Archive for December, 2013

Friday of 3rd Sunday in Advent 2013 – 2 Timothy 3:14-4:8

Share2 Timothy 3:14-4:8 The lesson this morning is an interesting one because it contains verses from both chapters 3 and 4 which, in this case, means it contains elements from the lives of both St. Timothy and St. Paul.  Of Timothy, Paul writes, “But you must continue in the things which you have learned and […]

December 19, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the Third Sunday in Advent – Revelation 20:1-6

ShareRevelation 20:1-6 Regardless of our eschatologies, one thing is certain: Jesus Christ has already begun His reign over the earth.  How could it be otherwise?  He crushed the skull of the Serpent at the Place of the Skull (Calvary); He defeated sin by His perfect life; He rose victorious over death in His Resurrection; and […]

December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the Third Sunday in Advent – Matthew 28:11-20

ShareMatthew 28:11-20 Matthew 28:18-20 has rightly been called the Great Commission, for great it is. “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I […]

December 17, 2013 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of the Third Sunday in Advent – Revelation 19

ShareRevelation 19 Do you remember the vision of Jesus that St. John had in the beginning of his revelation?  It was of a Jesus whose eyes were like a flame of fire and feet like fine brass refined in a furnace; His head and hair were white as wool and snow; His voice was as […]

December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the Third Sunday in Advent – Revelation 18:11-24

ShareRevelation 18:11-24 God’s judgment is just and true and knows no partiality. For this, we are to sing with heaven! It might not seem as if Revelation 18 gives us much to sing about – but it does, because it reveals a just and holy God and therefore one who can also be trusted and […]

December 15, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the Second Sunday in Advent – Revelation 18:1-10

ShareRevelation 18:1-10 “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.  For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. . . .  Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city!  For in one hour your judgment has come.” What […]

December 13, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Friday of the Second Sunday in Advent – Revelation 15

ShareRevelation 15 I love music!  I can’t think of a single person I know who doesn’t.  Even my daughter Gloria, when she was only one year old, loved to sing, and sung loudly and passionately and well (for a one-year old.)  She liked the Gloria at the end of the Holy Communion service, as well […]

December 12, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the Second Sunday in Advent – Revelation 14

ShareRevelation 14 We could spend the rest of the morning trying to tease out the esoteric meanings of Revelation 14, comparing the symbolism of the Old Testament with that in this chapter, and feeling pretty good about ourselves because we had spent some serious time in the Word. But I find that too many Bible […]

December 11, 2013 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the Second Sunday in Advent – Revelation 13

ShareRevelation 13 Be honest.  What are your first thoughts and feelings when reading Revelation 13?  Are they to walk away dazed and confused, as if just accidentally exposed to some powerful narcotic?  Are they to shift into Encyclopedia Brown or Sherlock Holmes gear and fancy yourself ______________ (your name), Apocalyptic Detective! While it’s true that […]

December 10, 2013 | 5 Comments More

Tuesday of the Second Sunday in Advent – Revelation 12

ShareRevelation 12 Who is this Woman, and who is this Child?  And who is the Dragon who wars against them both? As always, we should start with what’s certain, and that’s the Child, or the Son, and the Dragon.  The Child is a male Child, and therefore a Son, who is to rule the nations […]

December 9, 2013 | 0 Comments More