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Jesus is the king we need for now and for eternity.
“There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Paul writes. Why not? Because God has set us free.
The Apostle Paul teaches us that when Christ comes into our lives, things change. There is a great conversion. The before and after are clearly perceptible. As children of the light, we expose the unfruitful works of darkness and produce good works bathed in Christ’s light.
Grace is undeserved love. Paul instructs us in the pure grace of God. While we were ungodly, Christ died for us. This is encouraging. In our task of proclaiming the Gospel. Christ died for all!
The essence of the Gospel – Good News for Us – is God’s love. Jesus has an audience of one, but the Good News is for all!
Here we have the origin of all that is wrong with us: greed, envy and disobedience. We also see God’s solution. While cursing the serpent (Satan), God promises a savior, the woman’s offspring.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a forty-day period before Easter (not counting the Sundays in Lent). The focus of Lent is the sincerity of our relationship with God. We undertake the disciplines of Lent: self-examination, introspection, contrition, repentance and the confession of sins. The Lord grant us His peace!
Peter, James, and John had a glimpse of heaven when Jesus invited them to the top of a mountain. There He was transfigured before them. With Jesus, two very special guests: Moses and Elijah. Both, heavyweights of the Old Testament.
Pastors are not the lords, but the servants of the church. Like every Christian, they are only God’s gardeners. They plant the Word, we water it (Christian education), but it is God who makes faith grow. Simply put: we are God’s gardeners.
The Lord Jesus assigns to us the task of illuminating the world. “You are the light of the world,” he says. So we are. He brings us out of darkness into his marvelous light continuously through his Word and the Holy Spirit.
Today we see clearly that Jesus came into our flesh to fulfill the Law of God in all its requisites. We speak of active and passive obedience. The presentation in the temple is part of his active obedience. We have seen God’s salvation.
"The Lamb Died-We Live" January 19 by Pastor Sander The people all knew about the sacrifice of lambs. They were all acquainted with the stories involving the sacrifice of a lamb. When John points to Jesus and says: “Behold the Lamb of God,” he was speaking of a...
In Holy Baptism we are made one with Jesus in his death. There we say “no” to the devil and “yes” to God. So we walk from death to life. Only Jesus gives us that!
As we begin a new year, we are profoundly comforted by the Lord’s promise to Solomon. That promise is for us too! The most precious words are that God totally renews us through the forgiveness of sins.
None of us knows a thing about God’s eternal truths. They must first be revealed to us. Then we receive the Holy Spirit (who comes to us through the Word). He enables us to believe in God’s Word through the gift of faith. Joseph learned this in a very special way.