18. September 2009

New Monthly Discussion Group

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Today

Today

Hello Everyone,

In addition to our weekly English Bible Study, which you can find information for here on our website, we have decided to also begin a monthly English Spiritual Discussion Group, which will cover everyday relevant topics, such as “Let go of the past to focus on the present,” “Accept who God made you to be,” “Turn your anger into something beautiful” and many others.  We will conduct small “pre-activities” designed to get the conversation going and introduce the theme for the evening.  We will then view a short video with a spiritual, personal theme and then have group discussion afterward. This is a group for everyone, whether you’re a believer in God or not.  The topics we will cover are relevant to our lives today and will mean something different personally for each individual.

Our first meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. at the Gemeinde Christi building on Tieckstr. 10, Dresden 01099

The meetings will usually be held on the 4th Friday of each month, so the next meeting after tonight is already set for October 23rd, same time, same place.  If you would like to receive a reminder by email, just contact us.

We’d love to see you there!

16. September 2009

Important Update!

Posted in Uncategorized at 14:41 by dresdensooner

Our English Bible study is getting a face-lift. Starting in October we begin meeting on Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM, that is 19:30 Uhr. We will meet and discuss various books from the Bible and alternatively books on various Christian topics. Most recently we read through The Case for Christ: the student edtion by Lee Stroebel . We will be reading through the book of Lamentations as the previous post describes.

In addition to the move to Wednesday night, we will not be meeting for the next two weeks because of the annual men’s and women’s retreats. So you have a little more than two weeks to get your English ready for the restart on Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 at 7:30 PM. I hope to see you then.

15. September 2009

When Life Gives You Lemons . . .

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Pre-lemonadeThere is a saying in English: When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. The message tells us to take our problems and find a way to turn them into benefits. Lemons by themselves are sour, but add some sugar and water and perhaps special ingredient and suddenly you have a refreshing drink. That sounds easy enough, right?

But what do you do if all you have is lemons? No water in sight and certainly no sugar. I am sure we have all felt hopelessness at oneToo many lemons time or another, a time when there seemed to be only problems with no way around them and no one to help. Starting in October we are going to be reading through a book from the old testament called Lamentations or Klagelieder in German. It is a book of poems describing the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Jerusalem was the capital of Israel and the location of God’s temple. As God’s chosen people, the Israelites expected Jerusalem to stand forever. Imagine how they felt after their city was besieged, defeated and plundered. After most of the inhabitants were led away into captivity and those left behind had to cope with a desolate city, these laments were written to describe how utterly lost the Israelites felt.

How did they respond? What did they do? How did they cope with the lowest point in their lives? These are questions we are going to answer during this study. I know that the answers we find together will help us deal with our own problems today. I hope you will join us.

28. August 2009

Time Travel

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An amazing thing just happened. I was sitting at my computer working on a lesson plan, and suddenly a bright light engulfed me. For a few minutes all I could see was bright whiteness.  Slowly my eyes adjusted and everything seemed to be in order.  Then I noticed that my coffee cup was empty, and sitting in a different place.  My Bible was opened to the book of Jude and my computer monitor had an unknown file opened. As I looked at the time and I date, I fell out of my chair.  I have jumped through time from the end of June to the end of August.  I have no idea what happened or how it happened, but here I am two months later, or so it seems at least.

Seriously though, Spencer did a great job finishing the discussion of The Case for Christ and getting started with a new study of the book of  Jude. It is a one chapter book immediately before Revelation. As with all the books of the Bible, though centuries old, Jude still has a practical relevance for today. Is everyone teaching the truth? Can we determine if someone is a false teacher? How can we protect ourselves from incorrect teachings? These questions have been addressed in the book of Jude. Come and join us if you are interested in learning more.

29. May 2009

Is the Bible a reliable source?

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What evidence is there that the Bible is reliable? On Monday night we have been talking about evidences that support the factuality of the contents of scripture.  So far we have seen that the Bible was written by eye witnesses or those who had spoken directly with eyewitnesses. The fact the they all tell the same story about Jesus gives credibility to their work.

A second important piece of evidence is the knowledge of the readers and their reaction to sermons they heard and documents they read during the first century. They did not claim the events to be false or exaggerated. On the contrary many accepted the message and became followers themselves. By their reactions they validated the message.

When we meet again on the 8th of June we will take a look at how the bible came to us today.  Perhaps we will find that a number of mistakes have been during the time that the Bible was copied by hand.  I doubt it, but come and see for yourself. Contact me for meeting times and place.

12. May 2009

The Holy Trinity: God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit

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In our study on Monday night we have been looking at the claims of Jesus.  Last night we talked about the claim that Jesus is God. How can Jesus be God if he is in fact a man?  This objection has been brought by many who wish to discredit Christianity. The Bible never clearly states that Jesus is God. The following comments from scritpture provide some of the more interesting thoughts on the topic.

  • “I and the Father are one” from the gospel of John 10:30.
  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” also the gospel of John 1:1.
  • “I tell you the truth, Jesus answered, before Abraham was born, I am.” again the gospel of John 8:38

These passages seem to indicate that John and Jesus, himself, believed Jesus was in fact God.  As mere humans we have no understanding of how a person can be in more than one place at a time.  We are all bound by the laws of science.  We can not split ourselves in two, let alone three parts.

A helpful analogy might be an apple.  There is the skin, the meat of the apple and the seed. Each of these things exist individually to make up an apple.  If you have an apple seed, you do not have an apple, but a part of the apple that performs a specific task.  It reproduces itself under the right circumstances.  The skin protects the fruit and the seed.

God if you will is made up of the three parts, the father, the son and the holy spirit, each with his own task to perform.  Each with the ability to exist apart from the whole, and still be called God.  If you remove an apple seed from the apple, it does not cease to be called  a part of the apple. Jesus apart from the father is still one with the father and can still claim the title God.

So God came to earth in the form of a man to reveal his great love for us in many ways, including miracles and healings and even raising people from the dead.  His ultimate display of love was his death, burial and resurrection. Without these events Christianity would not exist.

You may be skeptical of these claims because they come from the Bible, and you believe the Bible is neither accurate nor relavent to our lives today.  I invite you to join us next Monday night as we discuss the support for the validity and credibility of the word of God.

22. April 2009

Identity Theft.

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A man named Jesus stole the identity of the savior of the world.  This claim made by some who wish to discredit Jesus and the basic prinIdentity Theftciples of Christianity can easily be disproved by simply looking through the Old Testament.  More than a few prophecies in the Old Testament describe and predict the coming of one who would become King and save the world.  One of the most telling prophecies can be found in Isaiah 53.  The entire chapter tells of one whowould come, would be rejected by man and would be abused and killed for those people who rejected him.

From the New International Version of God’s word we read the following from verses 10 and 11 of chapter 53 of the book of Isaiah:

“Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.”

All of this written around 700 years before the birth of Jesus.  Can you imagine predicting correctly events that will occur in the year 2709? No one would even consider trying something like that, and yet the Old Testament is full of prophecies that have been fulfilled in the person Jesus of Nazereth.

We continue this topic next Monday the 27th of April.  And if you cast doubt on this simply because it is found in the Bible, and you don’t accept the vailidity of scripture, then you are welcome to join us in two weeks, when we tackle that aspect of the case for Christ.

16. March 2009

Jesus, more than a man?

Posted in Uncategorized at 13:27 by dresdensooner

Jesus was a great teacher and a controversial religious rebel according to some, but who did his followers think he was? who did Jesus claim to be? Who did his enemies think he was?

  • Jesus Followers
    • One of Jesus’ followers made the following statement regarding Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. . . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1,1-3 and 14
    • When asked about it, Peter, another of Jesus followers said, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” Matthew 15,16
  • Jesus Himself
    • Jesus says, “I and the Father are one” John 10:30
    • At his trial Jesus responds to the accusation that he is the Christ, by saying, “I am.” Mark 14:62
  • Jesus Enemies
    • More than anything, the response of Jesus’ enemies proves that Jesus was claiming to be God.
    • On more than one occasion the enemies of Jesus prepare to stone him for his claims. John 10:33, Mark 14:63-64
    • The charge of blasphemy could only mean that Jesus’ enemies believed he was claiming to be God.

Whatever you may think, it is clear that Jesus, his followers and his enemies believed that Jesus was more than just a man. They believed he was in fact God or at least that he claimed to be.

Tonight we will be looking at the sanity of Jesus.  Somone who claims to be God has to be crazy, right?  If you want to hear more or take part in the discussion, contact me and I will let you know where to meet us tonight at 7:30.  I hope to see you later.

Randy

2. March 2009

Who is God?

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When you think of someone you know, you don’t just think about the way they look, such as eye color or hair color or height or weight.  You think about who they are, about what they are like. He is so caring.  She likes to laugh.  She loves children.  He hates politics.  He is selfish.  She is snobby.  In short, you think about their character, good or bad, as well as what they look like.

So when you think about God what do you think about?  Have you ever looked more closely at who God really is, not just what you have heard other people say, but what does he say about himself.  The Bible is God’s way of telling us about himself. The Case For Christ

God is all-knowing, all-present, all-powerful, eternal and unchanging.  These are only a few of his qualities.  We are currently discussing a book called The Case for Christ every Monday night.  In this book the author, Lee Strobel, investigates the claim that Jesus is God.  So one way to see if Jesus is God would be to compare claims about Jesus with the attributes of God.  Let’s take a look:

  • One follower of Jesus says, “Now we can see that you know all things.” This is found in John 16 verse 30.
  • Jesus himself claims to be all-present when he says, “I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” This comment is found in Matthew 28 verse 20.
  • And just before that in verse 18, Jesus says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.”
  • As for the eternal nature of Jesus, we find in the beginning of the gospel of John the following statement about Jesus, “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God and the Word was God.”
  • And finally, Hebrews chapter 13 verse 8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

With a quick glance at a few verses in the Bible, we can see that Jesus possesses some of the most important qualities of God.  Perhaps this is not enough to convince you that Jesus is, in fact, God himself.  If not, I invite you to join us every Monday night.

21. February 2009

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What happens when your pursuit of happiness goes off course? What happens when your desires are no longer fulfilled?  What happens when you realize your life goals are not bringing the sense of fulfillment you thought they would? These are questions that Lee Strobel had to answer for himself.  When faces with these questions he realized that he had been chasing his dreams when he needed to be chasing truth.  He chronicled his search in a book called The Case for Christ.  In his book he describes his meticulous research and his in depth interviews with experts.  If you are searching for truth and a meaning for your life, join us every Monday night at 7:30 p.m. for a discussion of Strobel’s book, “The Case for Christ.”

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