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October 28, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“…so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat? We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic; but now our whole being is dried up; there is nothing at all except this manna before our eyes!” (Numbers 11: 4–6).

The people of Israel were travelling through the desert on their way to the Promise…


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October 21, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4: 17–18).

Apostle Paul writes to comfort and strengthen the congregation in their…


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October 14, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“[Christ Jesus] who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2: 6–8).”

Bible reading: Philippians 2: 5–11

The Bible text…


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Thanksgiving Day message 2020

Zurich. Actually, Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider wanted to conduct the Thanksgiving Day service on 4 October 2020 in Paris. However, the restrictions in place on account of Covid-19 forced him to change his plans. Instead, he visited the congregation in Strasbourg (France).

In the Thanksgiving Day service he preached about the possibilities that people have to thank God for His creation:

“Our than…


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October 7, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when the heat comes; but its leaf will be green and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). The biblical text speaks of a pious man who directs his life towar…


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September 30, 2020: Thoughts on the Bible text

“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue and people—saying with a loud voice, Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgement has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (Revelation 14: 6–7).

Already early in the history of falle…


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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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