Monday, June 27, 2016

The Death of Man

"...the life that is in Christ Jesus" (2 Tim. 1:1).

The president of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, the church body to which I and my congregation belong, has responded to the Texas abortion clinic ruling.  Although not easy to read and consider what he writes, we must.  Pray the prayer at the end from all your heart.

And peace of Christ, who is the Life of man!

Pastor Matt

http://blogs.lcms.org/2016/harrison-reacts-to-texas-abortion-clinic-ruling

Thursday, June 16, 2016

All the Days

"And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:20).

The Gospel of Matthew concludes with the great promise of Jesus, "I am with you always."  But a literal translation would read, "I am with you all the days."

Remember that the crucified-risen Christ is with you on all the days through which you pass: Father's Day, graduation day, summer days, wedding day, happy days, sad days, typical day, hard day, hospital days, moving day, seven days, 365 days, last days (2 Tim. 3:1).  And the most important one to remember: today.

Know that He will be with you on the day of your death.  Psalm 23:4.

"I am with you all the days."  To this He adds "to the end of the age."  It almost sounds like then He will no longer be with us.  And that, I say, would be true.  For it is then that we will be with Him - forever - after He has safely brought us through all the days.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Walk On in Love

"And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us" (Eph. 5:2).

More than once I have turned to this song, "Walk On," performed by the band U2 shortly after 9/11.  I'm turning to it again in the wake of Orlando.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2-qT1fjwA8

As Christians let us Walk On in the way of repentance, faith in the crucified-risen Christ, and love toward all.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Anointed

On Sunday in Adult Bible Class we wrapped up a series on the Small Catechism.  People shared what they had learned, including one man who shared that as a result of the series he now knows the names of the Six Chief Parts and is also able to say the Ten Commandments.  I say, Alleluia!  I ended the class by sharing the following.

"...because He has anointed Me" (Luke 4:18).

The name "Christ" means "anointed one."  It is the Greek version of the Hebrew "Messiah."  A lesser-known fact, however, is that while "Christ" of course refers to the Son, it points also to the Father and the Holy Spirit.  How is this?

To be anointed requires another person to be "the anointer."  That is the role of the Father: to anoint the Son.  Also, to be anointed requires an oil or ointment with which to be anointed.  That is the Holy Spirit.

Thus in the single word "Christ" is a devotion about all Three Persons of the Trinity: the Anointer, the Anointed, and the Ointment!

And when you remember that Christ is crucified, risen, and the lover of your soul, it is safe to say that no other word contains as much of the Christian faith (indeed the whole of it) as the name "Christ."