January 7th, 2018
Returning back to celebrate a great God who has brought me along for quite the eventful adventure, I was humbly reminded how powerful living a life through the grace of Christ truly is in receiving the holy eucharist.
September 24th, 2017
Was wir über uns selbst denken, hat großen Einfluss darauf, wie wir darüber denken was andere von us denken. – Till Kööp
“God is Love“, but how do we define it? The American Heritage Dictionary defines love as “an intense affection for another person based on familial or personal ties”. Note that a key phrase used to define love is the phrase “based on.” This phrase implies that we love conditionally; in other words, we love someone because they fulfill a condition that we require before we can love them. But can anyone really comprehend “unconditional” love?
It seems the love that parents have for their children is as close to unconditional love as we can get without the help of God’s love in our lives. This is similar to God’s love for us, but as we shall see, God’s love transcends the human definition of love to a point that is hard for us to comprehend.
The Bible tells us that “God is Love“. But how can we even begin to understand that truth? There are many passages in the Bible that give us God’s definition of love. The most well-known verse is John 3:16,
However, who God gave was not a mere gift but a sacrifice, so that we, who put our faith in his son, will not spend eternity separated from him. This is an amazing love because we are the only ones who choose to reject God, yet it’s God who mends the separation through his intense personal sacrifice, and all we have to do is accept his gift.
God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make him feel good; He loves us because he is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with him, and he sacrificed his own son to restore that relationship.
The Parable of the Rich Fool can be found in Luke 12:13–21.
Jesus said, “be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions”.
An interesting point is made in the parable to not devote our lives to the gathering and accumulation of wealth but to be a blessing in the lives of others. Only from adding value to others can we find true wealth.
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! -Amos 5:24
The church is not a building or an event, but a people.
For those seeking to build relationships in the church, often times those relationships are superficial. We may talk about the weather, or some hobby or interest, but rarely do we build a culture of authenticity.
In order to break through this wall, we must first be intentional with our communication and ask questions that create an opportunity to encourage and remind one another of the Gospel and its implications.
Next, be hospitable and available in inviting others into the rhythm of your life. A community cannot be made through planning. Sometimes there may be a friend who needs you to drop everything and pray with them. If we are going to foster community in our lives and in our churches we must learn to be less busy.
When making yourself available to others it also becomes important to let your guard down to be teachable and give way to the capacity of forgiving others. Be courageous enough to let people see the real you. Share the struggles of your heart or encourage another with a difficult lesson God has taught you in the past. Go to others for advice and ask others how they would handle the situation you’re facing.
August 27th, 2017
How can we reach our fullest potential?
Given the dignity of choice and the domain to rule over all that walks, crawls, swims and flys in this earth we are the only creatures that seem to still feel unsatisfied after our stomachs needs have been met.
The power to worship God and find ourselves filled with the Holy Spirit can be found in Paul & Silas’s experience in prison.
To start searching for a solution to this question ponder that:
Simply put, the meaning to our lives is whatever we put meaning to, however, in whatever we command our lives to do put love for God before everything else for the chief and highest destiny of man is to glorify God and enjoy him fully for eternity.
August 11th, 2017
Over 2350 sentences of the Bible refer to dealing with money and possessions. Jesus raised the subject more frequently than any other. Why is so much written about money and property in the Bible? On the one hand, money and property play an important role in structuring our society however on the other greed has distorted this social agreement we all believe has value in our lives.
My first evening with JET and I arrived soaked from a storm that passed by earlier on my way to the Gemeinde but by the grace of God was warmly greeted with kind introductions and a hot cup of Black tea. We soon all gathered together to pray and listen to the scripture. I was suddenly chilled by goosebumps that ran up my neck as I clearly heard the word of god spoken in a different tongue.
Afterwards, I got together we a smaller group to discuss our thoughts about the passage and how we can come to better understand the lesson.
It is good to know that we should primarily look at God’s wisdom, not for traditional knowledge but, to find principles that guide our decisions. The following principles that God has given us are practical and personally relevant on giving.
What can we learn from these principles? How can we find grace in understanding what Jesus and his disciples spoke about money?
The following questions are helpful to ponder and discuss with a neighbour in seeking out God’s wisdom.
Every other Friday night at EFG Darmstadt, a group of young adults from the Darmstadt area meets to discuss different topics such as health, wealth, love and happiness and how to apply what the Bible has to say about these subjects in our daily lives.
For about a year this group has been developing a healthy community through worship, volunteering and having fun celebrating what faith brings into our lives.
Recently the group took advantage of the summer weather and planned cookouts every Sunday after die Predigt and enjoyed the company and friendship that came along with a fresh home cooked meal.