When the wind blows into the fire

What happens when wind blows into a fire? A weak flame will be extinguished, but a strong flame will grow even stronger. So says a French proverb which the Chief Apostle referenced in one of his sermons on the subject of the fear of God.

Over the course of the coronavirus crisis, it has been impossible to have the usual local divine services. So it was that Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider took adv…

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A Pentecost sermon for the whole world

It is always quite a lot of work, but it is worthwhile in any event. When the Chief Apostle steps behind the altar on Pentecost Sunday, there will be hundreds of thousands who will see and hear him—despite the corona crisis.

The technicians and interpreters will also have a great deal to do. After all, the worldwide transmission of Pentecost divine services is more or less the uttermost limit—there…

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The sacraments (10): Baptism, a fluid rite

It is the fundamental sacrament: baptism makes a human being into a Christian. But how is it to be celebrated? Jesus said next to nothing on that subject. It is not even clear whether He Himself ever baptised anyone. Following is a due and proper search for clues …

How easy it is when it comes to Holy Communion: three gospels and an Apostle report in exhaustive detail about everything Jesus did and…

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A foretaste of Pentecost from Nantes

“What a friend we have in Jesus” is the hymn that the International Virtual Choir will sing during the online service on Pentecost. At the beginning of May, the congregation of Nantes already gave a bit of a foretaste of it—and not only in … torage/master/file/25005953/12745950.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/839099.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />…

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Watching divine service broadcasts around the world

Brazil, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia … Christians across the world worship on Sundays. Since the outbreak of coronavirus , the New Apostolic Church has been streaming its services publicly. Following are the links for the live streams this coming Sunday.

Several months ago, it was considered a novelty, in the meantime it has become quite natural, however, for the believers of many faiths and den…

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There is work to be done

“What are you standing there staring into space?” That was the question to the sky-gazing disciples, and it could have been taken as a gentle rebuke. It was followed by the exhortation: “Don’t just stand there. Get on with it.” Here is why Ascension is more topical than ever.

The text in the New King James Version of the Bible is a little different of course: “And while they looked steadfastly towa…

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God’s word in sketches

The current crisis has not only changed the way divine services are conducted, but also the way we follow and assimilate them. How active listening works and how it can strengthen the congregation is shown by the art of visual notetaking.

Where others need a hymnal for a divine service, Natalie Simon from Wiesbaden in Germany currently needs quite a pile of notetaking materials: paper, a clipboard…

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Spotlight 9/2020: Conscious decisions make free!

Freedom does not fall from heaven. The spiritual freedom through Jesus Christ our Lord is brought about by man’s conscious decision: for Jesus Christ and against sin. District Apostle Wolfgang Nadolny from Berlin-Brandenburg in Germany explains this in his article.

In the Bible there is an account of a conversation of the Lord’s with a group of Jews who believed in Him. Jesus Christ makes clear tha…

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Close to the real McCoy: the IYC reloaded

This weekend is quasi the International Youth Convention’s (IYC) first birthday. And there is a big gift waiting for all who are interested: for four days, the highlights of the event will be put on the virtual … torage/master/file/24975892/12728627.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/793371.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" />…

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One faith, one song, one video

Music connects: more and more New Apostolic choristers are joining online singalongs to tackle isolation caused by coronavirus. The choir that is currently preparing for Pentecost is to sing to the world. Here is more on the IVC … torage/master/file/24959971/12720678.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/837957.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" /> vo…

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The word of Christ remains audible

Preaching comes through the word of Christ. Believers know this experience and appreciate it. Here is an overview of where the word of God can be heard and seen this coming Sunday.

A beautiful church, a good choir, and the delight of fellowship over a cup of tea—congregational life has so much to offer. Many things are not possible right now because of the virus. What remains are divine services in…

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When devotionals come into our homes

“I am thinking of you; you are not alone.” This is what devotionals want to convey. At the same time, they act as a reminder, telling us: “Remember, don’t forget!” These are valuable messages, especially during the coronavirus age. And the Church leaders want to share them.

March 2020: much of the life we had known until then suddenly stopped. Our room to move has been restricted, people have to ke…

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The sacraments (9): The deadly word for baptism

Immersion is not necessarily the same as immersion. And baptism is not necessarily baptism. Sometimes even the smallest details can serve to hint at great innovations. Here is what can be discerned about the most fundamental of all the sacraments—just from looking at some spelling adaptations in key words of the Bible.

Baptism comes from diving—at least in the Greek. After all, baptisma derives fro…

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Hanging in with faith, love, and trust

We have decided to follow Jesus and yet our life has been turned upside down. Now what? Here is a path-breaking answer from a divine service by the Chief Apostle.

“Thomas said to Him, ‘Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14: 5–6). This was the Bible tex…

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Feeling God’s love and guidance

Living, working and believing in Malaysia. This is what Evangelist Loganathan Ramaurty Lawrence (51), the rector of the congregation in Kuala Lumpur, tells us about. And he reveals what gives him strength to dedicate himself the way he does.

What was your childhood like?

I was born into a Hindu family. I grew up in modest circumstances in Cheras, a district in Greater Kulara Lumpur. When I was twelv…

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The thing with the mango tree

First it was flowers, now it is trees. The Lord’s Prayer contains more than one kind of seed. And the more patience it takes for the seed to grow, the longer there is fruit to pick … Part two of the Chief Apostle’s thoughts on … torage/master/file/24879358/12667055.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/835500.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" /> vod.i…

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A reliable offer: online services

There is a first easing of the lockdown measures. The Church is working on concepts. What is clear now already is that online services will continue until churches can be reopened for worship. Here is a look at the latest developments.

After stay-at-home orders, the closing of public institutions and spaces, and a ban on physical contact, many governments are slowly beginning to phase in a more nor…

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God has everything under control

These days many people are worried about their health and their livelihood. “Let us trust God,” the Chief Apostle recommends. Why and how we can experience this first-hand? Here are four pieces of advice and two promises from the Palm Sunday service.

On Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020, Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider conducted a divine service in Strasbourg in France. Because of the coronavirus pandemic…

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Spotlight 8/2020: Free and committed until the end

Lifelong freedom through Christ is not a given. Sometimes people have to fight to be able to stay free and keep themselves from being taken captive again. District Apostle Joseph Ekhuya, who lives in Kenya and looks after East Africa, has some enlightening thoughts about this.

Many years ago, I met with a young man who was struggling to understand the meaning of the word sanctification. During our…

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Pentecost—local and online

Pentecost … At home with the Chief Apostle or in our own congregation, maybe even with Holy Communion? The first option is open to everyone, the second one only to a few. The Chief Apostle’s recommendation is clear.

We have never seen so much of our Apostles. Since the coronavirus crisis forced our church doors to close, the members can regularly enjoy live online services by their Apostles and Dis…

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