The concept of peace strongly characterises the Advent and Christmas season. But what do we mean by peace? A guide to Jesus Christ, the bringer of peace, for a peaceful start to the new year I am dedicating this sermon for the 2nd Advent to a truly Christmassy concept! It is not called a gift, nor a candle, nor a fondue chinoise, but simply peace! It was a night when an angel announced the birth of the Saviour to the shepherds in the field. Suddenly the night was as bright as day and they were... 

World 2.0

28 November 2021 
Deep in our hearts we long very much for a better world. Jesus came to us to show us this better world, His Kingdom. If we follow Him, we will bring His Kingdom (World 2.0) into this world. I like to remember the moment when I flew to Canada for the first time. And it was doubly wonderful because it was right after my recruit school. I was immediately fascinated by the nature, the vastness, the possibilities and... 
"What I advise you now is more important than anything else: Watch your thoughts, for they will decide your life!" (Proverbs 4:23). Toxic thoughts, who does not know them? There are millions of people who struggle with an unconscious, destructive thought life and think there is no way out. Barbara Benz has found a way out and today she travels at home and abroad with her experience as a trained coach and speaker. She loves to train people to change their thinking and... 
Regarding the transformation into Jesus-likeness (metamorphosis), there are various stumbling blocks. One might say, "Yes, but this one says ... and that one says ...". Look at the way they live their lives. If the fruits of a life according to the Sermon on the Mount are not visible, such prophets have no authority for you. But it is not only a matter of prudence, but also of personal discernment. Am I a good tree with good fruit? We must not frantically try to bring forth good fruit, but strive to be a good... 
Knowing God is the most important thing. My lip service and even miracles in the name of God are insignificant if I do not know God. Knowing God means that I put all my trust in him. This trust is called faith. By being rooted on a good foundation - Jesus Christ - good deeds can come about. Faith and being rooted can be seen in the fact that my life is driven by love. I lived in Bern for almost four years. Often when I had visitors... 
The parable of the broad and narrow way has a formative and rather moralistic impact history. This was probably not Jesus' intention. In the context of the teaching on character and virtue in the Sermon on the Mount, He wants to tell us: Stop saying, "But that's what gets me into trouble." Be prepared to pay the price for living according to God's standards. It is the condition for transformation towards Christlikeness. When I was a child, I didn't just go to school during the week.... 

The Golden Rule

24 October 2021 
"Deal with others as others should deal with you. This sentence sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 7:12 NLB). This is the so-called Golden Rule of Jesus. In this one sentence is the potential to change the world for the better. After the Golden Rule, the commandment of love is a second summary of the Law and the Prophets. When we deal proactively and in love with others, God's kingdom definitely takes shape. ... 
Ask - receive, seek - find, knock - it will be opened to you. This is how simply Jesus describes the life of prayer. Unfortunately, this statement does not correspond much with our experience. How often do we ask, seek, knock, but there is no response. This is because most of the time we pray with too much of an "I" fixation. Our Father in heaven wants to do us good and knows exactly what is good for us. But first we have to recognise what we should ask, seek and knock for. It goes... 
People tend to look down on others and judge their behaviour, lives, etc. This is often done out of sheer arrogance to boost their own self-esteem. This is often done out of sheer arrogance to increase their own self-esteem. Jesus asks us to start with ourselves first. We are to recognise the bars in our lives and stop doing so. In doing so, we realise that it is impossible for us humans to live up to the high standard of the Sermon on the Mount. This in turn drives us into the arms of Jesus Christ, who mercifully accepts us. Overcoming our own (religious) arrogance.... 

Serene engagement

03 October 2021 
He who finds his ultimate support in the heavenly Father becomes serene. Free of worry and fear, he can focus on the kingdom of God. This means committing oneself to the values of peace, joy and justice in all areas of life. Whoever does this without reserve will experience God's provision by means of many coincidences. The metamorphic cycle is: Serenity from prayer - commitment to the kingdom of God - provision by chance. The entry point is in prayer - enjoying filiation and cultivating communion with... 
In faith, we stumble over our own ideas from time to time. In dealing with them, we feel the hand of God changing us. "Such a day, as beautiful as today...such a day, it should never pass." There was a day in my life when I could have sung that line with all my heart. On the day of my conversion! The counsellor explained to me, using Isaiah 53, that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and He offers forgiveness. This I... 
The way out of the treadmill of worry, that is, out of the fixation on myself, is through the "single eye", that is, through a reorientation of the gaze. And this happens through prayer. It becomes clear that the metamorphosis of man exceeds human possibilities and efforts. The Prayer of the Unfather leads him beyond himself into the encounter with the heavenly Father. Thus he finds simplicity. In the process, the two cardinal virtues of serenity and single-mindedness are cultivated. In the following of Jesus lies... 
The middle of the Sermon on the Mount is about prayer. Prayer is also the key to transforming a person into the example of Jesus Christ. Jesus mentions two obstacles on the way to good character: Hypocrisy and pious performance. If we fall prey to these, our character will be corrupted. From the father-child relationship with God comes liberation and change. The Greek philosopher Aristotle taught that whoever wants to cultivate his character must have a goal. Then it is a matter of... 
God wants to free us from our wrong priorities and fears. Jesus saved us on the cross, thereby giving us the freedom to make good choices. He sets us free to choose the right path, even if it is not always easy. This freedom brings real life, which rewards us with abundant fruit. Aron Ralston, a gifted climber and mountaineer, was looking forward to some time alone in Bluejohn Canyon in Utah America. Far away from any civilisation,... 
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to do good. However, it should not be about being praised. Love for fellow human beings and God should be the supporting motive and result in a giving lifestyle. For some time now, I have been financially supporting a family in India in their livelihood. When I visited the family in January 2020, I assumed that they thanked me for my support. So I spent the few days... 
We are knitted differently and yet all ingeniously created by God, no matter whether it is an exhibition piece or a chamber pot! We've been seeing a potter's hands in the countdown and teaser for more than half a year now. What does that do for you? Some people get the urge to try something like that. Others, on the other hand, don't like to get their hands dirty. To start with, we listen to the prophet Isaiah, who says of his people before God: "Lord, you are our... 

Become like daddy

15 August 2021 
Daddy is the best! This is especially true of the heavenly Daddy. HE is merciful and of great goodness and combines all the other excellent qualities. A person's calling is to become more like this God. Let yourselves be transformed in your being! Our contribution is to appreciate this God, spend time with Him and listen to Him. Everything else will run by itself. I can still hear a sentence by René Winkler, which he... 
Make Love, not War ("Make love, not war"). This catchphrase sums up love of enemies succinctly. Instead of war, followers of Jesus are to respond to hostility with love. The Father in heaven serves as a model for an exceptional lifestyle. He is not only a role model, but he wants to transform us into this character through metamorphosis. Carlos Ortiz, the pastor of the fastest growing church in Buenos Aires, told a story at a conference. For many years he had been... 
It's about the power guzzlers of today and the very practical question: How do we Christians recharge our batteries with God? Life needs strength! Children, young people and adults are sometimes stretched to their limits. That's why at the beginning of July there was a widespread sigh of relief: "Holidays at last!" And isn't it: We all need times when we can switch off. Times to breathe a sigh of relief, to draw strength, because life challenges us all and every now and then we ask ourselves:... 
God's power shows itself in miracles that we can perceive with our natural eyes. But miracles are not the daily portion of God's power that we need most. If we want to experience God's power permanently, deeply and existentially, so that our feelings, thoughts and actions are gripped by it, then we must learn to see with the inner eyes, with the eyes of the heart. Power means freedom of action. There are those who have power, those who exercise power, those who play power games and those who have power. Power does not have a good reputation. That is why there are... 
Isaiah says, "Yes, Lord, you are a God who hides Himself, you God and Saviour of Israel." We all experience the hiddenness of God, often just when we need Him most. What is important to persevere in such times and give a boost to our faith? Jesus can become an example to us in this regard too. Last Sunday in the sermon, a woman from Humlikon was quoted as saying the following in the documentary film on the 1963 plane crash: "Before...

Rooted in love

11 July 2021 
The foundation in our Christian life is the deep knowledge of God's love. This being loved is the breeding ground for a close and deep relationship with God. This relationship changes us, brings growth and enables us to pass on this love. It was a cool, foggy September morning in 1963. The seats on the plane were all filled with expectant, excited travellers who had been looking forward to this day for a long time. Then, finally, at 7:13 a.m., the two turbines howled and... 
The glory of God is the combined total of all His grandiose divine attributes. Everything combined together makes God a glorious God. Jesus Christ put aside divine glory when he came to earth as a man. On the cross he was glorified and thereby made access to God's glory possible for us. When we look at the crucified and risen Jesus, we recognise God's glory and are changed into it. The Sermon on the Mount makes it clear that in the metamorphosis... 
Doubts can be encouraging, annoying or dangerous - and can even be used as a weapon. No wonder doubts also appear in the prayer of Francis of Assisi: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, that I may bring faith where doubt threatens." "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, that I may bring faith where doubt threatens." The very fact that Francis of Assisi mentions doubt in his profound prayer shows how close doubt often is to us. When you look at... 
René Winkler is Head of Continuing Education & Events at St.Chrischona Theological Seminary (tsc). He speaks about the parable of the two prodigal sons and concludes that it is about becoming like the father. There is no flowing text of this sermon. 
You can compare Our Father to a mountain region: It is vast and full of beautiful places. We are taking a train ride through the middle of the Lord's Prayer to get to know it better and to marvel at it. A fortnight ago we met to start the Lifegroup Weekend together. We had a lot of fun! - For example, at the "Shiitli um" or in the canoe. And we studied the Lord's Prayer, probably the best known prayer in Christianity. I was very happy to see how much joy you all had in... 
Many think that the motto "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" is a very anarchic and bloodthirsty one. The opposite is the case: this instruction served as a precept of the public courts and helped to curb evil. Jesus then addresses the personal dealings among his followers. There, virtues such as gentleness and magnanimity are to be promoted. There is a clear differentiation between the task of the state and the personal handling of conflicts. A sandbox scenario could look like this: Jonas steals Lars, his neighbour's boy,... 
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus challenges us to speak the truth. The tension between truth and lies runs through the whole Bible. Lie is the mother tongue of Satan, truth is the mother tongue of God. In order to find the truth, our hearts must be changed by the one who is the truth. In the process, we are confronted with the abysses of our heart and being. No problem, Jesus can transform our being! There is a saying, "The pen is mightier than the sword." You can achieve more with words... 
At the first Pentecost, the people present experienced some supernatural phenomena: fire, wind and foreign languages. Today, the Holy Spirit still wants to work among the followers of Jesus. In order to still experience the Holy Spirit today, we have to direct our focus on the decisive things in life and learn to wait patiently. This is the path to true metamorphosis as well as experiencing supernatural events. Pentecost is the birthday of the Church. The reason is that on Pentecost the Holy... 
Where does Jesus want to take me a step further? Where does he want to encourage me to do something in view of him and his kingdom that I have never done before! Is it my turn to take a step in faith and extraordinary love? We were invited to a birthday party 10 days ago. We had a toast on a beautiful sun terrace with a view of the mountains - wonderful! A woman is there who is leaving with her partner in a few days for a three-month sailing trip. A married couple reports on their... 

Yes, I want

09 May 2021 
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus also speaks about marriage and divorce. Because the marriage covenant is fundamentally holy and indissoluble, he does so very restrictively. The only reason that legitimises divorce and remarriage is fornication. Jesus can probably only set such a high standard because he creates a new heart in his followers and thus enables them to be faithful and to love. Marriage is a cloister that God has chosen to make us more like Him. The same goal is pursued by metamorphosis.... 
Summary: In the midst of thousands of questions and answers in the topic of "identity", the Bible asks us one question that is much more important than all the others: Are you born again? The new birth redeems us from our old condition - death - and gives us new life through Jesus. This identity floods all other facets of our being. At the Lifegroup Weekend a year ago, you - Selina, Svea, Immanuel, Janik, Peniel and Timon - requested that we talk about "identity" this morning.... 
Summary: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks in a few words about sex as an expression of lust and as an expression of love. God as the inventor of sexuality talks about it in a very relaxed and helpful way. The first call to man was to be fruitful and multiply. And then came the Sabbath. God has given us two things: sexual life as a joy to express love, and the gift to control the urges. This sermon is about the basics for... 
Summary: Many Christians have heard hundreds of sermons, but are amazed and excited when they learn a lot about themselves, about good communication and conflict management in a company staff seminar. Yet the Bible has much to say that is suitable for everyday life. This sermon relates Bible texts to the topics mentioned. Once a woman had spread rumours about her neighbours and slandered them. This caused a lot of trouble. A long time later she repented and asked her neighbour for forgiveness. He forgave her... 
Summary: Jesus does not abrogate the Torah in the Sermon on the Mount, but interprets it correctly. Thus he says that we should not only not kill, but also not cover our neighbour with evil words. He gets to the root of the problem. In today's sermon we learn how to deal with each other with dignity in case of conflict. Since Jesus values life very much, it is very important to him that no one is shamed. In England, a man robbed a bank. In the process he was... 
Peter in the "cross-fire" of Jesus' resurrection. A rupture that ends in departure. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for in his great mercy he has given us new birth. Now we have a living hope, because Jesus Christ has risen from the dead" (1 Peter 1:3 NL). Easter morning - that was a turbulent morning! Two women want to embalm the body of Jesus, but he is no longer there. The tomb is empty. An angel frightens them, but... 
Today is Good Friday, in three days Easter. This sequence also applies to the personal and faith process towards maturity. Paul wants to experience the resurrection power of Christ. For this to happen, he also wants to share in his suffering and become like him even into his dying. This sermon explains the significance of this truth for our lives. It seems to me that it happens more and more often that my wife Silvia says something about which thoughts are running through my head at the same time. At the same time... 
In the parable of the sower, Jesus describes a metamorphosis of the heart. The Word of God wants to change our hearts so that we grow and bear much fruit. God wants to send us out into this world as his ambassadors so that everyone can experience the Good News today. Metamorphosis is the annual theme of seetal chile and also appears in the title of today's sermon. Metamorphosis, the Greek word for transformation. Nature shows this transformation process in the impressive example of the inconspicuous caterpillar.... 

Law or Mercy!?

14 March 2021 
In the Sermon on the Mount there are six theses which are translated as "You have heard that it says in the Law of Moses: ... But I say to you". How did Jesus relate to the law of the Old Testament? What is the relationship between law and grace? And what does the better righteousness mean that Jesus demands from his disciples? Such and other interesting and relevant questions will be clarified in this sermon. What did Jesus change about the way we live? Normally Christians are of the following conviction:... 
The city on the mountain describes a place of longing and is an image for heaven on earth. It is an image for the kingdom of God that is invisibly building itself in us and around us. It is a city that reaches far beyond geographical and political boundaries and where Jesus is the undisputed ruler on the throne. In this city built with living stones, Jesus is the cornerstone. With the surrender of our lives in baptism.... 
We wonder how Peter's experiences influenced his metamorphosis. The metamorphosis of Simon Peter begins on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where he is cleaning the fishing nets together with three others. Then Jesus comes. He looks at Simon very long and attentively and says: "You are Simon, the son of John, but you will be called Cephas" - this is the Aramaic word for Peter and means "rock" (Jn 1:40-42). Jesus is soon surrounded by a crowd. He ascends... 
The first part of the Sermon on the Mount is about "city development". God is the creator and builder of the city, which is visibly situated on a mountain (Matthew 5:14). The virtues from the Beatitudes are something like the entrance gate to this city and at the same time a description of the culture that prevails there. People who dance to God's music make up this city, the kingdom of God. The first part of the Sermon on the Mount is about "urban development". Austria's Vienna, Germany's Freiburg and St. Gallen in Switzerland bear... 
The audience heard the Sermon on the Mount with Jewish ears. There are many images in it that set the head cinema of those present in motion. We approach the Sermon on the Mount from the Old Testament. In the Psalms we discover the three-step process: building virtue and character, realising God's reign, and trusting God and praying. The metamorphosis should lead us to learn to dance to the music of God. Once upon a time there was a little boy. His father sat in the same room and wanted to read the newspaper.... 
Jesus has chosen us and destined us to produce fruit in our lives. These fruits are Good Actions, character traits from the Holy Spirit and people coming to faith in Jesus. But fruit can only grow under the right circumstances, which is why Jesus commissioned us to "abide in his love". The best conditions for fruits to grow, only exist in the bond with Jesus. Whoever reminds himself again and again of how firmly he is loved by God and who protects himself from... 
Experiencing metamorphosis. Living between "I nimm es wie's chunnt!" and my wishes for change. "This good news that has reached you is spreading all over the world. Everywhere it is changing people's lives, just as it changed yours from the moment you heard and knew the truth about the grace of God" (Colossians 1:6 NL). Change - that's a scary word for some, because they love it when everything continues in the usual style. "Only ...

Dying towards life

24 January 2021 
The metamorphosis "Let your being be transformed!" describes the process of a follower of Jesus in transforming from ego-nature to Jesus-likeness. Jesus needs the image of the grain of wheat that has to die in the earth so that it can bear much fruit. A follower of Jesus dies in the metamorphosis towards life. The focus of this sermon is on life in the adult stage. What does this look like in the key areas of life - money and possessions, career and employment, and family and friends?... 
The environment in which a spiritual metamorphosis (transformation of being) can happen is following Jesus. Jesus sets the bar for discipleship very high and thus excludes all sympathisers. Neither material comfort nor a job nor a profession nor family or friends may stand between Jesus and his followers. But - there is a huge promise on discipleship: "And everyone who leaves houses, brothers, sisters, father, mother, children or fields for my name's sake will have everything returned to him a hundredfold, and will have the... 
Metamorphosis in zoology is the transformation of the larval form to the adult stage - for example, from a larva to a butterfly. The same term is also used in the Bible in Romans 12:2: "Be transformed in your being!" This is a very interesting description of the maturing process of a follower of Jesus. The imperative challenges us to allow a process in our own lives that is entirely outside our own capabilities. No one can bring themselves into spiritual maturity. This... 

That makes sense!

25 December 2020 
A Christmas message about lights, candlesticks and the illuminated. Today's motto: "Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord! ( Psalm 144:15). "Behold, I proclaim great joy to you, which shall be to all the people: for unto you is born this day a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord, in the city of David" ( Luke 2:10-11). We are living in a brightly lit Christmas world at the moment. We live in a paradise of lights to rejoice in from the heart. Here and there, thousands of lights shine on us.... 
Simeon is a man who lived in Jerusalem at the time of the birth of Christ. He lived an Adventist life because he was eagerly waiting for the Messiah. But then it came to an encounter with Christ: he saw Jesus with his eyes and even took him in his arms. The quintessence of this Christmas encounter is that Simeon experienced supreme joy and was able to die in peace. Those who encounter Jesus Christ will still experience this today. After the birth of her son Jesus, according to Jewish law, Mary was considered forty days... 
How does it work: waiting for Jesus to come again? We ask Jesus and the two apostles Paul and Peter. Waiting sucks! What happens when you stand on the platform and the train doesn't come? Already three minutes late, no announcement, no notice on the platform screen! "No, this can't be happening! It's always the same". Our dining table lamp, which we bought at the beginning of the year, has given up the ghost. We were told that it would take about 4-6 weeks to repair. At the beginning of the week I... 
Gideon lays out the fleece twice and receives confirmation that God wants to give him victory against Midian. His army consists of 32,000 men, but they are reduced to 300. God does not want the Israelites to boast that they had saved themselves by their own strength. Trumpets, clay jars and torches play a role in the battle. This represents that God was in the midst of His people. The victory was won only through Him. The sermon gives strong... 
God has offered us a new covenant through Jesus. Using Hebrews 3 and 5, I want to talk about what the Father's thoughts are about us and what it means for us as Christians, as followers and imitators of Jesus. I want to talk about how much we are co-incarnated in Jesus and belong to his family and what it means to grow up as his followers. A few months ago I went through a process where I questioned what... 
The people of Israel experienced a very difficult time a few years after their entry into the Promised Land. Over a period of seven years they were plundered and pillaged by the Midianites. To lead the people out of their misery, God calls the fearful Gideon out of hiding and addresses him as a "hero" of all things. When God wants to intervene in a situation, he often calls ordinary people who feel weak. A coward coupled with God's strength makes a hero. Sometimes you hear... 
Nathalie was a top athlete in the 1,500 and 5,000-metre races. She was part of the Swiss national athletics squad until a burnout and depression threw her off track. In a conversation, she gives us an insight into her athletic rise and how she overcame her crisis - away from the pious pressure to perform and towards a new relationship with God. 
King Hezekiah had an extremely difficult inheritance to bear. His father did everything the Lord had forbidden. Hezekiah broke away from his family history and took a stand of his own. He burned all the idols and utensils of idolatry in the Kidron Valley and reintroduced worship. Characteristic of Hezekiah is his trust in God. Because of this, he succeeded in everything he did. When he was deathly ill, God gave him an additional 15 years of life. They were not good for him. He overestimated himself... 
Jonathan is a man - unlike his father King Saul - who lives God's dreams through his faith. In the face of formidable superiority, he makes the decision to pursue God's goals. Jonathan makes it clear that initiative and risk-taking are spiritually valuable and necessary qualities. His conviction is: "It is not hard for the LORD to help by much or little" (1 Samuel 14:6). Jonathan experienced this impressively together with his loyal armour-bearer. Around 1000 B.C., Israelite tribes had Saul... 
Is the Gospel more than eternal life? To be with God once? Of course! Eternal life begins already here on earth. Through Jesus Christ we have access to God's grace. What does grace mean? We want to look at this together and let ourselves be inspired anew by the Gospel. Using the story of David and Mefibosheth, we will see how God wants to bless your life today and how you can become a blessing to others. In Moldova this year we have many... 
Agur is a wise man with high self-knowledge and self-awareness. He knows his weaknesses and temptations: falsehood and lies, and having too much or too little. He prays to God to keep this away from him. Basically, he prays for authenticity, for truth and for a lifestyle of contentment and frugality. These are the conditions he needs so that he can live out of a healthy relationship with God. Like you and me. Our whole economic system is based on... 
How do we manage to stand together despite all our idiosyncrasies and differences? In the Bible we meet two men in the temple who avoid each other. Both have something to say to us! Have you also experienced that Jesus preached to you personally? Through an experience, a person or an image - in a dream or in front of your eyes? Rosmarie and I wanted children soon after we got married, but we had to wait 8 years... 
Being spoiled by his father, rejection and betrayal by his vengeful brothers, all the injustices in Egypt - Joseph seems predestined for a victim role. How can someone cope with such a past? The key was the renunciation of taking on God's role, the trust in God's goodness and the desire to live his life for God's glory. Our prisons are full of people who, on closer inspection, experienced a bad childhood with sad experiences. A father who again and again... 
We cannot influence what happens WITH us, but we can influence what happens IN us. Joseph was able to draw an extremely positive (interim) balance of his life at the age of 40. And this despite the fact that he had bad starting conditions for his life. In a long 22 years he learned to persevere, to embrace suffering and to look forward with hope. This shaped him into a man who saved the lives of many people. Some people find realisation despite many odds and crises.... 
On his journey so far, Joseph has already learned a lot in terms of character and fear of God. Now his first successes are beginning to show. He is hired as a personal servant by one of Pharaoh's ministers. Everything is going well. Nevertheless, things go downhill again. Completely unjustly, he is thrown into prison and forgotten there. But in the end, he grows even more into his destiny. He learns two essential things: to put his trust in God alone and to look away from himself. Joseph was the favourite son... 
We look at the 12 disciples and ask ourselves what lessons we can learn from them for our togetherness in the congregation. The term "disciple" originally refers to the pupils of a teacher. In the Old Testament world, disciples belonged to a rabbi or a prophet; in the Greek world, they gathered around philosophers. The forerunner of Jesus, John the Baptist, already had his disciples, as did Jesus. We encounter the term disciple only... 
His brothers threw Joseph into a well. There he sat, full of fear and with no prospects for the future. But God was already pulling the strings in the background. Joseph later says: "God turned all the evil you planned into good. In this way he wanted to save the lives of many people" (Genesis 50:20 NL). We are simply no longer used to dealing with pain, suffering and death. Yet it is the way God shapes us and makes us salt and light on this... 
Daniel served three godless kings in his lifetime. In a culture that can be described as demonic, he takes influence and meets the people of this culture full of wisdom and insight. He becomes a high and respected man. Through an active relationship with the living God and a strong foundation in the scriptures, he manages to resist the propaganda of the Babylonian Empire and becomes a blessing to many people. A man full of wisdom and insight If you have been... 

New territory

16 August 2020 
Those who want to discover new lands need courage. It challenges us to take steps in faith, even though we do not know where the journey is going. We do not yet know the path we should take. But Joshua gives us advice in the Bible on what we should pay attention to when we are on the way to discover new things. Firstly, our eyes should always be on God (Ark of the Covenant), and secondly, it is important that we start new adventures with a pure heart. Oh how... 
Joseph had dreams at the age of 17 that would actually come true thirteen years later. From his dreams to his destiny, there were many tests and challenges to pass. One of them was the pride test. God helped him to become a humble person. From the first meeting between Jacob and Rachel he knew: for this woman I am ready to give everything! Laban, Rachel's father, knew how to use this and let him spend seven years for... 
We humans are so different, and so are we Christians. We have our days. We have our imprints. We have our preferences. We have our expectations. We have our inclinations... Is a close brotherly and sisterly togetherness in the church possible at all? Comment of Jesus: All things are possible to him who believes! A girl once said: "I am glad that I have my brother, even if some days it gives me the greatest pleasure to wring his neck.... 
God is good. His goodness is a gift and does not have to be earned. But there are moments when God's goodness remains hidden from us, times when God seems to turn against us. The prophet Jeremiah describes harrowing negative experiences he has with God. But he maintains that there is still a "remnant" of God's goodness and shows the way in which he "taps into" this remnant... It is a word from the book of Lamentations that we... 
Fascinating flashes from the lives and faith of others! In two sermons we will look into the lives of three brothers and sisters, first from the OT (today 19 July) and then (2 August) from the NT. I am pursuing two goals: I want to know how their fraternal coexistence worked. I want to know if certain observations can be transferred to our fraternal coexistence in the congregation - which would be a blessing for all of us! Here in the congregation we have the good habit of... 
After Jesus had chosen his twelve disciples, he took them to his side to instruct them. Hardly knowing what to expect, they listened intently to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. "You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world". With this statement, Jesus gave them and all others who were listening - and who believed in him - the task of making the Father in heaven and his kingdom known to the whole world. Powerful words, which to this day have neither... 
When Abraham has to sacrifice his long-awaited and beloved son Isaac, his trust in God is severely tested. Abraham passes this test because he trusts that God is good and has ways in store that he does not yet know about. Today, God is no longer looking for material sacrifices, but for our undivided hearts. Abraham was in awe of God. That is the condition to be obedient even when it seems to one's disadvantage. The consequence of this is blessing.... 
Prayers are deeply rooted in an active relationship with God. They are based on asking God again and again what he wants to do, and then praying and acting on it. If we don't deepen our relationship with Jesus, our prayers are ineffective and don't hit the mark. Wow, you saw it in the theatre, this sermon today is about prayer! And very classically it was shown in the prayer for healing. But I want to say right up front that.... 
It seems as if Lot had no ethical compass, just drifted along and took the path of least resistance. Accordingly, his life resembles a series of misfortunes. How can we make wise and sustainable choices in our lives? Despite everything, Lot goes down in history as a "righteous man". This has much to do with the prayer of his uncle Abraham. With Lot, Abraham's nephew, many things were not right. But there is no example that... 
The parents Adam and Eve gave their second son the name Abel, which means breath or nothingness. This was repeatedly attributed to him through his name. Words have power. Abel, despite his short life, became the first example of faith (Hebrews 11:4). Unlike Cain, he sacrificed the first and best to God. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes Abel to task. If he noticed that Cain had something against him, he should have approached him and solved the problem.... 
Why is there so much injustice in this world? Or is God even unjust? Cain felt that he was being neglected and unappreciated by his brother Abel. Deeply offended and consumed by envy, he gave free rein to violence and killed his brother. God had shown him a better way to deal with his negative feelings. Nevertheless, God gave Cain a second chance. He should live, a marked man, but live. Have mercy on us, Lord. Why is it that a person is diagnosed with... 
Saul was anointed as the first king over Israel. As equipment for this, the Spirit of God came upon him. He was SPIRITED. The Spirit caused him to speak prophetically, to be transformed into another person and to be led by God. Through disobedience to God, he was deSPIRITED, the Lord turned away from him, which ultimately ended in suicide. We can learn much from this story for our life with the Holy Spirit. An advocate (literally the summoned one) is a lawyer or... 
Noah lived in a corrupt world - people turned away from God. But Noah found grace with God. He walked his path with him, listened to him and thus became a light in the society of that time. Through Jesus, we too are called and empowered to live as lights in a corrupt world. Also today we take time to get to know a person from the Bible. I wanted to take a person from the book of Genesis with a... 
Hagar had to stand in as a slave for Sarah, Abraham's wife, because she could not have children. When she was pregnant, the two women had a catfight, so Hagar fled into the desert. There she met an angel who told her to humble herself and go back. Hagar called the Lord who had spoken to her El Roi - God who sees me. Because she received kudos from God, she was able to go back to the emotional wreckage. Have you already... 
Jesus says: "For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.'" (Matthew 12:48-50). Along with an appreciation for mothers, the sermon looks at how we ourselves can become mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters to one another. The sermon is peppered with experiences and much motivation to live spiritual family togetherness as a congregation! Mother's Day! I especially welcome you mothers and I sincerely hope that you have the most comfortable seats today! It... 
Judah is instrumental in the sale of his brother Joseph to Egypt. He then goes down to Canaan. Canaan stands for love of the temptations of the world. After acting out his sexual needs on his disguised daughter-in-law Tamar, he realises his guilt and turns back. Now he is even willing to lay down his life for his brother. Judah was a brother of Joseph who caused Joseph to be sold into slavery in Egypt (Genesis...
Eve was tempted by the serpent in the Garden of Eden on three levels: Greed, avarice and ostentation. These are the same temptations we still encounter today and seem to be the apt response to our longing for happiness. The result is ultimately shame and deficit. People do not become happy through external things, but in love for God and in being there for other people. Hans had served his boss faithfully for seven years and received a lump of gold as a reward, which was so... 
When the serpent tempted humans in the Garden of Eden, Adam stood silently and passively beside his wife. This pattern has been repeated millions of times over the course of time. Many men shut themselves off when things become confusing or threatening. The second Adam, Jesus Christ, changes the sign completely. We find ourselves in the most beautiful idyll in the Garden of Eden. Recently I photographed a picture on which the following text was printed next to a magnificent landscape: "Eden in Thurgau - the Thurgau landscape as... 

The gardener

12 April 2020 
The risen Jesus meets Mary at the empty tomb as a gardener. God is like a gardener for us. He knows how to transform barren land into a flourishing garden. Easter turns a Good Friday of mourning into a Good Friday, a story of mourning into a story of hope. When the houses are built on a development and the first people move into their flats, the surroundings are still brown, dirty and dreary. The gardener is the last professional to come and take care of this dreariness, creating a garden,... 

The cross

10 April 2020 
For some, nonsensical, unnecessary, simply a scandal; for others, the basis for their new life with God. In addition, we experience Andreas on his interesting path to faith. Andreas sits on the floor and rolls a cigarette. For almost 3 weeks, the 18-year-old has been on a journey of self-discovery. All by himself, he rode his moped all the way to England and back, 3000 km. Now he is on his way back and is taking a break on a bench; his overalls are dirty, his... 
"Giants are also only dwarfs", from Caleb, the courageous spy of God. With the help of the Holy Spirit, I want to make it clear to my listeners that we can be courageous on the road with God, because huge challenges become small from his perspective. The sermon is preceded by a short film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq_r9SvtsDU&feature=youtu.be Put your hand on your heart and be honest. - Who among you would have dared to go to the cinema with this company? That takes a lot of courage, doesn't it? I myself would have gone to the cinema with... 
Elisha and his servant experience a story of seeing or not seeing in the face of an enemy army. Through a prayer of Elisha, Gehazi's vision was unlocked into the invisible spiritual reality. As a result, he lost all fear because he saw the armies of God far superior to worldly dangers. Even in our car driving lessons we were taught that we drive where we look. If we look at the tree on the bend, there is great danger of a collision. That is why in... 
Whoever listens to Jesus and acts accordingly is like a man who builds his house on rock. On the other hand, the one who only listens and does not act, sinks his life. A disciple responds to Jesus' invitation to follow him and now does everything he can to share his whole life with him and become like him. "Disciple" is another name for the person who has a rocky foundation. Small groups are the training centre on the way to becoming a disciple. The French Christian... 

Dream Team

15 March 2020 
What we can learn from Daniel and his dream team for our everyday life - in good and difficult times! We meet the people of God today at a moment when they could ask themselves: Is this the end of the people of God: we have lost our land, we are defeated by a foreign power; the temple, our sanctuary, is robbed and destroyed; i.e. end of worship! Their last kings led the people to spiritual and historical ruin. And the mighty Babylonian king.... 

The disciple

08 March 2020 
What is a disciple? To get to the bottom of this question, we look at the origin of all discipleship, rabbinism in Jewish Galilee. This is discipleship: I respond to Jesus' invitation to follow him and now put all my efforts into sharing all of life with him and becoming like him. The disciple is an apprentice or apprentice of Jesus. "Therefore go to all the nations and make disciples of them" (Matthew 28:19 NL). Before this... 
Ansgar Gmür was director of the Homeowners' Association, tenor, ventriloquist and tough businessman. Now he wants to become a pastor. Gmür was born the seventh of eight children into a mountain farming family in Amden. His mother died when he was eleven. Under his strict father, he had to work hard and had only a pair of shoes with holes. Even at 27, he was underweight and his doctor didn't want to believe that he didn't have enough money for food. But Gmür caught up with the Matura after his apprenticeship as a laboratory technician... 

Listen up

23 February 2020 
Samuel was a priest, prophet and centurion in Israel about 3000 years ago. In his younger years he learned to listen to and obey God. He expressed his experience in the following words to King Saul: "To obey him is very much better than to offer sacrifice, to listen to him is better than the fat of rams" (1Samuel 15:22). What is a life of listening and obeying as opposed to a life of offering sacrifices? The outstanding importance... 

The expensive word

16 February 2020 
Samuel was born into a time when the word of God was "dear". Completely clumsy and unaware, he began to listen to God's speaking. He humbly obeyed his God and thus became a priest, prophet and centurion in one person, the likes of which had not been seen since Moses. From his experience we can learn a lot for our own communication with God. When we listen to Him and obey Him, we become blessed and a blessing to others! As... 
God trusts us to grow beyond ourselves and thus become a blessing for others. Little Zacchaeus experienced much contempt in his life, but the loving care of Jesus changed everything. Jesus gave him the strength to grow far beyond himself. In the same way, Jesus turns to each of us and blesses us with his attention so that we in turn can bless others with care and encouragement. Think about it: Can you think of a situation in which you have been in contact with... 
How does a man of God live under God's blessing in everyday life? And what if he suddenly gets into a clinch and fear spreads? What we can learn from an Old Testament blessing bearer in the year 2020. Abram is about 70 years old when he leaves Ur in Chaldea with his father Terah and his wife Sarai, who is barren. His nephew Lot is also with him, his father having died young. The destination of the journey is Haran; either the Euphrates or the Tigris... 
"And Enoch walked with God" (Genesis 5:22). It is vital that we walk with God. This means that we walk through life believing and in union with God. The very best thing we can do in life is to accept Jesus into our lives and ask and seek His will. So let us walk with God. Enoch is one of the better known people in the Old Testament. This is because, together with Elijah, he was the only one who... 
In our basic documents, the mission of seetal chile is described with the words gathering, strengthening and sending. The vision picture of a village corresponds to this. Now we have noticed that the dimension of mission is completely missing from the picture and is also little emphasised in our community culture. We believe that we have reached a point where we should focus more on the mission and renew the vision picture accordingly. "When the salt comes on the meat, on the fish.... 

Like you and me

05 January 2020 
"I will bless you and you shall be a blessing" (according to Genesis 12:2). Abraham, the father of many nations, received this promise from God. God demanded an incredible departure from him: He was to leave his homeland, where he had already been rooted for 75 years. As a man blessed by God, he was to become a blessing for many other people and nations. In the life of Abraham and many other people we discover a common thread: God addresses people, blesses them and... 

Get your feet wet

29 December 2019 
God miraculously led Joshua and the Israelites through the Jordan River into the Promised Land. With the crossing of the Jordan, something new began and the promises of God began to be fulfilled. What can we learn from this moment so that we too can dare something new and thereby experience more of God's promises in our lives? It takes a new focus, a cleansing and, in the end, wet feet. In a few days a new year begins. Something new... 

Christmas - what then?

25 December 2019 
Did the main participants fall into a spiritual depression after the birth in Bethlehem? Not at all! The experiences of those days and nights continued to move them and they lived on for months and years. And what about us? Does Christmas live on in us into a new year? We have reached the peak of the Christmas celebrations 2019! Some events are already behind us; others we still have ahead of us. We merrily continue to celebrate with relatives, friends and loved ones. This is every year... 
John the Baptist makes it clear that apart from the usual Christmas preparations, there are a few other things that are important in view of the coming Lord: As a forerunner of Jesus, he calls for repentance and conversion. He proclaims the Saviour and shows that the way to the glory of God leads through him, the crucified Christ. As an evangelist, he does not cuddle, but speaks plainly and radically rejects any form of pious hypocrisy. Advent, this time before Christmas, is for... 
A prison cell is a good comparison for the Advent situation. The door is locked and can only be opened from the outside. In Jesus, God came to our world as a human being to free us from our prisons. The only appropriate response to God's grace, is Mary's when she says: "I am the servant of the Lord and bow to his will." On 21 November 1943, Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote from Nazi prison to his friend Eberhard Bethge: "Such a... 
In the parable in Luke 15, when the son returned home after a long time, his father presented him with a splendid dress, a finger ring and shoes. In addition, he slaughtered the fatted calf and threw a feast. All this means that the returnee was granted the identity of a son. Fathers and mothers also have the task of speaking identity to their children and this also in their gender. "In the home must begin what is to shine in the fatherland." This series of topics deals with... 

Injustice

24 November 2019 
Gaby Wentland is an internationally known speaker. She lives with her husband in Hamburg and has founded the association MISSION FREEDOM, which works against human trafficking and forced prostitution. Together with her team, they take in young women and children and accompany them to a new freedom. Her presentations are full of stories of people who have experienced God's love and power and have been changed by it. 
Gaby Wentland is an internationally known speaker. She lives with her husband in Hamburg and has founded the association MISSION FREEDOM, which works against human trafficking and forced prostitution. Together with her team, they take in young women and children and accompany them to a new freedom. Her presentations are full of stories of people who have experienced God's love and power and have been changed by it. 
God created marriage as a gift for us humans. What are the challenges of marriage? And what do man and woman do to make a marriage last - until death do us part? What is the position of husband and wife in the Christian community? There are marriage courses lasting several weeks. A couple is prepared for marriage in several meetings. And now I am supposed to present a sermon in 25 minutes that appeals to as many as possible and enriches and changes marriages?! To the... 
On the fifth commandment ("You shall honour your father and mother.") lies a huge promise. The implementation of this demand looks different in every phase of life. But it is always about respecting, honouring and strengthening the position of father and mother. The condition for adult children is that they have left father and mother. The goal is not independence, but hearts turned towards each other in freedom. "In the home must begin what is to shine in the fatherland." This sentence by Jeremias Gotthelf,... 
The fact that God presents Himself as Father in the Bible gives a huge dignity to the topics of parenting, upbringing and filiation. We may first enjoy God's fatherly qualities personally and then also apply them in parenting. God's parenting model describes itself with the words freedom, consistency and relationship. God's first priority is a heart relationship. Psychology says that what you experience in the first six years of life is your "normal". In other words, what you perceive as normal in life is what... 
A diametrically different personality type from Mary is Peter. He is a strongly extroverted person. When the community of Jesus' disciples was challenged, he was usually the quickest to react. He is an innovative, loud person, but he fails time and again because of his unsteadiness. Jesus takes care of him, changes him and gives him the great responsibility of being the rock on which Jesus builds his church. After the last sermon, I was asked the following question by email: What is Jesus? Intro?... 
The church needs both introverts and extroverts so that it can act thoughtfully! Two sermons deal with the interaction of people with these two personality orientations. Mary, the mother of Jesus, shows some clearly introverted characteristics. Today the focus is on introverts. They are challenged to grow into spiritually-emotionally mature people. Four weeks ago Debora Sommer was with us and preached on the topic "Curtain up for quiet Christians". I have been working on this topic for about a year and have... 

What is a name?

13 October 2019 
In the Bible, the story of David and Mefi-Bosheth gives a powerful picture of how God deals with us. God reveals his own restorative nature in the way David restores the son of his friend Jonathan. What is a name? The thing we call a rose would smell just as lovely under any other name. This is the famous question that Juliet asks in William Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece. The names Capulet and Montague were for Romeo and Juliet... 

Do good

06 October 2019 
Doing good deeds that Jesus has prepared for us! What does that mean? How do we access these deeds? How active are we in doing good and how active is God? "For we are God's creation. He created us anew in Christ Jesus to carry out the good deeds he prepared for our lives" (Ephesians 2:10 NL). This text is a firm ground on which we can approach this morning's theme: Good... 
Those who turn to Jesus Christ are given a dwelling in the heavenly home! Unfortunately, the images of heaven are often so colourless and boring that many do not even look forward to the eternal home. This sermon provides motivating images of heaven. What we believe about the future affects our lives in the here and now. There is almost nothing more beautiful than roaming through the woods on a bike on a late summer day and looking down on Lake Hallwil from a high trail. This... 
About half of all people are introverts. Yet personality traits of extroverts are often portrayed as more positive - also and especially in the Christian context. As a result, introverts often feel inadequate and withdraw even more. In doing so, not only they themselves but also others overlook the significant strengths and abilities they can bring to the table. Debora Sommer shows what makes introverts tick and what contribution they can make in this world and their communities. According to their nature, introverts can do much in the kingdom of God... 

Home in heaven

15 September 2019 
People who see themselves as guests on earth and have their home in heaven live refreshingly differently. The example of Paul from Philippians explicitly supports this thesis. Despite imprisonment with an open outcome, the basic melody of his life is joy, freedom from worries, serenity and freedom. We want to learn something from this inspiring example. How would you like to be? I make you a suggestion: Your heart is full of joy, even when life gets pretty tight. You are a... 
Why is it so difficult for us to talk about Jesus and our faith in a secular environment? What is the best way to do that? What could help me? Not a lecture, but a motivational injection! "But whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and that of the Father and the holy angels" (Luke 9:26 Lu). When our straggler Benjamin had to go to the dentist at the age of 12, he said: "Mum,...
Werner Messmer has been in the limelight for many years as an entrepreneur, politician and President of the Swiss Association of Master Builders. In an interview, he gives us an insight into how he walks with God in these public offices as well as in his private life. The way he lives his faith and the experiences he has are very encouraging and inspiring. 
What makes the Father in heaven the best host? Based on the well-known Psalm 23, we draw conclusions about our own hospitality. And we will once again be amazed at how generous and good God is. Our theme for the year, "Welcome Home", means that each of us personally finds a home with the heavenly Father, but also that we offer hospitality to one another in this world. The Catholic priest Romano Guardini links these two strands together: "But if we are to be able to practise hospitality, we must offer hospitality to the... 
"Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in this way some have sheltered angels without realising it!" (Hebrews 13:2). The Greek word used in the Bible for hospitality literally means love for the stranger. Such hospitality is not only gastronomy, but also a spiritual event. Rabbi Shmuel of Brysow was one of the most respected men of his Hasidic faith. And he was rich. One day a large group of merchants came to Brysow, and shortly... 
Jesus calls on his followers to "make disciples of the nations". A disciple then was like an apprentice with us 70 years ago. Back then, an apprentice became part of the Master's family, watching him and learning how to do a thing, then doing it himself. To carry out this great commission, Christians are to go, baptise and teach. In the Ostschweizer Tagblatt, a man named Konrad Bösch reported: "Soon the time will come again when the apprenticeships will be filled anew.... 
Are frustrations just as much a part of life as moments of happiness? How do we cope with moments of frustration in life? Welcome home - to all those who are back from their holidays. Hopefully you have many happy things to tell. Hopefully everything was just right: the weather, the food, the excursions, the bed, the togetherness as a family, as a couple, or among friends! After the best holidays, coming home is also something very nice for many: the familiar four walls again, the familiar bed again, the familiar... 
We have heard a lot recently about home, becoming at home and being at home with God. Today I want to ask the question: Where does God actually live? The teacher asked in school: Where does God live? One student immediately raised his hand and said, "God lives in the bathroom." "What makes you think that?" asked the teacher. The pupil replied: "Every morning when my father is standing in front of the closed bathroom door, he bangs on the door and shouts: "My God, are you...? 
"There are friends, there is family - and there are friends who become family "Welcome home! Real friends are wanted - because good relationships are worth their weight in gold. Helpful tips for developing friendships. I remember a programme on ARD called "Erlebnis Erde" (Experience Earth) which showed that there are 10 million animal and plant species on earth, none of which can survive on their own. Whether for food or reproduction or other requirements: they are essential for each other's survival.... 
A paralytic experiences healing and forgiveness of his sins through Jesus. He comes to this experience because he has friends and neighbours who help him. They have a heart for him. They carry him to Jesus and do not give up despite obstacles. They firmly believe that Jesus will help and thus become a blessing for the paralysed man. This morning we want to reflect together on a story that you probably all know very well. It is the story of the... 
The Book of Ruth speaks of the exodus from home as well as the return. In order for the widow Ruth to make her home in Israel, she needed a redeemer. Boaz took over this function. This gave her a livelihood and eternal hope. Jesus is our redeemer; he too enables us to have a home in the house of God. Today's blessing of Noemi G. is reason enough to look at the Noomi of the Bible in the Book of Ruth. It is a story of coming home. For the time being, however, it was off to... 
We do not find true rest through a method, but through a person. Jesus wants to give us his rest. The summer holidays are just around the corner. A time when we wish to come to rest, recharge our batteries and escape the stress of everyday life. And with that comes the question of how exactly that works. In any case, I ask myself this question again and again: "How can I find peace? How can I switch off and recharge my batteries? 
What do others learn from you? What do they hear from you? What do they see in you? Paul is a perfect role model! What do people see in your Christianity? Welcome home! Yes, what does it look like at home? Mum and dad sometimes say "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree"! "That's what he or she gets from me" both mum and dad say when they discover something positive about their children, and if it's something that's not so good, they also both say:.... 
When your back is against the wall, you still have sight ahead. Our Father fights for you. Your struggle is also God's struggle. We are not saved from everything in our lives. Just as Judah and Jerusalem had to go to the battlefield, sometimes we have to go to the battlefield and see God fighting for us. Jesus hung on the cross to save us from our guilt. He won for us. His victory is the way... 

More of life

16 June 2019 
First we must live ourselves, and then help others to live. This order is illustrated to us by a story of lepers who first filled their own bellies and then shared the good news. We are invited to the table in the house of God. There we are fed with delicacies. We are then challenged to invite others. Before each flight, we are told how to use the oxygen mask in an emergency. Pull the mask down towards you. Place the oxygen mask over your... 
Pentecost originated from the Jewish festival of Shavuot, which is also called the "festival of the harvest". It is therefore obvious that Pentecost in turn heralds a time of harvest. By receiving the Holy Spirit, the followers of Jesus are equipped with a power through which they can be witnesses for the cause of Jesus to the furthest corners of the earth. Through this, people become at home with God. Welcome home! When the Israelites left captivity, it took exactly seven weeks for them to... 
How different we are! Welcome home! That sounds like a pleasant home. It sounds like family. Let's be honest! Aren't we a bit too full of words when we really realise how different we are? Back then, when Jesus was with us on this earth, he also looked into the churches. Again and again. It wasn't in churches, it was in the temple, where the service took place. I warmly welcome you to our service!... 
Jesus challenges his companions to repent and become like children (Matthew 18:3). To become truly at home with the heavenly Father requires a childlike faith. Someone finds such a faith when he has left behind the previous phases of "naïve faith" and "complex faith". Four weeks ago a woman here in the service told how she had found childlike faith through severe visitations. Childlike faith is a sign of maturity in the relationship with the heavenly Father.... 
The Bible repeatedly presents God as a father with many good qualities. We want to be challenged by these to also live a good fatherhood in our families. Despite all our efforts, we miss some things and do not even meet our own requirements. This leaves its mark on the children. But God as Father takes care of us and gives healing. A congregation organised a faith course on "Breathing into God's Presence". One course participant listened to everything patiently, but remained... 
God not only has a Father's heart, but also a Mother's heart. In order to become completely at home with Him, we need a great closeness to both hearts. Our relationship with our biological mother has a great influence on our closeness to the mother heart of God. Mother wounds suffered must therefore be cared for and need healing. Emperor Frederick II made experiments with children. He wanted to find out the primordial language common to all human beings. He believed that he would be able to discover it by observing the language in which children speak.... 
What constitutes the identity of a human being? A person's value is given to him or her by God, who created all people unique and valuable. On this basis, we may joyfully explore life. In doing so, we find a sustaining and fulfilling identity only with God. What do you think - is there a connection between how Max sees himself and how he treats others? I am convinced that our identity, our self-image, has a huge impact on how we behave.... 
By the term "visitation" we understand a stroke of fate that is perceived as a test or punishment from God. In Luke 19:44 we encounter the word in the Bible and it refers to Jesus' visit to Jerusalem, with which he wanted to call people home to the heavenly Father. Based on personal stories, we want to show the potential of visitations and how they can bring us closer to God. According to Wikipedia, the term "visitation" means a stroke of fate that acts as a test or punishment.... 
On Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Death and resurrection are part of the normal spiritual rhythm of every follower of Jesus. Spiritual growth cannot be had without the minor or major deaths that occur in every life. Easter clearly shows us that the resurrection power of God is greater than death. It is equally clear to us that life emerges from death. A beautiful example of this is the Jericho Rose, where from seemingly dead undergrowth, through... 
Today we think of Jesus' last journey to the cross and death. The Passion story is always impressive and gets under the skin. What did Jesus take upon himself to open the way back to God for us? Alone, without help? Who stood by him and helped him? I'm not sure if you already know that there are last aid courses in addition to first aid courses. The Sunday newspaper titled its report on these courses "The...
What do you do before you move into a new home? What do you do before you move into a new home? What do a whole people do when they move into a new home? Today's Bible text deals with aspects of this question. We are dealing with a text from the 5th book of Moses. The Israelite people are on the east bank of the Jordan River preparing to enter their new homeland. The prophet Moses, who for over 40 years... 
God always puts burdens and difficulties on us. It is important that we do not simply eradicate burdens or difficulties, and even less so if it costs us something. If we live with them and accept them, burdens and difficulties can become a source of richness, depth, growth and fulfilment - even happiness. A legend from the Sahara tells that a begrudging man saw a particularly beautiful young palm tree growing in an oasis. Since he had been touched by... 
The goal in life with Jesus Christ is to become more at home with the heavenly Father. Companions help us to achieve this. Aaron and Miriam were Moses' companions. Thanks to them, Moses became the capable and mature man we know from the Bible. My best colleague during my 'tech time' was an Engadine and mountain guide. When we looked out of the window during lectures in Buchs in the Rhine Valley, we looked directly at the Kreuzberge on the edge of the Alpstein. For him, that was often... 
Many people believe that everything will be fine as soon as they have found the perfect partner. Those who put the whole burden of their hopes and longings on their partner will crush them with their expectations. The story of Jacob, Rachel and Leah illustrates this point and shows us the way to freedom. People's longing for true love has always been sung about and described, but in our present culture this longing is increased to almost immeasurable proportions. The stages of our world... 
For decades Abraham waited for the promised son and when he finally came, he was to sacrifice him on a mountain. Isaac's sacrifice taught Abraham to love God more than his son. It is also our problem that fulfilled dreams like to elevate themselves to idols. That is why we must always put them on the altar. Only those things can safely remain part of our lives that really no longer have an idol function.... Exactly twenty years ago, I was writing the final thesis of my... 

Become more native

24 February 2019 
Our vocation is to grow spiritually. Growing in faith is synonymous with "becoming at home" in the house of God. In this sermon, the different stages of growth are shown and you will be motivated to reach out for the next one. Intensive reflection and living with the Bible is the most powerful factor in spiritual growth. Albert Einstein's young neighbour was talking to him at a party. The woman asked him, "What exactly do you do for a living?" Einstein looked at her and said, "I devote... 
God is a God for all generations. Jesus met people of different generations. And what about us? Don't we prefer to meet people of our own generation? But since we are usually surrounded by people from different generations, we should somehow be able to deal with it. How do we manage that? How do we manage that in the seetal chile? "One day the prophet's disciples said to Elisha, 'As you see, the place where we meet with you is not big enough. Let's go to the... 
In the parable of the two prodigal sons, the question arises, who then is to do the work on the farm? Obviously, the older brother made a mistake by toiling in the fields like a slave. But just sitting in the banquet hall doesn't work either. Every human being reaches out for love, acceptance and appreciation. If we try to earn these things by our actions, it comes out badly. But if we act on the foundation of love, acceptance and appreciation,... 

Stranger at home

03 February 2019 
The elder son in the parable is a stranger in his own home and lives a bitter "orphan mentality". All the wealth of the father would be available to him, but he does not use it. How can the change from such a lifestyle to a son or daughter mentality and thus to a liberated Christianity happen? Home is the place where I am unconditionally accepted and can give myself as I am. There I can also sometimes show off a "scolding" and... 

Search peace

27 January 2019 
Seek peace and pursue it! Peace is the fruit of the Spirit that is in our hearts. What is there to seek and chase?! On the other hand, we are aware that peaceful coexistence does not fall into our laps. But for a cosy home, peace is! Welcome home to our search for peace! Peace is not so easy to define. Many people spontaneously say: peace is the opposite of war. But is that what war is in... 
This sermon connects the annual theme "Welcome Home" with a current challenge in congregational life that we are facing. We ask ourselves how we can derive a comprehensive culture of welcome for seetal chile, inspired by the hospitality in God's house. In this endeavour we find strong impulses in the parable of the father with the two lost sons. Every January we hold a so-called vision service. These services are meant to open our eyes to the future. We talk about what spiritual significance... 

Welcome home

06 January 2019 
What is home? Is home simply a country or perhaps even just a house with which we associate sentimental memories? According to Psalm 91:9, the presence of God makes a place a home: "With the LORD I am safe! Yes, with God Most High you have found a home." In this sermon series, we will discover together how to come home inside, find a fulfilled life and help others discover that home. On Sunday mornings, when I was a child or teenager, I was still in... 
At the very end of the prayer Our Father, it moves into worship. "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever." This is not only the case in this prayer, but also in many other places in the Bible - and could become a habit of life. Today is 30 December. If you still have open New Year's resolutions from last January, there are about 30 hours left. If your resolution was to stop putting things on the... 
Without a personal encounter with God, Christmas remains only a fairy tale and personal faith bland and unattractive. To change this, God became human in the person of Jesus and made himself touchable, visible, audible and tangible. Through an encounter with God, Advent becomes an adventure! If you extend the word Advent with the three letters u-r-e, it means adventure. Our theme for the year is "Abentüür Gebät". Prayer becomes an adventure when it comes to an encounter with God, which is also the... 
On behalf of God, he points to the birth of an unprecedented, powerful ruler. Isaiah describes him with four winsome names. A Messiah who also fits 1:1 into our present darkness. Christmas is a unique festival of lights! The lights that shine in gardens and on balconies are impressive; but with sleighs, reindeer and Sami lice, they have little to do with Bethlehem. In Bettwil we pass a house with a garden that has been transformed into a world of lights. There you step... 

Open the door

09 December 2018 
The reformation of King Asa is a helpful illustration of how we can make our door high and the gate wide to receive the King of all kingdoms. This sermon is specifically addressed to Christians whose faith life has become lukewarm and who long for more excitement, rest and peace through Jesus Christ. Advent is a fitting time to prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus. 
Line bus prayers let us experience that God can be changed. With hot air balloon prayers, we ourselves experience a change. In any case, prayers have the power to change God, the world and ourselves! But prayers are not primarily about solving problems, but about deepening our relationship with the heavenly Father. 

Burning Mountain

25 November 2018 
The Brennende Berg (356.7 m above sea level) is a forested hill on the border of the Saarland towns of Saarbrücken and Sulzbach. It is home to a smouldering coal seam that caught fire in the 17th century and still smoulders today. Such underground fires are reminiscent of something that can be seen in many people - including myself: a smouldering inner life that is difficult to smother and erupts every now and then. Jesus Christ is able to free us from our hurts, fixations and imprints.... 
In search of love and freedom She lived in the world of the rich and beautiful and had her own agency for promotion and styling. Tina liked to be in front of the camera and created her own world "World of Venus" with pin-up calendars and VIP events. As a glamour girl, she cultivated her image as a "love goddess". Tina Schmidt talks about her life: "I only felt loved when I was desired. I thought I would die without sex. Only a completely different kind of... 
Deliver us from evil! A liberating, indispensable petition for common prayer! In a turbulent world, we need such an address to refuel. God trusts us to reach our goal of faith even under evil circumstances, because we are not travelling alone, but together with Jesus and many other believers. 
The Book of Job gives us a deep insight into evil, who is behind it and how it works. Very impressively, Job lives out how we can behave in dark times so as not to become a prey to evil. Through his clinging to the Redeemer ("Yet I know that my Redeemer lives and will have the last word on this earth.") his faith was raised to a higher level and he was blessed in an impressive way. 
Jesus was tested by the tempter in the areas of popularity, possessions and power. These are the three areas that are powerful engines in our lives as well. Together with fear, this forms a negative spiral: One never has enough. The three evangelical counsels (chastity, poverty and obedience) are, to a certain extent, the brakes that make a good creative handling of these inner forces possible. 
There is temptation in the form of testing and temptation in the form of seduction. With the sixth petition in the Our Father prayer, we pray to God that we do not fall into temptation, do not fall into its trap. This petition is not about optimising our morals, but about reaching the goal - being with God. 
Jesus says: the harvest is great, but the labourers are few. How should we understand these words of Jesus? Together we want to discover what harvest means for us today and what our mission is in the great harvest of God. 
Do we really need forgiveness like daily bread? With the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector praying together in the temple, Jesus shows that there are two kinds of people, those who know they are sinners and those who do not. Yet recognising one's own vulnerability to sin would be the key to an upbeat and joyful life with Jesus! 
The Bible says several times that if we refuse to forgive others, God will not forgive us either. Forgiveness is very one-sided and unjust. But if we dare, we will find that relationship is enabled and renewed. 
"Nothing is more cowardly than excuses; nothing is greater than admitting guilt" (Friedrich von Bodelschwingh). How do we deal with our guilt? What role does our conscience play? Why does Jesus teach us to pray like this? 
In the parable of the begging widow, Jesus shows that persistent and determined prayer leads to the goal. The widow got what was coming to her. How much more will people get their rights if they persistently ask their Father in heaven! 
Sometimes our daily bread does not seem very appetising to us - it is hard to digest. How we can deal with such hard bread and even mature through it, we learn from three courageous men. 
"Daily" and "today" express that we are not to ask the Father in heaven for supplies, but for daily needs. If we always live in tomorrow, we make ourselves many unnecessary worries. The sermon challenges us to be whole before God now - and we will be blessed! 
"Pray always and in every situation with the power of the Holy Spirit. Keep alert and also pray continually for all who belong to Christ" (Ephesians 6:18). It is remarkable that this verse directly follows the spiritual armour. Therefore: It is indispensable for you to pray! And you cannot do without others praying for you. 
When we accept Jesus into our lives, it is neither make-up nor mascot nor guarantee for a problem-free life, but life-changing power. This process of change continues until we reach the goal of our faith. 
Jabez prayed against his own name, which was a curse word. It means torment and pain! Although the prayer sounds somewhat self-centred, it says: And God let come what he had asked for. Jabez rose up against his disposition through prayer. Prayer changed his life. 
Inspired by the story in Mark 8:14-28, this sermon deals with the topic of doubt. It explores the question of what doubt is and how we can deal with it in our prayer life. 
Prayer in Jesus' name is said to have a one hundred percent success rate. What does it mean for a person to pray in His name and to be an agent. The perfect empowerment consists in the care of the Holy Spirit and the influence of Jesus' name in the very highest place. 
We don't have to keep asking, "Jesus, what do you want me to do? What is your will?" And then get angry when we hear nothing! No. We may plan and decide, but it is necessary and good if we are open to God, who may want to tell us what to do or correct us. 
Jesus healed not only souls, but whole people according to body, soul and spirit. He still wants to do that today through his allies. Nevertheless, it is undeniable that our body - the older it gets - will diminish. Quite in contrast to the spirit, which is renewed from day to day. How do we deal with this tension? 
The parable of the prodigal son is an image of the Gospel and at the same time linked to the Our Father. How this link is formed and what this has to do with the theme "When God is silent" will be the subject of this sermon. 
"Thy will be done" Is not a call for us to simply leave our will and desires to the side, but to deal with them responsibly. Why this is so and how this can look in practice will be the topic of this sermon. 
"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven". This phrase comes before the request for provision ("Give us this day our daily bread."). Apparently it is more important that we grow into a deeper relationship of trust with God than that He fulfils all our wishes. 
In prayer, we can step out inwardly from the many gazes of men and place ourselves under the one gaze of God. There we find a deeply liberated way of life, without pressure and full of strength. It is life in the presence of God, the place of freedom. 
Inspirations from the vocation story of Moses before the thorn bush for one's own life. 
What does it mean when God's kingdom comes? The sermon wants to encourage to ally oneself with God and to see oneself as a sent one for God's kingdom in this world. We can help build God's kingdom by making God's Word a reality. 
In Psalm 13, David lets us share how he prays in times of crisis. In the process, he himself experiences a positive turn. What steps lead David to this turnaround is the topic of this sermon. 
In the prayer David says in Psalm 131, he gives us deep insight into the secret of a quiet heart full of peace. Three enemies who must be replaced stand in the way of this peace. 
An Easter sermon on the threefold "Peace be with you" from Jesus to the disciples who had locked themselves in fear. The resurrection of Jesus has the power to first open doors of the heart and then other doors as well. 
"Thy kingdom come". The one from Jesus in the prayer we know as Our Father. What kingdom Jesus is talking about, what nerve he strikes with his contemporaries and what this ultimately has to do with us is the subject of this sermon. 
A second time is about how the name of our Father in heaven can be sanctified. Through worship. But worship is much more than good feelings and beautiful songs. It is also about giving thanks, lamenting and proclaiming. Worship is the very meaning of our lives. The story of King Jehoshaphat from 2 Chronicles 20 brings together all facets of worship and shows the beautiful consequence of it. 
This sermon explores the question of what it means to sanctify the name of our Father in heaven. In addition, the connection to the third commandment "You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain" is shown. 
Who is "Our Father", the person we address in prayer? It is a God who introduces himself with four letters(YHWH) that mean "his". The Father in heaven has the proper name "He-who-is" and many other names. God is just so big and so wide that you cannot capture him with a proper name. That would limit him and make him tangible. Each one of his many names shows certain characteristics of him. 

Our father...

25 February 2018 
The form of address in "Our Father" is written in the first person plural. Jesus, who recommended this prayer for imitation, had something in mind. When we call upon the Father in heaven from within the community, we will experience powerful effects of our prayers. 

Listen to God

18 February 2018 
"Thy will be done!" If we really want that, we have to learn to listen to God's voice. In community things go better and we can support each other. One form of this is prophetic prayer. 
Who is actually "Our Father in heaven"? Who does Jesus say we should talk to? On the one hand, he is the near Father and on the other hand, he dwells in the distant heaven. How does the love of God relate to his holiness? Our image of God has a great influence on the basic attitude with which we pray. 
Start of the new year's theme "Abentüür Gebät". When asked by his disciples to teach them how to pray, Jesus responded with the "Our Father's Prayer". This prayer provides the structure for the sermons in 2018. Today, the aim is to gain an initial overview. 

A look back

31 December 2017 
Looking back with the right perspective can help to move courageously and confidently into the future. 

Meeting place crèche

24 December 2017 
The way of the shepherds and the way of the wise men to Bethlehem to the manger is quite different. Nevertheless, for both groups it leads to the worship of God. 

Tree of life

03 December 2017 
The tree of life that stood in paradise in Adam and Eve's time reappears in the new city to come. It bears fruit twelve times a year and its leaves have healing power. It is a free gift of grace that man is given a second chance to eat from the tree of life and then live eternally with God. 

Graceful beauty

26 November 2017 
This vision of the New Jerusalem is not meant to shape us into world-weary, but into hopeful, peace-making, loving people. 

Thy kingdom come...

12 November 2017 
How are the biblical events of the first resurrection, the millennial kingdom and the final judgement to be understood and classified? 

God is good

22 October 2017 
In a speech shortly before entering the Promised Land, Moses reminded the people of Israel not to forget God in all their prosperity and to be grateful to Him. How can we be grateful regardless of our personal situation? 
Bablyon the Great is presented to us as a prostitute who seduces people from all nations. One day, however, her last hour will come... 

Ready for Armageddon

24 September 2017 
This sermon is not about the popularly called "bowl judgments" but about how a Christian can stay awake and clothed in the face of these signs. The central biblical passage for this is Revelation 16:15.

It is worth it after all

03 September 2017 
John gives us an overview of what is happening in this world and shows us the key qualifications that a follower of Jesus needs in order to survive in this time: Patience, obedience and faith. What does this mean for our lives? 
=D100:D101The number of the beast in Revelation 13 is 666. Elsewhere the Bible speaks of the Antichrist coming to deceive us. Where is he? How can we recognise him and prepare ourselves? 
Revelation 12 describes a cutting-edge image that, according to various speculations, will come to pass on 23 September 2017. We are curious. In any case, this chapter shows us how Satan works in this world and what weapons he is powerless against. 
According to Jesus, the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed. When it is placed in the earth, it grows into a large perennial that can become a nesting place for migratory birds. The growth DNA of the mustard seed was placed in the people who believe in Jesus Christ. Therefore, great things can come about through their lives. 

The play on stage

18 June 2017 
Between the 6th and 7th trumpets we are given a glimpse behind the scene. We see the two witnesses who die and after a time rise again. 

Behind the scenes

11 June 2017 
Between the 6th and 7th trumpets we are given a glimpse behind the scene. We see that God reigns absolutely sovereign over the whole scene. 
Jesus Christ laid down his life for us on the cross on Good Friday. Again and again he says that his followers will also experience persecution and tribulation. These things are part of the core of faith, so to speak. What we are currently experiencing in the Western world is not normal. John sees the victorious overcomers in two different visions. These images are meant to encourage us to give our lives completely for Christ - no matter what the cost. 
Epistle to Philadelphia Even if you have little strength, hold steadfastly to Jesus. In doing so, you will create a great future for yourself and those around you! 

Back to first love

05 February 2017 
Jesus personally writes heavenly feedback to the seven churches in Asia Minor. He tells the Ephesians that a church can do everything right and have a great magnetic effect, but if love is missing, everything is in vain. 

Old or new?

29 January 2017 
Paul tells the church in Ephesus to put on the new life like new clothes. In this sermon, this process is put under the microscope. 

Alpha and Omega

15 January 2017 
Revelation sets our mental cinema in motion through the many images shown. At the beginning, the main character, Jesus Christ, is introduced. In the process, amazing things come to light! 
Using the keywords belong - believe - behave, we explain our church culture and course. In doing so, we answer questions about how our welcoming culture can be reconciled with a Bible-based interpretation of the Bible. 

Magnificent foresight

01 January 2017 
Today we start the new annual theme "Foresight". In the course of 2017 we will interpret the book of Revelation. This sermon gives a first insight and shows the actual meaning of Revelation. It unveils and reveals in vivid, pictorial form the invisible realities and powers behind the visible events and thereby explains the course of history. 

Mega joy

25 December 2016 
A Christmas sermon about the mega joy experienced by the shepherds in the field. The reason for this joy was that the Saviour was born and created the condition for peace on earth. 

A new look at our work

11 December 2016 
This is the last of the four sermons on work and sums up the theme. The main message is: Christ is not only our Lord on Sunday, but he is also our employer on Monday. 

The thing with the name

04 December 2016 
Do we want to make a name for ourselves with the work or do we get a name and then do the work? This question decides whether I can glow at work or not. 

God's plan for our work

20 November 2016 
The first of four sermons on the topic of faith and work deals with the basics. The following questions are clarified: What does God have to do with work? What do I have to do with work? How do we work? 

Life in the headwind

06 November 2016 
Daniel shows us as a role model that we do not need to be total social deniers who go on hunger strike or withdraw from everything. However, with sympathetic determination, we must know the point where our "but" must come. 

For a strong soul

23 October 2016 
Worship consists of praising, thanking, lamenting and proclaiming. If we worship in every situation of life, a strong soul can be formed in us. 

I am not an elephant

16 October 2016 
We often experience a discrepancy between what we live and what the Bible actually intended. This tension is part of the life of a person who is on the way with Jesus. In this sermon, the solution is shown how our lives can nevertheless change sustainably and positively. 
Jan Hus (1369-1415) is a shining example of a man who dedicated his life to the truth. His life ended at the stake on 6 July 1415 at the Council of Constance. It is impressive what an impact his life had. 

I am a firefly

25 September 2016 
What does it mean to shine in public and what are the requirements for this? This sermon explores this question using James 2:14-17 and other passages from this letter. 

Gratitude

11 September 2016 
A sermon by Wieland Müller on gratitude. Müller is the leader of Chrischona Germany. 

Church - in the world

04 September 2016 
In the Bible, people are called happy who experience opposition and rejection because of their faith. Why does the good news often create friction in this world and what does this mean for active Christians? 

Church - in the flesh

21 August 2016 
An image that is used again and again for the church in the Bible is the body. The church is the body of Christ on this earth. This has strong implications for our togetherness and our mission. 

Baywatch or Beach Club

07 August 2016 
What does it mean to glow in church? This question is addressed in this and the next three sermons. 

William Wilberforce

10 July 2016 
The impossible becomes possible! This statement is underpinned by the life of William Wilberforce (1759-1833). Wilberforce is the man who abolished slavery in the world's leading slave-trading nation, Great Britain. 
We draw inspiration from various role models who "glowed" in their time under special circumstances. Hanna did this as a childless woman. In the same household there was another concubine who had children and therefore mocked her. 
Are there determinations and curses that are automatically passed on from one generation to the next? Can it be that because of my ancestors I am blocked? In this sermon, an answer to this question is given based on Exodus 34:1-9. 
Martin Dreyer is a freelance theologian, qualified pedagogue, addiction counsellor and writer. He became known nationwide in the nineties through the founding of the Christian youth movement "Jesus Freaks". His breakthrough as an author came with the Volx Bible, a Bible in easy-to-understand language, which has become a paperback bestseller. Martin is married, has a daughter and a son and lives in Berlin. Despite these remarkable successes, there are also dark dark sides to his life. The failure of his first marriage, alcohol and drugs as well as a... 
Martin Dreyer is a freelance theologian, qualified pedagogue, addiction counsellor and writer. He became known nationwide in the nineties through the founding of the Christian youth movement "Jesus Freaks". His breakthrough as an author came with the Volx Bible, a Bible in easy-to-understand language, which has become a paperback bestseller. Martin is married, has a daughter and a son and lives in Berlin. Despite these remarkable successes, there are also dark dark sides to his life. The failure of his first marriage, alcohol and drugs as well as a... 
How do you think Jesus would treat homosexual people? There are only speculative answers to this question because there are no such examples in the Bible. And yet a clear pattern can be discerned in how Jesus encounters people: Full of affection and compassion, and he always meets them with great clarity and challenging explicitness. 

Before it is too late

08 May 2016 
Till death do you part! In today's world, most marriages end before death. This sermon is about how to counteract premature corrosion of marriage with suitable rust-proofing. 

Hamster or mill wheel

17 April 2016 
The third sermon in the mini-series "Everything has its time". How can we better order our time so that we are not simply under the tyranny of the urgent? 
The first sermon of the mini-series "Everything has its time". Time is a gift from God. God himself has taken time and given it to you so that you can become his beloved child! 

flying for life

20 March 2016 
David Gautschi introduces the organisation MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship). 

Restoration of honour

13 March 2016 
The fifth sermon on the "Shame or Dignity" campaign._x000D_ _x000D_ How can we experience honour, dignity and restoration through Jesus Christ?