I love animals! I have had animals almost always, even when I lived by myself in these “backwoods”.
I am an ordained minister, and ordained ministers are expected to show dignified manners, exemplary life and commitment to God’s word. In some way, ordained ministers are even required to be holy. I also confess myself to be a believing person, a child of God. Believing people are expected to be sinless and perfect, at least when they have fallen into sin.
After many cloudy and foggy mornings the sky is clear. The tops of snow-covered trees have turned a delicate shade of pink and the icy patches on the road reflect the color. I enjoy the scenery while driving to meet some friends. The days are growing longer day by day. And I can see this beauty with my own eyes. What a great gift eyesight is!
Jesus gave the disciples a mission task to bring the gospel’s message of joy to all nations. We can still be bringing forth this redeeming message through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The motto for the Pudasjärvi Summer Services quoted words spoken to Jesus by Thomas, his disciple: “My Lord and my God”. When doubting Thomas saw the wounds in the Saviour’s hands, his eyes opened to see the redemption prepared by God. Jesus’ response reflects the essence of faith: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29).
Jesus had told his disciples for the first time about the great suffering that was awaiting him. He would have to go to Jerusalem and suffer horribly in the hands of the elders, high priests, and lawyers. He would be killed, but on the third day he would rise from the dead. Jesus’ words made the disciples sad. It seems strange that, soon after this, the disciples asked Jesus: ”Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
The old Christian Doctrine says in accordance with the Bible: ”God, who has created us, has instructed us to obey his will in our lives. God has made his holy will known to us in his law. God’s law requires us to be truthful, righteous, and pure in thoughts, words, and deeds.” God’s good will is the law of life, meant to protect the life created by him and all things that are holy and precious in it. God wants all people to possess eternal life.
Man has never been able to reach God and His greatness through his own understanding. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah writes:”Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour” (Isaiah 45:15). Isaiah also writes: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8–9).
The Bible is the book of salvation, and it’s central message is the proclamation of Jesus Christ and the redemption prepared by Him. The Bible also tells what God is like and how He works.
Apostle Paul was familiar with the contemporary culture and the value that was placed on sport. Since he knew that notions of competition were prevalent in people’s thoughts, he often compared the life of a Christian to the running of a race. He also wanted to show that the significance and destination of the endeavor in faith are much greater than any attainment of temporal goals.
According to the Apostolic Creed, God is the Creator of the heaven and the earth. The first verse of the Bible expresses this simply and clearly: ”In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).
According to Jesus’ teaching, children believe in him. God gives each child who is born into this world the gift of faith (Matt. 18:6). If a person does not have the opportunity to hear and believe the gospel of the forgiveness of sins, sin takes over his heart and he falls away from the kingdom of God (Ef. 2:1). There are many people in this world who live in unbelief, the kingdom of the wicked (Matt 13:38).