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Monthly Motto August’19

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Be a light of peace! (After the song “Accendi la pace” by Gen Verde)

Holy Scripture: Ps 34:15

Seek peace and pursue it!”

Impulse:

You can sometimes get the impression that we live in a rather warlike and restless world. This applies to the major regions of conflict but also to our coexistence in society, where it sometimes goes like “everyone against everyone”. I ask myself, what happened to the great promise of peace that we hear in the Bible? The word from the psalms may perhaps give us a direction: if I really want to make peace, then I’ll start with myself. Peace is more than just giving up violence. It is an attitude of life in which I benevolently treat others and respect them as valuable people, especially the poor and disadvantaged. That’s sometimes hard to do on your own. That’s why we have to look for allies on this path. An ally who always supports us is God himself. With an ancient prayer, we can turn to Him: “Lord, make me a tool of your peace!”. This is how we become bright lights in an often warlike world.

Jakob Ohm

YouTube-Video “Accendi la Pace” by GenVerde

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Monthly Motto May’19

„I’ve got Hope!“ (according to “I’ve got Hope” by Gen Verde)

Holy Scripture: 1 Peter 3,16

“Always be ready to answer every one who will ask you about the hope that fills you.”

Impulse:
“What do I want to achieve in my life?” – You have already asked this question for sure. And you will have noticed: there are quite different answers. There are e.g. ideas about the future job, the place where you want to live but also personal issues, such as the question of family and real friendships. In other words, what is your hope for your life, what gives you strength?

Sharing our dreams of living with other people creates a sustainable community. Do you know people with whom you can share your hopes and dreams? It is worth to be open for these encounters. Perhaps by sharing our hopes, we may even have an experience with Jesus who wants to give us a deep hope for our lives.

Jakob Ohm

YouTube-Video “I’ve got Hope” by Gen Verde

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Monthly Motto March

“Be the voice of the truth

Bible: 1 John 3,18

“Let us not love with words nor with tongues, but with deeds and with truth.”

Impulse

Was something ever on your mind and you did not know how to tell the other? To tell the truth without hurting or shaming my counterpart can sometimes be a real tightrope walk. Then it may be good to keep telling yourself that “truth” and “love” belong together. Truth without love is cold and hurtful, love without truth is not sincere. This is also a basic message of the gospel. It depends on the attitude: when we start to take the other person seriously and meet him sincerely and lovingly, then we as a community can also create a new and better reality in which love and truth have their place and where every human being can grow. Then, we may also learn what the Bible elsewhere says, “The truth will set you free.” (John 8: 32) Then we can constructively address the “great” truths, such as pressing social injustices or ecological problems.  If this is not a good intention for the preperation for Easter: give the truth a voice – but in love!

Jakob Ohm

YouTube Video “Voz de la Verdad” by GenVerde