The Gift of Joy

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, Last Sunday in worship we considered God’s wonderful gift of joy.  As we saw, joy is much deeper than happiness, which is dependent on outer circumstances.  Joy is rooted in the character, faithfulness, and love of God.  Knowing this is how God always is,

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A Great Opportunity

Dear Members and Friends of IBCZ, First, I want to thank the Elders for writing the news articles for the past several months so I could spend more time focusing on my German studies. Second, I invite you to prayerfully consider attending our next church camp – Nov. 1-3 in

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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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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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