We believe, according to Jesus’ Word, that He will return on the Last Day. As He ascended on the clouds, so will He come; and every eye will see Him. By His glorious power, He will raise the dead out of their graves.
The Law, with its thunder and lightning, was set in place to show us our sins and bring us to repentance. Yet, the Lord promised through Moses – and has made good on it – another Word, the Word of Gospel. By the Good News of Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection, we are set free from sin and we will live eternally with Christ, our Lord and brother.
Text: John 14:1-6 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. May the peace of Christ’s resurrection be especially of comfort to you, [family names] and all family and friends of Name. Because Christ lives, Name yet lives; and we will, too. We have a wonderfulContinue reading “Living in the Mansion of the Lord”
Text: John 16:16-22 “Just a little while.” That’s what we say to ourselves or to others when we’re caught up in doing something that, maybe, well, we don’t really want to be doing. We say that it’ll just be for “a little while.” Or, if it’s already happening, we might say it’s just for “aContinue reading “Just a Little While”
Text: John 10:11-16 This last week was Call Week at our seminaries in Fort Wayne and St. Louis. Call Day is the day where our fourth-year seminarians find out where the Lord is sending them to tend His flock. Five years ago, I myself was in that position. We give thanks to God for raisingContinue reading “I Know My Own, They Know Me”
Text: John 20:19-31 These last Advent and Lenten seasons we continued our normal practice of midweek services. During those times in the Church year, we pause to focus on the mercy and love of our God toward us. In both seasons we used a service called “Evening Prayer.” It’s a beautiful service, as most wouldContinue reading “Peace the World Cannot Give”
Text: John 2:1-11 During the Epiphany Season, we’re celebrating that Jesus Christ, true man born of the Virgin Mary, is also true God, begotten of the Father from all eternity. This was made known to the wise men from the east by the appearance of a star and by the Holy Scriptures. It was madeContinue reading “A Sign of What’s to Come”
Text: John 1:1-14 (15-18) “In the beginning was the Word,” St. John wrote. “And the Word was with God, and the Word was God…All things were made through Him…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.” Today we celebrate a holiday unlike any other. The eternal Word of God, begottenContinue reading “Full of Grace and Truth”
Text: John 1:19-28 It wasn’t just a simple fact-finding mission when the Jews from Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to John. By then, he had, for a little while, been baptizing with water for repentance and forgiveness of sins and preaching about the coming of the Messiah. Many people heard John’s preaching and believed. St.Continue reading “The Witness of John the Baptist”
Listen to “2018-10-28 150th Anniversary Service” on Spreaker. Text: John 8:31-36 Jesus said, “If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The Word that He speaks of as His Word is the Good News of His perfect life, sacrificialContinue reading “Free, Indeed”