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Good Morning December 6

Scripture tells us that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom…”(Psalm 111:10) It also says that in it we have knowledge of God. It is the fountain of life and adds to its length. And through it evil is avoided. We really don’t like the word fear. We call it awe, and respect, but those English words just aren’t sufficient.

Because of the assurance of our salvation by the grace of God, we are not in fear of punishment. Romans 8:1 assures us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But yet there is the proper fear of the Lord.  We will be standing in the presence of absolute holiness, the perfect glory of Almighty God. It is like standing near the full radiance of the blazing sun. This is something we’ve never experienced, and it is not something we can do on our own. It is Jesus, Himself, who will have to reach down to lift up our trembling form, and draw us into that glory and love. That is the right fear of the Lord. It is also our hope and our joy.

Good Morining March 3

Paul writes about the magnitude of God’s glory, “things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard … of all that God has prepared for those who love Him.”(2 Corinthians 2:9) C.S. Lewis likens the comparison to a ghetto child playing in a street mud puddle, having no concept of making sand castles on a clean ocean beach. We use superlative words for God like awesome, majestic, glorious, and holy, but still have little concept of the depth of what these words mean. Too often we content ourselves with the toys and trinkets of this life, not realizing that there is so much more for us in a life in harmony with God through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”(Matthew 6:33) He would not have said it if He didn’t mean that it was possible. We can live, at least a beginning of Kingdom life even in the midst of this broken world. The sand castles are real.

Good Morning July 9

In Jeremiah 13 God uses an illustration of a garment that is bound around the waste of a person, and says, “I bound all the people of Israel and all the people of Judah to me,’ declares the LORD, ‘to be my people for my renown and praise and honor.”(vs.11) The problem was that the people refused to honor Him and became like a rotted garment. The text says that the lives of God’s people are to bring Him honor and praise. God is not an egotist needing people to praise Him. He needs nothing from us. But by our lives bringing honor to Him we find our greatest joy, and we witness to others of the goodness of our gracious Lord. Long after the time of Jeremiah the Apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”(Colossians 3:17) This is not a life of law and fear of punishment if we offend God, but a life of thanksgiving in the joy of knowing our gracious God. Even in our failures we rejoice that our God does not abandon us. He is always there to forgive, cleanse, and give new life. Living in this grace we bring Him glory.

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At the St. Paul conference I spoke about yesterday we had two marvelous worship services. The first began with a procession of 34 pastors dressed in white albs (robes) and red stoles. The worship was a full liturgical service with Holy Communion. For many it would have been considered “too Catholic”. It was truly a catholic service. (Note the capital “C” and small “c”.) Both services used elements of worship that date back to the second century of the Christian Church. Nothing was done simply for show. It all had meaning connecting us with saints and martyrs through all Christian centuries. The marble chapel was filled with the voices of a hundred fifty worshipers singing to the glory of God. Nor was it simply an emotional experience, though emotions were certainly involved. I said to the presiding minister after the service that it was as close to heavenly worship as we will find on earth. It was truly glorious. It was Lutheran worship that proclaimed the grace of God for all who were present. Word and sacrament declared God’s love and favor toward mankind. Maybe the form is not as familiar to every Christian, but don’t reject it or be afraid of it. Such liturgical worship is a true expression of humble devotion toward our Holy God, and the declaration of God’s grace toward us.


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Good Morning March 2

The 17th century epic poem Paradise Lost by John Milton recounts the fall of Lucifer from heaven, and the later expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise after their sin. It is a story we know well from the first chapters of Genesis. Man was created for Paradise. Throughout Scripture we are given images of the glory of God’s Kingdom. We are shown the place God intends that we occupy. We were created for glory. We lost that first glory through our rebellion from God’s will. In mercy, God has sent us a Redeemer to restore the way into God’s presence, a glory beyond words. Unfortunately, we lose sight of the images given of God’s glory, and we have created a glory of our own. We have made worldly success our standard for glory. We know that we have our salvation by God’s grace in Jesus Christ, but we’ve lost sight of our calling to glory. Jesus’ words, “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” hardly make any sense to us today. His call is always to “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness…”(Mat.6:25&33) Desiring His Kingdom is where our true glory is found.

Good Morning March 2

A friend of ours is a blacksmith. He also does a lot of welding. When he welds, the welding spark produces a light so bright that it would damage his eyes if he didn’t wear a welding helmet. The natural eye can’t stand that brilliance without some protection. The Bible says that our God is a consuming fire. (Heb.12:29) None of us, in our natural life, can come into the brilliant glory of Almighty God. It would mean instant death. But we have a means of protection. The Cross stands between us and the consuming fire of God. We can come into the brilliant glory of our Heavenly Father by walking there with Jesus. He precious blood is our shield of protection. “No man,” Jesus said, “comes unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

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At Bible Study the other evening the question was raised about what we will do when we first see Jesus? Will we go up and hug Him, or will we fall prostrate on the ground before Him? Our collective answer was the latter. What does it mean to fear the Lord? Because of the assurance of our salvation by the grace of God, we are not in fear of punishment. Romans 8:1 assures us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But yet, there is the proper fear of the Lord. We call it awe, and respect, but those English words just aren’t sufficient. We will be standing in the presence of absolute holiness, the perfect glory of Almighty God. It is like standing near the full radiance of the blazing sun. This is something we’ve never experienced, and it will take some time to be able to stand. It is Jesus, Himself, who will have to reach down to lift up our trembling form, and draw us into that glory and love. This is the right fear of the Lord. It is also our hope and our joy.

Good Morning September 22

The magnitude of God’s glory, Paul writes, is so great, “things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard … of all that God has prepared for those who love Him.” (2 Corinthians 2:9) C.S. Lewis likens the comparison to a ghetto child playing in a street mud puddle, having no concept of making sand castles on a clean ocean beach. We use superlative words for God like awesome, majestic, glorious, and holy, but still have little concept of the depth of what these words mean. Too often we content ourselves with the toys and trinkets of this life, not realizing that there is so much more for us in a life in harmony with God through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”(Matthew 6:33) He would not have said it if He didn’t mean that it was possible. We can live, at least a beginning of Kingdom life even in the midst of this broken world. The sand castles are real.