For me, the season of Advent and Christmas always brings with it a mixture of thoughts and emotions. The excitement and joy seen in children’s eyes and bright smiles is contagious! In the evenings, peaceful Christmas music lulls tired little ones to sleep. Then, when the household has quiet ..
And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem. And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples, Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ..
The announcement of Jesus’ birth came with the angelic proclamation of “good tidings of great joy” for all people. Genuine peace and joy of Christmas starts in one’s own heart and his or her relationship to God. It is the foundation of all interpersonal relationships. Peace is rare in the w ..
A certain friend had heard that question. The questioner had himself been a person confessing faith. What could be behind such a question? Doesn’t going to services seem important anymore? The desire to go to services must have been quite small. Had faith of the heart, faith according to God’s W ..
As a theologian, musician, and educator, Martin Luther taught of matters close to the heart of God’s people. He studied the prophets and realized that music complimented their service to God. He saw in the psalms and canticles (hymns or chants), the desire to praise God and thank Him for His pro ..
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and ..
Why does a once-believing child leave God’s kingdom? The question arises, “What happened?” The child becomes helpless and trapped by this world. Believing parents experience great sorrow and helplessness when one of their own denies faith and becomes a prodigal child. Varied emotions and sleeple ..
Many have experienced the loss of a loved one. We mourn for both those that died in faith and those that didn’t. Separation caused by death seems so final. We that are living are not prepared for the sorrow of parting and the grief that follows. We pray for peace. God sends His escorts to comfor ..
Prayer is indispensable in our life of faith. It is the means by which we share the deepest feelings of our heart with God. Let us not doubt that the Heavenly Father hears even our weakest sigh. God has given man a way to speak with Him from the heart. This is a gift from God. He wants u ..
The time we live in emphasizes efficiency. This can result in exhaustion in both work and life. Some have too much work, while others do not have any work at all. Work gives meaning to our life; we should be thankful that we have a job. God gave man the duty to cultivate and protect the eart ..