• December 01, 2022

    Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story

    “On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry”

    This lyrics for this hymn were composed in Latin by the rector of the University of Paris, Charles Coffin [1676-1749], for the 1736 edition of the Paris Breviary, and was appointed to be sung on weekdays during advent.
    Since Advent is often misunderstood as a preparation time for Christmas only, this hymn gives us the chance to focus on the true meaning of Advent – to reflect on the 2nd coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The hymn, of course, begins with John the Baptizer, and it is based on Isaiah 40:3 – A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”
    The words of the Baptist ring out for Church today as clearly as it did for the people at the time of Isaiah. Without Christ, we whither and fade like grass [Isaiah 40:7-8], but in Him “our refuge and our great reward”, we are safe and secure.
    In Genesis 15:1, God promised this to Abram – “after these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”
    When Christ first came to earth, he healed the sick, forgave the sins of many, and raised the dead. But when He comes again, all sickness will be destroyed, sin ill be no more, and all who believe in Christ will be raised, never to die again.

    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Awake and hearken, for he brings glad tidings of the King of kings!

    LSB 344

  • November 30, 2022

    Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” The author George Weissel [1590 – 1635] wrote “Lift Up Your Heads” while serving as a pastor in the Prussian city of Konisberg, Russia. Sadly, it was first published 7 years after his death in 1642 in the “Prussian Festival of […]

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  • November 29, 2022

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  • November 28, 2022

    Christmas and Advent Hymns and their Story “The Advent of our King”

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  • November 23-24, 2022

    Day by Day Read: Nehemiah 5:14-19 Revelation 1:1-8 “God Provides Abundantly” “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His steadfast love endures forever!”[Psalm 118:1] God abundantly and convincingly proves His friendly and gracious favor by his daily and everlasting goodness, as the Psalmist writes: “His steadfast love endures forever”; that is, […]

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  • November 22, 2022

    Day by Day Read: Nehemiah 4:15-23 3rd John 1-15 “Christian Friends” “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”[Matthew 18:20] Even if one’s heart is well grounded by the Holy Spirit, it remains a great advantage to have a friend with whom we can converse about faith, and from […]

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  • November 21, 2022

    Day by Day Read: Nehemiah 4:1-14 2nd John 1-13 “Our Lord Sustains Us” When Peter walked on the sea and came to Christ, so long as he held to the Word, the water had to bear him up; but when he turned his eyes from Christ and he let go of the Word, he saw […]

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  • November 17, 2022

    Day by Day Read: Daniel 12:1-13 1st John 3:11-24 “The Gospel Will Never Perish” The fact that nowadays we still encounter offense need not surprise us, since Christ Himself meets with it … I can expect to fare no better that my Lord Jesus. Since He experienced apostasy, I might know that among us not […]

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  • November 16, 2022

    Day by Day Read: Daniel 11:20-45 1st John 2:28-3:10 “God Cares for His People” We should all be individually certain about this, that we are the people of God, members of His Holy Christian church. Above all things this faith is necessary which firmly apprehends the following: the whole people of God happen to be […]

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  • November 15, 2022

    Day by Day Read: Daniel 11:1-19 1st John 2:15-27 “Have Mercy, O Lord” Let all men sing this verse with David and acknowledge that they are sinners and that God is righteous, that is, merciful. This confession is a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God, and David invites us to it. He wants this to […]

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