The way doth lead to perfect bliss, but a way of pain it is – refrain from SHZ 77. We are living the time of Lent. Lent is a time of preparing for Good Friday and Easter, just as Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. Before Easter comes, we live the holy week, when we ..
In my living room, the Christmas tree spreads its familiar light. The tree lights are faint, like a distant inkling of those that already shine in that land of eternal joy. Their light brings to mind that light that shone from the manger. In my living room, a star-shaped lamp shines in the w ..
God created us. All of us humans are part of God’s creation work. God gives each of us a time and a place to live. We can’t choose our time of birth, where we’re born, our culture, our country, our family. We build our lives upon the blessings God gives and trust in His guidance. Ea ..
God’s Word and the endeavor of faith have inspired songwriters throughout time. Hymns of praise and petition have been a great blessing through which God’s children sing the feelings of their heart to the Heavenly Father, both personally and in congregation worship. We are thankful for the ..
While the Bible does not speak directly of private confession, it is firmly founded in Scripture. In the Old Testament, Solomon wrote: “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” (Prov. 28:13). The apostle John in his day confirmed: “If ..
The Lord’s Prayer is familiar and often recited by believers. Both Matthew and Luke recorded how Jesus taught this prayer. According to Matthew, Jesus concluded the prayer with the words, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen” (Matt. 6:13). It is not only a ..
Peace is a central part of Christmas and its message. We may feel moments of peace when we gather at Christmas services or visit loved ones in a festively decorated home. Perhaps peace settles over us when we listen to Christmas music and read the Christmas in Zion. Or at a Christmas Progra ..
Both “home” and “Zion” are familiar and comforting words to believers. This has always been evident in God’s kingdom. Millennia ago Joshua said of his home and family, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15). In this way Joshua made the same connection to home and Zio ..
As escorts, let us take on the responsibility to seek that which makes peace with and confirms another in faith (Rom. 14:19). What does it mean? How does it take place? God’s own are able to be peacemakers (Matt. 5:9) because they have the gospel which is “the power of God.” A peace brok ..
There is great joy in believing all doubts and sins forgiven in Jesus’ name and blood. One is acceptable to God and has a living hope of eternal life in heaven. The congregation of God is seen as a golden candlestick. Jesus reminds us that in God’s kingdom, “the blind see, the lame walk, the lep ..