Fasting

Certainly, every body is like grass, all its glory like a wildflower: the grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of the Lord endures forever. 1 Peter 1:24-25 Man’s days are like hay, he blooms like a wildflower in the field; the wind barely touches it, and it’s gone, its place no longer remembers it. Psalm 103:15-16 The seven ancient Christian practices or disciplines, which directly come from Judaism and the teachings of the early church, stand firmly as indispensable guides to incorporating our faith into everyday life filled with human, psycho-physical activities. Each […]

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Sarajevo – focus in December

HOW DID SARAJEVO GET ITS NAME? Sarajevo got its name from a Slavicized abbreviation of the Turkish words saray (palace/house) and ovasi (field), referring to the vast fields west of the administrative buildings constructed for district administration. 1. Pray that God builds His palace (church, dwelling) in the Sarajevo Valley; 2. Pray that He transforms this city into a fertile field for the Good News DEMOGRAPHIC DATA: According to the latest population census from 2013, the total population of the City of Sarajevo is 275,524, while the population of Sarajevo Canton is estimated at 413,593. […]

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I want to tell you…

Reading: Philippians 1:12-14 I want to tell you, brothers, that my current situation has actually helped the progress of the gospel. So it has become known among all the guards and others that I am in chains for the sake of Christ. Most of the brothers in the Lord, encouraged by my chains, now dare even more to preach God’s word. Reflection: Paul writes this passage from a Roman prison. In Philippians 1:13, he reveals that he is imprisoned for preaching the Gospel. The reason for his arrest was a violation of the command not […]

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God-fearing

Reading: 1 Peter 1:17: If you call on the Father, who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear during the time of your stay on earth. Reflection: Calling God our Father is both a privilege and a responsibility. God-fearing is associated with responsibility. Being God-fearing means living in accordance with God’s will, His revelation, and the calling we have received. It involves choosing to always do good, in every moment and decision. However, many times we may not feel capable of being the kind of good we desire to be, and […]

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Be Holy

Reading: 1 Peter 1:16 It is written: “Be holy, for I am holy.” Reflection: Being holy means becoming and being what God already is – holy! I remember reading in a book long ago what it means to ‘be holy’? Exactly that – to be! Does God strive to be holy? No – He is holy! It is not much different with us. We are equally holy! The difference is that we are made holy by God’s decision and we do not have to strive to become holy – we already are! But you are […]

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No Turning Back

Reading: 1 Peter 1:14-15; Colossians 3:1-5 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do. If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God! Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth! For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God! When Christ who is your life […]

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Living on the Wings of Hope

Reading: 1 Peter 1:13-16 The First Epistle of Peter was written to the church in Asia Minor, which was not large or dominant in society. It was a church that, in a way, was a “foreign body” in its environment and was already facing persecution that threatened to escalate. In such a context, the daily life of this church was filled with various trials. Peter wants Christians to understand that as they give their best while going through trials, they are also being purified and prepared for what is to come. And that is the […]

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God fights for us

Then on the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah, for it was there that they blessed the Lord. For that reason they named that place “The Valley of Beracah (blessing)” until today. 2 Chronicles 20:26 I always remember that first year at our camp with joy and awe. Just a few days before the camp, we felt like King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20:12: “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.” I often feel that way in my life. It was as if I had come […]

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Babel/ Pentecost

Reading: Genesis 11:1-8 Reflection: Language, as a marvelous cognitive and social phenomenon, is at the heart of the birth of the church. Language is given to us to communicate, store, and transmit knowledge. Language connects people in communities. Language is the key instrument through which the culture of every social group is built. While in Babylon, God confused languages, but on Pentecost, God gathered people of all languages and united them. In Babylon, languages were unintelligible. On Pentecost, languages were understandable. Do you now understand the idea of the Christian understanding of the events on […]

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Forgivers of Sin

Reading: John 20:21-23 Jesus said to them again: “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.” After saying this, he breathed on them and said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” Reflection: After the resurrection, Jesus came to his fearful disciples with the words: “Peace be with you!” They rejoiced when they saw him, after he showed them his wounds from the crucifixion. Then he breathed on them and said: […]

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