The referee’s job is becoming more and more difficult. Each team wants to win at any cost and is tempted to use prohibited methods. The rules permit the teams to correct and stop them if necessary. Rules seem to limit freedom, but they also make the game more equitable and fair.
Jesus Christ connects freedom and justice. He showed us the love for our neighbour. He is an example and “coach” for respectful togetherness.
Our own strength is insufficient. Often we are emotionally uncontrolled. In our relationships, we need the cleaning power of Jesus’ forgiveness. Led by the Holy Spirit, we learn more and more to live relationships openly and honestly.
But don’t use your freedom as an excuse to live in sin. Instead, serve one another in love.
Newborns who are nursed are more protected from disease and their foundational trust is strengthened. Over time, kids learn to eat at the table.
In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul uses this principle of nutrition to explain spiritual growth. We are to learn to wean off baby food and to go for the hearty food on the table. It’s about living faith transparently and integrated in daily life.
The Bible teaches us to not drown in the sorrow of the day but to leave those with God. Often, I have to rid myself of the same thoughts multiple times since I cannot let them go. This way I practice, step by step to grow roots that make me stronger.
Now I commit you to God’s care. I commit you to the word of his grace. It can build you up. Then you will share in what God plans to give all his people.
It’s our goal to get to know God better, to find constructive answers to life that are close to reality and to find faith which we share with others. Don’t keep nursing!
An African story recounts how someone maked fun of a Christian and asked him: “How do you know that God exists?” He responded: “How do I know if a human, chicken or donkey went around the hut during the night? The traces in the sand will tell!”
By choosing Israel as God’s people, the creator commences the relationship. A large part of the Bible is dedicated to this people to show everyone what it means to be blessed by God.
The wonderful stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and David are witness to that. In their life story and in the Psalms the light of a relationship with God shines through. God writes history with imperfect men who are willing to be led by him. Today, he still is looking for men and women that will fully trust him.
I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
God also left traces in your life. Where do you recognize his signature in your life?
Jesus asked his followers to wait until the power of the Holy Spirit came upon them. They gathered daily in prayer and waited for the event which Jesus had talked about. On Pentecost in the morning around nine o’clock the sound like a wind occurred. Many came curiously to the house in which the disciples met. They saw how tongues of fire were above them and how they preached in different languages. During Pentecost Jews from all over the world came to Jerusalem. Through the Holy Spirit those who gathered spoke in different languages. Many were deeply touched to hear this message in their mother tongue. Others smiled and thought the believers were drunk.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Now Peter rose and stated that Jesus whom they had crucified was risen from the dead and that he had promised them that the Holy Spirit would fill them. And that’s exactly what had happened. Then he explained to everyone why the Son of God had come. He lived as a simple man, did great signs and wonders. After his speech, he called the Jews to surrender to Jesus and to be baptised.
This way 3000 people joined the group. Certainly a great moment but likewise a huge multicultural challenge. This way the first Chistians lived in communion and shared weverything. Starting in Jerusalem the good news of Jesus went into the whole world. God’s spirit lives in his followers and gives advice, comfort and certainty of eternal life. We can be certain that Jesus comes again and gathers those who belong to him.
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