Marking the start of Lent with more than just a cross of ashes

In the past, a cross of ashes on the forehead indicated the beginning of Lent. It heralded a look inside, a moment of self-criticism, and conscious action in Christian faith. Not a bad idea.

Today, the 26th of February, is Ash Wednesday. An important day? Many say no, it is a day like any other. Others, reflecting on the church calendar, say yes! For centuries, Ash Wednesday has heralded a change f…

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Spotlight 3/2020: You think you are free?

Jesus makes free — but what happens if a person fails to realise that he is still bound? For example, in thoughts or in prejudices? Some reflections from District Apostle John Kriel, South Africa.

As an apostle I served members in prison and saw what it meant to have one’s freedom constrained. These were those who had been found guilty of the one or other crime. Whatever else they may then have don…

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Now also available in Spanish: “Photography in Divine Service”

“In the divine service, the photographer should be practically transparent”—relates a South American cameraman. This is a wish that photographers around the world often hear. An e-book on the subject offers helpful tips—and it is now available in the Spanish language too.

“In our District Church it is completely normal to take photos in divine services or at other Church events,” explains Viviana A…

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IYC Impulses: “The gospel must be pure, not pleasing”

Would better marketing bring the Church greater success? The gospel is not a product that can be tailored to the wishes of the client. Such was the response from the central panel discussion at the International Youth … torage/master/file/24166331/12304095.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/815938.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" />…

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Rediscovering your mother tongue

A universal language for all? Forgetting your mother tongue? Is that even possible? Sure it is! Fortunately, there is a common solution to both problems. A reflection on today's International Mother Language Day.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to travel around the world and speak to all the people you meet in their own mother tongue? Unfortunately, it would take several lifetimes to learn the approximate…

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A direct address: District Apostles on the air

Sound on, camera running: the Chief Apostle was not the only one to address the brethren by video at the turn of the year. This practice is becoming more and more popular among the District Apostles too. A review…

“Together with all the Apostles, I extend warm greetings to all of you, and wish you a good and blessed new year!” — These were the words that concluded Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider’s…

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Old creation—new creation: a life in conflict

There is hardly a Christian divine service that does not revolve around this theme: two kingdoms opposite one another—the classic conflict between good and evil. Chief Apostle Schneider shows a way out of this dilemma.

Sunday, 12 January 2020: The congregation in Dundo, which lies in northern Angola, breathed a sigh of relief—Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider had come in order to make clear to them…

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The sacraments (3): the doubly mysterious origins of the term

The term ‘sacrament’ and the Bible—it’s just one of those things: the idea is there, but not the actual word. The term only made its way into Christian vocabulary later on—and it even took two tries! Here is a story about semantics.

Carthage, North Africa: it was here of all places—and not in the great competing city of Rome—that Latin began its career as the language of the church. It was also her…

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God’s love shines with all the colours of the rainbow

Dazzling as the rainbow—such is the biblical depiction of the installation of this iridescent phenomenon as a sign in the heavens. And the ways in which this event can be illuminated are just as multifaceted. After all, God paints in vibrant … torage/master/file/24108751/12274090.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/814930.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />…

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Able to become what we want to be

What does freedom mean? The Chief Apostle lists three definitions: one of them leads to chaos, another approach leads to loneliness, and the third concept? “I like that one.” — Here is the video from that youth … torage/master/file/24100688/12267391.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/814810.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />" />…

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Surviving—with some neighbourly help

A roof over one’s head, something to eat—in many parts of the world, personal wish lists are very short. Here are some stories about people who help other people survive—and who try to conjure up a smile on their faces in the process.

Corrugated iron and nails

Two are stronger than one! In order to provide intensive aid to those affected by Typhoon Ursula, two New Apostolic relief agencies have deci…

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Five dimensions of freedom

Love, return, inheritance, responsibility, coping: these are five kinds of freedom that Jesus Christ has available for us. It was in Nzagi, Angola that the Chief Apostle presented the key to all of this. And that is being a child.

The divine service on 11 January 2020 was based on a Bible passage from Romans 8: 15: “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the S…

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Children who are drilled to kill

What does he want to become when he is older? “A soldier,” replies the six-year-old boy. Why on earth would you say that? “Because then I will be able to kill people!” The young lad is deadly serious. Today’s commemoration of “Red Hand Day” serves as a reminder about this reality.

There is a reason behind this young child’s wish: his family was killed right before his eyes. What the boy wants is no…

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Spotlight 2/2020: Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!

The battle for freedom is, above all, an inner battle, writes District Apostle Jürg Zbinden (Switzerland). What counts is to subject our own will under the will of God.

Cleopas, one of the two disciples whom Jesus joined on the road while they were on their way from Jerusalem to Emmaus, expressed that which the Jewish people had been expecting: “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to re…

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From the wrong way to the way home

In both faith and life, everyone must find his or her own way: an elaborate film by young people from Eastern Germany—which missed its premier, not once, but three times—tells of precisely this experience.

Emely has always been the darling of her small cosy congregation. People here have known each other for decades. The children grow up together, enjoy excursions together, and gather often for gro…

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In search of the way

Not knowing how to go on, but still believing that God will open a way: that is what Hannah Truckenmüller is singing about. Here is the London musician's contribution to the Bischoff Media Song Contest at the International Youth Convention … torage/master/file/23986294/12209798.jpg" controls> … /smil:nacfiles/809518.smil/jwplayer.m3u8" />…

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Stops on the way through life

The time between birth and death is filled with different experiences. There are many stops along the way through life: coming and going, becoming and passing away, first and last—all of this comprises life.

Zurich: Farewell!

“She was a brave, loving, and very attentive woman.” It was with these words that Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider began the funeral service for Sonja Fehr. The bereaved family…

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A whirlwind of a weekend in Bogotá and Lima

Travelling to individual countries can certainly be strenuous, especially if the responsible District Apostle has announced his visit to congregations that are quite distant from one another. It is on just such a weekend in Colombia and Peru with District Apostle Leonard Kolb that Bishop Manfredo Stegmann reports.


Night has fallen and I am sitting in the airplane to Bogotá, Colombia…

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Admiring the works of God

Looking back and taking stock — all on our own or in a larger circle instead? “Let us do this together in the congregation,” said Chief Apostle Schneider. An invitation to take thought and give thanks.

On Sunday, 29 December 2918, Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider celebrated a divine service in Stade, Germany. He based his sermon on Psalm 40: 6, which states: “Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful…

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The sacraments (2): one blueprint, four cornerstones

Sacraments — what is required for these? Wouldn’t faith be sufficient all on its own? The answer to this comes from Jesus Christ Himself. But how do they actually function, these doors that bring us close to God?

A smile darts across the face. This is first of all a sign of joy, but at the same time it is far more than merely a symbolic action. After all, the smile expresses joy and even makes this…

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