The spirit of excellence

I hate mediocrity. God hates mediocrity 

“Jerusalem, get up and shine, because your light has come, and the glory of the LORD shines on you. Darkness now covers the earth; deep darkness covers her people. But the LORD shines on you, and people see his glory around you. Nations will come to your light; kings will come to the brightness of your sunrise. “Look around you. People are gathering and coming to you. Your sons are coming from far away, and your daughters are coming with them.”‭‭ Isaiah‬ ‭60:1-4‬ ‭

God wants his church to GET UP AND SHINE!

The world response to excellence.

What is excellence?

  • Do what you do in the best way possible 
  • Do it in the best way and do it with a good attitude 

This is attractive. It shines!

Your performance creates your influence.

Success is a door opener

If you fail. No one wants to know your secret.

Become excellent at what you do. get up and shine!

  • Give your best.
  • Work had.
  • Think ahead.
  • Have ideas.
  • Be on time.
  • Be prepared.
  • Take notes.

David had the spirit of excellence.

He practices the harp in the dessert. No practice even if no one was listening.

This shows the presence of God.

If you have the spirit of excellence…

  • People want you close.
  • People trust you.

Everyone can do it:

  • Manage your work.
  • Your time.
  • Your money.
  • Your work ethic.

“Wise people have great power, and those with knowledge have great strength.”‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭24:5‬ ‭

  • Wisdom comes from God.
  • Knowledge comes from learning.

…the LORD shines on you, and people see his glory around you. 

“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”‭‭ Luke‬ ‭2:52

What is keeping you from growing in wisdom and knowledge?

  • What is distracting you?
  • What is the next thing you need to become excellence in?

Live in the light

“God is my rock and my salvation. He is my defender; I will not be defeated.” Psalms 62:2

This is complete freedom.

Not afraid, nor ashamed.

“Evil people run even though no one is chasing them,
but good people are as brave as a lion.”
Proverbs 28:1

Jesus forgives you your mistakes.
Jesus said it’s done. Go on!

“You will have mercy on us again; you will conquer our sins. You will throw away all our sins into the deepest part of the sea.”
Micah 7:19

The deepest part of the see.
This means forgiven forever!


Its in the water. It can’t come back.

It’s a new start.

This is also the symbol of baptism.
A new beginning.
The old life has died with all the sin and shame. The new life with Jesus is now beginning.

But we also have to forgive ourselves.

How do you know if you have not yet forgiven yourself?
If you still think about your mistake a lot.

Two monks came to the river and a beautiful young lady stands there. She cannot cross the river because it’s too dangerous. One monk without hesitation picks the lady up on his shoulder and crosses the river. Put the lady down and the continued on their journey. They didn’t talk for one hour. After one hour the monk said to the other. “You know we made a commitment not to touch a woman. You not only touched a woman, you carried her over the river on your shoulder. Why did you carry her over the river? You broke the commitment!”
“I know, I made a mistake.
But I left her one hour ago by the river, but you still carry her in your mind.”

That’s exactly how we are.
We make mistakes and than we carry them in our thoughts.

Receive the forgiveness of Jesus Christ.
Except the forgiveness of Jesus.
Believe that your sins are washed away.
Forgive yourself.

This is living in the light.

It’s the grace of God.

The grace of God protects us like a shield.

Out of the biggest pile of crap the most beautiful roses grow.

Jesus can turn around anything to the best for us.

If we understand this. We know, that everything is possible for our God in heaven.

“So stand strong and use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One.” Ephesians 6:14-16

You and me with Grace know, that God can turn every round.


Have you ever looked into the eyes of a guilty person. They can’t keep eye-contact.

“We know very well what Satan’s plans are.”
2 Corinthians 2:11

The devil has always the same system to attack us.

This happened to the first people in the beginning.

The devil came in the form of a snake.


When eve saw the tree and the fruits. She wanted it.
The devil says it’s good for you.

The devil makes you think God has not good plans for you.
“Are you really sure God wants the best for you?”
“Is God even real! Can he hear you?”

If you do this it will be the best thing in Your life.

We do it. And than we are ashamed. We hide. No more in the light.
Adam and Eve were hiding behind the tree from God.

Sin always separates relationships!


But God looks for you, Adam, where are you?
God knows where you are. You can never hide from God, but he asked you,

The devil wants to separate my marriage, my family, my relationships, my church, …

Don’t let unforgiveness destroy your relationships!

We try to hide our sins.
Because we are ashamed.

We think if nobody knows it will go away.

It does not.
You know what you have done.
God has seen it.

God is looking for you right now.

“Where are you?”

This is the goodness of God.


Jesus made a way.
Jesus does not condemn you.

But as long as we are not confessing our sins we will not be free.

“All these evil things begin inside the mind: evil thoughts, sexual sins, stealing, murder, greed, lying, jealousy, speaking evil of others,… All these evil things come from inside and make people unclean.”
Mark 7:21-23


Learn from the ants

Go watch the ants, you lazy person. Watch what they do and be wise. Ants have no commander, no leader or ruler, but they store up food in the summer and gather their supplies at harvest. Proverbs‬ ‭6‬:‭6‬ 

Learn from the ants

They have no ruler because they works for a queen.

We christians don’t need a leader to tell us what to do, because we do everything for our king Jesus!

You don’t need anyone to push us. That’s the attitude!
The ant is a symbol of THE POWER OF FAMILY 

An ant can carry many times their own body weight.

This is what a Christian is like with the Holy Spirit.

But an ant can do nothing alone.

But together they can change a landscape.
When we as a Christian family work together, nothing can stop us.

The ants live for their community
Everyone steps back with their dream, to benefit the community.
The community is the most important thing.

Uniting for the same vision.
It’s about giving up your dream because of the dream of Jesus.

This is how we know what real love is: Jesus gave his life for us. So we should give our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬

Ants are symbol of EXCELLENT TEAMWORK 
Just like this church.

ICF Cambodia Christmas Party

We had an idea to invite our friends for a Christmas Dinner Party. Since we where only a few people in a living room we planned to invite people that don’t go to a church and listen to the Christmas story. As the event got closer we soled over 500 tickets. A few day’s before the party we went to check out if there would be enough space. We found out that there where only 370 chairs in the room. During 48h we had to come up with a concept to fit in a lot more. We organised tables and chairs. It was our first big event with our small team.
To our surprise we had over 600 people fill up the room.
We are very thankful to share the gospel with so many people this Christmas.
Thank you for all your prayers.
ICF Cambodia

My New Team

These are the people that will join me to Cambodia. I am very exited and thankful to have such great people come along. Most will stay for at least one year. This will give us the opportunity to put together a fun Khmer class.
The plan is to work out a strategy for the coming years.
How do we want to start the NGO?
How do we build the church?
What are the greatest needs and how can we meet them in the long run?

Looking forward to a fun time.

Oh My God!

Siem Reap City

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“Risk great things for God, and God will do great things.” – William Carey

“Oh my God”, I cried out, “Something like this may not happen a second time! I will not survive it!” What had happened?

One Sunday I had invited a friend to come to church with me. I could feel his tension; he hadn’t entered a church service for many years. I was sitting next to him with a thankful heart, because God had answered my prayers and my friend finally came to church with me. After the service was over, I asked him: “How did you like it?”
He turned to me with an angry face and said: “Don’t you ever do this again! I haven’t seen such a boring, lifeless, irrelevant and unprofessional performance in a long time. I would rather sleep in my bed than in these chairs here. Don’t you ever invite me to a church service again!”

My joy vanished in less than a second and turned into frustration, but I did not give up, so I asked him: “Is it the faith in God that made you upset?” – “No,” he said, with a now more sad tone in his voice, “it is the style of the church, the sound and style of the music, the atmosphere, and how the people interact with each other.” I knew exactly what he was talking about; I told him that I was sincerely sorry about it.
That night I couldn’t go to sleep for hours. His words were hurting me. I knew that his criticism had hit the bulls eye.

I cried to God: “Why is church the most boring place on earth for many people? What has changed in church that so many people are afraid of it?”

This experience set a godly, radical energy free in me. A church is put together of very many different kinds of people. It could become the most attractive and interesting place on earth with God changing lives if only everyone would serve by using their personal talents. Then the church would have that unlimited power, which would spread sparks of hope.

“The world will thank you, if you try something new.” – Anselm Grün

Out of this and other similar experiences, ICF was founded.
Now I want to bring this kind of church to Cambodia.
Support our family with prayer during this transition time.

The Best Party People

10th Birthday

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I believe God is the opposite of boring. Following Jesus is maximum excitement and adventure mixed with a handful of awesomeness.

I’ve heard people say that Jesus is boring, living in purity is a drag, and they’d rather go to hell because at least they’ll be able to party with their friends.

Sorry, but that’s messed up.

If anyone knows how to throw an over-the-top, blow-your-mind kind of party, it’s the Creator of the universe, the one who invented fun and pleasure.

As lovers of God and doers of his will, Christians should be the best party people on the planet!

That’s why I think we should smile, we should dance, we should celebrate, we should laugh, and we should get over our serious selves and represent the joy of heaven.

I’m just saying.

Starting Into A New World

ND Strupler at Ankor Thom

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Two of our most proven people will leave ICF Zurich this summer 2013 with their whole family. ND & Sophal Strupler will plant a new ICF church in Cambodia. They are ready for a really big adventure.
We (ICF Zurich) asked how all this happened and what they feel personally.

Interview with ND Strupler

 How on earth did it come about that you decided to move to Cambodia with your family? Your wife Sophal is an adoptive child from Cambodia…

This has to do with our first decision we took over 20 years ago: We where part in the ICF project and are prepared to go “all in”. Now it’s the same just with another challenge. It is a consequence of our first decision wanting to have an excited life in the kingdom of God. Sophal was the one who took the initiative to plant an ICF in Cambodia. It wouldn’t have been my choice, I would have picked California (another place with “C”…). But when she vocalized this, I also realized that like a puzzle many pieces fit together and it really made sense.

Where in Cambodia will you start and why?

After a time of research we chose the city of Siem Reap. At the moment, this is the fastest growing city in Cambodia because it is a tourist spot which attracts many Cambodians from the surrounding provinces. Unfortunately, it’s not near to the sea but one flying hour from Siem Reap.

What is your and your family’s motivation to take such a step after such a long time of active church work in ICF Zurich? You are not 20 any more…

Exactly this motivates us! Continue reading Starting Into A New World