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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!

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Starting to listen ...

Thursday, Dez 12, 2019. How do you understand God? You could start to read the bible, and many of its parts will tell you a lot about the Lord.

Are there particular starting points, which can help you to learn more about him? Yes, there are various such starting points. One of them are the 10 commandments, which are recorded in Mose 2, Chapter 20 (and further places). They are the background and basis for many other parts such as the Beatitudes of Jesus in Matthew 5-7.

This morning, I would like to take the first commandment as a discussion point. Of course, there have been various books and sermons on the 10 commandments. They are attributed to Moses, which means that they have been recorded about 1400 BC. What is their core idea and purpose? ... more


What is going on? II ...

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019. How do you come to conclusions with respect to God? How do you decide what to think about this basic question? We need to talk a little bit about our communication with God. How can you communicate with him?

The question of how to hear from God is linked to the overall situation of humans in general. If God is there, how does he interact with us humans? This is one of the basic questions people have been asking for a long time. Is God a hidden God? Can you live with him on a daily basis? How does it work? What does the Bible say about this? ... more


What is going on? ...

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Monday, Dec 9, 2019. Today, let us step back a little bit and think about our life, our world and the different interpretations which are possible.

We live on a small planet today. It is still quite a large place, which you realize when you start to travel through the wide planes of Russia or through Africa. There is a lot of space on the planet. At the same time, humans have settled in many large towns - Tokyo, Shanghai, London, Paris, New York.

Today the environmental activists see the planet as a very valuable asset, which humans need to preserve. Human activity has a huge impact on the environment, which is feeding impact back and is shaping human life-style. ... more


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Angels and the Birth of Jesus ...

Saturday, Dec 07, 2019. The birth of Jesus is described at the beginning of the gospel of Luke. Luke starts with a comment on how he wrote his story. He investigated and collected material and put it together. Usually it is assumed that Luke wrote his two books, the gospel of Luke and the book “Acts” - the story of the early church - between about 55 and 65 AD, since he does not report the death of the apostle Paul 67 AD, even if Acts writes about Paul's missionary journeys until his deportation to Rome. So with the death and resurrection of Jesus about 30 AD, the collection took place about 25 to 35 years after Jesus life on earth.

Thorough Investigation …

Today, let us focus on some important observations. First, we observe the desire of Luke to carry out a sincere investigation. First, he writes: ... more


Birth of Jesus - History and Perception II ...

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Thursday, Dec 05, 2019. Talking about facts and history, we are discussing the birth of Jesus. There are many things to say here about the gospels and their way to present the story. You might read the Christmas story following Luke, from Chapter 2. Or you look into Matthew Chapters 1 and 2.

There are several events told in connection with the birth of Jesus. Also, Matthew and Luke have a slightly different way to put the event into historical context - Matthew referring to Herod the Great, Luke to Quirinius and the many censuses, which the Roman emperor Augustus initiated during his lifetime. We have discussed this already earlier. In any case, both Gospels name relatively clear reference points which are well-known historical periods, with the exception that Quirinius was governor in Palestine from 6-21 AD, before that he held many positions between Northern Africa, Rome, modern Turkey and Syria, which might have included Palestine, but that is not fully clear. He conducted a census in 7 AD, but it is not known if this was the first census Luke refers to. References to the Roman emperor Tiberius and to the governor Pilate fit into the story completely, supporting a birth of Jesus about 6-4 BC. ... more


Birth of Jesus - History and Perception ...

Wednesday, Dec 04, 2019. Talking about facts and history, let us start to think about the birth of Jesus. In the time of advent - the four weeks before the Christmas celebration, Christians all over the globe celebrate the birth of the “son of God”.

When we talk about history, we can state what seems to be historical fact as far as we know today, using the best of our critical efforts to explore what happened 2000 years ago. ... more


History, Faith and Facts ...

Monday, Dec 02, 2019. When we talk about history, we talk about facts. We also talk about interpretation of the facts. History is not just a sequence of events. It is a whole collection of events, many of them chaotic and diverse, contradictory.

When you see comprehensive writing about historical periods, they are to a good extend interpretation. The historian searches to understand what happened. Then, he brings the events into what he perceives as historical line or comprehensive interpretation. ... more


History: Your and My Journey to Faith ...

Saturday, Nov 30, 2019. When I was in school, history seemed very boring to me. I had no interest in some wars in the past. Why should it be exciting to learn about some emperors who lived 800 years ago? I did not have any access to these things. No, history was not my concern. Also, Christian faith was not my main concern, though I was part of the Lutheran church. I was interested, yes. But I could not see you to make progress, I did not know what to think.

What is your access to history? And what is your opinion about the Christian faith? Do you have access to faith? Or perhaps you do not really know it? Some people are very much opposed to faith.

Personally, I was unclear about Christian faith in my teen years. I had learned about it in school and in a Lutheran church. But it was not clear to me. I have not been against faith. But from the age of 14 I considered it to be quite unclear what to believe. Who was God? Was God love? What was the meaning of that sentence? So my personal history can be characterized by many questions which the church as I knew it could not answer. ... more


History: Yesterday and Now ...

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Friday, Nov 29, 2019. Let us look at history from a Christian perspective. Christianity teaches Jesus as the risen Lord. It started with the experiences of the early disciples of Jesus, who were with him for 40 days after the resurrection. Christianity started with the experiences of the Holy Spirit, who comes into the life of people who follow in Jesus by heart. ... more


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Is History important for ME? ...

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019. Let us talk about history and its relationship to my own life. What is my involvement? Is history really important?

It is a good question! I think we should take it serious and try to list the possible answers. ... more


History and My Life ...

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Monday, Nov 25, 2019. How important is history for my life? Is it really important what happened 150 years ago? Is it important for me what happened 120 years ago? What about things which took place much longer ago, about 1000 AD, or perhaps 1900 AD?

Let us have a look at the meaning of history to us today. History is important for several reasons. Of course, not everyone needs to have his or her main focus on history. Still, it is good to see how the things which we use today on a daily basis came into being. ... more


Reality ...

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019. The reality of the biblical description and content is astonishing. When you explore the Old and New Testament, you will find the topic of young and old age, life and death, guilt and shame, hope and glory!

What is Life? …

What is life? Humans have the ability, to define themselves. That is human: we have our own mind, our own ideas. We define who we are. At the same time, we fail with this task. We fail deeply. ... more


The Bible ...

Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019. What type of book is the bible? You might be asking yourself. How to approach it? How to read it? Who can be a good help to understand it.

The bible is a very rich book. It covers the whole of world history. It has been written over many centuries. There are historical parts, wisdom literature, songs, and the unique stories about Jesus in the new testament, the gospels. There are letters by the first apostles, and the prophetic book of the revelation. There is a lot to discover.

Historical Setting …

The bible is full of history. It is quite some adventure to discover the history of mankind and how deeply it is interwoven with the biblical stories and experiences. ... more


Basics of Life ...

Monday, July 15, 2019. The beginning of the gospel of John is one of the most prominent and most fascinating texts of the bible. It is about Jesus, who is also called the word. The gospel introduces its main topic in its first verses, telling us what is important and why.

Beginning …

The biblical story is about life as a whole. It is about creation. It is about humans. It is about insight and the principles which govern our actions. Thus it is also about conscience, about reason, about emotions, about decisions.

Let us read the beginning of the gospel of John. Look into the original, the biblical text, full of images, full of insight and wisdom, full of power: ... more


Judgement Day ...

Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Christians are called to love all people. God wants to reach everyone. He loves everyone and wants everyone to trust him. Let us keep this first point in mind. Let us take it up from the bible as a core part of the Christian message. We might be suspicious or think that the whole story is not consistent, that we do not understand it. Yet we can keep a note on this core point that God is said to be love and to be trustworthy and that he wants you and me to trust him, to trust our whole life into his hands.

The Old and New Testament also talk about justice, about God to be a very furious God when it comes to injustice, violence and lies. God's justice is of huge importance in history as well as for the relationship between men or women and God. ... more


Approval of Men ...

Tuesday, June 11, 2019. We live in a time where the approval of anything humans do is measured by likes and the money an audience is willing to spend on something. We have come to the point where we hold good what is popular.

Of course, it is good to have everyone involved. Democracy means that all can express their opinion without fearing any negative sanctions or even violence. It also means that by choices of many preferences find their way into real developments. Some people will try to influence the masses - to stir the choices into a direction which is beneficial for them. It is an interesting interaction, this game of influence. ... more


Fellowship of the Spirit II ...

Thursday, June 6, 2019. We are moving toward Pentacost. It is the celebration of the Holy Spirit, one of the main and important celebrations of Christianity. Let us talk about one particular point today, one of the points about the holy spirit. It is about the power of the spirit, but one particular effect of his power.

As a background and framework, let us recall first. God, the creator and eternal God, is spirit. He is father, son and holy spirit. We talk about the one God, but three persons, three ways to experience him and to learn about him. He is the eternal father. He is the son, Christ Jesus, who became human and lived among us. And he is the holy spirit, sent by Jesus, coming to those who believe in him. That is the biblical story about God. ... more


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Fellowship of the Spirit ...

Monday, June 3, 2019. The New Testament invites us to get to know God through Jesus, Christ Jesus. The stories of the gospels are the life story of Jesus. His birth is told, his ministry, selections of his actions and interaction with the people of his time. And then we hear about his death, about the resurrection and the ascension.

Let us understand what the bible tells us about the relationship of God and men. God wants to live with humans, with each and every individual, with you and with me. God wants us to know him. He wants us to be in a relationship with him, in a save and undisturbed relationship, a relationship characterized by trust and truth. ... more


Suffering ...

Monday, May 20, 2019. What are our associations when we hear the word “God”? Many of us think of great power, of the ability to do what ever you want. To be God means to most of humans today to be free of problems, of suffering, of pain.

But the biblical story is exactly the opposite. It is about God, coming into this world. But in what way is he coming? What is happening, and what is the message and goal of his actions? Let us look into this deep and important question today! ... more


Readin' the Bible ...

Wednesday, May 15, 2019. When you search for guidance and peace, the best advice I know is to sit down and read in the biblical books. In particular, the New Testament is extremely valuable, but also the Psalms as well as the prophets or the books of Moses are fantastic to read and to be inspired. ... more


Love ...

Monday, May 13, 2019. Many people know that Jesus commands his disciples to love their neighbors as themselves. It is recorded in the New Testament, and it is part of this new covenant, rooted deeply in the cross of Calvary and the forgiveness which is proclaimed with the death of Jesus!

However, the command to love your neighbor as yourself is not new at all. It is, indeed, one of the old commands, given together with the 10 commandments when Moses brought the people of Israel out of Egypt. ... more


The Center ...

Thursday, May 9, 2019. Christian faith is about God, we all know that. But what is the role of God for us? What exactly does faith mean?

Some people think that faith is mainly a set of ethical rules. Others believe it has been invented to deal with the fear of people, the fear of death. And indeed, it talks about eternity and about life. Commandments are involved in faith - people are told which type of behaviour is good and which type is not good. But still behaviour is not the first layer of faith, not its core or center.

What is the role of Christ Jesus? And why did he have to die at the cross of Calvary? ... more


Greatest Commandment ...

Wednesday, May 8, 2019. What should be the first thing to consider in my life? What is the first thing to care about? What is the first thing to do?

You might think the first thing should be to survive. We need air to breethe. We need to drink and to eat, clean water to survive the day, and food to survive the next day. To get all this, we need work. Also, humans need commmunity. We need others, just alone we cannot be, it drives us crazy.

It is interesting to see what Jesus says about the first things to consider. Let us have a look into this fascinating bible passage. ... more


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Who or What is my God? ...

Friday, May 3, 2019. Over the past days I have run several times into the first commandment: do not have other Gods! We were reading the letter of Paul to the Romans recently with our bible study group, and Paul talks about how mankind lives without God. He talks about those choosing their own Gods.

Also, life can point you to a particular topic. You realize that you have some categories in your mind. Things can be deep in your life, your feelings, in the way you look at the world. What are the Gods in YOUR life? I am realizing those in mine … ... more


Good for us ...

Monday, April 29, 2019. What is good for us today? I am thinking about input for our life, for our thoughts, for our reasoning about our business and social activities. What would be good to get as input, as impulse, as inspiration?

We are, today, in the middle of new social conflicts. Human history has never been without conflicts, and today there are so many conflicts active everywhere in the world. Migration is just an indicator - with people searching a better life, a better world! ... more


The Ascension ...

Friday, April 26, 2019. The biblical story of the resurrection of Jesus is challenging. It superseeds our standard experience. It is difficult to judge if we wanted to put it into a framework as we usually do with news about events. In modern language we would say: singularities in space and time are characterized by being single, and it is very hard to get a general understanding of such events.

But there is more in the New Testament. After Jesus is risen, he is taken into heaven. This is another “singular” event. Similar reports we find only very few in the whole history of mankind! It usually does not happen. But let us look into more details of what people have said about what happened. ... more


Ask and See ...

Wednesday, April 24, 2019. How can we know about God? How do we find out ourselves? What about things people say? How to approach this deep and important question?

Clearly, when you look around, you will find many answers to the question about God. There are those who tell you that there is no God. There are others, who tell you where to find God. And indeed, when you have found an answer yourself, you might tell others what you have discovered.

Yet, in all of this you have to find your own path. What ever you choose, it is your choice. Whom you follow, to whom you listen, your decision. There is just no other option, you choose anyway. ... more


Foundation of Hope ...

Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Easter celebrations are over, some of us are still in school holidays, others go back to work. Did you have some relaxing time with your family? In the center of Europe, the weather was lovely and nice, with sunny warm days over the weekend.

What is your view to the Easter story? What is your involvement? Perhaps you are part of some church, perhaps you have celebrated the death and resurrection of Jesus? Or you are more critical of these things. Perhaps you have your deep problems with the church and its activities. ... more


Easter ...

Thursday, April 18, 2019. Currently, Christian in the whole world celebrate Easter. It is about the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. It is about events which took place about 2000 years ago in Jerusalem, but still have meaning and power until today.

Indeed, the Easter story about the pain and death of Jesus is a very moving and challenging story. It takes much of its meaning to us as humans from the fact that we all experience pain and that we all are going to die. Indeed, that someone who is very important is dying leads us to the core tension and challenge of life. ... more


The Center ...

Friday, April 12, 2019. It is interesting to look at our human life, how we shape our ideas of who we are and where we want to go. How are we making our decisions? What are the guiding mechanism in our life? In what way are our decisions made now, when we seem to do them? What is preparing these decisions? What is setting the environment for us to develop in one or the other direction?

Humans grow up as infants and children. About 20 years of our life are needed to shape our mind and our heart, to give us the framework to think, to judge, to make decisions and to develop some basic understanding of who we are. 20 years are needed! We should not think that our decisions today would be done just the moment we formulate them or become aware of them. They are shaped over time, prepared over time! ... more


Innocent ...

Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Christians are called to live in a special way. They are called to BE different. Let us stay at this point for a moment, and understand what it means and how it can be achieved. We are reading in one of the letters of the New Testament, written by the apostles to the young churches in Greece and Italy and some towns in the area of modern Turkey. The letters are milestones of thought, milestones of ethics, milestones of philosophy and faith.

When I read this text from the letter to the church in Philippi, I usually have a lot of thoughts about the various ways the text can be and has been misused. But should I let the misuse of some people keep me from reading and understanding and believing biblical insight? Let us try to get close to what the text means and what it wants! And then let us see where we are and where God is in all of this … ... more


Work out your Salvation ...

Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Let us have a look into what the New Testament books call “salvation”. God wants to reach people. He wants to reach each and every single person on the planet. It is about justice, about trust, about love, about purity. He rescues us by putting us into his community of trust, love and truth.

Salvation in the biblical sence touches all parts of human life. It touches all we are, all we want, all we desire, all we do. It is a transformation - something like a new birth. It is not just following some rules. It is not just paying money, or assembling in a special building on Sunday mornings. Salvation is a transformation of our life. We become children of God, in a very concrete and amazing way day by day. ... more


State and Authority ...

Thursday, April 4, 2019. What is the role of state and authority today, in the 21st century? If you look around in this world, different states show a quite diverse range of political systems. There are, in the Europe and northern America states which have democratic systems. There are many systems which do not allow far reaching personal freedom, even if they may have parliaments which officially govern the state elected by “the people”. But even within democratic states there are leaders. We elect people to be responsible, or by property and ownership there are people in charge of a company or institue or process to guide others.

How do you personally deal with authority? How do you treat people who are given some authority, for example policemen, or someone in a state office, or your line manager in your company? What are you feelings? How do you talk about them? What are the difficulties? What is going well? ... more


What is Freedom? II ...

Tuesday, April 2, 2019. Freedom needs to be taken day by day. Let us discuss dependencies and a special kind of slavery which can be part of our life day by day. What I mean is the following: we all have ideas and images which guide our decisions. We all have mechanisms and reaction patterns, which determine how we act and feel in a particular situation.

Is it freedom to behave like we do? When you are always drawn into a particular pattern of behaviour, is that free? No, it is not. You are influenced by something, by some idea or by a failure in the past. And this is pushing you. It has power over your choices. It determines what you want - or better, it is pushing itself over what you would want and need if this would not determine you! ... more


What is Freedom? ...

Monday, April 1, 2019. What about human freedom? What is it that makes you free? We are all free to some extent. We make our choices day by day. We choose what to wear. We choose what to say. We shape our free time. We shape our relationships. We choose a partner. There is so much freedom in human life.

How free are we? …

At the same time, we are also unfree to some extent. Our choices are influenced by the environment we have grown up in. We are influenced and limited by our experiences. Some of us had to make very bad and difficult experiences, traumatic and strongly endangering. It is not easy to get rid of the influences which have shaped our mind, our emotions, our soul, our existence! ... more


Princes and Servants ...

Thursday, March 28, 2019. There is a lot of struggle in politics. But there is a lot of struggle as well if you work in a company, or if you want to achieve something in any other community. Where ever humans are together, they have different character, different preferences, different talents and abilities, different capability to endure … a lot of different things.

How do we work together? Sometimes it is just working. If the right characters come to a table, they might easily find a way to collaborate, to invest their personal strength and do great things! But it can also be different … ... more


Crucified ...

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019. Sometimes people think that faith is a matter of belief. It is about an opinion or conviction. And yes, what I believe with my complete life is very important here. But belief is just my attitude towards something or someone. If my belief is not based on facts, the story would be different. I can believe that someone has brown hair, but if he is blonde my belief is not linked to reality.

Not based on nice Words …

In his first letter to the Korinthians, the apostle Paul insists that the way he presents the gospel is not important. His own strength is not important. It is even not the most important that we have all the arguments sorted out completely. But what is important? Let us listen: ... more


Anything special? ...

Monday, March 25, 2019. The center of the New Testament is the cross of Jesus. What is it about? It was in about the year 30 of our calender, when a Jew named Yeshua (Jesus) was crucified in Jerusalem. He had come into conflict with the authorities of his time, and was sentenced to death by the Roman authorities.

How many people have died from various causes? How many have been killed over time. What should be special with this particular death? ... more


Love and Consequences ...

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Friday, March 22, 2019. Is love free of consequences? When you love someone, does that mean that you never react to his or her behaviour? The contrary should be true. The more you love someone, the more you care. The more you love, the more you will pay attention what he or she does.

Love by itself is consequence. Love means to be attentive. Love means to care. Love means that you a full of passion. Your passion will not allow you to ignore what your loved one does, what he or she says. Consequences in our life, our actions, our words and behaviour come from our love. ... more


Words and Honesty ...

Wednesday, March 20, 2019. How honest are the words we hear about a particular thing? We all are used to words we cannot trust. We are all flooded by words we cannot trust. Day by day, from morning to evening. You listen to the news, you hear politicians saying a lot of things about their party and the other competitors. It is all marketing, attacking the others. Truth is different! Truth is full of shades, of sincere thoughts!

Where is the problem? Is it that the speaker does not know, that opinion is formulated in a way as if it would cover all of truth? Or is it that there are real lies, where someone knows the truth, but does tell something different? Is the lie so deep that the person believes its own lies? ... more


God's Justice and Love ...

Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Good morning! I have been reading the Gospel of Matthew this morning, in particular the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5. Jesus talks about beatitudes here, about blessing which comes to those who search God, who listen to God, who come to his community.

Jesus also talks about our own mind, our feelings, our actions, our whole existence.

Blessings and Ethics …

The mixture of the Sermon on the Mount is breathtaking and remains breathtaking. I have read this text 20 years ago, and it was amazing. Reading it this morning, it is still amazing. Of course, you need to think about it. You need to understand, need to dig deeper into it. ... more


Do We Understand? ...

Thursday, March 14, 2019. As a human race, or as indivicuals, how far is our understanding? “Wait a moment”, you might say. “What are you talking about?” You might say: “I have problems enough in my job, very strange rules, a salary which does not fully pay what the kids need and relatives which show difficult behaviour. We can talk about understanding of this situation - and a good path through the next days!”

At the same time, of course, a lot of us are working on a better understanding of our world. There are engineers working on “how to make this happen”, for example electric cars. There are scientists working on the basic understanding of phenomena. They search ways to understand, to describe, to simulate and to predict! ... more


Name of the Lord ...

Tuesday, March 12, 2019. How important are names for us? Today we are all used to brands, to particular names which are used for building up a brand which carries meaning. Companies try to connect positive associations to their name. And if some name is linked to some bad event, usually the institution which bears the name suffers strongly - up to the point that it needs to be closed completely. Names ARE important, even on a very secular level.

Strong Tower …

In the bible, the name of God, the name of the Lord is of particular importance. In the ten commandments humans are called to not misuse the name of God. Further, in the Old as well as the New Testament you find many places where calling on the name of the Lord is a key step of faith for people. Who ever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved! (Joel 2, 32 and Romans 10, 13). Salvation and justice, which is given to us for free, comes by faith in Christ Jesus, it comes through the name of the Lord. God built his own brand, the “Christ”, his son Jesus, “the Lord saves”. In Proverbs 18, we read: ... more


Beginning of Wisdom IV ...

Monday, March 11, 2019. Let us discuss honesty and integrity. Let us discuss pride versus humility, riches versus righteousness, purity versus wickedness. The book Proverbs, part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, is addressing these things. We are invited to think about it. We are called to wisdom!

Discussing wisdom has some tradition in human history. Today, it is usually hidden in particular tasks, for example the discussion about environmental protection implicitly talks about wisdom. How should we as human race deal with the earth, with our environment, with animals and plants? ... more


Beginning of Wisdom III ...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019. We have been looking into the wisdom literature of the Proverbs, this important book of the Old Testament. As a core part, it tells us to listen to God and his wisdom, to trust God, to fear God and take him serious. But it also gives very practical on various levels. Wisdom is not only something spiritual, but it is practical. It has clear and immediate consequences. It is about action, about our behaviour!

What is the value of wisdom in our life? What is its status? The following passage talks about the role which wisdom has for us. Have a look! ... more


Beginning of Wisdom II ...

Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Let us look a little further into the book of “Proverbs”, where we find teachings attributed to Solomon, the wise king, son of David. The advice given here is written in the form of a father speaking to his son. We can read it as a historical document, but we can also read it as God, the father, speaking to us, his sons and daughters.

The following part from Proverbs is remarkable in various aspects. There are so many layers of our mind and our life addressed here. But before we go into further discussion, let us read: ... more


Beginning of Wisdom ...

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Monday, March 4, 2019. What is it that makes humans wise? Today, we all know that we have gained a lot of understanding of natural processes by science. Sciences means the search and research of humans by thinking, testing, experimenting with nature. So we know that without this search and the experiments we cannot gain a proper understanding of natural processes.

Does science make us wise? Mankind has learned by many experiences that sciences helps to understand particular points of nature. Perhaps more, we gain a quite broad image of how important parts of nature work. We do not yet understand many things, but we have a concept for understanding which worked in many cases in the past - and we expect it to help us to gain further insight. ... more


Faith Today ...

Friday, March 1, 2019. How does it work with faith today? Is faith fit for modern times? What is it we believe in a 'post-modern' world? Let us ask these questions - with a clear view on the situation as it is today in the world, in Europe, in the US, in Asia.

Of course, if you ask different people this question, you will get very different answers. This is a common feature which connects our world today with the world 1000 or 2000 years ago. Over all the time humans have given very different answers to the question of faith. But can we say more on this? ... more


Listening to the Spirit ...

Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019. How can I listen to God? If you think you cannot listen anyway, probably you should go to another website or book. But if you are interested, you might join us thinking about how we listen to God, how we hear what he says.

The biblical view is quite clear: God is has spoken through the prophets. He has spoken through the son - that is through Christ Jesus. He has spoken through his apostles and evangelists, recording the words of Jesus, and writing letters to the churches and to other Christians. Also, God is speaking through the spirit, until today. Listen to the spirit. ... more


Lamb of God II ...

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019. We are in the middle of a discussion about the phrase “lamb of God”, about the question why forgiveness is necessary. Indeed, we talk about two main points here, one is forgiveness, the other is justification.

Forgiveness and justification are both linked to both behaviour and the state of the human life. We should talk about this: where does the concept come from? Is it valid for our human life? Is it intrinsically there, linked to life itself? Or is it brought to life by some external entity? What is its role to ethics and morale? ... more


Lamb of God ...

Monday, Feb 25, 2019. The New Testament uses the term “lamb of God” for Jesus. The image of a lamb comes many times. You have probably heard it. Some of us have heard it so many times that we have forgotten what is means! Others never realized the term. So let us check it out for a moment.

The term lamb can be seen as an image by itself. I like this idea, to take it out of context first. A lamb is an animal, which is usually very soft, very innocent and very sweet. If you have ever been with your kids looking at lambs and sheep on a farm, you will have an unforgettable experience. The kids love the lambs, they are excited. And there is no sign of any fear. You do not have to fear a lamb! ... more


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God of Truth ...

Wednesday, Feb 20, 2019. The God of the Old and New Testament is the God of Truth. He calls himself by that title in the book of Isaiah (chapter 65). And truth is a core topic in many parts of both the Old and the New Testament.

We will have a special service next Sunday, where the topic “truth in times of fake news” has been chosen. As preparation, I have been browsing for bible passages about truth recently. I can say that I am truly moved by the role which truth plays in the relationship between God and mankind. It is very important - up to the point that we are called to live in spirit and truth! Nothing less. ... more


Well Grounded Gospels ...

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2019. What is the background of Christian faith? Is it rooted in truth, in facts? What has happened? What do we know? How do we know? And is it reasonable to believe in Jesus? Is it well grounded? Is it a rational step of human life?

Today, there are a lot of opinions and statements hovering in the social media. People claim all different kinds of things. And we are confronted with strong statements about this and that - which includes sometimes Jesus or “the church” as a whole. People formulate their emotions and opinions. But what are the facts behind the story?

Solid Ground …

The biblical books of the New Testament claim to be a correct account of what has happened in and with Jesus. The apostles, which are cited and which are authors of most of the New Testament letters, have been living with Jesus. They have experienced the events which are described and taken up in the gospels and the New Testament letters. In Acts 4 we find the following typical remark: ... more


Abundant Mercy ...

Friday, Feb 15, 2019. Sometimes when you see or hear things in our community which are not working well, you could become very angry. This can happen in politics. It can happen just around you, in your neighborhood. It can happen in our schools, when your kids talk about behaviour of teachers or administration. What when you see some behaviour of another person, which is really bad? You could become very angry about it! There are good reasons for this. There is, however, also another reaction pattern: mercy. What is it about?

How to react? …

Let us study a situation where King David, the great king of Israel, took Bathsheba as wife, the wife of Uriah, one of his soldiers. The prophet Nathan came after him to address the evil in his actions. Here is a Psalm about the situation: ... more


Meaningless! Meaningless! ...

Thursday, Feb 14, 2019. What is worth doing? What is of value? What is the driving force of ethics? Sometimes we believe that negation of all values is a modern idea. But it is not. If we look back 3000 years ago, we find basic thoughts already in the Old Testament books, the book Ecclesiastes, the preacher Salomon.

Catching the Wind …

Take some time to read the book where the preacher Solomon writes about life. Here is a passage from its beginning: ... more


Prayer ...

Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019. What is prayer? How does prayer work? How to pray? How often to pray? What to say? What to expect? Who is there to be addressed in prayer? What to hear? How to hear? There are a lot of good questions when it comes to prayer - to the communication with God. Prayer is the word we use to talk about this communication.

Two-Way Communication …

Prayer is a two-way communication. You want to speak to God and tell him your points, your feelings, your needs, your requests. Indeed, God wants to hear from you. He wants you to pray. Jesus himself gives us templates for prayer, which contain several important elements. But you also want to listen. You want to listen to God talking to you - usually not by hearing voices. No, God talks in different ways. ... more


Bread of Life ...

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019. What is it that makes life worthwhile? We all have many things around us which are fantastic. We all know to enjoy food, or community, or sports, or work. There is art, music, beauty. Life is full of fantastic nature, of amazing technology, of culture, theatre, funny stuff, animals, plants, leisure … so much to enjoy! What is making life worthwhile?

Bread …

We all know that we need to eat to live. Without eating, we cannot survive for long. Without bread or something like it, we cannot live. Jesus is using the image of bread to talk about his own role. In the gospel of John he says: ... more


Like Grass ...

Monday, Feb 11, 2019. Last summer was quite dry in Europe. We had three months of high temperatures and nearly no rain in the center of the continent. All meadows became yellow-ish. The grass withered, with a lot of consequences which you can still see today, after half a year.

The bible compares human life with grass and flowers. They look green now, but they might wither tomorrow. They look pretty for some days, but then they are gone. What is lasting? What is it that has a future? The fugacity of life is well known to all of us, though we might ignore it for most of our life. ... more


Mankind ...

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Friday, Feb 8, 2019. What is mankind? What is man? We should know ourselves, we are men and women, we live as humans. We should know! Yet, we strive ourselves to get to know. Sometimes we seem to know. People have ideas about how community works. They have ideas on how to deal with others. Usually, it only works for a very limited time. Or it does not work at all. We seem to be different from our philosophies, our ideas. But who are we? How do we find out?

Reading the biblical stories, we hear about far reaching events. The flood of Noah, for example. With the text from Genesis 8 today we jump into the end of the flood story, when Noah and his family alone survive and inherit the earth, approximately 4500 years ago. There are several exciting things to take up from this story! ... more


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Global Champion ...

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019. As humans we are very concerned about glory. When you watch the evening news, you find reports on the latest winners of the olympics, or the European chapionships. You find news about the latest economic indices and which party is winning in the opinion polls. Much of the media is concerned with talking about people, about their glory, about failure and achievements - which might only be topped by news about catastrophy and war.

God's Glory …

Before we discuss the question of “glory” further, let us look into the following song, from the book of Psalms, one of the famous biblical books. It is about glory as well - but about God's glory. ... more


Baby Prophet ...

Wednesday, Feb 6, 2019. The book of Jeremia is one of the tree great prophetic books of the Old Testament. Jeremia's ministry was active between about 626 and 587 before Christ. The book is full of faith, it reflects the struggle of God with his people, the people of Israel.

We hear a lot of detail about the life of Jeremia from the book. Today, let us have a look at the beginning, when Jeremia was called to be a prophet.

I Formed You …

Let us read from Jeremia 1. After some introductory words to the ministry of Jeremia, giving the framework of his lifetime by relating it to the kings of his time, here we are taken to the beginning of the phrophetic work of Jeremia. ... more


Broken Heart ...

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019. Films about lover's grief are everywhere. In modern times we share the excitement of falling in love. Love is one of the ingredients which cannot be left out in any film which wants to be popular and successful. We all know what happens when love is not returned, when she wants love, but he is not willing to give love, or the other way around. We all know the feeling when “she broke my heart” or “he broke my heart”.

Today, we come to this phrase in a slightly different framework: when it comes to God. Here, the broken heart is addressed in the framework of our relationship to God, the creator, the center of the universe.

Contrite Heart …

In Psalm 51 we hear King David speak about his relationship to God. He talks about his heart, about his spirit, about turning to God and about the restoration of the relationship. Let us read a little: ... more


Willing to Turn ...

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Monday, Feb 4, 2019. Sometimes we realize that we need to turn around on our path. Sometimes we realize that we need to change our behaviour. Some change is needed even for our heart, for what we think, what we want, for our dreams and goals. What is it to be changed? What is it for you? Where do realize that you are not on a good path?

Self-critical …

It is important to be self-critical. It is important to be willing to see where you could do better - or even where you are completely on the wrong track. In Psalm 51, the song writer asks for a clean heart, for a willing spirit, that is a spirit which wants to be shaped and filled by the holy Lord: ... more


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Truly International ...

Friday, Feb 1, 2019. Two weeks ago I attended a Christian service in a very young and dynamic church in Kobe, Japan. I arrived a day before for a conference, which took place there at the local supercomputing center. So I looked in the internet and found a worship service for Sunday 10am, and I dropped in there to join the congregation. There were many young people, students and people with small kids - in a very exciting atmosphere. It was 20 minutes of worship and dance, then some dedication of two kids, sermon, prayer, vision day for 2019 and much more.

Community without Limits …

When it comes to Christian community, it is a community without the limits and boundaries of nation or origin. In Jesus Christ, we are one people. We are his, and our origin or language or the way we have been shaped before is no longer important. What is important is that HE shapes us now! ... more


All the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge ...

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019. Let us discuss one point today. In our text from the letter of Colossians yesterday it was claimed that in Christ there are hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge. What does it mean? In what sense is it true? What are the consequences for us personally? What are these treasures of wisdom, what treasures of knowledge? In what way does it link into modern science and knowledge? How does it relate to our personal life?

Christ …

Let us recall the text, where the apostle Paul writes about his struggle and about God himself: ... more


Struggle for You ...

Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019. In the New Testament, there are many words about love, about peace and the way to live together in a peaceful way. At the same time, there is a lot of struggle in the letters of the apostles as well as in the gospels. Not all is well in the Jewish community. And not all is well in the early Christian church. So there is struggle by those who are called to lead the church deeper into faith.

Deeper into faith …

Paul is writing to the church. Let us listen for a moment, and then put his words into a perspective which includes us today. ... more


Walk in Christ ...

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019. As Christians, we are called to walk in Christ. But what does it mean? Do we understand? Do we do it? Do we know what it means? We can read a lot about Jesus in the gospels and letters of the New Testament. We can read a lot about faith in the whole bible. It is a book full of inspiration, full of wisdom, full of truth, love, joy and encouragement.

Fullness …

In the letter to the Colossians we are called to walk in Christ. Let us read the original passage: ... more


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Creation, Reconciliation, Salvation ...

Monday, Jan 28, 2019. Where to find God? The apostle Paul points us to Jesus himself. What was his main goal and message? Paul points us to the reconciliation which comes through the cross of Christ Jesus. What does it have to do with me? Paul talks about our alienation from God, and about the salvation which we find in Jesus, when we get back into a relationship of truth and love with the creator.

Summary …

In the New Testament letter of Colossians we find a passage which summarizes core parts of Christian faith. Let us read it together and then discuss and understand the statements. The apostle Paul writes to the Church in Collossae: ... more


Listen to God ...

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019. How can you know about God? How can you listen to him? Is it possible at all? Many people today think you cannot know much about God. And many think that you cannot listen to God. And indeed: how can you listen? Is God talking to you? How could he be talking?

The idea of many people today is that there is no God, and all people who believe are following some strange old myths or ideas which help them to cope with the problems of life. There are many others, though, who have learned about God when they grew up. What you have learned depends on where you have grown up. Of course, there are many religions today and people get to know some ideas from their social environment, from schools (public or for example Koranic schools). Let us look at some possible answers from different sources … ... more


Evil against Good ...

Monday, Jan 21, 2019. Do you have enemies? Do we all have enemies? Who is your enemy? It is quite some important question. In the past, the French and the British were enemies. Or the French and the Germans. Or the Germans and the British. Then, they became friends, after the desaster of the Second World War. A new chapter was opened. But before that, clearly there were people fighting each other, to death!

It is good to know who is working against you, who is your enemy, who is not honest towards you. I must say that I had to learn that deliberate lies against other people are something people really use and practice, even in the middle of a civilized environment. We call it evil if people behave like that - and this kind of evil might happen in the middle of the best families … ... more


Milk and Honey ...

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019. Do you want to be rich? Do you want to be well set with your life and your environment? Do you want to live in a country where milk and honey flow? Yes, you will probably say. Yes, it would be good not to have to fight for the basic things in life day by day, but to be well set, to be prosperous, to be rich and to have all what is needed - and a little bit more.

It is very exciting - this phrase of a “land, where milk and honey flows” comes from the book of Exodus, the second book of the bible. What is the framework in which this phrase is used?

Out of Slavery …

The people of Israel have been in slavery for many years. They have been in Egypt. And now God is talking to Moses at the burning bush. He is promising to free his people, and to bring them into a land where they have plenty. It is adressing the needs we talked about. It is about the desire to be save and in a neighborhood where all is well. Let us look into this passage, the following part formulates the promise a second time: ... more


Blessings and Woes ...

Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019. Are you willing to look critically into your own activities? Are you willing to hear what is going really wrong in your life? And are you open to hear what is going really well? Sometimes both things are connected. Sometimes people want to stay secure behind some layer or in some distance. But as a conseqence they cannot accept good feedback nor critical words.

Jesus addressing points …

When you listen to the words of Jesus, you hear both clear blessings, consolation and encouragement, but you can find also quite critical and even hard words. Both of them are formulated in a breathtaking and very clear way, in particular in the “Sermon on the Mount”: ... more


Conflicts around Rules and Healing ...

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Tuesday, Jan 15, 2019. Some rules are good, they are there to protect, they are there to help. We all know thousands of rules in our everyday life, and most of them serve their particular purpose. Most of them have been created to do good things.

The same is true with the Old Testament rules given for the people of God, the people of Israel. The Sabbath rule is one of these. You may work for six days, but the seventh day is for rest. Do not work that day, and do not let your servants work, or even your animals. All have a right to get some rest, to get out of a never ending work process. ... more


Faith: Listen and Do ...

Monday, Jan 14, 2019. How do you get access to faith? How can you find out what Christian faith is about and whether it is sound and real, or just an illusion? How does it work? What can you expect? There are enough people today - and have always been - who think that faith is merely some personal belief which has not much to do with reality. Some believe that faith is a mechanism for some people to deal with their own fear, or to seek help in a metaphysical world, instead of focus and concentration here in this world to change things.

Valuable Faith …

You might want to look into the New Testament to find out what biblical faith is about. Do not stay with something you read from some source, but look into the origin yourself. The core of the New Testament are the gospels.

How does it work with faith? In the New Testament, faith comes from hearing. Faith comes from meeting Jesus. Nothing less can be the origin of faith. You cannot believe just into the thin air. You cannot develop sustainable faith, if you have no basis of faith. Let us read a little into the gospel of Luke, chapter 6: ... more


Christ Creator ...

Friday, Jan 11, 2019. What is giving structure to our world, to creation? Today we explore nature by natural sciences as well as engineering sciences. We describe the phenomena as result of basic laws, which govern the dynamics of basically everything that is. These laws usually are given by either differential equations or by statistical relationships, which give shape to the random processes we observe.

Biblical View …

The biblical view sees God at work in all creation. The bible does not have a problem with structure or with natural laws. On the contrary! The bible is quite oriented towards the physical world and all what is in it. But it is not only looking into the physical world. It is also describing what is going on beyond it and it looks at the way it works from a particular viewpoint. ... more


Compassionate Hearts ...

Thursday, Jan 10, 2019. Are you compassionate? Some people are more compassionate and passionate that others, just by their character. But even if your basic character is rather dry, you can be passionate about some things your way. What are those things you are passionate about? Is it things, goals, activities? Is it people, family, friends, some particular person? What is it that makes your heart be in flames?

Kindness, Humility, …

I have to say that I am more the passionate person in the sense that I am excited about quite a range of things. That includes my professional activities, the mathematics and physics and biology and meteorology which we do day by day, the software we develop, the forecasting systems we build and run. ... more


Pillar of the Truth ...

Wednesday, Jan 9, 2019. We have quite some discussion today about truth in our political world. What is the truth about reality? What is the truth about conflicts and wars? What is the truth about particular opinions? It is heavily debated - up to a suppression of the truth in states without free press. But even in states where you have free expression of opinion, today the debate about what is has become quite difficult.

Paul writing to Timothy …

The situation is not new. It has been like this since the beginning of mankind. When we look into the situation of the New Testament, we also find the discussion about the truth present in letters and gospels. And indeed, it is truth which is in the core of Christian believe, the whole discussion is quite important! Paul writes in his letter to Timothy: ... more


How many Gods are there? II ...

Tuesday, Jan 8, 2019. How many Gods are there? We have started to discuss this question yesterday, pointing to different people believing in no God at all, one unique God, or many Gods and powers and spirits on the planet. But what did Jesus teach? What is the genuine Christian viewpoint? We also should discuss the question why we come to the conclusion and believe we have.

Teaching of Jesus …

Jesus clearly was part of the Jewish believe, that there is one God, the creator, the beginning and the end, center, ultimate goal and maintainer of all what is. Jesus believed in a personal God. He talked to God in prayer. He trusted God. He loved God. ... more


How many Gods are there? ...

Monday, Jan 7, 2019. How many Gods are there? It is an interesting question. If you go to the temples in the centre of Tokyo, Japan, you find many people praying to the Gods which are celebrated there. If you drive through many countries in the east and the south, you find temples and places of worship. It is about God, and about those spirits and powers which can influence our life. Is it all that different in other parts of the world?

Monotheistic Belief …

The Jews believed in one God only, the creator of the heaven and the earth. The Old Testament talks about this issue a lot. It claims that there is one God only, and all other powers are created powers - they are not God! This has been continued by Christianity, of course, since Christian faith is exactly about this God, who has been with the people of Israel since Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Islam claims to know this God better - it claims that the Christian books are distorted versions of the Quran (Koran). But it also claims to believe in this one God, it just has another idea of who this God really is. ... more


Pursuit of Happiness ...

Friday, Jan 4, 2019. What is the idea of the New Testament about human life? How to live? What to do? Think of a Christian man or woman in the middle of our society. Does the bible say something about how to relate to others around? How to live? What to pursue? Today in western societies we consider the pursuit of happiness as a human right - everyone should do it as he wants, as long as he does not hurt or violate the rights of others. But how does the bible relate to this?

Christian Pursuit of Happiness …

First, we can say that indeed the bible wants us to pursue happiness! It just has some remarks what kind of happiness is healthy and sustainable. It clearly points out that only in and through Jesus Christ, full happiness can be achieved for a human. Only through him, we receive forgiveness and eternal life. Only through him the holy spirit is accessible. ... more


The Heart of Christian Teaching ...

Thursday, Jan 3, 2019. What is the goal which Christian teaching tries to achieve? What is the core of its teaching? What is the framework and extent of its teaching? We need to know what is really important, and distinguish it from things which are in second line. We need to know what the heart of the teaching is, to be able to focus, to be able to make decisions, to have a guidance for our daily life!

Fight about Speculative Things? …

Too often, people fight about things which are not really important. We fight about stupid stuff, which gets into a position where it seems to be an important point. But in fact it does not really matter. The process starts with some question, then the question seems to grow in importance, and personal issues are attached to it. Who wins? Who has authority? Who has been ignored? ... more


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Can we say that God is Great? ...

Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019. Can we say that God is great? You might ask yourself - in particular when you hear some Christians praise God. At the beginning of a new year, what can we say about our perspective, and about the history of the past 12 month with respect to our own life? Can you say for yourself: God is great? It will depend on your relationship to God, on your insight and understanding of who he is and what he has do to with you, with your life.

Sing praises to God …

The bible has the basic understanding that God is fantastic. He is wonderful. He is great, much to be praised. When is something or someone to be praised? When he or it is truly fantastic. When he, she or it is really good. God is to be praised in this sense - he is just wonderful! As an example, in Psalm 47 we find the this invitation and demand to praise God: ... more


Different Life ...

Sunday, Nov 11, 2018. Is life with God different from a life without God? Of course it is. You might compare it with life as a single and life as a partner. That is much different as well. Of course it will change you and your life when you life with someone, and if you have kids as well you take care of. And God is not just some partner, he is THE partner, he is source and goal, creator, lover, companion.

Will of God …

Life is not without suffering. We all know that. Life is threatened, it is in danger, since there are many things in this world which are difficult for us. The following text from the first letter of the apostle Peter talks about these difficulties, but also about the life with God, what it means, what it changes. Let us read a little bit: ... more


Reading the Bible ...

Monday, Nov 5, 2018. In what way are you reading the bible? What is your approach? Most people do not read the bible at all - they take their knowledge about its content from others, who teach this or that. Often, it comes from school, or from some contact with the church. But it is very exciting to look into the biblical books - if you can understand, what you read! These stories, words and reports are special, very special indeed.

Thousands of Years …

The bible has grown, from its very beginnings about 3000 years ago, to the time where all the New Testament books have been collected into the shape we know today, about 1700 years ago. Since then, they have been source and inspiration to millions of books and stories and sermons. ... more


Creation Accounts ...

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018. Recently I had a discussion with my daughter on the creation accounts of the bible. Does the bible contradict evolution? Is it possible to reconcile the biblical accounts and the scientific understanding of how the world came into being? My first reply was: what is your question? And my daughter explained a little more: she wanted to know if there are sincere contradictions between the different views?

I am a Scientist …

Of course, I know the whole discussion - between different streams of teaching in the Christian churches and different views in the scientific community. But let us first have a look into the beginning of the bible, then discuss what we find. It starts with the first creation day: ... more


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What is not OK ...

Monday, Oct 29, 2018. In the political realm we are used to people fighting strongly with each other. Without some ferocity, you cannot reach anything in this framework. You need some kind of toughness. “If you cannot stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen!” That is what it takes to realize any kind of leadership.

Biblical Ferocity …

When you look into the biblical books, they are not all just “nice”! They are touch. You find some kind of biblical ferocity, some kind of ferocity in the words of God. No, injustice, corruption and evil is not acceptable for the Lord. He will oppose it strongly. ... more


Justice Finally ...

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Friday, Oct 26, 2018. Humans are very interesting creatures. We spend a lot of time and effort on justice. We create international courts of justice. We pursue justice 60 or more years after crimes have been committed. We care quite a lot about justice. It is important to us, we cannot accept that people killed many others without being drawn to justice! Yes, we care.

We care about Justice! …

On the other hand, we try to ignore justice in many parts of our life. We kind of care about the huge injustice in the living conditions on this planet. But we do not know how to change it and choose to ignore the problems rather than bringing ourselves into a lot of trouble by telling autocrates and many religious leaders of states and regimes that their behaviour is not acceptable. ... more


Am I good enough? ...

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018. I heard a song talking about thoughts of doubt. Am I enough? What about my weakness? What about my failures. I cannot do much. Can I stand before men and before God? These are very reasonable questions. Very personal questions, but typical - you are not alone with these questions. We all have them, if we do not suppress them.

The weak …

What does God say about the weak? It is interesting to hear. Our society celebrates the strong, day by day. We need the best. We need to be strong. We need to be the first. America first. Italy first. Hungary first. China first. But what is a good way? Please, read the following passage from an old prophet, from Ezechiel: ... more


Life, Death and Salvation! ...

Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018. What do you believe? It is quite interesting to observe that we will ask that question again and again in our life. Faith is not static. It is developing with our experiences and our age. It is developing with our activities, our thoughts, our emotions. And each and every challenge to us or to people we know and love will challenge our faith as well. Faith cannot remain the same, it will change, if it is alive!

What do you believe? …

Today I stumbled over the following bible text. It brought me to this question: what are you willing to believe? The text talks about healing, he reports two healings which Jesus did. Let us have a look at the text first: ... more


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The driving force ...

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018. What is the driving force in my life? What is it that I would say: that is important for me? What is it that is the backbone of my days and my activity? What is holding me upright? What is attracting me? What is giving me self confidence? What is it I am following? What is it I am searching?

Matthew, Come! …

It is a good question to think about the points which make me really happy. What is it that I could say about: that fills my life? That gives me purpose? Is there anything like that? Or perhaps there are several things? Perhaps I like good wine, good political discussions, and to be secure and save? Or I like to be successful and full of energy, a driving force myself? Or I am myself when I am free and not depending on anyone? ... more


Purity of God ...

Montag, Oct 22, 2018. As humans we are busy with many things. That is life, we just need to look around us or into our own actions and priorities. But while we tend to find excuses for many things we do or do not do during our day, we find something truly exceptional in the biblical teaching. It is the deep and overwhelming purity of God!

What kind of God is this? …

What kind of God is this? God is the creator, we have heard that. He is the Lord, we heart many stories about that. But what about the purity of God? In him, there is no false thought. In him, there is no lie, no deception. In him, there is no letting down. He is not bound by the limits of humans. But he is pure in a way which we hardly understand. Jesus himself teaches about the purity of God, in his sermon on the mount. Look into Matthew Chapter 5, there we read: ... more


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Looking at Natural History ...

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018. It is fascinating to look at the whole development of our world. When you visit some science museum, you will be amazed about the nearly incomprehensible time scales of developments which have led to the world as we know it today. We explore the beginning of the universe, with what we call a big explosion or big bang many millions of years ago. We can calculate the numbers - yet they are completely out of range of what we we usually can understand or get our hands on.

Where did we come from? …

But the story continues. All the millions of suns have formed in different galaxies. All the planets have a beginning. And then, on one particular planet which we know - our earth - the life we know has developed. We know fantastic plants and a diversity of animals. We explore their history. We find artefacts coming from millions of years ago. Still these scales are beyond our ability to fully understand them. But the story continues! ... more


Dealing with Christianity ...

Friday, Oct 19, 2018. What is your way to deal with Christianity? What is Christianity in your eyes? Is it the large world religion, with many church members in so many countries? Or is it a dillusion, a false path, which is leading people away from a life of reason? Or is it a false religion, since the true believer must bei Muslim? What is Christianity for you?

Individual Views!? …

Before we go into a deeper discussion, do you think you can decide for yourself what Christianity is? Of course, you need to clarify - at least in case you want to answer the question - what it means to YOU. But that does not mean it is the same answer for different people. And it does not mean that the answer would be correct in the sense that the ideas about Christianity of any particular person would be in line with what happened 2000 years ago and the different streams of development which have happened since then. ... more


Truth ...

Monday, Sept 17, 2018. We live in a time where truth is an important topic. It is, indeed, a very old topic. Even 2000 years ago we hear the words of Pilate in the New Testament “What is truth?”, when he talks to Jesus himself (John 18, 38). Today, with the newly developed capabilities of the internet “fake news” are a well-known challenge. But it is an old challenge: who controls the media controls the public opinion. Many leaders and men of power have known this for a long time …

What is truth? …

Today, we live in a time where the fight for truth, the fight for facts, is heavy. Many newspapers are involved, many TV stations, government agencies and government press representatives. The battle is faught by many, by lobbyists, by journalists, by scientists …

Before you get involved too deeply, let us sort the quest. Let us discuss the basics. Let us look at the limits and targets which we might have. What is our own contribution and state within the middle of the battle? ... more


Hope in the Living God ...

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Monday, Sept 4, 2018. When you want to reach a goal, usually you need to focus and concentrate on what you want to achieve. How is it in faith? The bible tells us that the grace of God is a gift. We cannot earn it, we cannot buy it, and we cannot achieve it by deeds. It is given to us as a present! But still, in all of this, there is more to say about behaviour, about goals and how we lead our life …

Godly life …

When you put your hope in the living God, your life changes. Putting our hope in him means that also all other things in our life get oriented towards him. You cannot do one thing and not do the others, or you will not do the first thing.

Let us look into what the apostle Paul writes to Timothy about godly life: ... more


Great Value ...

Monday, Sept 3, 2018. What is of great value to you? Recently I had a discussion with my bank advisor, and the people suggested various investments for my savings. How can you make the most of what you have? What do you want with your money? When do you need it? There are many questions to answer, and you need to be smart, or you loose a lot which is of value …

The treasure, the pearl …

When you have friends, or when you are in love with someone, you realize that all what might be of value to you is nothing compared to that particular friend or person. You are happy to give a lot of treasures, just to be with him or her, just to spend time with her, to speak, to enjoy, to exchange about life, about work, about sorrows or the joy of life! ... more


Purpose ...

Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018. What is it that gives purpose to life? What is it we should invest in? What is it, or who is it, which provides a sustainable goal and purpose and driving force of what we are, what we do, what we want, what we enjoy?

… in our hearts …

What is the core thing in our hearts? What is it that helps us to be who we are? To be what you can be is an important point for many of us. Some have enough will and reach a lot of things. It can be great to have success, but it can also be a complete illusion. Humans are not great because they have particular gifts. ... more


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


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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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