Thriving in diversity

When two readers are talking about community, they are not necessarily talking about exactly the same magazine. And that is intentional. Here is a look at the broad spectrum that a single magazine covers.

The international magazine of the New Apostolic Church, community, is published in over 70 countries, either in printed or digital form. However, not all editions are the same. There are many vers…

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Using my gifts to bring glory to God

Olga Shcherban (50) is a chorus master at the Voronezh Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia. Our sister in faith also puts her gift and her musical skills to use in her congregation and the Church.

Olga has been passionate about music since childhood thanks to her mother. The mother is a chorus master and her father played the trombone in the symphony orchestra. And so Olga attended concerts and watc…

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Prayer, sermon, absolution, and blessing

Many things are still possible despite the COVID-19 pandemic, among them online services on Sunday mornings. Here is the weekly update on the worldwide live streams for this coming Sunday.

Communal prayers, the word of God, the absolution, and the Trinitarian blessing can all be experienced in an online service. “Divine service is the activity of God upon human beings and a work of human beings for…

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Christians proclaim Christ

What was the lifeworld of the early Christian congregations like? And how can it be compared to our own today? Acts 2: 42 gives us a good idea. This is where the core values of the gospel are listed in a single sentence. These will be explored in the sermons in the New Apostolic divine services in the month of August.

The contents of the first four Sunday divine services in August revolve around th…

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A treasure that makes truly rich

Last year in late autumn, the Chief Apostle visited New Apostolic congregations in Malaysia and Myanmar. His travel itinerary included two ministers’ meetings, a meeting with the Apostles of South-East Asia, two concerts, and three divine services.

On Wednesday, 30 October 2019 the Chief Apostle set of for Kalaymyo, one of the most rapidly growing provincial towns in Myanmar. In the Burmese languag…

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Spotlight 14/2020: Doing something good for ourselves and others

Doing something good for yourself and giving your neighbour without expecting anything … This is what District Apostle Tshitshi Tshisekedi (Democratic Republic Congo South-East) reflects on in his article on our annual motto.

In his New Year’s message, the Chief Apostle emphasised that the love of Christ makes us free to do good things without expecting anything in return. Today people are usually…

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naccatechism: an update on the mobile Catechism

Whether you want to check the wording of the Ninth Article of Faith, learn more about the immortality of the soul, or read up on a thought from a sermon in chapter 10 of the Catechism—it’s all very easy with naccatechism.

The New Apostolic doctrine has been published in many languages—you can either leaf through some 500 pages in the print version or find one of many digital variants on the Interne…

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“God is still active!”

Lockdowns and additional restrictions have brought congregational life across the world to a standstill. Why does God allow something like this? The Chief Apostle answers this question with a much more meaningful … torage/master/file/25469504/12982448.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/852505.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" />…

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Back to church

There is a sense of relief in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The state of emergency imposed to contain COVID-19 has been lifted. Starting on 15 August, the congregations can once again gather for divine services. For the time being, online services will continue to air worldwide. Here are the current links.

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Pastoral care (04): first me, then my neighbour

Strength lies in calm—this is something mankind has always known. Every now and then, even ministers need a deliberate rest and an open ear.

“For I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me” (Matthew 25: 35–36).

The words of Jesus make it…

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Grace leads into the kingdom of God

God grants grace to those who believe in Jesus Christ, trust Him, and love Him. It was with this statement that the Chief Apostle summarised his sermon. And he made it clear what faith and trust really mean.

At the beginning of the year, namely Sunday, 26 January 2020—still before the corona pandemic broke out—Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider visited the congregation of Amnéville in the north-east…

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The sacraments (14): Somewhere between immersion and sprinkling

Water is life. And baptism is new life. But how much water does baptism require? And how is one supposed to perform the act anyway? Theologians have arrived at three answers—and archaeologists are offering a fourth. Is there a single right answer?

The baptism of Christ: for centuries, artists have had their problems getting the right idea. Some paintings feature Jesus standing waist deep in water…

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Staying up to date with

News from around the New Apostolic world is released on every day except Sunday. How do you find out when the articles go online without constantly having to manually check the website for new content?

RSS feed offers an RSS feed. To display RSS feeds, a feed reader is required. Installation is free of charge. Depending on the settings of the feed reader used, the title and lead…

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“More like the Master”

This is how some choirs are coping with the COVID-19 crisis: the New Apostolic Church South America features a new choral video on its YouTube channel at least once a week. Here is the most recent wish in six-eight … torage/master/file/25494745/12994380.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/851501.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" />…

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God’s word within our own four walls

Divine services with Holy Communion. This is beginning to be possible in more and more congregations. But because this is still not possible everywhere and not for everyone, online services continue to be streamed. Here are the links for the coming Sunday.

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Spotlight 13/2020: The place of freedom

This place has a name: home. Because there you can be yourself. Thoughts on this year’s motto by District Apostle Michael Deppner from the Democratic Republic of the Congo-West.

I guess with the Covid epidemic we’ve all become accustomed to spending a little more time at home. While it is limiting, we can appreciate the fact that we were able to isolate there. Even though some things might have bee…

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The same help, here as well as there

Whether here on earth or in the beyond: the sufferings are the same. And the solutions are the same too. Here are seven examples of how Jesus Christ alleviates our spiritual needs.

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4: 12). The most recent divine service for the departed on 5 July 2020 in Zurich-Seebach in S…

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House services in Las Palmas

It is only a step from the kitchen into the church. For more than 20 years, services of the Las Tricias Congregation on the island of Las Palmas have been taking place in the house of the Huber family. Here is the story of a small and very lively congregation.

Ursi and Rolf Huber originally came from the city of Wetzikon in Switzerland. At the end of the 1980s the couple had the desire to emigrate…

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The victory dance of a prominent woman

She was much more than an anonymous secondary character in the Bible—to this day, Judaic tradition regards Miriam, the dancing prophetess, as a positive and important woman. And this despite the fact that she lived in a time when the world was ruled by men.

It was around 1300 bc. The Egyptian Pharaoh and his military forces had resolved to pursue Moses and the people of Israel—and a decisive event…

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Why don’t you call?

Jesus comforts and uplifts, not least through His congregation. But uplifting and comforting is something that is based on reciprocity: waiting for someone else to take the initiative doesn’t help anybody. The Chief Apostle’s exhortation by … torage/master/file/25443203/12968666.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/849135.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />…

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