Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com Christian devotions in the Daily-Message en2002-2018 by daily-message.de Fri, 19 Jan 2018 01:00:00 +0100 Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com/titel.jpg http://en.daily-message.com In Remembrance! - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4918<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>In Remembrance!</font><br>“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'' (John 3:16)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>It's nearly that time again. Easter stands before the door. We celebrate the salvation deed of our Redeemer on the Cross. Since forever, the clocks in the Catholic Church chime at 15h00 every Friday to remind us of the hour that Christ died. In writing this, my thoughts go to Jesus at Golgotha. I think about the horrific hours that He suffered for us.<br><br>Are people even still aware of why the clocks chime? Or are the chiming of the clock just taken for granted as part of the friday afternoon background noise. As if it is a sign of the ending of another work week.<br><br>People live in the trott of everyday life and need help so as not to forget. So, one needs to create tokens for the ears and eyes of the people. The church bells and the crucifix hanging on the wall are visible reminders. Are there even still crucifixes hanging in our homes? Unfortunately, we are living in a time where people are not just deaf and blind, but also suffer from forgetfulness.<br><br>We forget from whence we come and thus, the purpose of life is lost! God had a plan for us which was fulfilled at Golgotha. Because He is merciful, we are reminded of it again at Easter.<br><br>Jesus died for you and me at Golgotha. (Matthew 27:31-56). Yet, He did not remain dead, but was resurrected (Mark 16:1-20) and had victory over the world, death and satan! Everyone who believes this, will not be eternally lost.<br><br>This should be the “daily remembrance” in our lives.<br><br>The joyful message for you: Don't wait until Easter, because in the Bible you can read it now already! Amen<br><br>Be heartily blessed, yours <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4918'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rosemarie%20Hojus'>Rosemarie Hojus</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4918Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:43:35 +0100 Eternal Loss - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4946<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Eternal Loss</font><br>John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'')</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>It is a serious thing to be eternally lost. Death is not the end even though some would like to think that, at the end of your life the lid is shut and it is finished forever. However, this is not the case, as we read in this Biblical warning: “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.'' (John 5:28-29). We must not err! In what exactly? In that the dead do not rise and that there is no God nor a judgment. It exists. Whoever ignores it and leans towards the kingdom of fables, is eternally lost. That means, he continues living, only there where God is not present – in eternal damnation. God does not send anyone to hell, a person chooses it for himself. Only when it is too late, will he recognize it. Unbelief is cowardice! How is one saved? In that one acknowledges the truth (1 Timothy 2:4). Acknowledging, in this context means experiencing and learning. Thus accepting the godly truth of the Gospel. It is a lie of the devil to say that “good” people go to heaven and “bad” people go to hell. How quickly one assumes to be part of the “good” people, and then reinforcing it still by referring to one's church tax or yearly donations to charities. This is a grave error. In the Bible we read, in Romans 3:12-18 “They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.” (Psalm 14:1-3) “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.” (Psalm 5:9) For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue (Psalm 140:3) “They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; adders' poison is under their lips. Selah.” (Psalm 10:7) “His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity.” (Isaiah 59:7-8) “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.” (Psalm 36:1) “there is no fear of God before his eyes.” This is the Godly reality: All have sinned and deserve hell. Under these conditions, to choose to remain unbelievers and atheists, is unimaginably stupid and cowardly. One can be religious and still be lost, because one hasn't accepted the Lord Jesus Christ. All that saves, redeems and justifies a person before God (this means to be at peace with and be reconciled to the Creator) is founded and revealed in the Person Jesus Christ. We read in John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.'' <br><br>What is sin? It is opposing God and rejecting His offer of salvation. It is the ignorance and the pride against Him Who gave His life and humbled Himself to save mankind (John 3:16). It is looking away from one's own guilt and depravity and being self-consumed and conceited. It is to miss the purpose for one's life and to partake in the evil of the world without consulting God in faith. What does God want? In Mark 1:15 we read “repent ye, and believe the gospel.” To repent means to turn around, to acknowledge and confess one's sin, to ask for God and believe in the forgiveness of sin. We will only fully understand sin, righteousness and judgment in heaven, but to die in sin is to come unto judgment! There will be no joy for the unbeliever, when the almighty God asks you, why you refused to believe in Jesus Christ Who gave His life for your salvation? What will you answer? You didn't know? You had no time? You thought it was all a fairy tale? Christians were all crazy dreamers and the Bible implausible? Or that one can go to heaven without having faith? In John 3:16 is written very clearly: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'' Do you want to be lost through cowardice? Is this life and this evil world worth being and remaining an unbeliever? A liberal attitude towards God does not exist. Whoever is not for Him, is automatically against Him with all its consequences. In John 3:17-18 we read: ''For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.'' God has no interest in people being lost eternally, but cannot force anyone to their bliss. The Son of God revealed God and through His death (because of our sin) and His resurrection from the dead (for our righteousness before God) salvation and redemption is made possible. If we would only fathom, how incredibly huge and vital this act of love by God was and is, we would not hesitate for a second to bow our knees before the eternal God and to believe in Him. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4946'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Joerg%20Bauer'>Jörg Bauer</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4946Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:42:35 +0100 Yes, when Jesus comes again - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4830<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Yes, when Jesus comes again</font><br>“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Revelation 5:9)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>We are in the middle of the Advents time again. We are trying to prepare for the coming of the Lord again. 2000 years have passed since the Lord was born, as the little baby Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem. And this Christmas we will once again hear the familiar story in the Gospel of Luke, of Maria and Joseph, the little child in the crib, the shepherds and the angels.<br><br>At that time God wrote history with humankind. It was the beginning of the new covenant God made with us people, which was sealed at the Cross of Calvary, when Jesus' blood was shed for our sins. “God became human, for the good of humankind” we sing in an old Christmas hymn. Only because Jesus came to earth, we can be saved. A real reason to celebrate.<br><br>But, alongside this first Advent, God taking on a human form, we also prepare for the second Advent, the time when Jesus will come again, when heaven and earth will be renewed and we will rule with Him on earth.<br><br>No-one knows the time and the hour, Jesus said, however He also said that we, as we recognize the weather by the signs in the sky, so we will also recognize the time as the end of this world approaches. And when we keep our eyes and ears open, we will see, that we have been living in end times for quite some time now and that Jesus' return is just a question of a very short time. <br><br>Are you ready for it? Are we ready for it? Or are we living like the foolish virgins who had no oil in their lamps when the Bridegroom came?<br><br>Advent always reminds us of both, God's in human form and the return of Christ, which we are waiting for. Blessed are those who are ready. <br><br>I wish you a blessed Advent time – maranatha – the Lord is coming soon. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4830'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rainer%20Gigerich'>Rainer Gigerich</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4830Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:41:35 +0100 How do you become a person who is passionate for God - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4683<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>How do you become a person who is passionate for God</font><br>“And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Some people find it easy to live and proclaim God's Word to others. For others it seems to be super difficult, opportunities never arise, or they lack courage. They become more and more inactive and leave the work to others. How do you get out of this dilemma? By motivating yourself: But our power is limited. By becoming motivated through the zeal of others. But as soon as we leave the atmosphere of the others, this circle of influence also evaporates. <br> <br>God lights up the fire within us. His power is endless. Does he really move everyone? Sometimes we lack passion and are lukewarm.<br> <br>The verse sounds simple, but there are four points which are vital.<br><br>Apostle Training: God's Word as our foundation for every day. Daily we can hear how old becomes new. God gives us foresight which drive us, but we are always meeting with resistance which causes the fire not be kindled.<br><br>Prayer: Alone, quietly, out loud,.... It is not about the concerns, but about us. We can wear a mask in front of others, but not before God. Then we have to be honest and we can and may change.<br><br>Fellowship: Us Christians need fellowship. Big events are sometimes really good for us. At other times we need the quietness and the intimate conversation between two, to just talk about matters of the soul. We need each other as teachers, colleagues, planners, organizers, prayers, critics,.... this list is very long. We need each other.<br><br>Breaking of bread: Jesus had to die to rise again. Before this happened, He broke bread with His disciples. Afterwards He broke bread with the disciples from Emmaus.<br><br>That is the foundation upon which God can build. We must not worry and fret. Everyone will be tasked in his own skill in his district. Then he will be able to lay himself to rest at night and sleep peacefully.<br><br>I wish you the strength and courage to be there for HIM in your skill. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4683'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Gundi%20Hornbruch'>Gundi Hornbruch</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4683Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:40:35 +0100 Nothing is impossible - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4696<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Nothing is impossible</font><br>“If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Matthew 7:11)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>One can imagine many things – and indeed also in the wrong way and manner. But the perception and the faith, that God is always there, should fulfil us and always be present. This perception is blessed and can never be wrong. This knowledge and acceptance gives us, in our restless and despondent hearts (Jeremiah 17:9), the deep acknowledgement, that God has a solution and an answer for everything, at all times. When we ask God for something, then the belief that nothing is impossible for God, is the prerequisite that God will answer our prayers, in accordance with His will (Genesis 18:14). God has His principles and His rules and His time in relation to the Spirit which He has given us, as well as the life which follows. For us this means, for one, that God is our heavenly Father, Who loves us (Jeremiah 31:3) and the All-powerful (Psalm 91:1). And therefore it means that I don't have to worry about anything (Philippians 4:6). Can there be anything better or more awesome than having an All-powerful God with us, who loves us? Therefore, if my perceptions are of spiritual nature and leads to a firm belief of the reality of God in my small life, then the right petition is no longer a huge matter which makes me anxious or unsure. Prayer is however not only petitioning God but, also an expression of my relationship to God – my daily bread – and likewise an expression of my state of mind. <br><br>Trust in God is also revealed in the freedom and zeal to approach God in all things and take all our questions to HIM. Whoever seeks God with all his heart and soul will find HIM (Deuteronomy 4:29). We also seek God through prayer and ask life-changing questions through prayer. A Christian is a seeking and questioning person with patience and trust towards God! You are therefore called: “Go to God with your cares, problems, difficulties and wishes!” One cannot pray too much and our perception that God is All-Present and that everything concerning us must bypass HIM first, can grow and strengthen. To question and seek are predominant characteristics in children – in the same way we should be in tune with God's Kingdom and our heavenly Father (Luke 18:17). God also ask us questions – questions with exclamation marks! - remember the text at the beginning: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” What would you answer to this? The question is: “How much more?” It is a pleasure to seek God whilst we, as His children, know that HE allows Himself to be found and loves us. Albeit (or because of this) our imperfection and our errors and cares “The humble shall see this, and be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God” (Psalm 69:32). <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4696'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Joerg%20Bauer'>Jörg Bauer</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4696Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:39:35 +0100 Faith and Healing - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4734<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Faith and Healing</font><br> “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Some Christians say that all sickness originates from Satan. They conclude then, that because Jesus, through His wounds, bore our sickness on the cross (Matthew 8:17) and Satan was defeated, logically those who really believe it, won't have any sickness or physical ailments. In principle our health therefore is dependent solely upon the extent of our faith. Is that correct? An illness can also be the result of sin (1 Corinthians 11:28-32) or to teach us something (James 5:15-16) or the aging process and the therewith associated diseases of the body. The psychological damage which this type of ironeous statements and false doctrine can cause to sincere Christians is really bad. Whilst it is true that sometimes miracles don't happen without faith (Matthew 13:58), firstly Jesus also healed people regardless of how much or how little faith they had and secondly Jesus healed in order to fulfill the prophecies with regard to Himself (Isaiah 53:4). People need to recognize Him as the Messiah. That we are “healed through His stripes” (1 Peter 2:24) is not natural but spiritual understanding, just as we don't physically partake in “flesh and blood” at communion, but spiritually and in faith experience the death and resurrection of Jesus, confessing visibly (Luke 22:19-20). God can certainly cure an ill Christian and lengthen his life, if he asks for it. I have witnessed this. A faith-filled man suffering from cancer asked God to lengthen his life so that he would have more time to spend with his grandchildren. God heard his prayer and cured him of cancer. A few years later, without any notice, he fell over and died during a prayer meeting at the church. With God all things are possible, however it is not our right to be free of pain, sickness or death (this is in accordance with Romans 6:23, the wages of sin), because we have to go through it – yet continue to hope with confidence!<br><br>Christians have received forgiveness for their sins, but we must still bear the consequences because we are made of flesh and blood. Thus it is determined for us to die once (Hebrews 9:27). It is unscriptural and arrogant in the highest degree, as well as loveless and inhumane to call a permanent disease a lack of faith and tell others so. Jesus certainly brought salvation to the entire (believing) person (in other words mentally, spiritually and physically) but we will only come to know what this really means in all its totality in heaven. We are still waiting for our physical renewal. There are no Christians on earth who have not been sick at one time or another. Jesus came to us, in the first instance, to seek and find that which was lost (Matthew 18:11). He came to set us free from sin. Although Jesus died for our bodies, we will still suffer illnesses, still have a sinful nature and will physically die some day (except if the Rapture happens first). Even those people who Jesus healed in His time on earth died at some stage – including Lazarus who Jesus raised up from the dead who died twice (John 11:43-44). The best example that one can't simply pray sickness away or believe it away is the Son of Man, who was fully divine yet also fully human yet he experienced fear. He was just as tempted as we are yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). Jesus, despite all his suffering, was only concerned with doing the will of His Father. In Mark 14:36 Jesus prayed “Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.'' Where we bow to God's will in faith, accepting our lives as it presently is, we also receive the inner strength to continue on our pre-destined path. Then we also mature in the grace – become spiritually strong. This hope (to be carried by God) and His strength which is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) will not put us to shame, regardless of what happens (Romans 5:5). <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4734'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Joerg%20Bauer'>Jörg Bauer</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4734Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:38:35 +0100 Toasted Sandwiches - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5393<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Toasted Sandwiches</font><br>''He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.'' (Mark 16:16)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Tuesday evenings is always “Open Doors” at our church, a youth meeting at which there is always some spiritual as well as bodily nourishment. Yesterday, it was Kathrin's time in the kitchen and she decided to make toasted sandwiches.<br><br>One can eat a slice of toast-bread without anything on it. It is however really dry and doesn't taste like much, but when one eats enough of it, one does become full – and it is also quite cheap. A toasted sandwich is however very different when one fills it with something nice like ham or tuna and cheese, tomatoes topped with a mayonnaise mixed with gherkins and herbs...it is much more filling and tastes much better than a dry slice of toast.<br><br>I was reminded of today's scripture: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”. These are the basics for a Christian, so to speak the slice of toast-bread which is able to satiate one.<br><br>Then I was reminded of a further scripture: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)<br><br>That is the toasted sandwich for us Christians, the filling which makes the whole thing much more tasty, the icing on the cake of our faith. With all these things we are able to do a lot more with our basic faith, in a manner which really pleases our Lord. And for us, our faith becomes a fulfilling life in which we are able to find our purpose!<br><br>Are you still munching on a dry slice of toast, or do you prefer a good-tasting spread?<br><br>I wish you a blessed day fulfilled with God's love. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5393'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rainer%20Gigerich'>Rainer Gigerich</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5393Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:37:35 +0100 When HE speaks..... - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=41<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>When HE speaks.....</font><br>“Teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>Do you know, sometimes I sit in front of my computer for a long time pondering about what message to write on a particular day. And sometimes, for days on end, I cannot think of anything at all to write. Yet, at some stage, I get an idea, something small that moves me. And then I simply start to write.<br><br>If you have read some of my messages, you would have noticed that they don't always concern the big things in life. They are centred more on the little things, the moments in our lives.<br><br>And when I start writing, I notice that the message almost writes itself, as if I am not the one writing it. Yes, it really is like that. The written words are ours. But, behind us stands Someone giving us the words to write. God Himself gives me the words and leads my fingers over the keyboard, when I allow Him to. I don't have to think of something to say. He has so much that He wants to say. <br><br>When we allow Him into our lives, we don't have to feel afraid to speak about Him albeit in this message, or with friends in our local community. God takes the Sceptre in His hand and proclaims His Word. I don't have to feel afraid, because He is always with me when I speak of Him.<br>Absolutely amazing!<br> <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=41'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rainer%20Gigerich'>Rainer Gigerich</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=41Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:36:35 +0100 Nothing is possible without love! - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4943<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>Nothing is possible without love!</font><br>“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity (love), I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>I am currently feeling quite challenged and it is taking all my strength not to get angry. “I realize, without love it is impossible!” In my own strength, I am unable to love those who come against me. But, Jesus says: “love your enemies” (Luke 6:27-36). This is easier said than done, as where shall I find love throughout this challenge? Jesus also says: “Love thy neighbour as thyself!”. It is exasperating. When I face huge confrontations and make one mistake after the other, I can't even love myself. Either I lash out wildly or beat myself up with self-reproaches. <br><br>I once said to my future husband: “I am in the world to love”, yet yesterday we had a huge argument. I sensed the love evaporating during our argument. Suddenly we both became confrontational and there was no sign of love. It scares me with what speed human love can disappear!<br><br>The devil roars (1 Peter 5:8), he wants to try and destroy love. He hates the love towards neighbours and love that profits us. In Matthew 14:10-12 it is written that love and hate will reign in end times. When we see what is happening in the world, is it this far?!<br><br>How can we equip ourselves that we don't lose our love? What can we do to even strengthen our love?<br><br>(Ephesians 6:10-16) The armour of God is a necessary tool which protects us especially against the devil's attacks. Similarly, praying with ceasing is a vital tool to weaken and destroy his power. How awesome that God loved us first, for by doing so we too have access to His love, which we need in order to love Him and our neighbours. In 1 Corinthians it is written that a life without love is meaningless, that makes sense to me. A bell without a clapper has no sound and a person without love can do nothing. Therefore, let us have love, because He loved us first!<br><br>For, nothing is possible without love Amen<br><br>Be sincerely blessed, yours <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4943'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rosemarie%20Hojus'>Rosemarie Hojus</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4943Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:35:35 +0100 The Baptism of John - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5097<table border='1' width='90%'> <tr><td width='190' align='center' valign='center'> <img src='http://daily-message.de/small.gif'></td> <td colspan=2><font size=4>The Baptism of John</font><br>“John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” (Mark 1:4)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The baptism is a crucial point in the life of a Christian, especially amongst Baptists. In Mark 16:16, we read: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.'' We also remind ourselves that Jesus, prior to His ascension, said we must make all people disciples and baptize them. But, thereafter we read very little about the baptism itself.<br><br>In Acts 8:36, we find the story about the Ethiopian eunuch, who met Philip on his way. The baptism is written about here in a short and sweet manner. “And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?...And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.” <br><br>On the other hand, the works of John and his baptism prior to Jesus' ministry is written in much more detail. He “preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins”. Even Jesus Himself came to be baptized by John. This baptism is linked to ancient rituals of purification. When someone sinned, he had to be cleansed physically, to once again be pure before God. In most cases additional offerings, necessary for atonement and thanksgiving, were sacrificed to God. <br><br>We find such a case in Matthew 27:24 “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.” Here, we find a parallel to Psalm 26:6, which reads: “I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O Lord.”<br><br>Such manner was the baptism of John. It cleansed people outwardly, to provide them with inner purity.<br><br>However, Jesus calls us to a new baptism. The last words by Jesus, which we find in Matthew are: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” And Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans 6:3: “Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?”<br><br>We also baptize today in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost into the death of Jesus Christ, which is more than a ritual cleansing, it means that we give up our entire old life. Jesus paid the offering for this cleansing on the cross of Golgotha. Through His death we are not only eternally free from all our sins, we also leave behind the kingdom of the world and enter into the Kingdom of God's heavenly realm, into His eternal Lordship.<br><br>Through baptism, our old carnal man dies and we are a new creation in Jesus Christ. We become, once again, as God created us, man in His image. The power which the old serpent had over us, is a thing of the past, and we are pure again, as God wanted for us and created us. <br><br>Other than by John, our baptism is something unique which never has to be repeated, as Paul tells us in Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”<br><br>And so, I wish you a blessed day in the love of God! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5097'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Rainer%20Gigerich'>Rainer Gigerich</a></td></tr> <tr><td> <a href='http://www.andyhoppe.com/'><img src='http://www.andyhoppe.com/count/?id=1280809613' style='border:none' /></a> </td> <td><a href='http://partner-projekt.de'>Daily-Message - der Shop</a></td> <td><a href='https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=LVK4L6FQVGWCL'>Spenden an die Daily-Message (PayPal)</a></td></tr> </table>http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5097Fri, 19 Jan 2018 06:34:35 +0100