From mother tongue to a universal language

One's mother tongue is only the beginning: with it a child begins to explore and assimilate the world around it. At best, this will lead to a universal language beyond words. Some thoughts on International Mother Language Day, which is being observed today.

As a child explores and discovers the world around it, especially thanks to its mother tongue, it also picks up other forms of speech and ways…

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Not an elite group, but volunteers

“If God is with me, why are all these things happening to me? Where are all these miracles that our fathers are always telling us about?” These questions were asked in the past and are still being asked today. Answers from a divine service by the Chief Apostle.

“The people were suffering terribly under the yoke of the enemy, and God told Gideon, ‘I am with you.’” This is how Chief Apostle Jean-Luc…

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Leaping over walls with God

“Joshua fit the battle of Jericho” it says in a well-known spiritual. As a matter of fact, Joshua did not really fight, he left things up to God. Walls can still be brought tumbling down in the same way nowadays—no matter how high or massive they are.

There were no walls around Jericho, scientists say, who compared biblical with archaeological finds. This is not surprising if you make the mistake o…

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The combo-wafer and what necessity has to do with it

Bread and wine in one. This has been the standard Holy Communion practice in the New Apostolic Church for one hundred years. There is a story to this: two problems, three solutions, and an emergency measure.

It really was a case of necessity being the mother of invention here. Because even in the New Apostolic Church it was originally customary to dispense the bread during the celebration of Holy C…

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Learning for life with SNAG

More than a safe haven. Masakhe, a welfare foundation in South Africa, helps children acquire life skills. Physical, mental, and social skills are trained in a playful way—by learning to play … torage/master/file/19998298/10167170.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/685421.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" />" />

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A 19,000-kilometre detour

Areas of responsibility, language barriers, and distances … faith and fellowship are capable of breaking down all these barriers. Here are some examples—like the story about a call for help from a hospital.

A sister from South Africa asked for a pastoral visit over the Internet—and not only for herself. She was hospitalised for several weeks and because she was not familiar with the area, she used…

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“Our Church is alive!”

From the Caribbean via Spain to the Black Sea: the working area that District Apostle (ret.) Markus Fehlbaum of Switzerland looked after for ten years took him to countries with diverse cultures and languages. How did he do it all?

What developments would you consider to be a milestone?

There are many, for our Church is alive. There is our new understanding of baptism, our definition of the church o…

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Understanding redemption, examining ourselves

What does it mean to be a Christian? In a nutshell: understanding God’s will and bringing one’s life into line with the gospel. Following are thoughts from a divine service by Chief Apostle Schneider.

On 23 December 2018 the Chief Apostle conducted a divine service in Weimar (Germany). His sermon was based on Luke 1: 68–69: “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His peo…

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Spotlight 1/2019 Who will make you rich?

“I want to make you rich like me,” the multi-millionaire said. Accept or decline the offer? District Apostle John L. Kriel from South Africa kicks off this year’s Spotlight series.

When I listened to the Chief Apostle’s New Year’s address and the motto for the year 2019, I was carried back in time to a defining point in my life. I worked for a man who was a multi-millionaire and had the luxurious l…

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“My friends, family, and congregation make me rich”

Christoph Baumgärtner has been in a wheelchair all his life, yet he radiates joy and gratitude. He gave us a glimpse of his day-to-day life.

A roomy bungalow in a very quiet neighbourhbood on the outskirts of the city of Lübeck in northern Germany. Christoph Baumgärnter shows us his kingdom: a desk with a laptop, a keyboard, two cupboards, a bad. It would be a room like many others, if there were n…

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Rich in Christ (4): sharing with others

Being rich in Christ is not end in itself. Every Christian has a mission: to share his values. How? The Chief Apostle explained this in his first divine service of the new year. And the extraordinary thing about it is that no one becomes poorer in the … torage/master/file/19605061/09977844.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/682865.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />…

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Water here, heating there

What does a person need for a decent life? Water, warmth, security, and work. Many big and small projects across the world demonstrate just how important material and immaterial help can be. Here is a small glimpse.

Visit to a school

When District Elder Wolfgang Oehler visited West Africa, his itinerary included a stop at a school in Sierra Leone. He went there as representative of the builders, the…

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A voice in the chorus of Christians

Standing up for Christ together. In April this year, the New Apostolic Church in Germany will be admitted to the Council of Christian Churches in Germany (CCCG). It already has a similar status in other countries.

The Council of Christian Churches in Germany (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen in Deutschland, ACK) will award associate status to the New Apostolic Church in Germany. This was an…

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“No one can hold back the morning”

How can we keep our hope alive even if the night is pitch dark and the morning far away? Two people showed that it can be done. They saw their hope come true. We can learn a lot from them.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning—yes, more than those who watch for the morning” (Psalm 130: 5–6). Chief Apostle…

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Please be careful!

Making the Internet better and safer—a futile endeavour in the year 2019? We can all do our part to make this happen! And we can also find some highly relevant thoughts and centuries-old advice on the subject—right in the Bible.

“Together for a better Internet”—so runs the international motto of the Safer Internet Day initiative. As a result of today’s campaign, activities are underway in both scho…

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Preserving memories (2) – It’s more than just snapping pictures

Pictures tell stories and photos answer questions: crucial is that you press the shutter button at the right moment. And what should the focus in a divine service be? A summary of subjects and options.

“If you want to cook well, all you need are a couple of good pots and pans.” This is how Oliver Rütten likes to start his workshops. No, he is not a cook, but a photographer and an editor at nac.toda…

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Rich in Christ (3): the values

Why should one want to be rich in Christ? What exactly are these treasures? Rich pickings from the Chief Apostle’s beginning-of-the-year … torage/master/file/19605133/09977880.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/677874.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" />" />

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The horses are saddled!

Building and shaping, with each other and for each other. Many committed people are busy across the New Apostolic world, driven by enthusiasm and Christian love—and they don’t shy away from a challenge.

Overcoming language barriers

Foreign languages are confusing. But there are people who can bring people together and help them to understand each other. Twenty sisters and brothers from Belgium, Fran…

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Rather together than alone!

A bunch of people are sitting together in a discussion group. The moderator asks them to list one another’s strengths and weaknesses. This is an introduction exercise that is frequently put to use.

Discovering the special characteristics of my neighbour is not so easy. After all, everyone has his own unique fingerprint. One person may have strengths such as patience, good listening skills, or empat…

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Our concept of ministry: a time-table for its implementation

The New Apostolic Church is taking its concept of ministry to a new level. How and why the Chief Apostle will explain personally in a video presentation at the beginning of April 2019. But this is only a first step.

The Chief Apostle himself will address all New Apostolic congregations around the world in a video presentation: this is part of the next step in updating our concept of ministry. This…

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