'Abraham' Tagged Posts

'Abraham' Tagged Posts

WHERE WILL IT ALL END?

In these troubling times, as in many times past, we may find ourselves wondering:  “Where will it all end?”    St. Paul famously said this:  “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28  EHV). It is doubtful that you and I would believe these words if God Himself had not caused them to be written down in the Bible.  As the years…

“MY SOUL WAITS FOR THE LORD”

We spend our lives waiting for things big and little.  We wait for our first day of school, for our first two-wheeled bike, for our first date, for our first job, for our driver’s license, for our life’s partner, for our first child, for grandchildren and for retirement. The danger, of course, is that we spend our lives so anxious about tomorrow that we lose all appreciation for today.  The ungrudging goodness of God is something to be experienced every…

THE GREAT SIMPLIFIER

People sometimes complain that the Bible is too difficult, that they can’t understand it.  Certainly, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. It does take faithful Bible reading habits to connect some of the dots, to see sinful man and a sinless Christ in the ceremonies and sacrifices of Leviticus, to get a handle on the numerous kings of Judah and Israel and the warnings and comfort to be found there, to use the…

“JUST AS HE SAID!”

In Matthew’s account of Easter morning, the angel says to the women:  “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; He has risen, just as He said.” The angel knew why the women were there, what low expectations they brought with them, unmindful that Jesus would rise “as He said.” We are so used to promises that are not kept.  Others have made promises to us – big…

GOD’S SECRET SERVICE

On Jacob’s homeward march to the land of Canaan, the Bible tells us that “the angels of God met him.” “Angels” are still a trendy subject in the tabloids, magazines, bookstores and television.  A number of years ago, TV favorites included Highway To Heaven and Touched By An Angel.  In the theaters, Christopher Lloyd helped win ball games as an angel in Angels In The Outfield.  A holiday favorite from years ago was It’s A Wonderful Life.    The underlying idea…

SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

The final Sundays of the church year traditionally focus on the final judgment.  In more recent years, this particular Sunday in the church year is also called “Saints Triumphant.”  We think of moving hymn verses such as: For all the saints who from their labors rest, All who their faith before the world confessed, Your name, O Jesus, be forever blessed,  Alleluia! But then there breaks a yet more glorious day; The saints triumphant rise in bright array; The King…

NEVER GIVE UP!

The famous piano player, Paderewski, surely had some natural gifts.  But he also would have understood Thomas Edison’s old line that genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. As a boy, Paderewski sat at the piano for three hours every morning and three hours every evening.  Throughout his brilliant career, he kept up a rigorous schedule of daily practice. It was said that if he missed a single day, he noticed it.  If he missed two days, his critics noticed…

CASE HISTORIES

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” is the old saying.   Jesus painted pictures with words themselves.  He not only told us to love our neighbor. He painted a picture of what this means with a parable, a story about a good Samaritan (Luke 10). He not only told us that God is a gracious Father who wants His wayward sons and daughters to repent and return to Him.  He portrayed this truth in the unforgettable story of the…

BACK TO THE BEGINNING

In the next few months we will go back to the beginning, to the opening chapters of Genesis.  The first eleven chapters of Genesis take us back to when the world was young. Dr. Martin Luther wrote a massive commentary on Genesis – 8 volumes when translated into English.  He continued to polish that work until shortly before he died.  He called Genesis “the most beautiful book in the world.” The last century or so has not been as kind…

THE PROOF OF LOVE

A fellow named Don Richardson spent some frustrating years as a missionary among the Sawi tribe in New Guinea.   The gospel of God’s love and forgiveness held little appeal to the Sawi, for they held up deceit as the highest virtue.  They saw no reason to change their cruel and cannibalistic ways.   In fact, when Richardson told them the story of Jesus, the Sawi looked upon Judas as the real hero – for he had shrewdly penetrated the…

THE WISDOM OF GOD

Those who have heard of Albert Schweitzer have a number of images come to mind. That’s understandable.  In his 90 years, Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) was a brilliant philosopher, physician, musician, clergyman and theological writer.  Before he was 30 he won an international reputation as a writer, organist and organ builder.  He was also an authority on the works of the great Lutheran composer, Johann Sebastian Bach.  Many remember his medical mission in French Equatorial Africa, his founding of a hospital…

“TAUGHT BY GOD”

In a world that had largely lost the Bible, the goal of Luther and others was that all of God’s people might be Theodidacti – “Taught by God.” To that end, Luther wrote The Small Catechism as a short summary of the very basics that every Christian ought to know about God – His law in the Commandments, His gospel in the three articles of the Creed, how to pray with the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer, how to apply…