Monthly Archives: November 2013

We Walk by Faith

We Walk by Faith We walk by faith and not by sight; with gracious words draw near, O Christ, who spoke as none e’er spoke: “My peace be with you here.” We may not touch your hands and side, nor follow where you trod; but… Continue reading

Matthew 24:36-44

Matthew 24:36-44( I once walked in on a robbery that was taking place at my office. The thieves fled, and, when I called the police, I was scolded for my actions. I pointed out that I thought I was going to work, not to a… Continue reading

Crown Him

Sunday, 11/24/2013 “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” hark, how the heav’nly anthem drowns and hail him as thy matchless king whose arm those crimson trophies won the root whence mercy ever flows, but downward bend their burning eyes thy praise and glory shall not fail… Continue reading

Luke 23:33-43

Luke 23:33-43 A mocked Messiah? Luke tells his readers that the leaders and soldiers scoff at Jesus. There is public mockery of him as he hangs from the cross. The people stand by—some very close, others at a distance. We know that some of Jesus’… Continue reading

Colossians 1:11-20

Colossians 1:11-20 The language of these verses, many suggest, is that of a first century baptismal hymn. These words celebrate the cosmic power and majesty of Christ “who is the image of the invisible God.” It is through him that we receive, “redemption, the forgiveness… Continue reading

Psalm 46

Psalm 46 A Mighty Fortress … our refuge and our strength … a very present help in trouble … the Lord of hosts … all are themes embedded in this beloved psalm. As notes sounded by Martin Luther in the Reformation, these words are written… Continue reading

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Jeremiah 23:1-6 Today we begin the week leading up to Christ the King Sunday, the conclusion of another church year. At the congregation I serve, it’s a most festive day as our relocated building was dedicated to the glory of God on this day in… Continue reading

On my heart imprint your image

On my heart imprint your image, blessed Jesus, king of grace, that life’s troubles nor its pleasures ever may your work erase. Let the clear inscription be: Jesus, crucified for me, is my life, my hope’s foundation, all my glory and salvation! How will things… Continue reading

In the Hour of Trial

In the Hour of Trial In the hour of trial, Jesus, plead for me, lest by base denial I depart from thee. When thou seest me waver, with a look recall; nor from fear or favor suffer me to fall. With forbidden pleasures should this… Continue reading

Luke 21:5-19

Luke 21:5-19 Like Jesus’ disciples we want to know about the end—”the day” that is coming, so we know how we end up. So we trust our common knowledge, or reading the future, or the record of our good works as the best ways to… Continue reading