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We are all brought together in the church which is the body of Christ. We are strong and kept safe in the church because Christ is Lord of all. We share one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all.
God speaks no idle words. When He establishes a covenant, we can count on it. In Holy Baptism, God adopts us as His own, names us after Himself, and promises to be with us always to the end of the age. He is with us in the storms of life and even climbs into our boat.
Jesus looked up to Heaven before He fed the crowds. It makes perfect sense to us to look up and thank God for the food on our tables. Jesus will provide for every meal.
Jeremiah suffered a great deal in his life as a prophet. But, he never despaired. He kept waiting for the Lord’s help. He wrote that the Lord’s mercies are new every morning. Remember that when you see the sun rise!
“Behold I stand at the door and knock,” says Jesus. People who receive Him as their Savior walk through life in safety because Jesus watches them. Christians live without fear!
God has it all planned: when the mortal is swallowed up by life, we will be given a spiritual body, like Jesus’ upon the resurrection. So, we are always of good courage.
Camping can be fun, but when the tent leaks and collapses, it is better to move into a building. This is how Paul sees our earthly bodies. They are temporary. Our spiritual bodies, upon our resurrection, are permanent.
Nicodemus came to visit Jesus one night, to make sure he was saved. Jesus told him that he needed to be born of water and the spirit. Isaiah was commissioned to be a prophet. Peter also proclaimed the Gospel. You and I are in good company!
It had been ten days since Jesus’ ascension. The disciples were still together in one place. They were afraid to speak about Christ. When the Holy Spirit came upon them, things changed. They became courageous and preached in many languages.
The apostle Paul prays to Lord to enlighten the eyes of our hearts that we may see Him better. The power of God is shown in Christ’s resurrection and ascension. This guarantees our salvation!
Last Sunday’s and today’s Gospel lessons compare our relationship with Jesus to a grape vine. A more familiar analogy might be an apple tree. Jesus is the vine or tree, and we are the branches. When we remain firmly attached to Christ, we are able to bear much fruit for God’s glory and the growth of His kingdom.
Philip was a disciple of Jesus. He was one of those who received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost Day. Now he is teaching a foreigner about Jesus while riding in a chariot. The church keeps growing as you also go places.
In our world there is a great number of voices competing for our attention. Unless we know our Shepherd’s voice, it will be impossible to hear Him. We train our ears when we meet with Him in His house.
Jesus appeared in the upper room and greeted His disciples with: “Shalom — Peace.” He also opened Scripture to them and promised to send them the gift the Father had promised: The Holy Spirit.