PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

 

12/11/19

PREPARE

Last Sunday I shared in the children’s sermon the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts motto, “be prepared.” During advent we prepare for Christmas by buying gifts, hanging Christmas lights and putting up a Christmas tree, buying special food for the holiday, sending Christmas cards, singing Christmas carols, performing a Christmas program and baking Christmas cookies, candy and pastries.  A lot of preparation goes into celebrating God’s incarnation, his entrance into His-story as a man.

While we are busy spending money and a lot of time preparing for one day, December 25, there is something else we should be preparing for as well. Acts 1:11b This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Here Is a promise from God spoken by two angels to the church of every age. God has not and will not forget about his followers or life on planet earth. He is aware of every detail that is going on across the globe. He says to you and I as he did to the early church, I’m coming back one more time to bring justice, an end to evil and to make all things new. This promise you can count on for nothing can prevent his return.

So how are we to live in light of this promise? As he told his followers, watch, be prepared, don’t be deceived or follow hollow and deceptive philosophies dependent on human tradition or principles of darkness. We are told to make disciples and teach his word to every generation. Also, we are told not to neglect worshipping together especially as we see The Day approaching so we can be an encouragement to one another. We are to live according to God’s inerrant word of morality; the Ten Commandments, and avoid immoral behavior and spiritual apathy.

After seeing Jesus ascend to heaven his disciples returned to Jerusalem to the place they were staying: Acts 1:14 They all joined together constantly in prayer. . . . Prayer was vital for their calling as it is ours. They also devoted themselves to studying scripture and receiving communion.

How are we to prepare for Christ’s return? Live in a way not to embarrass God in speech, thought or behavior. Also make prayer, reading the bible and receiving communion a regular practice in your daily life.

In short: Love God with your whole being, and love others as you love yourself.

 

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way:  Wednesday 11, 3:30.   Confirmation class.

6:30PM Bile Study. Anyone is welcome.

 Sunday 15, 9:00 Morning worship and Sunday school for all. Sermon: Patience in Waiting

Sunday 22, 9:00 Christmas program.