That evening I sat slumped on the edge of my bed. I did not have the energy to cry, but the tears on my cheeks kept flowing on their own. I was thinking about my own and my husband’s health. I was wondering if our children would get enough joy and support. I was worried about our mortgage, the price of the confirmation camp, the high cost of the upcoming opisto year, the number of medical appointments. All things that piled up to make a burden. I tried to calculate the equation of sickness benefits and home care allowance, until I just could not go on any more. I stared ahead with unseeing eyes and prayed.
Last spring I was especially lonesome for my mother. The mother who was ready to manage and take care of all things, with whom I could share my joys and sorrows, who helped me plant tomatoes seedlings and lettuce, tend to flowers, and marvel at the miracles of spring and summer. The mother with whom I sat at services and shed tears of joy while singing a touching song. The mother who always asked me if I had had a good day and saw right away if things had not been good.
Thank you, Mother, for teaching me the ABC of life. You were loving and caring. By your example and advice you taught me about simple faith. You trusted in me, though I was not always worthy of your trust. You were hard-working and thereby taught me to appreciate work.
Fellowship in the Holy Spirit joins believers in a congregation, into which God calls new members. God’s congregation is not a temporal institution or association. It is created by a bond through faith with Jesus Christ and other believers. Life in the congregation of God brings joy and peace into one’s heart.
The task of a servant of the word is based on the mission command given by Jesus. Those who believed in Jesus were given the task of bringing the gospel to all parts of the world. The congregation calls servants of the word from among its members. It is their task to preach the word of God on the basis of the Bible.
In his letter to the Colossians Paul warned of the dangers of sin and wanted to clarify the Colossians’ faith in Jesus Christ so they would receive the power to live a life in accordance with God’s will.
Corinth was a busy city where life was worldly. The Lord appeared to Paul in a dream and exhorted him to preach the word of God boldly in Corinth.
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).
Kansainvälistä ja valtakunnallista muistiviikkoa vietetään ensi viikolla. Ihmisten eläessä yhä pidempään muistisairauksia sairastavien lukumäärä kasvaa joka puolella maailmaa. Muistisairaus liittyy myös yhä useamman suomalaisen elämään joko läheisen tai oman sairastumisen muodossa.