The Big Picture
When Pope Julius II commissioned the painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling,
he granted Michelangelo complete independence and freedom regarding motif and execution.
While completing the wonderful masterpiece, Michelangelo constantly kept the „bigger picture“ in mind. Likewise,
Jesus also gave his disciples a great commission showing them a „big picture“ that was to help
and motivate them finish the given great assignment with total dedication.
Theologians underscore that we have become post-Christian nations, secular societies.
Just in a time of crisis like this, we realize the results when churches lose their positive influence
and relevant cultural impact finding it increasingly difficult to encourage strong biblical values. There is a dire need …
The apostle Paul was locked up in an underground Roman dungeon and was in impending life threatening danger.
But it was not he who now needed courage, but young Timothy, his son in faith.
Paul reminded him of four important facts that can also give us courage.
Living Out A Holy Life
The apostle Paul made a summary list of characteristics teaching the Colossians what was necessary to live a holy life. His instruction is also addressed to us.
From the Peaks to the Pits
A zealous prophet climbing to the peak of success came down from his mountain top experience to see his world seemingly completely turned around overnight.
Facing a deadly threat, in desperation, he had to run for his life. But then ...
More than Conquerors!
Must we feel depressed because of threatening living conditions? God does not expect us to face situations alone, relying solely on our own inner resources.
What does God do to help us live a victorious life? Here are three things to remember.
In just a few weeks Christmas will come and families will gather to unpack their gifts. God has a Christmas gift for all of us,
not wrapped in bright paper and with coloured ribbon. It is the gift of amazing grace, it is the gift of his Son!
Celebrate the Light
Many people live in constant darkness and are blind to the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. But Jesus wants to be the light in our lives.
He came to earth to deliver humanity from the oppressive darkness.
The Church is One
The church is sometimes disappointing, because it can never live up to our expectations of sharing without pain.
In fact, it is a fellowship that has many problems, but in which we experience that God is in our midst.
The Gift of Tongues
The gift of speaking in tongues was part of the great Pentecost event, during which the Holy Spirit was poured out upon 120 believers.
How important was this gift for Christians in church history and what do we learn from it?
Living Out Easter
There are people who believe in God, but not in Easter. Will our existence be merely a temporary one?
Or are we so precious in God's eyes that even death cannot separate us from His love?
There are frightening situations where real circumstances can control our emotions.
The apostle Paul describes how he was able to deal with them in the most difficult times and in spite of great concern.
The One Thing
Do you know what the secret of life is? Have you figured out what the one thing that matters most is?
A very busy woman named Marta received a hint about this directly from Jesus.
Does the term stewardship immediately prompt you to think of donations to your church? Money is not everything; time is also valuable.
What resources are available to you?
Watchmen on the Wall
The watchmen had the task of looking out for the enemy and sounding the alarm when the enemy was coming near.
What can you do when danger is close at hand?
Comfort in Pain
Jesus experienced the most severe suffering. He is an empathetic person who understands our challenges and who is seeking to console and help us. Who could better encourage and help someone than one who has suffered himself?
He Is Able!
In a world becoming increasingly complicated and confusing, we cannot make it on our own. Isaiah already described the opportunities that exist when we turn to Jesus.
God Will Give You Life
However difficult a situation may be, only Christians can truly say that things will ultimately turn out well God's mercy shining brightly.
Reflecting Christ in Our Relationships
We need not overlook the importance God attaches to the unity of the body of believers. If we are one in Jesus, we should also be one among ourselves.
The Joy of Christmas
Jesus was born into a dark, tired and exhausted world. But into this seemingly hopeless environment, God sent an angel to announce the best news the world has ever heard.
Who are God’s people? Jesus compared them to salt and light and pointed out three important characteristics-which are they?
The Power of Vision
Vision has inspired people and led to great works. The vision of God propelled the first Christians to spread the Gospel into the world. Vision is more needed than ever.
The Christian life
There is little hope if Christianity is nothing more than a person choosing to worship Jesus and doing his best to be a follower of him. What’s missing?
Failure is the Road to Success
Our western culture is programmed for success. But failures do happen - even with Christians. We can learn from that and help others.
Honoring the Scriptures
It is disturbing to observe how the Bible is increasingly depreciated. God has given us this precious text and in it He has communicated his distinct purpose. What is that purpose?
Clear Thinking About Problems
The apostle Paul wrote that we should rejoice when facing problems of various kinds. While a situation can seem at first hopeless it can make sense if we focus on God's help.
Worship in Spirit and Truth
An expert on church growth emphasized that the focus should be on the needs of the audience. But, Jesus said that the Father wanted to have such worshipers who would worship him in spirit and in truth.
Church growth: Up, In and Out
Following the lead of the Spirit in fulfilling Jesus’ Great Commission involves church growth, but what direction should that growth take? Do we see still see growth as a challenge for us today?
Abiding in Christ
Many Christians go through life without really understanding their identity. They have never really taken the time to find out "to whom they belong". How different their lives could be if they knew!