Thursday, May 5, 2016
So, why celebrate the Ascension of our Lord? How can we not? What could keep us from such joy? The Ascension of our Lord is the answer to our every longing to be with Jesus, not only in heaven, but now, here, where we live and need His gracious presence more than anything else in life and in death.
Wed, Apr 27, 2016
In our Eurasia Region we have hit a bit of a rough patch during Lent and Eastertide. Within the last months terrorism has again raised its ugly head against us in several places where we have called workers. Innocent people have died by the brutality of the devil, and have themselves been called home to their Lord. In some of our own families sickness and death loom over loved ones, and we may be feeling a bit paralyzed and gloomy as did the disciples when Jesus spoke to them about his departure. But these are just the times when the Church sings and comforts herself all the more. She is not content to just hear the Gospel. She is compelled by it to sing it…
Wed, Apr 20, 2016
Jesus was a man of sorrows. Betrayed, beaten, crucified and abandoned by the Father upon a cruel cross, Jesus knew the depths of sorrow. But He knew also the depths of the “fear of Yahweh.” He knew also the depths of trusting in the Father when all things speak of only sorrow continually on all sides. Down in the depths of the grave, in the jaws of death, Jesus feared Yahweh perfectly and trusted in Him to turn sorrow into rejoicing. And so Yahweh did.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016
–By Elizabeth Ahlman “For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places […]
Fri, Apr 8, 2016
All of this applies, but here the Holy Spirit shows us a picture of our Help in the bonds of marriage, for those times when we fail to live up to the commandments, when we do not love and honor each other as we ought, when we would throw up our hands and forget to pray for God’s protection of our marriage in the midst of temptations. What is that Help? It is Christ Jesus. And how is He pictured as our Help? He is depicted as the loving husband of His beloved bride, the Church. He is the perfect husband to His wife.
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