Monday, May 11, 2015

JE #50

Today is the commemoration of Cyril and Methodius, missionaries to the Slavs.

Cyril and Methodius translated the liturgy and much of the Bible for the Slavs. But as Slavonic had no written form they first invented an alphabet, later to be known as Cyrillic, to accomplish their task.
 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”
(Revelation 14:6-7 ESV)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

JE #49

Today is the commemoration of Job, patriarch.

 For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!

(Job 19:25-27 ESV)

Friday, May 8, 2015

JE #48

May 7: Commemoration of C. F. W. Walther

Founder of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

JE #47

Today is the commemoration of Frederick the Wise, Christian ruler.

Protector of Martin Luther.

Monday, May 4, 2015

JE #46

Today is the commemoration of Friedrich C. D. Wyneken, pastor and missionary.

Is His love like a burden or has His yoke become too heavy?  Do you want to once again depend on the world and your own righteousness?  You say: “Oh no, no, but my heart is weak and doubtful, and sin is mighty!”  Do no despair.  There will be enough temptations, trials, and sin; yes, you may be overcome by your body’s weakness. But you are not depending on your own heart but on your Jesus, who saves you from your sins and gives you renewed mercy in Word and Sacrament. Forgiveness of sin surrounds you like the air; yes, it is spread out around you like the sky. He is faithful, the one who has called you. He will do it for you. You just hold on to His Word and Sacrament. Do not forsake prayer. Death might meet up with you whenever and wherever it wants. It will only lead you into the eternally new year, into the right peace and bliss. And even while you are in the throes of death, this beautiful name will lighten your way and bring you safely across: JESUS!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

JE #45

Today is the commemoration of Athanasius of Alexandria, pastor and confessor.

There were thus two things which the Savior did for us by becoming Man. He banished death from us and made us anew; and, invisible and imperceptible as in Himself He is, He became visible through His works and revealed Himself as the Word of the Father, the Ruler and King of the whole creation.”

Friday, May 1, 2015

JE #44

Today is the feast of saints Philip and James, apostles.

 And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. The names of the twelve apostles are these: first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Zealot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
(Matthew 10:1-4 ESV)