Faith. Love. Hope.

As I started reading 1 Thessalonians this week, I had to stop and meditate already after the 3rd verse of the letter. Paul thanks God for his audience, specifically for their faith, love, and hope. The placement of these comments so early in the letter suggests these are essential marks

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Matthew 11: 28-30

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Society has moved on even since I was a lad and so has a mother’s role to some degree, but the pity of this is society somehow can now take a dim view of mothers

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Growing in faith

Dear  Members and friends of IBCZ, Looking back to Abraham’s life in the sermons of the last months, many points are still relevant today, more than 3000 years ago. Abraham is known for having faith, but even being one of the great figures in the bible it was quite amazing

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Simul Justus et Peccator

At the very heart of the Gospel is the Christian’s reality of what the reformer Martin Luther coined – Simul Justus et Peccator. Simul – where we get the word simultaneous; at the same time. Justus – just; righteous. Et – and. Peccator – sinner. This Latin phrase captures two realities, two truths about the believer’s very essence –

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Trials with purpose

This past Sunday we learned that while people usually expect satisfaction in life to result from the successful achievement of some goals they have set for themselves, the real and sustainable satisfaction comes from accomplishing God’s will for one’s life. Even when we are aware of this and focus on

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Compassion

A terse definition from a popular dictionary is: “Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others”.   A more modern dictionary indicates: “Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help the physical, mental, or emotional pains of another”.   There is a well know

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Made Righteous in Christ

Last Sunday we considered the fascinating account in Gen. 18 of Abraham inquiring of God if God would spare the evil town of Sodom if a certain number of righteous people could be found there.  Abraham asked God, “What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you

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