Posts from October 2020

Posts from October 2020

For All The Saints

“But the saints of the Most High will receive the kingdom and will possess it forever—yes, for ever and ever” (Daniel 7:18). Except in reference to a football team that bears the name, most of us don’t talk much about saints anymore. There was a time when most Christians did. During those years, people thought that a saint was a person who had lived such a holy life they could go to heaven immediately upon death. This was supposed to…

The New Normal

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5) The phrase “the new normal” carries scary overtones. It tells the wounded warrior, “From now on, you will live with only one arm.” It tells the new widow, “The rest of your life will be without him.” Presently, we wonder if one day it will tell us, “You will always need a…

A Veteran’s Day Message from LMSG President

Greetings from the Lutheran Military Support Group (LMSG): On November 11, we will again commemorate Veterans Day! A special day set aside annually to honor all men and women who currently serve or have served in the United States Armed Forces. This year has presented many challenges, not the least of which has been the health problems resulting from the Covid-19/Coronavirus. It has not only caused sickness and death within our communities but also invaded our military population, congressional leaders,…

Sunlight and Shadows

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness (I Thessalonians 5:5). The Christian dwells in the sunlight of God’s grace—and sometimes in its shadows. But not in the night nor in the darkness. There is a difference between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. One is ruled by the holy God. The other is the abode of demons. That one gushes forth…

Not So Smart

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8,9). By nature, the human race has a problem with its creator and master. The one who carries the name, LORD, declares that he is better than us. He is more powerful (actually all-powerful), and he is more decent (actually all-holy).…

Reverence

 If You, O LORD, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with You there is forgiveness; therefore You are feared (Psalm 130:3,4). Fear has many causes and takes different forms. Most times, fear’s message is a stern warning: “Danger! Beware!” A coiled snake, a nearby explosion, or the cry, “Enemy inside the wire!”—these activate the alarms to fight, flee, or freeze. These fears cause dread. There is another fear, one that speaks in a gentle tone.…