Welcome! Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! We are now in the third week of this glorious Eastertide. We continue our celebration of the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This provides great joy for us, although the theme of repentance into the forgiveness of sin may give us pause. St. Peter thunders in his great Pentecost sermon, "repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. The Apostle John exhorts us to put away the practice of sinning, "No one who abides in Him and keeps on sinning has either seen Him or known Him." What do repentance and joy have to do with one another? Only one who has the Holy Spirit and faith can really repent of sin. Perpetual gladness and eternal joys are ours through Jesus Christ, our Lord, He rescues us from the peril if everlasting death and brings us peace from heaven.
Welcome! Today we return to the beginning of Jesus’ ministry for the salvation of all mankind. We find Him in the Jordan River baptized by John. A baptism to fulfill all Scripture and to officially institute Jesus as Son and Messiah of God. He hears His Father say exactly who He is. "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased. Then, "The Spirit immediately drove Him out into the wilderness...tempted by Satan." Some way to treat one’s "well beloved"! You, dear friend, are also "well beloved" of God. He "works together all things" for your ultimate good, including the trials and temptations you endure. He is building you up through tribulations of all kinds that you may be found in Him, pure and holy. Just as He loves Jesus so He loves you! Listen to Jesus: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel." It’s Lent. May you be blessed by knowing forgiveness through the repentance of faith. See you Wednesday.
WELCOME! TODAY IS TRANSFIGURATION SUNDAY. We transition into Lent and the great contemplation of our need for repentance and faith on Ash Wednesday, February 14. But today we continue to shine forth the glory of Jesus Christ as True God and Christ. On the mount of Transfiguration Jesus has high and holy conversation with Moses and Elijah. All the Law and the Prophets are met to speak of the upcoming suffering, death, and, most important, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from death. On the mount of Transfiguration Jesus shines with the glory that is His by right as the Son of God and Word made flesh. He gives the disciples a foretaste of Easter and resurrection life. Peter, stunned and terrified, says, "Tis good, Lord, to be here." And it IS good to be here at CTK in the presence of our risen Savior and Lord Jesus Christ in Word and Sacrament. SDG
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