Proclaiming the one true God to all

Child of God

This morning as I woke up, I was thinking of my 2 granddaughters and what I could say to them, about how they would live their lives proclaiming the one true s God to all. Then I started thinking about my life and I how God has led me. As a baptized child of God, I look at how this applies to my life. I would often say that living my life as God’s child was like a roller coaster ride, so fasten your seatbelts!

When I was in fifth or sixth grade, all I wanted to do was become a Pastor, serving God. As time went on, I graduated the from St. Paul Lutheran School from the eighth grade. I had the opportunity to go to Concordia Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here I began my training to become a Lutheran Pastor. In my second year I went to the Lutheran High School. I was somewhat angry that I couldn’t go back to my previous school, and I told my father how I felt. Little did I know at that time that God had other plans for me. I went back to the Academy for my junior and senior year. Then I went to college. After 2 years I changed from the ministerial program to the teacher training program. My intention was to go to the Seminary after graduating to continue studying for the Lutheran ministry. God had other plans for my life!

After 31 years of teaching in the Lutheran School and Public Schools, my life changed again. This is when I decided to go to the Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. After 2 hard years of school, I went to Vicar and then Pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Louisiana and Our Savior in Mississippi. I often thought to myself that God had led me in the way of proclaiming the Gospel first to his children and then to adults, but I had it wrong. All the time God was leading me to proclaim the one true God to all. Now I am retired but still proclaiming the love of God to all who will hear it.

This whole thought process of thinking about children, especially my two granddaughters, led me to see what the Bible said. Here is some of what I found.

16 “ ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16 ESV.

Train up a child in the way he should go;

even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6 ESV.

15   Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,

but the rod of discipline drives it far from him. Proverbs 22:15 ESV.

For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

     and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 ESV.

Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:4 ESV.

15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. Mark 10:15-16 ESV.

11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:11-13 ESV.

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. John 3:16-18 ESV.

Zoe and Ietta consider these Bible verses as you go into high school and college, and all the other children of the Lord as you walk with God proclaiming him to be the one and only true God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Proclaiming the one true God to all

The First Commandment

You shall have no other gods before me. Deuteronomy 5:7 ESV.

This was the second time the law was given to the people of Israel. The first time we remember how God called Moses upon the mountain and gave to him these 10 Commandments. Now the people have received God’s promise that they would have their own nation. We read in the book of Joshua how the nation was conquered by God and given to them.

If you look at the first commandment you realize that this is all we need. If you love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and soul, you will follow the other nine commandments. That seems real simple, if you look at it. But we know from the Bible, this first commandment is impossible for us to keep. We read how the great leaders of faith what at one time or another put their own gods in place of the one and only true God. This did not stop with the disciples, but it continues today in the Christian church.

I believe we all have our special gods that at certain times in our lives we put in place of the one true God. What are your special gods that you put first in your life and times? We also read in the Bible how God forgave those important leaders of their sin when they realized they were worshiping their own gods. One reference is when David realized he had said with Bathsheba, what did he do, he repented. You can read this repentance in Psalm 51. This is true of us in the Christian church today. When we realize that we have put our own gods in place of the one true God, then we go to God in repentance and receive his grace.

We know we are not saying through the law. Read Romans chapter 6 to find out how God’s grace saves you! Do not become slaves of sin for resident tells us in Romans that through Christ’s death on the cross we have become free and are no longer slaves. We all know the verse, the wages of sin are death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Christ has done it all for us for he has saved us from sin, death, and the power of the devil.

For the Christian, the 10 Commandments show is our sin, but the cross of Jesus shows us our Savior. How many remember this from confirmation? We live our lives by following these 10 Commandments. However, we know this is impossible. If we put the one and only true God, professed through the Bible, first in our life we will follow the other nine commandments.

We all know of the man who came up to Jesus and said that he has kept the ten commandments. Jesus response to him was to give all that he had to the poor. The man walked away, for his possessions were his god. In our lives today we all have an internal fight going on. This involves our sinful nature, the world, and the devil, against the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are both Saint and Sinner. This battle will be fought in our lives until God calls us home. Fight the good fight.

Walk in the grace of our Savior who died for you.

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Pray

14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5: 14-18 ESV.

These five have a lot packed in them, but I could avoid including more than versus 17. In fact, the whole Chapter is worth reading. This talks about how a Christian lives their life. I am interested in us examining our lives. Do we “Pray without ceasing?

In the notes for the Study Bible, it says the following: “We cannot verbally pray at all times, but it is possible to be in the spirit of prayer and ready to pray. The Lord’s Prayer has also been prescribed so that we should see and consider the distress that should drive and compel us to pray without ceasing” Large Catechism III line 24.

We can’t. It is impossible! But because of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us, we have been promised that nothing is impossible with God. We also have been promised that the Spirit prays for us when we are not able. I was once asked by a person who had a terminal disease, “I am having trouble praying.” I reminded her of God’s great love and mercy and of God’s promise to her. We then had a prayer.

I ask the question again, “So do you pray without ceasing?” I asked a few people of strong faith. They told me they do, and not only when they are in trouble. Sometimes their prayer of thanksgiving or praise. I think prayer was common because of COVID 19 among those who proclaim the one and only true God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

I’m reminded of an outside wall in Denver, CO which read, “Why pray when you can worry,” We should “18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” This goes back to TRUST from Last week. It is what God has done for us, because Jesus died on the cross, taking upon himself all of our sins. Thanks be to God for His gracious gift of eternal life and salvation!

Pray without ceasing as you walk with God this week.

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Trust???

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2 ESV.

Do you trust in in the one and only Lord God? What exactly is trust? For the Israelites at this time, it meant trusting in the one who freed them from Egypt. I am sure it took a great deal of trust in the Lord God as they marched out of Egypt. For the next 40 some years they would struggle with this very same trust. At times they face huge armies, sometimes they faced a lack of water and food, but God provided them with everything they needed. In their history we see how they struggled with trust as they became a nation with a king. God’s promise of salvation was always there, and it came as Jesus was born, lived, and died for all of our sins on the cross.

What about today? We have just come through the pandemic, Covid 19. How was your trust in God? Did it drive you to trust in the one and only true God more, or did you develop a lack of trust in God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? Now things are different, people can get out of their homes and become more social. Our proclaiming the trust we have in the Lord God should be shouted from the rooftops, but are we strangely quiet?

When I was teaching, many times I would see this trust in God. In my first religion curriculum, it was called, Come Lord Jesus Come. You really saw the excitement and the trust in God grow as you went through the year. Those second graders really love and believed in the one and only true God. As I continue teaching through the years, I would witness the faith that children have in God. When the twin towers in New York City came down, I saw the trust they had in God!

While teaching confirmation over the years, I have seen the faith of the some of the students grow in God. One case in particular I remember. Her faith and trust in God was shown in her evangelism. She would take and bring her guys to church. She would tell them how important her God was. Some would even remain after she stopped dating them.

I am not unaware of how people are influenced by their own sinfulness. Like Israel, we all struggle with our trust in God which leads to fear. Sometimes we can be very strong while other times we trust in other things. I see this in myself and repent when I realize my trust is not in the one and only true God. While at the bedside of many parishioners, I have witnessed faith and a lack of fear as they trusted in God and I just marveled.

Anymore, when I see our money and it says, “In God we trust”, I often wonder whose God they worship in our country. It is truly Jesus Christ who took our sins and died for them on the cross, in order that we might be acceptable to God the Father. We give thanks to God the Holy Spirit in which we have received in Holy Baptism him who gives us this faith and trust. God has done it all for us. His Body and Blood he has given to and for us for the forgiveness of sins. The only thing we can do is to reject this salvation.

Thanks be to God for his continued love for us and we know our salvation is not of this world, but we look forward to his promise of eternal life and salvation in heaven with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!

Walk each day trusting in the one and only true God.

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Our Calling

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:16-20 ESV

All those who worship and believe in the one and only true God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have been called by God for this pu him him him him him him rpose. God has given to us this command in our life here on earth no matter what our vocation is.

Jesus, the Son of God, gave this command to his disciples before he ascended into heaven. This is not the only time that this command was given. God called Abraham to give him this very same command. He put them in a place where they would be exposed to many other nations. Reading through the Old Testament you see how the will of God was accomplished.

The New Testament is also filled with many examples of how the will of God is accomplished. We see this as we begin the season of Pentecost. Over 3000 heard this messagemessage on the Pentecost day and believe in the one and only true God. This message came to many in their own language on that day in Jerusalem. It did not stop there, but these people took that message they heard in Jerusalem back to their different homes in their different nations. One event I remember was when Philip was led by the Holy Spirit to an Ethiopian eunuch who was reading from Isaiah. Philip explained what the Scriptures said, he was baptized and believed through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the Old and New Testaments we hear about people who proclaimed the one and only true God sometimes suffered for their faith. We all know that our reward is not in this world, but it comes in heaven. Suffering comes with being a follower of the one and only true God.

Does this make you feel like you are able to do what God has commanded of us? Don’t feel like you are alone and there is no way YOU can do. For God has given you a helper, the Holy Spirit. Be faithful in your study the Word. There is no way we can do it on our own. There are also books and classes you can take that will help you. We know that God’s word will go out and accomplish that which he purposes. Martin Luther knew this all too well as he stood up for his faith in the one true God, so you too can because the Helper is a part of you.

This is not easy, but we know God is our refuge and strength. Live your faith daily through your words, actions, and thoughts. If you are having doubts, like some of those followers of Jesus on the day he ascended, be led by the Spirit knowing Christ died for you and God has forgiven you. This is a struggle all Christians face!

The peace of God which keeps you in all your goings in and out in faith, bless you.

LORD, help us all to do your will. He promises to be with you.

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Confirmation

16 For I am not a six shamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17 ESV

In many Lutheran churches during this time of year Confirmation is being celebrated. I look back to an April many years ago when I was confirmed. Like with many of us it was a big celebration as it coincided with Palm Sunday. We were all dressed in our robes. In the early service we were questioned on the catechism and our faith. In the second service the Rite of Confirmation took place. I remember it being a very nervous day. As the pastor least his hand on my head and confirmed me, then he read my Confirmation Verse, Romans 1:16. On Maundy Thursday I received the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for the first time. We went home that Sunday and there was a big party with gifts. My baptismal sponsors were there.

It was a great day for I remember getting my own Lutheran Hymnal with my name and date on it. I received a Thompson Chain Reference Bible which I use for many years. I was also given a portable typewriter for those numerous papers I would write in high school and college. The next year I would be attending Concordia High School in St. Paul, Minnesota to begin my studies for the Lutheran Ministry. This day was like a graduation, for I had completed my rigorous confirmation classes. Boy, was I wrong, for I was just beginning.

What was your Confirmation like? Take some time and ponder it. Do you remember your Confirmation Verse? What was the day like for you? Did you feel like you have finished your studies and that was all that you needed?

Little did we know that we were just beginning our life as a Christian in this world. Our life is a continual study in how we should live and tell the world about the one and only true God. Yes, over the years I have struggled to live as a Christian should. I have often gone back, remembering the many verses I memorized as the Holy Spirit led me to be holy. Many times I have fallen down from the vows I made at confirmation. My gracious God has forgiven me and built me up. If it were not for his suffering and death on the cross, I would have no hope!

What is confirmation? Is it graduation or preparation? If we think about it, we have been preparing since our baptism and will continue to prepare until the day our Lord calls us to our salvation. It is only through Christ that we have been redeemed. We go forward each day as the children of God, trusting in his grace and mercy telling the world of what the one and only true God has done for them. We have been made righteous through God’s work in us.

Walk each day in the light of Christ, sharing Him with the world, as you continue to prepare through the Holy Spirit for the coming of the Lord.

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Praying the Lord’s Prayer at night.

11   Give us this day our daily bread,

12   and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13   And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:11-14 ESV

This week we will complete the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer.

I am so thankful dear Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for everything you give me each day. You know what I need and what is best for me. Thank you for continuing to build my faith in You. Thank you for all you have given me to eat, close to wear, work to do, and good works to do that praise and honor your name. Help me to proclaim You, the one and only true God, to all my friends, family, neighbors, enemies, and everyone I meet. Help me not to be timid but bold, weak but strong, and all my thoughts, words, and actions.

I lay before you my God, knowing all the sins I have committed, and ask for your forgiveness. I don’t fear, love, and trust you above all things. You know me completely. There are times when I see sin as a way to get what I want and do it, forgive me. Sometimes I hurt people with what I say, forgive me. There are times when I sin that I am not aware of what I have done, forgive me. In the parable of the Publican and Pharisee, lead me not to be like the Pharisee but rather the Publican as I confess my sin. Help me to forgive all those who sin against me. Let not vengeance or anger keep me from giving them, but rather love and care for those who hurt me. My forgiveness falls far short when I think of how Christ died on the cross for each and every one of my sins. Help me to be more like you in my forgiveness of others. I love to harbor thoughts that would work for all all those around, who have offended me in one way or another, forgive me. Hold the my sins against me.

I know that the one and only true God would not leave me into temptation, but rather keeps and protects me. So many times, I am like that lost sheep, who wanders off and gets into a mess of problems because temptation looks so good. Making wise to the ways of salvation that I may not fall into temptation. O Holy Spirit, the Helper, build my faith that I may choose not to be tempted. Help me to be on the straight and narrow path that I may not deviate and fall into sin. Sometimes, Holy Lord, temptation looks like the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil that I want to partake of it. Help me to take the temptations in my life so I can resist those temptations and worship and praise you the one true God.

I know who is responsible for evil: sin, death, and the devil. Every day is a constant fight against this unholy trinity. Without you I could not stand. Help me oh Lord to remember Psalm 23. I know the gifts you give, how you take care of me, and you protect me from this evil force. Help me to change my life each day to be more like You, holy. There are times in my life that I feel like my enemies around me, but I have your promise. Truly I am both Saint and Sinner in this world, until you take me to live with you forever. I trust and believe you my one true God.

Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier, being of one substance true God; yours is the kingdom, power, and glory now and forever.

Amen. Yay, yay, it shall be so.

These are just some of the thoughts that I have prayed to God. I am sure you have many thoughts in your life you can put into this prayer. This was an example of how we are to pray to the one and only true God. You might want to try and just let your mind, your heart, and spirit express their words to the God who has promised to hear you.

Talk to God daily for He promises to hear you!

Proclaiming the one true God to all

Praying the Lord’s prayer at night.

Pray then like this:

     “Our Father in heaven,

     hallowed be your name.

10   Your kingdom come,

     your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

11   Give us this day our daily bread,

12   and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13   And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:9-14 ESV.

How many times have you said the words of the Lord’s Prayer without thinking about what you are saying, what are you thinking about? I know I have done this. I remember way back, in the beginning of my teaching career, I had a Pastor that would pause after each petition so the members of the congregation could think about what they were praying for. When we say the Lord’s Prayer in church, we call that corporate prayer. This way we can all pray the same words together. But what about our individual prayers to God and night and in the morning? I believe we can change the Lord’s Prayer to make it more individual, and this is what I have been doing for many, many years. I would like to share this with you at this time, as I let my thoughts lead my prayer.

I come to you God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; as your dear child needing to talk with you. I know you have promised always to listen and hear me and so I talked to you. You are my God, three persons one substance and you will do what is best for me. I pray and thank you God the Father, for giving me all that my body and soul needs each day. I pray and thank you Jesus Christ for fulfilling what God has demanded for my sins. You have redeemed me a lost and condemned person. I pray and thank you Holy Spirit for giving and building my faith daily through Holy Baptism as you have sanctified me, and made me holy.

Holy is your Name in heaven and on earth. I pray that you may keep your name holy in my life. Help me to lead a holy life in all that I do, say, and think. I know there are many who don’t believe in you and do not hold your name sacred. Help me to share your Name with all the world.

Your kingdom comes and I pray that it will come to me also. I thank you my dear God for your Holy Spirit who has come to me, by your grace. On this earth I pray that I may always live a godly life, but I pray that your Spirit would give me the strength to change my life when I am not living holy.

Oh my God I asked from the bottom of my heart that your will be done in my life all the time. I know I am sinful and do not deserve this. I thank you so much for what you have done for me. I pray that you would stop every evil plan that comes to me in my life and turn it into good. I know I will physically die sometime, but I know that you strengthen me in your Word and faith until that happens.

As I pray each night, my thoughts very as I pray this prayer. It is so amazing how God’s word comes to me as I pray the Lord’s Prayer. It is good that I remember what I was taught in Confirmation and also taught, but it is a good practice to review the Lord’s Prayer as printed in the Catechism. Next week, I will continue and finish the Lord’s Prayer. Let your thoughts be led by the Holy Spirit as you pray this prayer. Sometimes my thoughts go off-track, into other thoughts, but I return to the Lord’s Prayer. I know that the spirit is with me and when I am unable to pray, He prays for me. I will finish verses 11-13 in next week’s blog.

Pray Without Ceasing!

Walk in the Lord each day.

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“Who do people say that I am?”

27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. Mark 8:27-30 ESV.

Who is the one and only true God to you? This is the question that Jesus asked of his disciples and of you. We know Peter’s answer, “You are the Christ.” We also know that no one can say “Jesus is Lord” without the Spirit of God being in them.

In our world today, we hear the statement that many people are spiritual or religious. To me, if they don’t believe in the one true God, then what do they believe in? Is it a man-made God that they can go to in times of trouble? There are many false gods out there today and our language speaks too many of them. What has God called all Christians to do – proclaim His Word, which is taken from the Bible, to all people!

There are so many people out there, who do not have the true hope of eternal life, but rather a man-made hope which is based on them doing good. What is wrong with this, you may ask? It simply leaves out God. It is based on them attaining their own salvation by what they do, say, and think. Our salvation does not come from what we do, say, and think; but rather it comes from what God has done for us. He has taken our sin upon himself and offered himself as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. We are not capable of this, for we are sinful creatures and natural enemies of God. It is only by God’s grace that we have been saved!

Throughout my life I have heard so many people say, “I am a good person and so I will go to heaven.” We are all unworthy of God’s forgiveness and our good works are like filthy rags in the sight of God. Yes, there are people who believe they are doing good, and they look as if their good works are going to save them. We believe and confess that our good works do not come from us, but come from the Holy Spirit that is in us.

Who do you say that I am? In Jesus time they looked at him as a deliverer from Roman oppression, a healer of diseases, and as a bread King. Jesus said His kingdom was not of this world, and this is true. All of this world we know of, will pass away and be destroyed when Christ comes again. This world has no hope for us, for if we believe in this world our hope is destroyed.

Who do you say that I am? Just look at the world’s religions today. I think there is no other religion out there that simply tells us that God has done and completed all the work for our salvation and eternal life. All of the other religions have us doing something to save ourselves. Christ has done it all on the cross, he has taken all of our sins and died for them. We have put on Christ and our baptism and receive the helper, the Holy Spirit. When God looks at us he does not see our sin but rather what Christ has done for us. It is Christ, who was raised from the dead, that gives us eternal life. This is what we need to proclaim to the world. Jesus died for our sins and risen giving us eternal life and salvation, the work of Christ is finished. We are no longer to keep silent as he told his disciples.

Do not fear how you will communicate this message to family, friends, enemies, and the world. God will lead you as you proclaim Him!

Walk each day in God’s forgiveness as you look forward to being with him eternally. Amen.

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The Word

12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:12-17 ESV.

Have you had your Covid 19 shot, yet? Did you have any reactions to it? How can this shot affect you in today’s world? Has it changed it for you? When can I feel comfortable about going to church? Do I dare go to Bible study? These are some of the questions you may have asked yourself recently.

I have had my two shots and in three days and then three days I will have waited two weeks after the last shot. I have been going to church and just recently have started to go to a Bible study on Ruth and Esther. I noticed that the people attending Bible study were mostly older, possibly because they have had their shots. Last Sunday, being Easter, I noticed more children in church. I hope this trend continues, but most of the time the first Sunday after Easter, I have seen a big drop in attendance. Why?

In my thoughts for this blog I looked at second Timothy 3:12-17. Also in my thoughts was the hymn 578 in the Lutheran Hymnal, “Thy Strong Word Did Cleave The Darkness”. This hymn I don’t remember singing very often, but while at Concordia Seminary we sang this hymn quite often. This is our foundation on which we take all of our beliefs. This faith that we have in Jesus Christ who suffered and died for us on the cross, is built on God’s Word. It is only because Christ has bought us back and has redeemed us from sin, death, and the devil, that we have salvation and eternal life.

Isn’t it strange at just the right time in our lives, we hear or read God’s Word and something just really hits home. This happened to me this morning as I was listing to KFUO radio. Their meditation was on Hebrews chapter 12. There were so many words and phrases that struck me. God, who is really unique, comes to us in our time of need.

Being a retired Lutheran educator, I am 100% in favor of studying and listening to the word of God! Hopefully, I will be able to lead a Bible Study in the near future on the book of Romans. It is great that we once again are able to meet and study God’s Word, children and adults. Things are going back to a more normal lifestyle. To me, I much appreciate the fact that we hear God’s word over video and radio, but I do miss gathering together as the church of God proclaiming the one true God to all.

What is the situation where you are living? Are you able to join together or do you still remain at home? I am truly afraid that many during this Covid 19 persecution, some have fallen away. God has called us to serve those who may have fallen away during this time. Pray for them and talk with them that they may return to what God has called them through baptism!

If you are lonely and have missed this fellowship in God’s Word, talk to members of your church and your Pastor to help you. That’s what they are for.

May God give you the strength and the faith to remain strong as we again transition in a post Covid 19 lifestyle.

Walk each day in the assurance that God loves you and has forgiven you because Jesus redeemed you and the Holy Spirit has made you holy. Have a God pleasing day!