SERMONS

    Second Sunday in Advent - Who Are You Rooted In?
  • Second Sunday in Advent
    December 4, 2022
     
    Hymns                        321,   316,   312,   304
    First Lesson              Isaiah 11:1-10
    Psalm                         130
    Second Lesson         Romans 15:4-13
    Gospel Lesson         Matthew 3:1-12
     
     
    Romans 15:4-13
     
    Who Are You Rooted In?
      I. The God who deserves all glory from us
     II. The God who gives great blessings to us
     
     
    In the name of Christ Jesus, our Redeemer, fellow sinners redeemed by the saving flood of His blood,
     
    “Who are you rooting for?” Watching sports – or even reality shows, I suppose – on TV we sometimes ask or are asked, “Who are you rooting for?”
     
    Have we ever asked or been asked, “Who are you rooted in?” Probably not. But we should! We should ask ourselves in personal devotions, ask our neighbor if we don’t know what her answer will be, ask our loved ones, “Who are you rooted in?”
     
    This lesson refers to “a Root” (v. 12), as the Holy Spirit had the Apostle Paul quote Chapter 11, verse 10 of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah’s book and today’s First Reading. This root doesn’t clog sewer lines to cause messy, smelly backups. This root doesn’t protrude from the lawn to nick a mower blade or trip a toddler. Should we chop this Root up? Cut it out? Curse its existence? Is this Root a frustrating nuisance? Never!
     
    This is the “Root of Jesse” (v. 12). This Root is Jesus, the Savior who came from Jesse, as promised in Isaiah. This Root bears much wonderful fruit. We are that fruit because we are connected to that Root who said, “I am the Vine; you are the branches” (John 15:5). Who are we rooted in? Christ Jesus. With the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Son is God who deserves all glory from us and who gives great blessings to us.
     
      I. The God who deserves all glory from us
     
    There are thousands of religious ideas in the world. Some shout, We alone are right! More insist, No one can say for sure what’s right and what’s wrong. A person decides what is truth for him, which might not be truth for her, them, or anyone else.
    What about that, fellow shoots from the “Root of Jesse”, believers in the Savior? Is there any absolute religious truth? Is anyone’s teaching perfectly correct? When we get to the Root of the matter, when we listen to the words and study the earthly life of the Root of Jesse, Christ Jesus, we are convinced He is the Truth and His every Word is the truth.
     
    Jesus came not just to be seen – as though He were a walking, talking brilliant jewel or shiny new car or pretty tree. He came to work for the world! Then, after His living and dying, preaching and teaching, performing miracles and enduring hell, rising from death to prove He is indeed the Son of God and that His sacrifice has paid for all sins, Jesus instructed His followers of all time, Go and gather disciples from all nations by baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19). That’s how the holy God connected us sinners to Jesus, the Root, the only Savior!
     
    Then, in the next breath, the ascending-into-heaven Jesus said, “and by teaching them to keep all the teachings I have given you (Matthew 28:20). Not, “Pay attention to most of what I’ve taught you.” Not, “Teach the things I taught you if you agree with those teachings.” But “teach all the teachings I have given you”. We delight to be rooted in Christ, right? So we are delighted to be united in all His truth!
     
    Do those who claim to be rooted in God “glorify” Him by thinking, We decide what is truth!? Do those who claim to be rooted in God “glorify” Him by ripping verses or chapters from His Word when those verses or chapters don’t fit their views? No! May God…grant that you agree with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that with one mind, in one voice, you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (vv. 5-6).
     
    The ”Root of Jesse” comes in His Word to unite us to Him, to root us in Him. But He does so on His terms, not ours. He unites us to Him to His glory and for our good, not our convenience. The Christians in Rome who first read this letter were troubled by a split in their church. Jews who trusted Jesus thought they were better believers than Gentile converts to faith in Jesus. God wanted those Jews and Gentiles to “glorify” Him together. After all, they were all shoots from the same Root. “Rejoice, Gentiles, with the Jews…On Him Jews and Gentiles will place their hope” (vv. 10,12).
     
    We don’t have Jew-vs-Gentile tension here. But God-glorifying unity is always attacked by Satan. We fight the devil. We won’t pollute God’s glory by agreeing all religions have legitimate ways to heaven. The only way is to be rooted in the only Savior through faith in Him. God deserves all the glory from us since He’s done everything to bless us and save us. He desires we “glorify” Him as we stand united on His Word. As shoots from the Root of Jesse, we who are rooted in Him, who are connected by God-given trust to Jesus, put His Word – all of it – into practice in every area of life. We “glorify” God His way.
     
    II. The God who gives great blessings to us
     
    Roots spread. Grass roots grow into gardens where you don’t want grass. Shrubs send suckers under the fence where your neighbors don’t want them. Spreading roots can be bad news.
     
    But it’s never bad news when the “Root of Jesse”, Christ Jesus, spreads and grows and takes root and produces fruit in more and more hearts and lives. Who are we rooted in? The God who deserves all glory from us because He is the God who spreads His wealth to give great blessings to us.
     
    We mentioned tension between Jews and Gentiles in the Roman church. Many Jews thought keeping Old Testament laws about sacrifices and ceremonies made them closer to God than Gentiles who didn’t. But those Jews were wrong. “Christ became a servant of the Jews to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs” (v. 8). What does that mean?
     
    In the centuries before the first Christmas, God promised “the patriarchs” – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob – the Savior would come from their descendants. God gave their descendants, the Jews, lots of laws and certain ceremonies to picture the Messiah promised to “the patriarchs”. Then, when Jesus came, sinners would recognize Him from all that had been foretold about Him. When Jesus finished His work, those laws and ceremonies were no longer needed. So those who said those laws and ceremonies had to be kept after Christ were wrong. Jesus, the fulfillment of those sacrifices and ceremonies, had come! That’s why God used five passages from Old Testament Jewish prophets in this New Testament letter to show Gentiles and Jews both have been blessed by God with the same Savior, that even in Old Testament Israel God had promised the Savior for the Gentiles’ blessings, too.
     
    The truth is that God doesn’t accept any imperfect keeping of any of His laws as any payment for any of our sins. The truth is that sinners can’t offer God anything to pay for even one sin. The truth is that God saved sinners, all of whom deserve hell, by the work of the “Root of Jesse”. Trusting Him is the way to life. Since all that is true, God teaches, Accept one another as Christ also accepted you” – notice, not, “As you accepted Christ”, but “as Christ accepted you” (v. 7). We don’t let grudges fester in His family. We “accept one another” as fellow shoots from the “Root of Jesse” who has given us the greatest blessings: forgiveness, faith, salvation!
     
    Newspaper ads and TV spots the next three weeks will wish us all the joy of the season. But what is the joy of the season? Strolling in a soft snowfall? Getting a new toy or expensive shoes or video games? None of that gives real joy.
     
    This is real joy. May the God of hope fill you with complete joy…as you continue to believe, so that you overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (v. 13). The joy of this – and every – season is that the “Root of Jesse”, the One born in an animals’ rest area and crucified on a cursed cross, is our Savior. Sinners who are bound for hell because of their guilt are handed in Bethlehem and Jerusalem the greatest Gift, the best Blessing, of all. That is “joy” to – and for – the world!
     
    There’s more. May the God of hope fill you with complete… peace as you continue to believe, so that you overflow with hope” (v. 13). What is this peace? A cease fire between Russia and Ukraine? Helping the homeless this month? Resolving conflict in our family? That would be great. But would any of that do any of us or any people in the world any eternal good?
     
    The peace of which the Christmas angels sang is only in the work done by, and the blessings spreading from, the “Root of Jesse”. True peace comes “by the power of the Holy Spirit” who leads us “to believe” the “Root of Jesse” is the Savior. True peace comes when God fills us with the faith that in the Son the Father no longer holds our sins against us. True peace is going to bed each evening and rising from sleep each morning confident we are members of the greatest family in the world: God’s family through being rooted in Christ. Joy and peace” in Jesus are the greatest blessings from God!
    Advent preparation for Christ’s birth and His return includes honest evaluation of our hearts. A great battle still rages there. Satan was defeated at the cross, so he’s lost the war to control the world. But he still wants to win your soul and mine. Who’s winning the battle for our souls right now?
     
    The answer depends on the one in whom we’re rooted right now. Too many are rooted in the feel-good god of this age who wants sinners to suppose doing more good than bad will lead to heaven. Or trusting any god will do to get a person to a good life after this. Or no god is needed at all because there isn’t any life after this. Those are the most dangerous lies in the universe because they lead those who cling to them to hell with Satan forever. But we are rooted in the “Root of Jesse”, Christ Jesus. He was born in humility for us, lived in perfect obedience for us, died on the tree for us, then rose to tell us, “You are Mine forever!” Who are we rooted in? By God’s grace and His greatest blessings, we are rooted in the “Root of Jesse”! We glorify God for that with all our lives.      Amen.
    Pastor David A. Voss
    First Sunday in Advent - Our New Church Year Resolution: Walk in the Light of the Lord
  • First Sunday in Advent
    November 27, 2022
     
    Hymns                        301,   548,   309
    First Lesson              Isaiah 2:1-5
    Psalm                         24
    Second Lesson         Philippians 4:4-7
    Gospel Lesson         Matthew 21:1-11
     
     
    Isaiah 2:1-5
     
    Our New Church Year Resolution: Walk in the Light of the Lord
        I. A message intended for all
    II. A message needed by all
     
     
    In the name of Jesus, who came once to save the world, who will come again to judge the world, and who comes in His Word of Light each day to the world, Advent worshipers,
     
    We take light for granted, until intense lightning or strong winds knock out the power. Then, when power is restored, we rejoice. Those who’ve been in the dark won’t choose to go for hours, days, weeks, months, or years without light, right?
     
    That’s God’s lesson here. Of course, it’s not about keeping electricity flowing. The people to whom the Old Testament prophet Isaiah preached had no idea about power lines or light bulbs. God says here, “Keep walking in My spiritual light!”
     
    As we’ve already noted we enter a new church year today. How fitting that God gives us here the perfect new church year resolution: “Walk in the light of the Lord” (v. 5).
     
    And how blessed we’ll be to keep that resolution! “Walk in the light of the Lord” helps us prepare for the coming of Christ on the Last Day. “Walk in the light of the Lord” guides everything we people of God will do throughout the church year beginning today. And it’s not as though we can choose either to “walk in the light of the Lord”, or not, and still be okay with God. “Let us walk in the light of the Lord” is a message intended for all people and is a message needed by all people.
     
      I. A message intended for all
     
    Well, of course it’s for all people, preacher. That’s obvious! It wasn’t so obvious, and certainly not accepted, when Isaiah served as God’s prophet in the 700s BC. The people of Israel to whom Isaiah preached presumed their identity as God’s chosen nation meant they alone were guaranteed always to have God’s “light”. But in Isaiah’s day, the Israelites were straying and decaying spiritually. In verses just before this God had Isaiah compare them to “Sodom and Gomorrah” (Isaiah 1:9). Whoa! Was there any hope for Israel then?
     
    “This will take place in the latter days: The mountain of the Lord’s house will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and all nations will stream to it like a river” (v. 2). What was, what still is, “the mountain of the Lord’s house”? Not any terrain or building, but all God’s faithful people. And when are “the latter days”? In the Old Testament that phrase always refers to the days between the first coming of Christ and the second coming of Christ. So today is included in “the latter days”.
     
    Whenever God’s faithful people gather around His saving Word is when “the Lord’s house is raised above the hills”. The people of Isaiah’s day would have associated that with the holy hill in Jerusalem where God had His temple built. The faithful after our Savior’s ascension would have associated that with the hill just beyond the temple where God gave Himself for all sinners. It’s also God’s way to say His Light lasts forever, long after all the lies of all false religions are burned up on the Last Day. God’s Word is the truth, far above all well-meaning, but still false, teachings that we are free to adopt our own values to fit our situations and lives. God’s good news is centered on the sacrifice made by Christ when He came the first time. What a perfect new church year resolution for God to set for His people: “Walk in the light of the Lord”!
     
    The Old Testament children of Israel were chosen by God to receive His Word in a special way for a special reason: from them the Savior for all the world would come. But “in the latter days”, the time from Jesus on earth until Jesus returns from heaven, the Word of God goes out to all the world. “All nations…many peoples” (vv. 2-3) walk in the light of the Lord. We American believers are blessedly among them.
     
    But even before the Savior was born, His Word was spread beyond the Jews, right? Didn’t Moses proclaim it to Pharaoh’s court in Egypt? Didn’t Jonah teach it to heathens in Nineveh? Didn’t Daniel confess it in Babylon, as we began studying in Bible Class today? God’s Word is revealed widely to all “nations”. We give thanks to God we are among that “many”!
     
    What a blessed note on which to enter the new church year! “Let us walk in the light of the Lord”! God’s message is intended for all, not a privileged few. We thank God for that! Had He given His truth only to Israel, we’d still be stumbling in darkness far worse than a power outage. We’d be headed to hell in unbelief. Thanks to the gracious God, we have His truth, His “light”, His life in Christ who took our guilt on Himself, and thus from us!, by His sacrifice at Calvary. Now, in daily living thanks to Him, we walk in the light of the Lord. We walk in the path of His work and of His Word in everything! And in daily living thanks to Him, we give His saving Word to friends and loved ones, to neighbors and classmates who are not yet walking in the light of the Lord. His light is intended for all people!
     
    II. A message needed by all
     
    A decent salesperson won’t try to sell you on his company’s product with, “We intend all people have this gadget!” You’d reply, “No thank you! I’m doing just fine without it!” God isn’t a salesman. He is the Savior. God isn’t content to say, “Walk in My light because I intend it for all.” He adds, “You need My light! Resolve to walk in My light because without My light there is no life with Me! My light is needed by all people!”
     
    That is true because all people – Jew and Gentile, male and female, young and old – begin life belonging to Satan. Already at conception we carried the sin of our parents, who got it from their parents and so on all the way back to Adam and Eve’s sin. Sin sticks to us for all our earthly life. We’re idolators like Baal worshipers were. How? We’ve never bowed before idols! No, but we put money and fun and our own ideas ahead of the Messiah and His forgiveness and His Word. We don’t have time to do a crushing soul search with all God’s other laws. But we must see our hearts under the spotlight of God’s law to see how dark our hearts are by nature. We smash His laws and spit in His face every day by defiantly deciding to do things our way, rather than walk in His “light”. We deserve to burn in hell for the sin in which we were born and for every one of the sins we pile up every day.
     
    But we won’t burn in hell because the Lord rescued sinners – all sinners. The little Lord Jesus came to earth “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom” (Mark 10:45) for all. What we couldn’t accomplish, Christ alone could – and did! He lived the perfect life for every imperfect sinner. He paid the price for every sin because no sinner can pay for even one sin. What we couldn’t know on our own, God made known to us in His Word. Receiving that good news needed by all people God pictures here with “Come…to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob…For from Zion the law (here, all of God’s truths – exposing our sins and revealing His forgiveness in Jesus) will go out, and the Lord’s Word will go out from Jerusalem” (v. 3).
     
    Hold it! How can words on a page save us? It’s not the ink. It’s the truth of the reality of history and victory on Calvary those words convey. The Lord “will judge between the nations, and He will mediate for many peoples” (v. 4). That doesn’t help, preacher! If God “will judge” me, I’ll fail! Here, the idea of judging is to govern, to rule. The Lord rules with His Word. His rule isn’t a burden. He rules in His love for us. He wants nothing but the eternal best for us. We have been snatched from hell by Christ who lived and died and rose in the place of all sinners. When we “walk in the light of the Lord”, we live like the forgiven children of the Savior we truly are! “Let us walk in the light of the Lord” isn’t a forced march, but a joyful walk arm-in-arm with Him who gave His life for us.
     
    Part of this lesson is etched on a wall of the United Nations building. “They will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into blades for trimming vines. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, nor will they learn war anymore” (v. 4). Isn’t this why the United Nations exists? Not really. That organization seeks the noble goal of peace between nations. Here, God is describing peace between His holy self and us guilty sinners. Two parties that had been separated are brought together by the work of the Advent Savior, Jesus.
     
    “Let us walk in the light of the Lord”, the light of salvation all people need. Many insist that there are different roads to salvation. But only the work of Christ removes the guilt of sin. Only the message about Jesus is the saving “light of the Lord”.
     
    On New Year’s Day people make a fresh start and get rid of rotten habits. This first day of the church year is all of that in far more important ways. We rededicate our lives to “walk in the light of the Lord”.
     
    We don’t enter this new Church year blind to the challenges we face as a congregation, in our homes, on our jobs, with our classes. The challenges are real. But so is the Lord who urges us to walk in His “light” as we deal with every challenge before us. We apply the unchanging truths of God’s Word to every situation by “walking in the light of the Lord”. We do so to stay ready for the day when the Lord returns to bring an end to life here and take His own to heaven.
     
    Walking in the light of the Lord means we use His light in our house and in His house. In these first hours of a new church year, we commit ourselves to life for Him who gave His life for us, to use His Word, to “walk in His light” each second, to see the heaven that awaits us through faith in Him.      Amen.
    Pastor David A. Voss
    Last Sunday of the Church Year - We Wait for the Lord's Return
  • Last Sunday of the Church Year
    November 20, 2022
     
    Hymns                        629,   511,   559,   512
    First Lesson              Habakkuk 1:1-3; 2:1-4
    Psalm                         130
    Second Lesson         Revelation 22:6-13
    Gospel Lesson         Luke 12:35-40
     
    Luke 12:35-40
    We Wait for the Lord’s Return
          I. Watching for His promised banquet
    II. Watching for Him every moment
     
    In the name of the Savior who came to rescue us, who comes to us in His Word, and who will return, fellow redeemed,
     
    “Our long wait is over! The holidays are finally here!” So said an ad for Lansing’s Silver Bells in the City event. But whether the holidays are really here depends on what we consider the holidays to be – the tree on the front lawn of the Capitol building being lit, the weeks from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, the holy days of celebrating the Savior’s birth. And, as long as that third one is most important, what do during whatever people call the holidays won’t ignore the holy days.
     
    For centuries the Christian Church has used this last Sunday of the Church year to ponder Christ’s truth from Christ’s Word about Christ’s return. For fifty-one weeks we have heard about the life of Christ and His work to win forgiveness, life, and salvation for mankind. We have gathered here around the Word the Triune God uses to deliver forgiveness, life as His children, and salvation to us sinners – to produce and then strengthen in us the faith that lays hold of those blessings.
     
    But when will our wait for salvation end? We don’t know. In His very last words to us in His Word, words we heard in today’s Second Lesson, Jesus said, “I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20). But it’s been nearly two thousand years since Jesus gave those words to His apostle John. “Soon”? His time isn’t our time because He is eternal, the Alpha and Omega. His coming at the end of time will take the world by surprise.
     
    So what do we do? We wait for the Lord’s return. We don’t do so by twiddling our thumbs as we look skyward, but by being in His Word as we look forward. We wait for the Lord’s return, watching for His promised banquet and watching for Him every moment.
     
      I. Watching for His promised banquet

    The Savior’s Word picture here might not thrill you. “Be dressed, ready for service (v. 35). Satan suggests, Seriously? You work all your life, then when your Jesus returns He wants you to work some more, be ready for service? Forget that! That’s not the Savior’s point. He compares His return with a master returning to his house, now with his bride from their wedding banquet to live in his house as husband and wife. The groom would expect his servants at his house to be ready for his return, even if that was in the middle of the night, “dressed for service” and “lamps burning” (v. 35) as they waited.
     
    You know how people in Bible times dressed. Even the men wore long flowing robes. Scurrying around and hurrying to get things done with the robe dangling at the ankles would slow servants down, maybe trip them up. So workers tucked the hem of the robe into a belt around the waist, ready to work quickly, efficiently. The King James Version is gird their loins
     
    Then the returning Lord went on to teach how His faithful servants are “blessed”. The master “will dress himself, tuck his robe into his belt, and have them recline at the table, and he will come and serve them (v. 37). What an amazing reversal of roles! What an unexpected development! What trillionaire would get married, then tell his workers to loosen their cummerbunds and make themselves comfortable while he brought food and drink to them in his own house?!
     
    That’s not the way we’d expect things to go. But that is the way of our gracious, saving, returning Lord. When He returns on the Last Day, He will usher us, body and soul, into the great  banquet of heaven and invite us to enjoy ourselves. What an encouragement to keep waiting for the Lord to return!
     
    We don’t wait by dropping out of school, resigning from work, selling all we own, and moving to a desolate location to watch the sky for signs of the Lord’s return. We wait by being in His Word all the time, the spiritual equivalent of having the hem of a robe tucked into a belt. This is the Lord’s way to keep us “ready” through trust in His sacrifice. We don’t want to miss His banquet, so we keep going back to His blood-bought invitation where He sends it to us – in His Word. We don’t arrogantly suppose we make ourselves worthy to attend the banquet. We marvel at His love for us sinners who deserve forever banishment from Him, not the forever banquet promised and prepared by Him. He who already lived and died and rose to open heaven for sinners, has now prepared a lavish life for us.
     
    We will be seated at that banquet when the Lord returns. Until then, we who trust Jesus as the sinner’s greatest treasure don’t seem to be too blessed on earth. We struggle and suffer, groan and grieve. But still we use His Word of truth to watch for His promised return and His promised banquet which we anticipate far, far more than the upcoming four-day holiday.
     
    II. Watching for Him every moment
     
    That all sounds wonderful. But when will it be, Lord? It’s not like looking at the radar to see when the snow will start or a hurricane will make landfall. It’s not like keeping the invitation to a holiday party on the fridge so we’re constantly aware of the day and time. The instruction the Savior gives us about His return in glory is simple, but crucial. “The Son of Man is coming at an hour when you are not expecting Him (v. 40). We wait for the Lord’s return by watching for Him every moment.
     
    They are not trying to deceive, but they do. Some people scour Ezekiel and Daniel in the Old Testament and the book of Revelation in the New Testament claim to find a key to the date of Christ’s return. They say a battle must first be fought between these world powers. Or a throne must first be set up in that city. Or a pestilence must first infect many. “Then,” they tell us, “look for the Lord to return.”
     
    They are wrong. The returning Lord, the God of all history, alone is right! Right? Throughout His Word He tells His waiting people in every age to be watching for Him every moment, not waiting for important world events to unfold first. All signs have been fulfilled. He says, “Be ready (v. 40) every moment!”
     
    He doesn’t give subtle clues in His Word. Yet some people misuse Revelation to check off world events and think, Just one more to go and then Jesus can return! He does give clear instruction in His Word that even the newest student of Scripture can grasp. “If the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into” (v. 39). The point isn’t that Jesus is a thief, but that His return could be any moment now. “You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you are not expecting Him”.
     
    Thieves don’t announce to residents their intent to break in and make off with the family’s possessions, don’t inform the residents what night and what time they’re coming. Neither does Jesus give even a general idea what month or year He will return. He will not reveal that to us. “No one knows when that day and hour will be, not the angels of heaven, not even the Son (spoken that Tuesday before Good Friday in His state of humiliation, Jesus was not making full use of His divine power), but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36). We wait for the Lord’s return by watching for Him every moment.
     
    “Be dressed, ready for service, and keep your lamps burning”. The Lord could return at any moment to end time on earth. Or the Lord could come invisibly at any moment to take your soul in sudden, tragic-to-your-loved-ones, death. Until one of those takes place, the Lord wants you who trust His payment of our hell to serve Him joyfully and faithfully each day, each moment!, as you wait for Him. As was the case when Jesus came to earth in the flesh, as is the case when Jesus comes to us in His Word and in His sacraments now, so it will be when He comes on the Last Day – “not to be served, but to serve” (Mark 10:45). Thus, His faithful, blood-bought people serve Him daily. That isn’t just worship one hour per week – well, two hours this week. That’s also doing His will in everything. That’s speaking to others of His sacrifice to cover the guilt of every sin. That’s watching for Him every moment.
     
    “The Son of Man is coming at an hour when you are not expecting Him”. If we don’t know when it will be, how can we be ready? We keep waiting and watching! The Savior points us to His Word. The promises He made before He suffered, died, rose, and ascended into heaven fill us with hope as we wait and watch. Jesus didn’t just speak those words of promise. He and His Father and the Spirit had them miraculously given to human writers and preserved in His holy Word for us.
     
    As we wait for Him to keep the one promise He hasn’t yet fulfilled, “I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:20), He directs us to His Word. He uses His Word to keep us from becoming impatient. Lord, look how horrible things have gotten in this world! All the immorality! All the senseless shootings! So many people have no use for You! Where are You?! He uses His Word to keep us from becoming indifferent. Boring! Tell me something new, preacher! I know Jesus lived and died for me. I know He’s coming back some day! Give me something I can use!
     
    Just one promised event has yet to be fulfilled: the Lord’s return. Until He does, we wait, we watch for His promised banquet. We wait, we watch for Him every moment.     Amen.
    Pastor David A. Voss