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On the first Sunday of a new Church Year, it is entirely appropriate to go over the basic rules that will govern the year ahead. Isaiah draws an analogy from a pottery and applies it to the church. He compares us to clay, and God, to the potter. In God’s pottery, He sets the rules by which we live.
Our pilgrim fathers brought the Christian faith with them. The Lord, obviously, blessed them and their descendants. Despite our weakness, the Lord has enriched us through America. Let us never neglect our prayers of thanksgiving, for truly, America is a divine gift to us!
"First Death, Then Life" November 19 and 22 by Pastor Sander Our Lord Jesus Christ rose from the grave and rules his church and all things. On the Last Day he will return in glory and judge the living and the dead. Those who believed in him will be given eternal life....
As we approach a new church year and the turning of the calendar,we turn to Psalm 90 and a favorite hymn, “Our God, Our Help, in Ages Past,” for insights into God’s perspective on time, and our use of the time He gives us for His glory and service.
It is always best to be ready, but ‘Last Day’ preparations are most important. Since only the Father knows the day and the hour we need to be ready now. Jesus makes it possible for us to enter eternal life through his sacrificial death. Faith in him will allow us to enter.
The throng arrayed in white are the redeemed, who have believed God’s Word, who have been cleansed from sin. They are all part of the Una Sancta. They shout victory cries and cheer us on in the faith.
On this 503rd anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we give thanks to God for restoring to His church the central truths of the Bible, especially the key teaching that we are freed from the powers of sin and death and Satan—and are declared righteous in God’s sight, only by God’s free grace, without any merit or worthiness on our part.
The Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus in his words. Asked about paying taxes, our Lord simply said: “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God, the things that are God’s.” Our hearts were cleansed and restored by Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Let us liberally render our hearts to God!
There will be infinite reason to celebrate on the Last Day. Death will have been swallowed up forever. On God’s mountain we’ll celebrate with fine meat and aged wine. We will rejoice in God’s salvation.
We are to consider ourselves as simple tenants of God’s church. We are to relate to one another in love and humility. The Lord Jesus alone is the head of the church.
Paul writes from Prison. He humbly accepted his plight. He urges the Christians in Philippi to walk humbly, in peace with one another. Paul felt that if they did that, he did not live in vain!
Some people spend their whole life trying to figure out God. He is above all human understanding. All three readings for today point to this fact: God’s thoughts are higher than ours. Paul’s imprisonment turns out to be good!
The church in Rome had many problems. One of the more annoying ones was the people quarreled over opinions. Paul advises them to live and let live. We are all accountable to God. None of us is greater than another. Under Christ, we live in harmony.
Guest Preacher: Reverend Dr. Gilbert Duchow
Our dear Savior bids us to pick up our cross – to suffer for our faith, if needed. He does not call on everyone to suffer for one’s faith, but faith has to determine one’s posture and behavior in this life. The reward will come in heaven. Here we serve.