EChurch@Wartburg – 1.28.18

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Luther’s Morning Prayer link

My Heavenly Father,
I thank You, through Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son,
that You kept me safe from all evil and danger last night. Save me,
I pray, today as well, from every evil and sin,
so that all I do and the way that I live will please you.
I put myself in your care, body and soul and all that I have.
Let Your holy Angels be with me, so that the evil enemy will
not gain power over me.

The Lord’s Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 (NASB Bible Gateway)

‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

Scripture Reading:  Luke 20:41-47 (NASB Bible Gateway)

And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, “As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”

They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, when therefore will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place? And He said, “See to it that you are not misled; for many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not go after them. When you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end does not follow immediately.”

Things to Come

Then He continued by saying to them, “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

“But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you to the synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for My name’s sake. It will lead to an opportunity for your testimony. So make up your minds not to prepare beforehand to defend yourselves; for I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute. But you will be betrayed even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all because of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.

“But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that her desolation is near. Then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains, and those who are in the midst of the city must leave, and those who are in the country must not enter the city; because these are days of vengeance, so that all things which are written will be fulfilled. Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days; for there will be great distress upon the land and wrath to this people; and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

The Return of Christ

“There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

Then He told them a parable: “Behold the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they put forth leaves, you see it and know for yourselves that summer is now near. So you also, when you see these things happening,recognize that the kingdom of God is near.  Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap; for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth. But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Now during the day He was teaching in the temple, but at evening He would go out and spend the night on the mount that is called Olivet. And all the people would get up early in the morning to come to Him in the temple to listen to Him.

Benediction: Psalm 121 (NIV-Bible Gateway)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you—
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.


EChurch@Wartburg – 1.28.18 — 10 Comments

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    My surgery on Thursday went well. I came home last night and am sore and tired, but doing well. Thanks for prayers.

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    Jeannette Altes wrote:

    Thanks for prayers.

    Welcome. Our pleasure. God’s presence.

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    @ Jeannette Altes:
    Thanks for the update. Glad the surgery went well and that you are home. Continuing to pray for you.

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    Thank you for today’s service.

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    Sure, I long for His glorious appearing!


    The Bible also teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present evil age, while we wait for the blessed hope and promise- the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good…”

    ♪♩♪♩ hum, hum, hum …”Ooh, mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord…

    —> He shall never sound retreat…



    (See your bible for details)




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    Dear Pastor Wade, It’s been a long while since I’ve been to echurch since my excommunication from the evangelical church years ago. I’ve been welcomed into the Lutheran church (ELCA, because in my small community, if they didn’t accept everyone, they wouldn’t have accepted me either). This was a fantastic sermon! You sound less evangelical and more Lutheran every time I listen to you. IMHO, you deserve to be heard by many. But here’s a little verse I look forward to hearing you exegete one day: “…we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially those who believe.” 1 Tim 4:10

    God bless you, Pastor.

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    Thank you – and good for you for joining a community of believers after being burned by the institutional church. May the Lord continue to use you in His Kingdom in reaching people with the Good News through your life and testimony

    Wade Burleson

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    Our Lord’s word was “aeon”. “Age” rather than “world”. End of an age. And at his crucifixion, the rending in the Holy of Holies at the temple said it all.

    And what happened after Christ ascended? Pentecost. One age ended and another began. The Age of the Church.

    Furthermore, if opening up the Holy of Holies wasn’t clear enough that this was about covenants, the terrors of AD 70 should clear it up. And Nero (the infamous beast of 666) also said much at just how bad things had to be in the disciple’s own lifetime. These were the “things that must take place soon” before Christ’s kingdom could take hold.

    You’ve probably all heard this though, so I don’t mean to preach to the choir. 🙂 I’m just musing, more like. Also, I’m a lurker here. So hi 🙂

    One thing I’m very sure about is that focusing on the future and so called “end times” is not useful. What’s useful is for me to think of ways of simply improving the here and now. I find inspiration in those saints who did that in their own time as well. Be they Catholics of the Middle Ages or modern Protestants like the Abolitionists or MLK Jr. Any Christian who truly lived the Great Commission, who knew it was their job to change the world by spreading the kingdom of God HERE.. rather than want to see it all end. The people who make the “1000 years of Peace” a reality, little by little. The “lights of the world” and “cities on a hill”. I want to be inspired by this, and not simply stare at the sky and hope everyone gets destroyed. If God wanted us to be Cynics, he wouldn’t have sent his Son.. he would have told us to follow Diogenes or something.