An obligatory event?

In a very familiar passage and one that has been set to music many times over the psalmist writes:One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27: 4). Only in the house of the Lord?

One could argue that God is omnipresent, that He is present throughout His entire creation. And that is the case. Yet already in the Old Testament, God determined a place where human beings can experience the presence of God in a special way, where God reveals Himself to man in a special manner. The psalmist knew this. He was also aware of the fact that this offer by God was not something automatic, but that it was an act of grace, as many believers around the world had to learn over the past one and a half years.

Too often we think of church attendance as an obligation: “I have to go to church.” No! It is not we who are doing God a favour. It is God who has prepared a very special gift for us.

Food for thought from a divine service by the Chief Apostle

We pray for MH17
On board MH17 were also 4 members of the New Apostolic Church according to news on the websites of NAC Netherlands and NAC North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Chief Apostle comments in a message as follows:
"The misfortune hits me very hard! We have prayed yesterday evening for the victims in the circle of the Apostles here in Kigali / Rwanda, where I am currently visiting our faithful. My flight departed only minutes before the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 from Amsterdam. Maybe I have even met some of these people at the airport. I pray intensely for all the victims and their families and share the suffering of our brothers and sisters."

The New Apostolic Church Malaysia reaches out in thought and prayer to all mourning families. We join the international community to offer sympathy and condolences. May healing and forgiveness be brought about by the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

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