Today the church year greets you anew with the one story, the one Savior, with life that doesn’t end with death, with life that doesn’t end at all. It’s Advent. The King is coming again. The account from Mark 11:1-10 makes us say “Hosanna to the King who comes!” December 3, 2017.
Get Dressed for the Day of the Lord
In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11, the apostle Paul shows God’s great love and care for souls so we wouldn’t be lulled to spiritual sleep and fall into unbelief in life. Paul is here with this pointed, powerful, sober and alert thought: “Jesus is coming anytime. It’s never sleep time. It’s today! Get dressed for the day of the Lord!” November 12, 2017.
I’m going out on a limb, but my guess is that many of the people here today have little hands-on experience with a garden. Why wait for cucumber seeds to fan out in all directions so that you have to bend over and pick through the vines every other day for an hour looking for cucumbers just the right size, then stand for hours at the stove stuffing, steaming, and boiling jar after jar, when you can just go to Pick N’ Save and buy a jar of pickles?
“It’s time to sing!” I just love how our Lutheran hymns end. The stanza 4s or 5s. You can look this up - usually the last stanza either praises our triune God or ends with the joyful bliss and glory of heaven. It doesn’t matter the topic or the trouble - for example, we have hymns that confess our sins “with broken heart and contrite sigh”(Christian Worship #303) - so real - let’s your crushed spirit convey your disappointment and lowly plea - “O God , be merciful to me.” And yet, when I find myself surrounded by … me and my own wrongdoings, I hope I learn from these hymns that it’s time to sing
In life, you often find yourself weary and tired; physically, emotionally and spiritually. Wouldn't it be great if there was something that refreshed you and energized you spiritually? Jesus offered this kind of eternal energy drink to a woman, as found in John 4:5-26, and he offers "The Eternal Energy Drink" to you too.