Not of this world, but in it

The large tent on the church grounds of the congregation of Malaika, Tanzania held over 2,500 worshippers on 10 August 2018. In the divine service he conducted there that day, Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider spoke about the evil in the world and the power to resist it. More

Not every hero of faith dies a martyr

Stephen kept on going until the bitter end. But whose threshold for pain actually goes that far? Not to worry. It doesn’t have to. After all, it is less a martyr’s death than his life that makes him an example. Following are some references from daily life—for daily life. More

Spotlight 16/2018: “Where are You, God?”

Mastering daily life, finding a good job, being successful in life—such are the wishes of our young people in the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, these requests often remain unfulfilled, unfortunately. — Our young brethren in faith are asking for the assistance of God. District Apostle Tshitshi Tshisekedi (Democratic Republic of Congo Southeast) responds. More

More than believing: bearing witness of the truth

Only witnesses can testify of the truth. And who bears witness for Jesus Christ? The Holy Spirit, the Apostles, and each and every individual believer. But this requires more than just faith. More

Comfort and suffering that lead into the kingdom of heaven

The bad news: without suffering there is no path that leads into eternal glory. The good news: this is not a matter of human need. And there is also divine help. A divine service about suffering in Christ. More

Doing it yourself – a completely different Sunday

Are we a church of consumers who just sit back and allow themselves to served? A group of young Austrians, Slovaks, Czechs, and Hungarians demonstrated just how different things can be at their most recent youth convention: a divine service in the do-it-yourself style. More

Congregation: a place where you can be yourself

What makes a congregation a congregation? The fact of singing hymns together, that our names are in the church register, or because we live in the vicinity of the church? There is much more to it. More

Changing one’s focus and learning

It has been a few thousand years since the Israelites’ wandered through the desert, and still there are people who moan and become impatient when things gets difficult. Here are five strengths that will make it easier to move forward. More

Spotlight 15/2018: Sometimes things only turn out well in the end

To trust the Lord in difficult times and endure is not always easy, District Apostle Helper Edy Isnugroho says. He is the designated District Apostle of Indonesia. He recently spoke to a Priest who is going through a very difficult time. More

World religions: forged in a fiery furnace

They lived in a foreign land and stubbornly refused any form of integration. Today they are acclaimed for this. With their stubbornness they have written a chapter of world history. This is the background to a recent midweek service based on a Bible study theme. More

Chosen to help build the temple

Building a temple is not so easy. Especially when the term temple stands for our own spiritual edifice. In a divine service in Kinsangani, Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider explained how this enterprise can succeed. More

Doing good and doing it right

We know what we are supposed to do: to be kind and do good things. And we are also clear on who is to benefit: our neighbour. But why? Crucial for a good result is our motivation. Five good and five not so good reasons from a divine service by the Chief Apostle. More

Spotlight 14/2018: Remaining faithful even in difficult times

What can we do when things become difficult? Bury our head in the sand? Give up? Or even break with God? District Apostle Jürg Zbinden from Switzerland advises us to hold on to our faith no matter what. More

Peace offerings: human, divine, perfect

Everyone wants peace—but which peace, exactly? The peace Jesus left mankind or the peace which He gave mankind? Here is what we need to do so that the tender shoots can grow and bear fruit: care instructions from a divine service. More

Don’t forget heaven!

The transfiguration of the Lord is a revelatory event in the beginnings of the church. It leads Christians into a supernatural dimension and wants to tell them: there are goals worth striving for even outside of your daily lives. Don’t just seek to reach your earthly goals; remember heaven. More

“It comes down to our willingness.”

Only if we ourselves forgive can we receive grace. Really? But what if you really are not able to forgive a terrible deed that has been done to you? This video excerpt provides an answer from a divine service by the Chief Apostle. More

Holding on to our hope

God gave three promises to believers. The reality that presents itself to us, however, looks a little different. Here is a look at what our hope is based on and how not to lose it. Explanations from a divine service by the Chief Apostle. More

Christians by profession

What are you by profession? A question that is posed quite often. Competence and expertise are called for here. But how is it in our faith? Do we not also need a certain kind of aptitude in order to be perceived as Christians? More

How to be serious about loving your enemy

Loving your enemy? Impossible! Or is it? And who really has enemies anymore anyway? Everyone does! The Chief Apostle makes this clear—and demonstrates how it is possible to love one’s enemies. A divine service with more than one “Aha” moment. More

Put on tender mercies: from tunics of skin to robes of white

It is all about love and nakedness, but it has nothing to do with sex. After all, when the outer layers come off in biblical language, it is not the body, but the soul, that comes into view. All of this revolves around the question: should we cover up or expose others? More