“Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.” 2 John 12 ESV In the November Voter’s Meeting I read a section of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Life Together as we prepared for the meeting. This book was written in 1938 as he was living and teaching in an illegal (since orthodox Christianity was deemed…
With all the bad news in the world this sentiment is understandable. Who wants to bring more bad news? While God does not command us to share a diagnosis nor our suffering with others, Paul says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort…
Learning and diving into God’s word prepares us for when we will meet Father, Son and Holy Spirit in person. Arriving at the resurrection and seeing God face to face will be amazing. But as you strive to learn more about God and his love for us in Christ, this will make seeing Christ all the more rich.
The book of Judges is so surprising – even offensive in some places – because God is preparing his people for Jesus and the most offensive means of salvation; the cross.
The Ascension of Christ teaches us that Jesus isn’t just an idea that stays with us or some hyper-spiritual experience he wants us to draw on. Jesus’ Ascension points us to His Word and sacraments for his presence.
We come to the church to meet Christ, not a motivational speaker. Not a man who is “better than everyone else.” The robe and all the other vestments cover up as much as possible the individual.
Our people are not holy by what we do, but by what Christ has always done for His people throughout all time. Through faith, He “holies” us.
Many churches in our day are looking for a new way to add souls to their numbers. They are looking for the newest and greatest thing that will aid them in their quest. The problem is, is that this has never been the way the church has lived. We do not live by doubt or fear but by faith.
A paradox: though we are sinners, for Christ’s sake God counts us as righteous. Though we perpetuate death by our sin, God forgives us and gives us eternal life.
God will cause fasts in your life and it is solely up to his discretion when that fast ends. These fasts though are good for us because they are meant to grow our trust in Jesus’ words of forgiveness. Despite how things look to our flesh we know by faith God hasn’t forsaken us.
With Eyes on Jesus as our theme this Lent, we will continuously focus on Jesus Christ and Him crucified, buried, and risen for our justification. This is a vision that will never disappoint, for by trusting in Jesus, He promises that we will gaze upon His beautiful face now by faith and forever in heaven!