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Thoughts on the Bible text

And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 8: 18–19

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What have Chief Apostle Richard Fehr and Apostle David Thang in common? Both were ordained Apostles in Bern on 25th May 1980. He and our retired Apostle David Kap Cin from Myanmar together with Bert Woll (Canada) Khushal (Pakistan) Okoh (Nigeria) and Muth (Colombia) were called into this ministry by Chief Apostle Hans Urwyler. David was barely 35 years old.

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Thoughts on the Bible text:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Luke 12: 34

Introduction

The passage from the Gospel of Luke, which we are using for this evening’s devotional, is connected with Jesus’ statements on the kingdom of God. Jesus makes clear what the attitude of a person who longs for the kingdom of God should be like. A key characteristic of such a person is to have a strong trust in God, which enables them to not let the worries and needs of everyday life Continue reading
District Apostle Edy Isnugroho explained to us why the new creation within us is very important in order to be able to reach the goal. If we are in Christ, what does it mean? to be in Christ means our life is for Him, we believe in Jesus, we want to imitate Him.

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Worldwide online divine service planned for Pentecost

Zurich. “Anyone who can attend a divine service in person on Pentecost Sunday should do so,” was the clear view of Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider. Nevertheless, there are many Church members for whom this will not be possible. It is for their benefit that the Church leader wishes to organise a collective divine service online.

Usually it is only every two years that Pentecost services in the New Apostolic Church are celebrated as global divine services. It is the Church’s publishing house that takes responsibility for these events using its ample technical infrastructure. In many countries, the service is transmitted by satellite, either live or with a time delay. The publishing house has already had many years of experience in this field. Pentecost divine services of this kind have already taken place in various congregations in Africa and Europe, for example, last year in Goslar, Germany. Continue reading

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
John 15: 11

Introduction
The Bible text for today’s devotional is taken from the farewell discourse of Jesus. Shortly before His crucifixion Jesus once again speaks at length to His Continue reading

Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. (Romans 6:4,5).

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The Church Leader hereby announce the following matters:

1. Divine services are held normally, that is, with the attendance of Brothers and Sisters in the church, as well as by streaming. Divine services in congregations can be held normally if the local conditions allow and it depends on the direction and policy of the local national government. If divine services in a congregation have not been able to be held normally, they will still be held via streaming. Health protocols, social and physical distancing must be kept in mind. If the government limits the number of participants in divine services, we must adjust to it.

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