Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com Christian devotions in the Daily-Message en2002-2018 by daily-message.de Fri, 20 Apr 2018 02:00:00 +0200 Daily - english http://en.daily-message.com/titel.jpg http://en.daily-message.com Life as a Christian - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4589<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>Life as a Christian</font><br>“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself 'a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” (Titus 2:11-14)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>To live as a Christian, is to live FOR Christ! Every teaching, viewpoint, explanation, mindset, habit etc., that alienates us from Christ, prohibits or prevents the following of Christ, which doesn't require the love of God, of Jesus Christ and of other people, that is not constantly changing me into His image, is a false teaching, regardless of what it is called and regardless of its point of view. A life at peace with God is not just reserved for special Christians. There are two types of Christians: The genuine, and those who aren't! The Biblical criteria for this is exclusively the new birth (John 3:5+8; John 1:13). From God's view there are only Christians and non-Christians! A blessed life only comes through God's grace, found in Jesus Christ, and is salvation available to all people. It enables us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. It brings about a sober-minded, righteous and godly lifestyle. How? Through the blessed hope we have through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who justifies and sanctifies us as His own. That is with regard to us who, through our faith in Jesus Christ, are born again. A life as a Christian includes faith and works (James 2:14-26). Faith and works are inseparable. It is two sides of the same coin!<br><br>It is not stated anywhere that faith and/or works is wrought through our own strength, but only that they are inseparable. It is quasi our entrance into an effortless life cycle! It concerns love (1 John 4:7-21). That is what we are called for. Whoever is loved deeply is able to reciprocate with love. Perfect love is possible only in the lives of those born of God. We read this in 1 John 4:18-19 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us.” God loves us – whom do we love? How can we accomplish this: heartfelt compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, gentleness, long-suffering, forbearing one another, forgiving one another, the peace of God, gratitude, God's Word, teaching, admonishing, singing... (Colossians 3:1-17) The end of the commandment is love (1 Timothy 1:5). In Galatians 5:6 Paul writes “For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” For this reason this is the main issue in the life of a Christian – Romans 13:10 “Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” Amen. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4589'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Roland%20Schaufler'>Roland Schaufler</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=4589Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:47:46 +0200 God the Father - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4851<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>God the Father</font><br>“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:5)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The majority of us have read or heard the New Years Resolution for 2016: “God speaks: I want to comfort you as a mother comforts her child.” It is one of the few places in the Bible where God also has feminine characteristics.<br><br>Of course fathers can also give comfort, however most little children seek comfort from their mothers when experiencing problems and hurts. So it might seem strange when God, who is normally known to us as our Father, is suddenly compared to a mother.<br><br>Jesus also always addressed God as His Father. In this case there are usually two groups. The one speaks of God, as Father and Mother, the other sees in Mary, the feminine side of God.<br>The second group can be shown our Scripture for today: “For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” Even though Mary can be a good example to us humans, she is not holier or godlier than any of us Christians and definitely not a mediator between God and us.<br><br>With the first group it is not so easy. Nowhere in the Bible (apart from extravagant translations) do we find anything to depict God as also being our mother, the Bible always speaks only of God as our Father. However, we must also note that there is no mention anywhere in the Bible of God's gender. This only came into existence with Adam and Eve in this world, to provide Adam with a counterpart, a helper, a partner, to love him and go forth and multiply with him.<br><br>All of this does not apply to God. He is Everything in all, He is above gender. Thus, God can have male and female characteristics. Whoever has God as his heavenly Father, does not need a heavenly mother. God is everything for him.<br><br>So we are able to come to God with all our needs and fears. He carries our burdens and comforts us in times of need.<br><br>I wish you a blessed day in the protection of our loving Father. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4851'>[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=4851Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:46:46 +0200 Why did God have to be Jesus? - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4706<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>Why did God have to be Jesus?</font><br>“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. This is He of whom I said, After me cometh a Man which is preferred before me: for He was before me. And I knew Him not: but that He should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon Him. And I knew Him not: but He that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, the same is He which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.” (John 1:29-34)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>We cannot be saved without faith in the Lamb of God. This is the Biblical testimony. Jesus Christ is the focal point of Salvation! There are believers, who don't believe in this and believe that Jesus is only a created being (Jehovah's Witnesses) or a prophet (Islam) or a religious fanatic who was idolized by His followers. However, when one reads and understands the Bible, one is unable to reach the conclusion that Jesus Christ is either a created being or a fraud – this is completely erroneous and historically impossible when one understands the connections and takes the Bible seriously. Whomever does not honour the Son in the same manner as he honours the Father, honours neither Son nor Father (John 5:23). Without Jesus no God and visa versa! Life itself belongs to God alone - John 1:1-4 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the Light of men.” If Jesus was not God then life itself could not be in the Son of God, but could only be imparted as with a created being such as an angel, a human being or an animal. But we are told the exact opposite in John 5:26 “For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself” For this very reason Jesus was, in His time, criticised and eventually judged by the Jews, because He made Himself equal to God – nothing less (John 5:18). In John 1:11-14 we read the following very clear truth: “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Even if one, as a human, can't completely comprehend this, it becomes clear that God reconciled Himself with Himself. And that each of us can become a new person, not through human will, but only through the new birth from above, is founded upon this fact. <br><br>We read this in 2 Corinthians 5:17-19 “ Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” This was God's will and His purpose. And when Jesus said upon the cross, that it is finished (John 19:30), the most inconceivable and wonderful occurrence of all time transpired. Someone who becomes an enemy of this truth, is for example someone who, through an antichrist spirit, denies that Jesus came in the flesh (1 John 4:2-3). In other words claims that God didn't really become a man and Jesus Christ was only an invention of God although God didn't actually unite Himself with Jesus. Do not believe this – God became a complete human – Colossians 2:9-10 “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power” Who are we, to prescribe to God who He is to be or not? The Bible is God's Word, but whoever does not comprehend this through the Holy Spirit, becomes a criminal with a religious opinion which he takes ownership of and argues in an intellectual or theological manner. However, the Scripture which applies here is found in 2 Corinthians 3:5-6 “Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the Spirit: for the letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life.” Theology can feel like a heavy rock in our stomachs, however the Holy Spirit even gives life to rocks when He wants to (Matthew 3:9). Why then, did God have to become Jesus? Because it reveals the Holy Spirit of God (and the Scriptures) and because God wanted this so. God is the Alpha and the Omega and HE was dead and rose again – Who other than Jesus Christ (the Lamb of God) could be meant with this statement (Revelation 1:14-18). Amen – this literally means: So it is!<br> <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4706'>[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=4706Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:45:46 +0200 Inferior and despised - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5119<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>Inferior and despised</font><br>“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>God does not merely want to ignore, cast aside or overlook some things, but wants to literally destroy them – so to speak expose them and pull the ground out from underneath the feet of many false ideas, to make clear His position of eternal, sovereign, unilateral grace. As well as to ensure, once and for all, that there is no doubt. Everything is grace! We Christians believe in this grace and don't merely assume (hopefully) to have deserved God's election to salvation, or somehow earned, sought-after or procured it (2 Timothy 1:9). Whoever thinks that he can believe in God with a worldly spirit, will not really comprehend anything concerning forgiveness, grace or the love of God – he only believes in a religious manner. We read in 1 Corinthians 2:11-12: “ For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” God Himself needs to open our right senses for that which has to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it concerns me personally. We cannot reach it by ourselves. When we, as Christians, allow the worldly spirit to occupy too much of our time, it overshadows our spiritual discernment and ultimately our faith. Then it can happen very quickly, that we become superficial and arrogant with regard to spiritual matters. An arrogant Christian is actually a contradiction in itself. What is faith? Answer: a power of God (1 Corinthians 2:5 “That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”) When we have comprehended that truth spiritually and also live it in practice, our faith-life will also surprise and inspire us time and again. If it depended solely upon me to be faithful and stay faithful, as well as to find strength and motivation in everyday life (year in and year out) – how far would I get?<br><br>But when we, in actual sense, believe in God and His works (so not only contemplate “the faith”) something wonderful and amazing occurs in our thinking and our feelings which uplifts the soul. We read in Isaiah 40:28-31: “Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” It becomes clear that we cannot from within ourselves increase our power and strength to counteract our weariness in faith and our inability. Therefore, we must believe and hope in Him who can and wants to supply us with it – God in Jesus Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). Then we also understand a little better why Matthew 6:33 exhorts us to, above all else, first seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. The result is: all else with follow. That certainly also includes power in weakness and strength in inability and, not least, the vision and freedom of an eagle soaring through the air. Who however assumes, like Daedalus in ancient Greek mythology, that he can build himself wings (from wax) in order to rid himself of his worries (“above the clouds...) will burn his fingers and experience a hard landing. God destroys those who think they need to have a say and lend a hand with regard to the very own things of the LORD (the Gospel). We cannot keep God, God keeps us – and gives us pure, loving and eternal grace, the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9). And that yesterday, today and also tomorrow – praise God! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5119'>[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=5119Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:44:46 +0200 Imperishable Hope - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5342<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>Imperishable Hope</font><br>What would man be without hope? We always hope, and in all things it is better to hope than to despair. (Goethe)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>We give ourselves hope daily. If we are sick, we hope to get well again soon. This was also the case for me shortly before the summer holidays. I hoped to see my 26 kids again before the long summer holidays to wish them well and personally release them into the holidays. If we argue with someone, we hope for a solution. If we are overcome with daily worries, we simultaneously plan a holiday and restoration. Where would we be without hope!<br><br>“And hope maketh not ashamed” the Apostle Paul wrote to his congregation in Rome. What was the reason for his hope? Was it also just a comfort from day to day or from year to year? Did he also merely have a pursuit of hope at hand – until the time that there really was no more hope? Usually, hope is based on something which lies ahead. The apostle's hope was based on a past experience.<br><br>Christian confidence and hope is founded on the fact that, that which is decisive, has already transpired. Those who have committed themselves to love and forgiveness, truth and righteousness as the ultimate determining forces will not fail. On the contrary, God confirmed Him, and raised Him from the dead.<br><br>Jesus Christ lives – that is the reason for Christian hope.<br><br>Ever since, the glimmer of hope, which is eternal, shines upon us. Light illuminates the apparent unknown dark path which lies ahead of us. Death and past has been overcome by Jesus' resurrection. Nothing is in vain, everything has a future which is linked with God. Nothing is pointless, when God, other people, faith and love still have a place in our daily lives.<br><br>Today, I wish you for you to experience or give hope. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5342'>[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=5342Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:43:46 +0200 Are you coming to the party? - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5236<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>Are you coming to the party?</font><br>“And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.'' (Luke 14:18-20)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>This evening I am meeting up with a few former school friends, to plan the 35th anniversary of our school reunion. We celebrate this event every five years and, it has been a nice evening every time. Even when you don't recognize everyone immediately, memories stir during the course of the evening, and sometimes your school years feel like yesterday.<br><br>However, everyone doesn't always come. Some have passed away, others have no interest in their old classmates, some live too far and the trip is too great a distance for them, and still others apparently have more important events.<br> <br>It reminds me of how it will be when we have died and are in God's glory. There will undoubtedly be a huge party. We will meet up with many people who we knew on earth.<br><br>However, there will also be more than just a few who we won't meet up with there. Some will refuse the invitation of our Father. Some live so much in the world that they have no interest in worrying about what transpires after death. Others may only be interested in Mohammed, Buddha or esotericism, Jesus is too far removed from them in this life and so they rather choose other ways in which to obtain so-called happiness. And still others have such busy programmes here on earth that they don't have time in their busy schedules to make an appointment with God.<br> <br>Admittedly, a class reunion is not a matter of life and death. It is not really a matter of great concern to me if I sometimes skip the meeting. But what happens to me after my death, concerns me a great deal more. Whether I end up in eternal damnation or in God's glory is a difference which determines my entire future, my eternal life.<br> <br>Anyone who looks for excuses or has already chosen the wrong way, has already lost. When I search for my purpose in life, I should remember that I won't be living on this earth forever. At some stage this life will be over.<br> <br>What is your decision? Do you accept the invitation to God's great celebration? At some point you will also reach the stage where you are unable to answer any more – therefore: the point of no return...<br><br>I wish you a blessed day and joy in anticipation of the great party! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5236'>[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=5236Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:42:46 +0200 Caught in the act! - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5445<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>Caught in the act!</font><br>“But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.” (Ephesians 5:13)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>It happened again. I was driving home, in the evening, after a hard day's work. At the same time, for one short moment, I did not observe my speed until a red flashing light caused me to glance at the speedometer. A week later I received the fine from the local authorities, stating that I was driving 58 km/h in the city. Now I have to pay 15 Euro for it.<br><br>During our daily lives, we don't always act in the way we should or in the prescribed manner. And it is sometimes the case that we don't intentionally commit the big or sometimes little offences, but inadvertently do so. However, ultimately the reason has no significance, crime has its penance.<br><br>Even Christians sometimes err before God. Here, it is also often not on purpose. Sometimes, we just don't think and thereby displease God. And with God it is also irrelevant whether we have committed a serious crime with intent or were simply inattentive. Every offence separates us from God, who is holy and does not fellowship with sin. Sin, in this manner, is nothing other than separation from God.<br> <br>Exactly as the fine from the local authorities, sin demands punishment by God!<br><br>However, with God it is different. He sent His Son to the world over 2000 years ago so that He could bear the punishment for our sin. He has destroyed all the promissory notes and paid all the debt of those who believe in Him!<br><br>When we stand before God in the heavenly judgement, we will find nothing other than our acquittal, as we are justified by the blood of Jesus before God and may enter into the eternal glory of God.<br><br>Only my earthly fine will still have to be paid by me...<br><br>How is it with you? Are there still heavenly fines and penalties outstanding – or have yours also been destroyed and paid in full? Have you accepted Jesus' sacrifice for you, or are you still living under debt?<br><br>I wish you a blessed day in freedom as a child of God! <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5445'>[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=5445Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:41:46 +0200 Crazy - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4951<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>Crazy</font><br>''Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.'' (Matthew 5:9)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>I like him, because he does such crazy things, the woman says about her husband. You must be crazy when you come up with an impractical plan for a surprise. I am not crazy to stick my head out for another, so to speak, when it helps a colleague out of trouble. <br><br>We often use the word “crazy”. Thereby we mean, in the true sense of the word, out of the ordinary, not according to life's norms. But, don't we secretly admire people who are capable of such things? Do they not make life better, more worth living? <br><br>The Bible says: When His own heard about it, they went out to seize Him. They said HE (Jesus) was crazy. The occasion was that He had sat at the table with publicans and sinners. With people who were ostracized and hated. <br><br>And He also taught such crazy things. Blessed are the peacemakers, the merciful. Whoever wants to be the greatest must be a servant to all. Love thy enemy.<br><br>At His farewell, He said to His disciples: In the power of the Holy Spirit you will do the work I have done, and even bigger works than these.<br><br>We should ponder upon this now and then. The world will be more humane, more beautiful, with a richer life, more fulfilled.<br><br>I wish you the courage to be “crazy” today <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=4951'>[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=4951Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:40:46 +0200 5000 - a Second of Eternity - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5000<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>5000 - a Second of Eternity</font><br>“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>5000 times the Daily-Message. Reason enough to stop for a moment and reflect upon the Lord:<br><br>We had the Daily-Message yesterday and have it today – but we won't need it any more in eternity. Unlike Jesus Christ, who has always been and will always be, our earthly life is limited. Only here, do we have the opportunity to be converted, only here do we have the opportunity to witness of our faith and bring others to salvation. After this life, only those who held to Him on earth will be there with Him in His eternity. Steadfast is one of the words which describe our Lord – and we should also be steadfast if we want to celebrate the Marriage feast of the Lamb – in eternity. Amen.<br><br>Rainer Gigerich<br><br>Well, the first shoes in size 12 with which I learned to run, were still small. I have added quite a few pairs in my walk through life. Over time, I have added many more pairs of shoes. And the laces always held longer than the shoes. 10 years for example. After the Camel Filter Advertising some, which literally had many miles on the clock, still remained in tact, just to then get a hole in them...on average they held only three months with the newspaper delivery route. But, I never walked alone, I was always aware of a Presence, which I couldn't see, however it was there. I knew where to find confidence. I also felt protected, uplifted, Jesus says: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. I want such a bond. This is the way I will follow, regardless of how many shoes I need. Wherever Jesus leads, there we may follow. <br><br>Regina Schrimpf<br><br>The years are flying by, one day after the other, we change, we grow older. Today we think one way, tomorrow another, so we humans are. It is not so with God, He always remains the same. What He said at the beginning of the world, still remains. His actions and His doings are fixed forever in His Word. To know that, reassures me and gives me security. I need this stability in order to have trusting faith!<br><br>Rosemarie Schauer (Hojus)<br><br>True faith cannot go out of fashion. God's Spirit represents renewal, independent of timely truths in all walks of life, all ages and over and beyond all human circumstances. God is, as a Person, always the same and never changes, but His actions and sayings, leading and power and grace is new each day – also when we ourselves get older (2 Corinthians 4:16). Therefore we may always ask that the LORD shows and reveals the truth to us, and that our faith leads us unto all practical truth, and that we recognize God's will for our lives in all personal truths – every day! We would never have known anything about God, if God Himself didn't reveal to the believers then and today, with Whom we have to do, from whence we came and where we are going. In 1 John 5:20, we read: “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is true, and we are in Him that is true, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” It is HE of which was written: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today and forever!” Amen.<br><br>Jörg Bauer<br><br>Yesterday: Your past – (sub)consciously with or without Jesus? Past – time that has passed. I look back, see happy and sad times. In the happy times Jesus was my Companion, in the sad times He carried me as a father would carry a child, if the child had no more strength or as the scripture: “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you.” (Isaiah 66:13) <br>Today: I wake up and say thanks/am happy, that HE protected me throughout the night and will also do so throughout the day. Do you begin/do you walk in awareness of HIM/throughout the day?<br>Tomorrow: An uncertain time, which lays ahead of you. Events, which occur in your small, personal, professional life – also world events. I know/hope, that He will also be my Companion in the future, He will carry me when the path/the walk gets too hard. He will be my Comforter and my Giver of Hope. The greatest wish: Nothing will and nothing can separate me from HIM. Are you going into the future, aware of HIM? If not, have courage and try it, regardless of your past situations. There are definitely some Christians close to you, who want to and can be your human companion. HE promised: Jesus yesterday, today and forever.<br><br>Gundi Hornbruch<br><br>Jesus lives forever. He was yesterday, He is today, He will be tomorrow, yes, He will be forever. In Him our lives have purpose, obtain dignity, receive responsibility, become precious. People experienced Jesus Christ, our Lord. They were touched by Him. He uplifted them and healed them, agitated and moved them. In His presence they experienced and became aware of God, how He touched them and had time for them. In Jesus Christ we see who we are: people of eternal worth. <br><br>Joseph Gehr<br><br>When we talk to people about their opinions, viewpoints or feelings, we must take into account that these can change. In some cases it is sensible to change our opinion, as it, for example, may have been incorrect. With other things we should stand by what we said – for example our commitment to Jesus. With Jesus it is so, that He does not change. And it is a good thing, as He is already perfect! The connection with verse 9 makes it clear that this steadfastness of God helps us to become consistent in our faith. To my knowledge, it is possible in Islam, that an earlier revelation can be replaced with a new one. Something like that can make one uncertain as to which of the new things are in fact correct? As Christians, we can rely upon the fact that, that which was written in the Bible, remains and always will remain true – even if the situation changes and sometimes different Bible scriptures have to be applied to different situations. A Christian life is thereby also never boring, but a very living relationship!<br><br>Niklas Johannes Hoffmann<br><br>What a God, Who, despite our failings, since the beginning of time, stands by us, loves us, helps us succeed and carries us through all our hardships? The ONLY TRUE LIVING GOD, Who never changes, always acts out of love for us and gives us what we really need. Grace and mercy. Do we give Him the glory that He deserves and entrust our lives to HIM, for HE is immutable.<br><br>Armida Francini<br><br>I look out of the window. Changing weather, a sudden cloudburst with heavy rain, followed by bright sunlight. Yesterday still 20 degrees and today snow. One year we experienced a hot summer and periods of drought, the next year weeks of non-stop rain and floods. At the beginning of the 19th Century the volcano Tambora in Indonesia, South-Pacific erupted. The ash-rain spread throughout the entire globe and caused climate changes throughout Europe and America, leading to failed crops and famines. It was only discovered much later that the volcano eruption and the crop failure was linked (Tambora – the year without a summer). It is possible to explain many things scientifically, however, despite the best research methods, no-one can explain the origin of the earth. No-one can accurately calculate how the climate on earth will develop further, nor what influencing factors accelerates or slows down certain processes. No-one knows what will influence the world in a few months, what impact political decisions will have in the future. How fortunate it is that there is one solid foundation upon which we can rely: Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.<br><br>Rolf Aichelberger<br><br>The same<br><br>Jesus Christ, the same yesterday:<br>Creator and Healer, Redeemer, Sustainer, <br>Helper of all brothers and sisters<br>Lord of the church, Life-Designer.<br><br>Jesus Christ, the same today:<br>Solid Foundation, Living Word,<br>Savior, who never regretted it<br>to die for us at the Place of the Skull.<br><br>Jesus Christ, the same forever<br>and throughout Eternity.<br>Wants to, in His glorious glory<br>prepare an eternal home for us.<br><br>Jonas Erne<br><br>Dearest Jesus, Eternal Lord, my Savior, my Sustainer, my Protector and Shield, my Helper and Prince of Peace, my Strength and Hope. Words cannot express, what You were, are and will be forever. Thank You, that this does not only apply to the world seasons, but also to me personally, to every single life. You were in our past, You are in our present, and are most certainly in our future. You are there every moment, with open arms and a heart filled with love and compassion. In this manner You reveal the Father to us and secure in Your heart we can experience a glimmer of eternity, breathing in Your Presence, sensing Your heartbeat.<br><br>Tanja Graube <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5000'>[mehr]</a><br><a href='http://daily-message.de/uebersichtn.php?name=Das%20Daily-Message%20Team'>Das Daily-Message Team</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=5000Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:39:46 +0200 God's wrath – our witness - Daily-Messagehttp://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5221<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>God's wrath – our witness</font><br>They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.” (Ezekiel 7:19)</td></tr> <tr><td colspan=3>The Prophet Ezekiel declared the downfall of Jerusalem – the false prophets said the opposite, saying that a loving God would never allow it (Ezekiel 13:1-16). The religious do-good ministers and moral-apostles argue in precisely the same manner today. They say that they are doing well and that all one's needs will be met, and in the end reason will regulate everything. They want to make things work somehow – even without God! This is the situation in the world today. Gospel preachers are also struggling against windmills and false prophets and the erroneous belief of many people with regard to solving the problems of the world. Certainly one also contends against atheists or people with erroneous beliefs, who either discuss the slander of Christians or their imagined fantasies. It is said that there is no God and that, fundamentally, it has always been the pious who have been responsible for all the unhappiness in the world – such as religious wars, fundamentalists, terrorists, crusades, fanatics, inquisitions and mental attitudes which state that there is only one way which leads to heaven, salvation and peace with God (John 14:6). For many this is the height of intolerance and therefore rigorously rejected. That man is evil, in accordance with the Bible, many see as pious incitement and lovelessness. And someone who preaches God's judgement, His righteousness, holiness and wrath, is spurned. However the God of the Bible is also a God of wrath. When one becomes aware of this, no possessions, influence, and religiosity will be of benefit. Our soul needs God – it comes from the eternal God and belongs to HIM. That we are alive was never our own idea.<br><br>That God is God, some only experience when it is too late or when they come face to face with God's wrath. Perhaps that which is happening in the world today, is already judgement and predecessors of the coming dark ruler – the Antichrist who is coming!? He will also profess to be able to solve problems. But, do people wake up now? Hopefully, and I think there are people who, through spirit and truth recognize the signs of the times and acknowledge God's gift of saving grace so that they may not perish in their souls, but live (Luke 13:3). Basically, people should be grateful that there are still Christians who can and want to tell them about God and reveal Him to them. Thus we become (in all our weaknesses) the salt of the earth. In Matthew 5:13 we read: “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” One can definitely say this about Ezekiel too, who spoke to the people in his time, in an awe-inspiring manner which was effective even without words. And whoever listened to him was simultaneously blessed by God. It would be awesome and of great value if the same could be said about us. Amen. <a href='http://en.daily-message.com/?nr=5221'>[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=5221Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:38:46 +0200