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Tuesday of the First Sunday in Advent – Revelation 4

ShareRevelation 4 In a sermon on Trinity Sunday given in the middle of the 19th century, the Anglican priest, poet, and professor, John Keble, said the following: “Suppose that by your own fault you were a friendless wanderer and outcast [homeless person on streets], turned out of your home, and not knowing where to lay […]

November 30, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Monday of the First Sunday in Advent – Revelation 3:7-22

ShareRevelation 3:7-22 It’s very tempting to write today about the Laodicean church.  I think there’s a common perception that today’s church is the church in Laodicea and is a lukewarm church.  In truth, parts of the church have always been like this. But I am persuaded of better things for us, and so today I […]

November 29, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of the Sunday Next Before Advent – 2 Peter 3:11-18

Share2 Peter 3:11-18             Have you heard the news?  Jesus Christ is coming again! This is one of God’s sure promises.  But if it’s true (and it is), then what kind of person should you be as a result? This is St. Peter’s great question to us today. Some in Peter and Paul’s day thought […]

November 27, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday Sunday Next Before Advent – 2 Peter 3:1-10

Share 2 Peter 3:1-10 Beloved, there are two things you need to know from this passage.  First, the God that created the heavens and the earth is the one who preserves them and can also destroy them.  Second, that God is not slack concerning His promises.  Therefore, let us have confidence in our God because […]

November 26, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of the Sunday Next Before Advent – 2 Peter 2:10-22

Share2 Peter 2:10-22 We must be careful with the way we present the gospel of Jesus Christ.  I don’t just mean that we should avoid the errors of false teachers, which is obviously a critical task.  I also mean that we must take great care to present the entire gospel, in its full strength, and […]

November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of the Sunday Next Before Advent – 2 Peter 2:1-10a

Share2 Peter 2:1-10a             There is a dark side of many of the New Testament Epistles.  But it occurs in some form in just about every New Testament letter: it is the subject of false teachers. I have avoided it in my meditations so far because it hasn’t directly been a part of my experience, […]

November 24, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of the Sunday Next Before Advent – 2 Peter 1:12-21

Share2 Peter 1:12-21 2 Peter 1:18-21 is perhaps the most important Scripture in Scripture about Scripture.  In it, St. Peter tells us the value of Scripture, the origin of Scripture, and the way to guard Scripture. What we do together every morning in Give Us This Day is utterly dependent upon what we believe about […]

November 23, 2015 | 1 Comment More

Monday of the Sunday Next Before Advent – 2 Peter 1:1-11

Share2 Peter 1:1-11 Is it just me – or does St. Peter in this passage deal with the same theme we just saw in Colossians – that God is absolutely sovereign and man is accountable before Him?  Isn’t this another variation on the theme of God’s grace in our lives and the necessity of good […]

November 22, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 4

SharePhilippians 4 Rejoice – for the Lord is at hand! I like to think of myself as saying this in a kind of John the Baptist voice (a la “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand”), only with joy instead of penitence. Yes, even in Advent, we can experience joy.  Of course, in […]

November 20, 2015 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 24 – Philippians 3

SharePhilippians 3 What is it about St. Paul that makes him so radical, so hardcore? What has possessed him so that he seems like a fanatic even to Christians? Some, such as Communists, become fanatics for the sake of an idea or an ideology.  Some become fanatics out of fear.  But St. Paul has shown […]

November 19, 2015 | 0 Comments More