Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 2)

Posts by Rev. Roy W. Hefti (Page 2)

THE HOLY SPIRIT’S GIFT – THE HOLY BIBLE

How’s your memory of everything you said or heard last year?  Have you ever wondered how the evangelists and apostles could remember all the things God wanted them to remember as they wrote the New Testament Scriptures?  Jesus answers this in our Gospel lesson: “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and…

“PRESS ON!”

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul soars to the very heart of God. He says:  “Whatever things were a profit for me, these things I have come to consider a loss because of Christ.  But even more than that, I consider everything to be a loss because of what is worth far more: knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For his sake, I have lost all things and consider…

PASSING THE TORCH

Flanders Field is a U.S. military cemetery in Belgium.  Buried there are 368 members of the armed forces who died in World War I.     Canadian poet John McCrae wrote a famous poem about it called “In Flanders Fields.” In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely…

“WHEN THE DAY OF EVIL COMES”

In the closing lines of his letter to the Ephesian Christians, Paul encourages us to arm ourselves as soldiers do, to put on “the full armor of God.” Elsewhere he gives similar warnings:  “There will be terrible times in the last days,” and again, “The time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine.  Instead, to suit their own desires, they will…

DEATH & RESURRECTION IN BAPTISM

On this second Sunday of Easter (for every Sunday is a celebration of Easter), our epistle lesson from Romans 6 talks about death and resurrection in the gospel waters of Baptism.  This is what Paul says: “What shall we say then? Shall we keep on sinning so that grace may increase?  Absolutely not! We died to sin. How can we go on living in it any…