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Mary of Nazareth, waiting to give birth

There is no doubt that Mary was waiting for the birth of her son. Every expecting mother has special feelings during pregnancy. And the closer the due date is, the stronger the bond between mother and child becomes.

She was the first one to know. For many centuries, the devout Jews had waited for the Messiah—sometimes more, sometimes less intensively. Their hope was to be delivered from the evils o…


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Remembrance Day ceremony in London

A dual pastoral care commitment: in the congregation and for war veterans. Craig Esterhuizen has dedicated himself to help in word and deed. On the recent centenary marking the end of World War One he received additional support.

On 11 November 1918 the guns fell silent and World War One ended with the signing of the Armistice of Compiègne. The 100th anniversary in November 2018 was an occasion for…


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A musical canvas to celebrate cultural diversity

A canvas in brilliant tone colours. This is what the regional church is working on which Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider will be visiting this weekend.

Music is an integral part of worship in the New Apostolic Church around the globe. This is particularly apparent in southern Africa. The online shop of the New Apostolic Church Southern Africa alone lists 36 CDs. And number 37 is in the works. Its…


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Volunteer work – The sky is the limit

December 5th is dedicated to people who volunteer and do important tasks in society. There are thousands of them. Thank God!

Volunteers play an important role in society, something that benefits the whole of humanity and merits strong support. Today on International Volunteer Day António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, “thanks volunteers for their efforts to leave no one behind”.

Leaving no one behi…


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Seeking God’s help with Mary

She knows how it is done. Mary plays a special role not only during Advent. She already did so at the wedding in Cana. To find out what this account has to do with the Church and the faithful today, read on. Explanations from a divine service.

It was the first recorded miracle of the Redeemer. At the wedding in Cana, the hosts ran out of wine and Jesus transformed water into wine, thereby setting a…


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Nearer my God to Thee – with music

I AM is the name of the pop oratorio that will be staged in English for the first time at the International Youth Convention 2019. Originally a German composition, the lyrics were translated into English by Jeremy Dawson. Life has taught him: “Give God first and then ask.”

“I’m so happy to be part of something as big as the pop oratorio. The excitement of the young people is so inspiring,” the Prie…


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The patient hero of the Great Flood

Advent—hope, despair, expectation, stress … Here it is again, the time of year in which people want to enjoy the magic of the holiday season and relax and meditate, yet end up to be frazzled once again. Here is how to opt out. An old man showed us how.

His strengths were agriculture and wine-making. He became famous when he became commander of the ark: his name is Noah. Actually, this man from the…


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Learning to be an effective minister

Ministers should know what they are talking about. The faithful not only expect advice and answers from ministers in all kinds of matters, but also expect them to react with empathy when problems arise. Training can help in this.

Seminars for Deacons

The focus was on pastoral care. This is an important aspect of Church life and needs to be learned. In the District Church Switzerland this not only ta…


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Not uniformity, but unity in Christ

Many countries, many nations, many cultures … It is not an easy task that Edy Isnugroho has taken on as the new District Apostle for South-East Asia. How he can accomplish it, the Chief Apostle addressed during his appointment.nac.today … torage/master/file/18851263/09617917.jpg" controls> vod.ink … /smil:nacfiles/652672.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" /> vod.ink/storage/nactoday/652672_480p.mp4" /> vod.ink/stor…


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How God’s consolation encourages us to do good works

Do churches make people unhappy so that they can comfort them afterwards? That’s a stupid allegation, the Chief Apostle says, for life certainly serves up enough suffering. On the contrary, faith brings consolation and even gives strength to do what is good and right.

The subject of the divine service the Chief Apostle held on 21 October 2018 in Warsaw (Poland) was comfort. The sermon was based on…


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When light illuminates the darkness

Dark days are often frightening. How good if one has a light at hand. When there is light, one immediately reacts with greater calm and peace. On the way of faith, Jesus is this light.

The new liturgical year begins on the first Sunday of Advent. This is the time leading up to Christmas, when we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. In the month of December, divine service…


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The “gnashing of teeth” is going to stay

“Weeping and gnashing of teeth” is one of those typical neologisms favoured by Martin Luther. And this pithy formulation will also remain in the new 2017 Bible translation. Other expressions, however, will change.

Starting in January 2019, the freshly revised 2017 Luther Bible will serve as the foundation for sermons in the German-speaking divine services of the New Apostolic Church. It will take t…


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“A blessing for the global Church”

District Apostle Urs Hebeisen (South-East Asia) has retired after 36 years in the Apostle ministry. When Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider said goodbye to him, he described his work with three characteristics: passion, love, and trust in God.nac.today … torage/master/file/18783022/09580422.jpg" controls> vod.ink … /smil:nacfiles/651436.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" /> vod.ink/storage/nactoday/651436_480p.mp4…


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Helping and serving our neighbours

Anyone who is passionately mad about helping others stands out in today’s selfish and capitalistic world. This week we take a look at some of the volunteer work going on around the world and a job opportunity.

The backbone of the congregations: the women in Nigeria

Once a year, the women from the various congregations get together for their Women Fellowship Convention. There are a variety of reasons…


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New Year’s message number five

All in all, it went well. In French, the Chief Apostle needed only one attempt to record his 2019 New Year’s message. However, not everything went that smoothly. A look behind the scenes.

What is happening in the Chief Apostle’s office in the New Apostolic Church International in Zurich is a team-effort. Paul Huser from the New Apostolic Church Switzerland has brought along a whole cart of equipmen…


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Turn around, please!

Changing direction at full throttle? This rarely succeeds. What big ships and religious people have in common—a plea for repentance and a genuine new beginning.

A supertanker is crossing the ocean. A course correction is pending. To bring a 250,000 tonne vessel to a full stop takes time: the International Maritime Organisation stipulates a maximum of 15 ship lengths. At a length of 400 metres it wi…


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God is not deaf!

God hears our prayers and sometimes He also answers them—as long as they reflect His will. After all, He alone is the Lord, not we. Excerpts from a divine service with great emotional depth that answers some questions.

Curitiba is a city in the Brazilian state of Paraná with two million inhabitants. Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider conducted a divine service there on 13 October 2018. His sermon was…


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Dedication to a cause

He gave up his corporate career to dedicate himself to active charity: Wolfgang Oehler (65), a District Elder from Stuttgart (Germany), took the plunge. What moved him to do this and what he is doing now …

A doctor of mathematics and District Elder, does that work?

… there are far more prominent examples in our Church that prove that this works! But back to your question: it goes together as well as…


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A globetrotter full of love and creativity

Urs Hebeisen is always on the go—across geographical, technical, and sometimes even mental barriers. As District Apostle he has left his mark on many people, congregations, and the international Church. On Sunday, the Chief Apostle will be retiring a man who has a heart of gold.

“I had invited Urs Hebeisen and his wife to dinner in a restaurant. Unfortunately, as the waiter was bringing our drinks…


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Consolation and hope go hand in hand

The needs in the many thousands of congregations across the globe vary. As different as the people and societies are, as different are the desires and needs in the congregations. Here is a glimpse.

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Divine service in Kalemie

Democratic Republic of the Congo – Divine service in Kalemie. The province of Tanganyika is located in the south-eastern part of the Democratic…


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