"And He saith unto them: Follow Me."
- Matthew 4:19
This was the short but significant command which our LORD directed to Peter and Andrew, the two fishermen brothers, as He called them to be His disciples. To follow Christ means, first and foremost, that we accept Him as our personal Savior and Redeemer. Having found Christ and believing in Him as our Savior from sin, we have a paece in our hearts that passes all understanding. That peace we can have no matter where we are and no matter how much noise and confusion there is about us.
The call of Jesus, "Follow Me" also presents a challenge to live a courageous and heroic life, but there are those who imagine that Christianity is for sissies, that for folks who are . . .
"And He saith unto them: Follow Me."
TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Are you ready to receive the Gift of the Kingdom?
Jesus calls us to live on the edge, a place that is often uncomfortable. "Sell your possessions and give to the poor, be dressed for action." Above all be ready, because you don't know when the Son of Man will come. Don't get too comfortable with this earthly life. Yes, it is a gift from God, but as we learned last week, the gift must not be allowed to overshadow the giver. We must beware, so our . . .
"There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve."
- Acts 27:23
St. Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, was on his way to Rome to be brought before Caesar. The vessel on which he was sailing was tossed to and fro by a furious storm on the Mediterranean Sea. Those with Paul had given up all hope. But the angel of the LORD appeared to Paul and told him not to fear, for no one would be lost. And Paul, addressing himself to all on board ship said: "There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve."
In the persence of those rough and godless seafaring men and before his fellow prisioners Paul confessed himself to be . . .
"In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the LORD."
- Ephesians 2:21
"I believe in the holy Christian Church." These familiar words of the Apostles' Creed are being spoken in thousands of Christian churches today. The holy Christian Church is also referred to as the bride of Christ, His city, His flock, His body, and "temple of God."
The Builder is the Holy Spirit. The tools with which He operates are the Word of God and the Sacraments. Whenever the Word of God is preached and the plan of . . .
"Christ must increase, but I must decrease."
- John 3:30
"I will place absolutely no value upon anything that I have or possess escept in its relation to the Kingdom of Christ." That is a practical explanation of John the Baptist's motto: "Christ must increase, but I must decrease."
Neither the apostle Paul nor John the Baptist would have agreed with the modern-day success formula that says, to be somebody you have to put yourself first. I have heard a song that . . .
"Touching the Almighty, we cannot find Him out; He is excellent in power and in judgment."
- Job 37:23
Isn't it true that we sometimes act as though God could not take care of Himself and His problems? Luther, the Great Refromer, at one time became utterly despondent. His wife, anxious to teach him a lesson in trust, dressed in mournng clothes. When he inquired, "Who died?" she said, "God," Quickly the lesson came home to him.
The Almighty is excellent in power and in judgment." Committing ourselves into His care and keeping, we can rest assured that everything is being . . .
"He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live
unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them and rose again."
- 2 Corinthians 5:15
The appeal of our LORD to serve Him in consecrated devotion comes to us with special force and emphasis at this particular season of the church year. In the first part of the church year we celebrate the great festivals of Christianity, Christmas, Easter, and now Pentecost, and learn what great things God has done for us and for our salvation. In the second part of the church year we continue to mediate on God's love and mercy toward us, but emphasis is placed also upon the . . .
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