Manifests for believers #3 Catholic versus Protestant

In 2007 there appeared already a Manifest for the believers in the Low Countries. It was started by people from the Protestant church of the Netherlands (PKN = Protestantse Kerk Nederland) and at the turn of the year the Flemish Catholic priests launched a Manifest for believers Manifest “Gelovigen nemen het woord”, “Believers take the… Read More Manifests for believers #3 Catholic versus Protestant

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Manifests for believers #2 Changing celibacy requirement

In the previous article Manifests for believers #1 Sex abuse setting fire to the powder  we saw that the role of the priest in the child and adult abuse has included cover-ups, neglect, and arrogance. In documents of the church, letters between victims and church, and in the media we could find enough proof the… Read More Manifests for believers #2 Changing celibacy requirement

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Manifests for believers #1 Sex abuse setting fire to the powder

In the 50s and 60s of the previous century many acolytes and young boys became confronted with not such a nice site of human nature and his urge to have physical contact. Growing older and not having been able to cope with the old trauma some got up from their quit seat and started to… Read More Manifests for believers #1 Sex abuse setting fire to the powder

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Additional Bible verses to memorize John 3:20-21 Deeds or works being exposed

We are told that everyone who does evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light, and will not come into the light or near it, for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.… Read More Additional Bible verses to memorize John 3:20-21 Deeds or works being exposed

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Today’s thought “As is proper among saints” (April 7)

Today’s thought “As is proper among saints” (April 7) What a challenge it is to realise that all those who really believe in God and Jesus Christ are called “saints”. The Greek word translated as saint, means, “holy, set apart”. Saints set themselves apart from worldly, godless ways of thinking and doing. Paul’s letters are… Read More Today’s thought “As is proper among saints” (April 7)

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Today’s thought “God has sent the spirit of his Son” (April 3)

Today’s thought “God has sent the spirit of his Son” (April 3) In his letter to the Galatians Paul reminds those who have responded to his teaching and become believers – of what they had been previously when they did not know the true God. Some have little trouble in letting previous beliefs and associated… Read More Today’s thought “God has sent the spirit of his Son” (April 3)

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Today’s thought “God, who gives us the victory through …” (March 2)

Today’s thought “God, who gives us the victory through …” (March 2) I pondered why the above saying rather suddenly occurs in that very moving and oft quoted 1 Corinthians 15. Parts of this chapter are often read at funerals; it contains a powerful testimony to the certainty of resurrection and that “in Christ shall… Read More Today’s thought “God, who gives us the victory through …” (March 2)

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Today’s thought “Those who fear him” (February 27)

Today’s thought “Those who fear him” (February 27) Psalm 103, 1 Cor 12-13 The phrase “those who fear him”, meaning, who fear God, occurs three times in our Psalm reading today. The sense of ‘fear’ is – to be in heartfelt awe of what God must be. This is a Psalm that should reach deep into… Read More Today’s thought “Those who fear him” (February 27)

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Additional thought for today 2 February: Transformed Christians Let evil not defeat you

In the first letter of Paul to the Romans the apostle argued that Gentiles are futile in their thinking and ignorant of the way things really are. Those without faith in God enjoy their life keeping themselves busy with worldly things and are often not concerned about their behaviour opposite others and how they react… Read More Additional thought for today 2 February: Transformed Christians Let evil not defeat you

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Today’s thought “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (February 2)

Today’s thought “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (February 2) Romans 12 is one of the most significant in God’s word. How significant for us is the advice given in verse 12. “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” The world around us offers nothing in which we can genuinely rejoice.… Read More Today’s thought “Vengeance is mine, I will repay” (February 2)

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Qualifications of a Presiding Brother

When going to form an ecclesia one has to select people to be in charge of it or taking care of the working and good order of the ecclesial work. It’s important that a church leader will be working as a good house-steward, responsible for the affairs in God’s house, be looked up to — not pushy or arrogant, not short-tempered, not given to a lot of wine, not a bully or violent, not money-hungry or fond of dishonest gain, but rather, hospitable, a lover of goodness, sound of mind, just, holy, self-controlled, holding to that teaching in harmony with the faithful Word, also that he may be strong enough and have enough knowledge (and perhaps also experience) to exhort by that healthy teaching and reprove those who are opposing.
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