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This psalm teaches us that the Lord, our creator, knows us inside and out. There is nothing about us he does not know. It is useless trying to hide from him.
By nature we walk from life to death. In Holy Baptism, that is reversed. Having been made one with Christ, now our walk is from death to life, eternal life!
In this compound text of Isaiah and Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians we have a list of things to do: it is a type of bucket list for us Christians. It gives a number of suggestions on what to do while we live on earth!
In depths of the despair the captives of Babylonia cried out: “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down.” Well, God did-in today’s Gospel. Our cry today is the same as Isaiah’s congregation. We long for our King!
At the end of a church year in which the Lord gave us his gifts in this place called Blessed Savior every week, our only response is to sing for joy and gratefulness. Dear Lord God, thank you, in Jesus’ name.
Come, Lord Jesus. Amen
The end of the church year is one week away. But, we do not know when the time of grace will end. The Lord warns us to be ready, for it will come without warning. So, we keep encouraging each other, proclaiming the Gospel to all.
For those who reject the Lord Jesus as their Savior, there will be no escape on Judgement Day. Amos describes this “no escape” scene: a man is running from a lion, then meets a bear, he runs into his house and is bitten by a serpent. Let us show Jesus to the world!
Jesus revealed to us this glimpse of life in heaven. This will be our life after the resurrection of all flesh. Meanwhile we suffer and endure pain and attacks of all kinds. Heaven is guaranteed.
The hardest part for a Christian is to accept salvation by grace. That is very different to understand. We want to pay for what we get. But, in fact, nothing that we can produce is acceptable to God. The just shall live by faith. Lord, help us to believe this!
"Paying Taxes" October 22, 2017 by Pastor Sander The Pharisees, an influential political party in Jerusalem, wanted to indict Jesus by setting him up against Caesar. But Jesus told them to give to Caesar his dues, and to give themselves to...