talk about the resurrection. And all the other books also talk about him.

Son of God

Why is Jesus so special. The message of the New Testament is: he is the son of God. He is God himself who became flesh, who became human. But there is more! He died at the cross to open a door for us. It is about love, about justice, about truth, about forgiveness - deep things which are important for each and every human on the planet. ... more


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