Like a father

It was always there, a large capital “F” in his calendar. And it did not stand for “free”, but for the word “family”. This is how Chief Apostle Hans Urwyler regularly scheduled time for his loved ones.

He has gone down in the annals of the New Apostolic Church above all as the father of personal responsibility. At first, it was simply a question of allowing homosexuals and people living together ac…

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How to get Sunday School to the children

The new Sunday School teaching material is ready and is to be introduced everywhere. But in Africa this is not quite as simple as it may sound. This is what the District Apostle Meeting Africa is currently talking about.

How and in what format will the new teaching material for Sunday School reach the many thousands of congregations in Africa? Could it be done electronically? It would be the easies…

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“Everyone is to know: we will not tolerate this!“

The New Apostolic Church strongly condemns violence and sexual assault. A clear signal is now coming from South Africa. Yesterday the District Apostle Meeting Africa dealt with this issue.

The national church leaders of the African District Churches meet regularly. A major topic yesterday was the new policy against sexual abuse in the District Church of Southern Africa.

A signal to society and membe…

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Giving to God – what counts is our heart

The ultimate sacrifice was brought by Jesus Christ. So what use are our offerings and sacrifices? Here are five good reasons, and what they mean for the giver.

On Sunday, 15 September 2019, the Chief Apostle conducted a divine service in Pago Pago on American Samoa. He based his sermon on Genesis 4: 4: “Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel an…

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Getting the picture (12): Dos and Don’ts

Photography in divine service. It not only raises questions, but sometimes also eyebrows. But the series shows that there are good answers and ways of doing things. As the final article in this series, here are a few dos and don’ts to make photography a memorable experience for all involved.

Talk first, then take photos. Consultation ahead of time with editors, ushers, those involved in the act, ca…

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“Tomorrow, God-willing!”

As an ongoing physician, Lacey Smith from Los Angeles, California (USA) participated in a year-long medical fellowship in Haiti. And this restructured her world view, she says. How and why she describes in the following report.

On my last night in Haiti, I sat eyeing a spider in the corner of my room from the thatched chair I had come to call my own. While the familiar whirl of my fan and the din o…

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Seeing eye to eye

Science and religion are incompatible like fire and water and heaven and hell. Nothing of the sort! They go hand in hand and feed off each other. Here is an interlude on World Science Day for Peace and Development that is observed every year on 10 November.

The fact that faith helps has been scientifically proven. There is even a specific discipline that concerns itself with this: the study of the…

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Working together for Christ and against poverty

Christian fellowship strengthens—both when we profess our faith in Christ and when disaster strikes. Three recent examples demonstrate this.

Damage is worse than expected

A series of earthquakes has disrupted the lives of more than 250,000 people on the Philippine island of Mindanao. Earthquakes with a magnitude of 6.3 to 6.5 on the Richter scale struck the island on 16, 29, and 31 October. This is…

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Ministry (11): Perceiving whom God has destined

Decisive is the will of God, but first of all humans have to perceive His will. Here are some answers to the question of how the ministry comes to it bearer.

Praying and observing … is how the retired Chief Apostle Wilhelm Leber described what happens long before an ordination takes place. “It begins with a prayer that God guides our thoughts,” he said in an interview shortly before his retirement…

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There is no peace in our country

Christophe has lived in a refugee camp for 23 years. He not only looks after his own family there, but as a Priest also provides pastoral care for his brothers and sisters in faith. His life is one of huge challenges and an even greater dream.

“We are doing well and are bearing up under the circumstances in the love of Jesus,” Ayumba Eca Christophe writes. The Congolese refugee is husband, a father…

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Everybody should feel loved

If love is considered a chore, then something is wrong with our understanding of the gospel. After all, love is the standard for interpersonal relationships, the Chief Apostle said in a divine service recently.

In mid September 2019 Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider immersed himself in the world of Oceania. The first leg of his journey to the District Apostle Area Western Pacific was Samoa. He condu…

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Impulses from the IYC – Ideas for the Church of tomorrow

The Apostles wanted to know, how do young New Apostolic Christians want their Church to be? Answers were given during a moderated exchange of ideas and experiences at the International Youth Convention 2019.

The discussions regarding youth-specific topics were held at the Empowerment Center. At a closing round table, participants met with the Apostles to discuss their findings.

Enthusiasm for Christ…

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Between this world and the hereafter

The fact that we have a home beyond the river makes divine services for the departed so special. To set the mood for Sunday, enjoy this delightful song that unites New Apostolic Christians across the … torage/master/file/23017039/11737750.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/775579.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" />…

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International charities, an expression of Christian love

Providing food, clothing, and care. Starting in verse 31, Matthew 25 specifies what charity means. This week we take a look at the charities run by the New Apostolic Churches across the globe.

human aktiv, the charity of the New Apostolic Church Southern Germany, which emerged from the Missionswerk, is active above all in West Africa. More

Kujenga Maisha East Africa (KUMEA) was established and regis…

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From darkness to light: the essence of the Christian belief

In the northern hemisphere, the month of November is dark and dreary. The days become shorter, the temperatures fall. For many people it is a miserable time of year. But there is hope, and this is always stronger than the night. Things will become better.

The fact that things will become better is true in many respects. A night lasts twelve hours and then a new morning dawns. Even death is not the…

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God’s will is not up for discussion

Christians believe that God is omnipotent. But what exactly does that mean? And why is it so important for a believer to know this? Answers from the Chief Apostle in a recent divine service.

The city of Brampton is situated in the Canadian province of Ontario. This is where Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider conducted a divine service on 18 August 2019. His sermon was based on Psalm 135: 6: “Whatever…

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A dream come true

Her biggest wish seemed unattainable. But Ashley-Ann unexpectedly found helpers. Here is how the physically handicapped young woman from South Africa was able to participate in the International Youth Convention in Germany.

Ashley-Ann Kortje (29) lives in Riversdale together with her parents, 300 kilometres east of Cape Town. Her legs ceased to grow at the age of five. She depends on a wheelchair t…

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The communion cup over time

Form is subject to content. When the wafer sprinkled with wine replaced the chalice, the communion vessels also began to slowly change.

Its place is on the altar, close to the officiant in the congregation of Frankfurt-West (Germany). It is ornately embellished, has no lid, but is covered with a cloth. Is that what a proper New Apostolic communion cup looks like? Well, not necessarily. The designs…

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An extended pastoral tour into world of its own

Ten days in Asia … Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider’s agenda for Myanmar and Malaysia is chock-full. And the anticipation of the congregations is huge.

Two countries, many cultures, languages, and religions. Over the next ten days, the Chief Apostle will be touring a world of its own. The congregations in this part of the world have been anticipating his visit for a long time. And so has the hostin…

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Professing Jesus in all situations

Belief connects human beings with God. Sometimes this belief becomes visible in public. This week we take a look at a refugee camp, an art object, and a very active working group.

Professing Christ in a refugee camp

Fifty Christians received the sacrament of Holy Sealing in a refugee camp. Last Sunday, Apostle James Kasongo from Lusaka (Zambia) conducted a divine service with 300 participants in Man…

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