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Friday, May 6, 2022

Coloring Time

“And God said, this is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth” Genesis 9:12-13

God delivers a visible sign that reminds His people of His everlasting covenant. “I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth” [Gen9:11]. The Lord’s “never again” refers to the universal flood during the time of Noah. Due to humanity’s wickedness as “every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.. the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart” [Gen6]. Yet, there was Noah, “by faith, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household” [Heb11:7]. And through faith, he built the ark, step by step until the deluge would ravage all the earth. As the water would subside, the Lord gave Noah the visible sign of a rainbow to serve as a reminder of the Lord’s everlasting covenant.

Therefore, a rainbow was not simply a rainbow. But rather, it served as a reminder of the Lord’s continued grace throughout the flood narrative. How comforting this must have been for Noah and His family as this visible sign would remind them of God’s faithfulness to His Word.

As we live in this life of faith, we too, have many visible markers that point us to God’s bountiful mercy. Whether it is the food on the table, or the clothes that you wear, or even the sun, moon and stars, they remind us of God’s creative power. And every time we dwell upon the Cross and Empty Tomb, we take great comfort in the “for you” of the Gospel. How comforting this is!

Starting in June, I will begin another series entitled, “The Illuminated Catechism”. Initially geared for our young children at church, I slowly realized how this could impact all ages. “The Illuminated Catechism” [by Tony Cook, illustrated by Susan Spellman] is a coloring journal through the catechism. I know what are you thinking, “coloring? Isn’t that for children?” Yes, this may be so, yet it shall serve as another opportunity for you to see the visible markers that point us to God’s creation, redemption and sanctification. You and I both know the busyness of life and how we fail to have eyes that see the Lord and His promises. So I encourage you to follow along [via YouTube] as we slow down and rest upon the visible markers that are before us. If you would like to know how to purchase a copy, please let me know. 

( Buy “The Illuminated Catechism” on Amazon or CPH )

Christ is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!
Alleluia!

Have a blessed May! 

✝️ Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
https://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2022/2022-05-Newsletter.pdf

Saturday, April 9, 2022

The Credits!

The children ask, “What movie are we going to see tonight?” Of course, the Jeong family tradition is to watch a movie every Friday night at home. A wonderful time it is to see great movies with wonderful acting and intriguing plots. And after the movie concludes, the ending credits [seemingly at a snail’s pace] scroll down the screen. Usually, it is my cue to turn on the lights and say, “Let’s get ready for bed”. Yet more often than not, the children say, “Wait, Dad!, Let’s watch the credits!”. And with mild reluctance I respond, “all right, let’s watch the credits”. And as we watch the names of the actors, directors, producers, composers, crew members and every name that contributed to the movie, it always reminds me of the hard work and dedication of many people to bring any movie to fruition. And as the credits continued to scroll down the screen, I asked myself, “if life was a movie script, what would my ending credits be?” Who would be the lead actor, director, or producer? Who would be the composer or the costume designer?

And though we might credit many people in our lives, we soon realize that it begins and ends with our Lord. From creation, redemption and sanctification [Apostles Creed], our ending credits are chock-full of God’s mercy. Not only is it chock-full [as this is an understatement] but rather, the entirety of our lives is credited to God and His grace. For it is our Lord who continues to bless us as the director, producer, composer, designer and all the rest! Thanks be to God for the credits which flow from His Word and Sacraments. For we know that in our sin, the only credits are from above. Therefore, we thank the Lord for His continued mercy and grace upon us. But why does our Lord do such things?

“All this He does only out of fatherly, divine goodness, and mercy, without any merit or worthiness in me. For all this it is my duty to thank and praise, serve and obey Him”.
Apostles Creed Art I Explanation

Indeed, the credit belongs to our Lord for He is the God of our salvation, the one who by His love, sent His Son into the flesh to be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World. Yes, our Lord endured and suffered for you by His death upon the Cross. And through the shedding of His blood, and His resurrection on Easter morning, all credit flows from the victorious empty tomb of our Lord. Thanks be to God for “the credits!”, for without him, from where would these credits flow?

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise Him above ye heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
[LSB Hymn 805]

✝️ Pastor Jeong

The full newsletter can be found here:
https://www.faithmoorpark.com/files/pdf/2022/2022-04-Newsletter.pdf


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