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September 23, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace” (Numbers 6: 26). Our Bible text is taken from what is known as the Aaronic blessing. It was with the following words that the priests of the old covenant were to bless the Israelites: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you…


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Let peace enter

Zurich. “When peace with the Father attendeth my way”—an oft sung hymn in Christian churches. Peace with God is certainly right at the top of the list for Christians, but what about peace with one another? Some reflections on the occasion of the International Day of Peace.

Horatio Gates Spafford was born in 1828 in Troy, which lies in the American state of New York. The lawyer, who had developed in…


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September 16, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“Therefore I urge you to take nourishment for this is your survival, since not a hair will fall from the head of any of you.” And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat (Acts 27: 34–35). Acts 27 tells of a dangerous voyage taken by the Apostle Paul.

Paul embarks on the trip from Caesarea to Rome as a…


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September 9, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage (Psalm 84: 5). Psalm 84 is sung or chanted by pilgrims in which they ask God for His protection on their long and sometimes dangerous pilgrim journeys to the temple. As is made clear in the psalm, it is important to rely on the strength and power of God and not on our own strength.

There are many examples of this in both…


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September 2, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share” (1 Timothy 6: 17–18).

The bible text for today’s devotional comes from the final chapter of the first letter of Timothy, which deals with the organisatio…


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August 26, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1: 5). At the beginning of the epistle of James we are told of trials that have to be over- come by the faithful. The author makes it clear that the way to overcome these trials is through wisdom.

Wisdom

Wisdom is an essential godly quality. Among other things, it ena…


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August 19, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5: 8). The author of the epistle of James exhorts his readers to be long-suffering and patient until the coming of the Lord while in the difficulties and demands of life.

By using the example of a farmer waiting for the rain, the author illustrates for us how to wait for the coming of the Lord. We must be pat…


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August 12, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4: 12).

The Bible text for today’s devotional comes from the epistle to the Hebrews, the author of which is unknown. It is assumed the letter was written around ad 90 and…


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August 5, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24: 15).

The Bible text for our devotional is based on a meeting which Joshua had organised for the tr…


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July 29, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2: 1). The Bible text for today’s devotional is taken from the words spoken to Timothy who was a co-worker of Apostle Paul. He is encouraged to be strong so that he preaches to others only the pure gospel as was proclaimed by Paul. At that time, there were a large number of different writings in circulation which mi…


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July 22, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world…” (1 Corinthians 1: 26–27a). The Bible text for today’s devotional can be found in the opening chapter of the first letter to the Corinthians. 

The proclamation of the gospel was rejected by Greeks who were educated in philos…


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July 8, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

"And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers" (Acts 2: 42). The Bible text for today’s devotional takes us back to the time of the first Christian congregations. The Apostles had been commissioned by Jesus Christ and had received the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1: 8). After Pentecost they began to teach and to bapti…


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July 8, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances” (Exodus 15: 20). The focus today is on Miriam, the sister of Aaron and Moses, who as a biblical figure is probably not very well known to us. Moses had just led the people out of captivity in Egypt, which was a great victory, not only because the peopl…


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July 1, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“We give thanks to you O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your name is is near” (Psalm 75: 1). Psalm 75 begins with an expression of gratitude to God. It is a public profession of God and His works. It reminds us that we should not rely on our own strengths and abilities alone. The psalmist proclaims that God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and a righteous judge. God’s marvell…


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June 24, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans” (John 4: 9). The gospel of John describes a long conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman at a well. At that time, devout Jews did not want to have anything to do with the Samaritans, whom they viewed as heathens. Such an encounter wo…


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June 17, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement” (1 Corinthians 1: 10).

Factions had formed within the church in Corinth, and many members had different favourites among the preachers of the gospel. One of these voca…


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June 10, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“But Ruth said: Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God, my God” (Ruth 1: 16).

The story of Ruth, from which the Bible text for today’s devotional is taken, takes us back to a time when Israel was led by exceptional men and women who were known as judges…


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June 3, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” (James 5: 16b). The Bible text for today’s devotional can be found in the final chapter of the letter of James. It expresses the hope that prayer can be helpful in difficult or even hopeless situations in life and underlines the point that prayer requires faith and trust (James 5: 15–18). The explanation concludes with a reference to…


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Pentecost, that is: To confess without fear and to love one another

Zürich/Darmstadt. Teilnehmer aus der ganzen Welt hatte der Pfingstgottesdienst mit Stammapostel Jean-Luc Schneider. Er predigte in Englisch vor einer weltweiten Gemeinde – am Pfingstsonntag ein gewohntes Bild. Ungewohnt war die Technik im Hintergrund: Wegen der Corona-Pandemie kam diesmal der Gottesdienst als Livestream in die Wohnzimmer.

Ein besonderes Pfingstfest – das merkte auch der internation…


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May 27, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit” (Acts 8: 18–19).

In Samaria there lived a man by the name of Simon, who was said to be a sorcerer, or a magician, and he obviously impressed the people. They must have felt that there wa…


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