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Saturday, January 8, 2022

The Better Things

One of the greatest joys as a Pastor is to see the metaphorical light bulbs bursting before your eyes. Seeing someone learn and receive the Word of Christ is my greatest joy. Of course, this is of no surprise as His Word is living and active stronger than any double-edged sword. Yet, it shall always be the greatest joy to teach the better things of God. Studying the bible, reviewing the catechism, hearing the preached Word of Christ and receiving the sacraments are the better things to which we cling.

Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things-things that belong to salvation. Hebrews 6:9

The writer warns the Hebrews of apostasy yet encourages them with better things: the very things that belong to salvation. For it is salvation which illumines and “light bulbs” our hearts and minds to Christ and His Word. Yet, like the Hebrews, how easy it is to become sluggish and complacent in the life of faith. For no one is immune to this temptation of being dulled to the Word. So dulled we become that when hearing the words, “Go to church”, or “come to bible study” it becomes a burdensome option rather than a joyous necessity.

For our Old Adam says, “Oh I’m too busy”, “I have too many things to do” and if we finally relent, we may begrudgingly say, “Ok, I guess, I have to do this...”

This is the question one ought to ask, what is your top priority? Or what do you hold to the highest regard? Is it the idols of this world? Is it the priorities of the fallen flesh? What are the better things for you?

The better things are of God alone. And thus, as we begin the new year, I pray that you attend church and bible study week in and week out. Not simply because it is a matter of “doing” but rather receiving the gifts: the better things of God. The other day as I was teaching an adult instruction class, one of the students said, [in regards to the Word] “this is the best thing! There is no other place I’d rather be on Sunday morning than here in God’s Word”. So true a statement this is for each and every one of us!

Therefore, as a church, it is very important that we continue to walk and have fellowship together in the better things. Actually, the best thing and that is, God and His Word. If you find yourself missing Sunday service, or if you haven’t been to one of our bible studies [Sunday and/or Wednesdays] in a while, it’s never too late. Come to church and attend bible study week in and week out because here we dwell upon the better things of God. The very things that are rooted in Christ: eternal life, forgiveness and salvation!

As we begin the New Year, we also begin a new curriculum for Sunday School. I highly encourage you to not only to attend church and bible study but also to have your children participate in our Sunday school. These are the building blocks for your children as God shapes them in His Word.

Indeed, the better things in Christ alone.

May you enjoy the season of Epiphany!

✝️ Pastor Jeong

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Friday, December 3, 2021

What do they need?

As the parking lots overflow and the stores jingle with sounds of the season, we very well know that the month of December has arrived. And soon enough the checklist unfolds as the to-do list is far and wide. From decorations, to setting up the tree and sending out greeting cards, we are busy, busy, busy as the day of Christmas draws near.

And if this wasn’t stressful enough, the most difficult aspect of Christmas is finding the perfect gift for one another. We ask ourselves, “what do they need”. And of course, knowing the recipient of these gifts, we give accordingly.

And so it is with God. He gives you The Gift according to your needs. Of course, we thank the Lord for all that He has given...

“my body and soul, eyes, ears, and all my members, my reason and all my senses, and still takes care of them. He also gives me clothing and shoes, food and drink, house and home, wife and children, land, animals and all that I have. He richly and daily provides me with all that I need to support this body and life” [Explanation of Apostles Creed Art II]

Yet there is even more! As recipients of His bountiful and most merciful blessings, our Lord gives according to our greatest need.

“In your righteous judgment You condemned the sin of Adam and Eve, who ate the forbidden fruit, and You justly barred them and all their children from the tree of life. Yet, in your great mercy, You promised salvation by a second Adam, Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, and made His cross a life-giving tree for all who trust in Him” [Prayer of Thanksgiving DS Setting IV]

Due to the fall in sin, we are dead in our trespasses and separated from God. Yet our Lord sees our human affliction of sin and rather than deserting us, He makes His way into the world. Through the blessed incarnation our Lord came to fulfill the law and bear the burden of sin and death upon Himself. Jesus knew our need and thus our Savior fulfilled this need as He willingly went to the Cross to fulfill your need as your greatest gift.

For in Him, you have received the gift of eternal life forgiveness and salvation. No one else could give you such things but only Christ who fulfills your greatest need by His death and resurrection. And of course, in the Sacraments, your trust is in the promise of God, that in faith, He has given you the robe of righteousness and the iron-clad blessed assurance that your sins [by the promise of Christ] are forgiven.

“What do they need”?

God knows.

It’s Jesus For you.

Have a blessed Christmas!

✝️ Pastor Jeong

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