"Blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it." Luke 11:28      

The church has been charged by her LORD to preach the Gospel to every creature, and all mankind should hear the Word of the LORD. David sings: "So will I compass Thine altar, O LORD, that I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving and tell of all Thy wondrous works. LORD, I have loved the habitation of Thy house and the place where Thine honor dwelleth."      

Our spiritual life must always be nourished and strengthened. But this can be done only through the God given means of grace, Word and Sacrament. When the congregation of the LORD assembles in public worship, no Christian should be absent. "He that is of God heareth God's words." A true Christian needs no commandments and threats to make him go to church. He will gladly and willingly obey God's Word.      

St. Paul said to the Thessalonians: "When you received the Word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word on men, but as it is in truth, the Word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." 'He that heareth you, heareth Me, says Christ. And Christ has the Word of God to speak to us.      

Christian friends, We should always be glad to come to hear Him and hear Him speak.  

Blessed Jesus, at Thy Word                                                                                                 We are gathered all to hear Thee;                                                                                  Let our hearts and souls be stirred                                                                             Now to seek and love and fear Thee;                                                                            By Thy teachings sweet and holy                                                                         Drawn from earth to love Thee solely.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - God help us to build our lives on the impregnable rock of Holy Scripture.