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Hope in the Second-Coming

Happy New Year!

You might think I am a little early, but this morning is the beginning of Advent and another church year.

Advent is a season of paradox, but our human experience and Lutheran theology is rooted in and filled with paradox. Advent, similar to our scriptures this morning, is a time of anticipation and waiting, but also awakening and preparing.

We are preparing for Christ to come and enter into our hearts, lives, and world. We are preparing for Christ to enter in as the baby born in the manger on Christmas morning AND the Second-Coming at the end of days.

We begin Advent with a focus on that Second-Coming.

Our text alludes to the unexpected hour, but most of our images are derived from the Revelation of John (aka Revelation). We know it is proceeded by continually increasing trials and tribulations, natural disasters, and evil human and non-human forces gaining power, authority, and control of the entire creation.

It is a time that I pray to never witness.

Yet, the Revelation of John is intended to be a book of hope. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Keep Alert & Work On

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It is Advent! You either love or hate Advent. Advent is one of those times when the Church and society are not on the same page.

We in our everyday lives are making preparations for Christmas. Then when Christmas day finally arrives, we ready for the decorations to come down, the house back to be back in order, and to get back to our everyday lives. We are busy in this time of busy-ness which includes buying presents, wrapping them, social engagements, are we are always going to and from somewhere.

However in the Church, we say “Slow Down”. Advent is about preparations for the ultimate house guest, primarily in our hearts, which is Christ. It is time to slow down. Christmas morning is the beginning of Christmas lasting 12 days.

Advent is two sides for the same coin. We are all excited about the Christ child as the baby in the manger, who wouldn’t be excited about this? Yet, Advent does not begin there. Advent begins with texts that are less than warm and fuzzy, but with a text telling us to stay alert and be prepared for you never know when the Messiah will return. We refer to this side as the Second Coming. During these four weeks of Advent, we hold these in tension: the Christ child and the Second Coming. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2017 in Sermons

 

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