I just read the first chapter of the Gospel of Mark Ã¢Â€Â“ an impressive witness of JesusÃ¢Â€Â™ ministry. His teaching was specifically noticed for its authority, which, of course, was further proven by the accompanying miracles. Thinking ahead to the final chapter of Mark, the famous, disputed long ending has JesusÃ¢Â€Â™ promise that the same kind of authoritative signs would accompany the preaching of his disciples (which, we remember from Acts, they did throughout the first generations). But what about today? Where are the signs and wonders? As a Pentecostal, I need to ask myself this question even louder than my brethren in the other denominations, who simply might not believe in the possibility of something like this happening at all in our age. But I do. And I expect it. What has happened so that nothing happens?
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Last week, in our church leaders council (something like a board of deacons), I conducted a survey of important themes people would like to talk about in future sessions. We then rated these themes by means of points given by each participant. Interestingly, the topic that got by far the most points was the question of the exact place and method of teaching within the church. So here are some random thoughts on this topic out of my daily writing.
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It’s amazing how many good Christian resources you can find on the web these days. One site that I’ve been looking into for quite a while is bibleserver.com, a cooperation of different bible societies, which allows you to browse a number of different modern translations online. Now, most of these translations, I already have in my BibleWorks, where they can be used a lot more comfortably. The most important ones, I even have on my palm, which I always carry in my pocket. But then again, some I don’t have and I didn’t even know they existed in a digital form anywhere.
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