In this post, I want to write about the significance of the Call to Worship in the worship service and how it fits into the larger liturgy of the Divine Service. I am someone who enjoys to see a liturgy when I go to a new church for vacation or whatever reason. I also enjoy … Continue reading The Significance of the Call to Worship
Worship finally happened. And we all rejoiced. We all celebrated but you didn't. You said I didn't understand. You came with anger in your heart but didn’t want to be consoled by the God who once was angry but not now because of the Cross. . You came without peace in your heart and refused … Continue reading What I Didn’t Understand
I have had a number of conversations with members from my church, other church pastors, and members of other churches. Everyday I’m on the phone with different members and/or ministers. Pastors are always making observations at how the church in general, responds to different events, tragedies, joys, celebrations, etc. I’m no different. I’m making observations … Continue reading Revealing What Lies Underneath
Ps 42:5 Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation How is the Christian to deal with those besetting sins that continue to rise up and slay them? When sin is always seeming to win the battle … Continue reading Remembering God’s Love is Greater Than Our Sin
Every week we recite the Apostle’s Creed. “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth” What do we mean when we describe God this way? Many things, but part of the answer is that we are highlighting that God has worked all things for his pleasure and my benefit according to … Continue reading God’s Providence
Rev 5:1 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” THE SIGNIFICANCE OF … Continue reading What is the Scroll in Revelation?
Luther wrote Very well, by God’s decree the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore I shall ask God mercifully to be gracious and preserve us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order … Continue reading A Reasonable Response in Uncertainty