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Fighting the right battles – spiritual warfare

By |2016-04-18T13:52:05+00:00November 7th, 2015|Articles|

“For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil ….” Ephesians 6:12 Early October I was reminded of this text when several normally reliable news sources reported that the Russian Orthodox Church [...]

The treasure of knowing Christ

By |2015-09-04T11:20:43+00:00August 2nd, 2015|Sermons|

An old man lived on his own, deep in the mountains of Colorado. When he died, some relatives came from the city to collect his valuables. Upon arriving, all they saw was an old shack. Inside it was just some old junk, like an old cooking pot, some mining equipment, a cracked table and a [...]

Majestic but not to extremes

By |2015-06-18T18:32:44+00:00June 18th, 2015|Sermons|

A picture says more than a thousand words. It is much quicker to communicate than spoken or printed text, and for a large group of people who are visually oriented, it is easier to remember. That’s why today’s shops and media are full of images, photographs, logo’s, posters and videos. In the time of Jesus all [...]

Giving up negative thoughts

By |2015-03-22T23:42:15+00:00March 22nd, 2015|Sermons|

Social psychologist Alison Ledgerwood is interested in how people think and how they can think better. One day she asked herself the question, how is it that when I return home from a day’s work, my mood is largely determined by what went wrong during that day, and not by its successes? She found that once our [...]

A sword through your soul

By |2015-11-07T16:03:25+00:00March 18th, 2015|Sermons|

The gospel reading for today is probably very familiar to us. Also, it was part of the reading on the first of February when we celebrated Candlemas. So it is a legitimate question why we are presented with the same text today. Well, this time the emphasis is not so much on the start of [...]