Mark 13:24-37, Wake Up! Be Alert! Watch!

[November 30, 2014] Today is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of the church year, and with this change we switch horses. From riding the Gospel according to Matthew we now mount the Gospel according to Mark. With that change, we have a shift in focus. Next year we will ride Luke’s . . . → Read More: Mark 13:24-37, Wake Up! Be Alert! Watch!

Matthew 25:1-13, Being Prepared for the Lord’s Delay

[November 9, 2014] With this morning’s reading we consider carelessness in view of the delay of the Messiah’s “Second Advent.” In Matthew 24:1-31 Jesus spoke to his disciples privately about the immanent desecration of the Temple and the attendant suffering. Jesus also spoke of the coming of the Son of Man in the . . . → Read More: Matthew 25:1-13, Being Prepared for the Lord’s Delay

Matthew 24:36-44, The Lord Is Coming!

[December 1, 2013] Today is the First Sunday of Advent and the beginning of the church year. Advent means “coming,” referring to the coming of the Lord. It is a season, lasting from now until Christmas (Christmas begins another season). During Advent there are four Sundays, each with a different emphasis. On . . . → Read More: Matthew 24:36-44, The Lord Is Coming!