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The Good News about the Future

 

 Based on our Sunday text for March 29

 

 Mark 13:1-31

 

1 As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, "Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!" 2 Then Jesus asked him, "Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down." 3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4 "Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?" 5 Then Jesus began to say to them, "Beware that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name and say, "I am he!' and they will lead many astray. 7 When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

 

 24 "But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 Then they will see "the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory. 27 Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. 28 "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 32 "But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. 35 Therefore, keep awake — for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, 36 or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake."

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DEVOTION FOR SUNDAY, MARCH 29 based on the above text

 

 God is still in charge. There is much in life that is beyond our control, but nothing is beyond God’s control. And God is our Abba, our Daddy. He loves us intimately, so why not leave things in God’s hands and relax?

 

Bishop Desmond Tutu, that amazing South African Christian, once spoke of his own struggle with life and with God. He recalled his favorite cartoon, a picture of God standing next to an open filing cabinet. Open files are strewn around that filing cabinet and God, in obvious despair, has His hand on His head. The caption has God saying, “[O no,] I seemed to have lost my copy of the divine plan.” 

 

 Well, God hasn’t lost His copy of the divine plan, and God’s plan is still in effect. God is in charge of how and when time will end. And God is in charge of our lives. God will provide for our needs, regardless of what may come.

 

Gregory L. Fisher in Leadership magazine tells of teaching a class at the West African Bible College. One day the class was discussing the Second Coming of Christ. A student asked Fisher a question that took him by surprise. The question was this: “What will he say when he shouts?”

 

 The student said, “Reverend, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says that Christ will descend from heaven with a loud command. I would like to know what that command will be.” Fisher wanted to leave the question unanswered, to tell the student that they must not go past what Scripture has revealed, but his mind wandered to an encounter he had earlier in the day with a refugee from the Liberian civil war. The man, a high school principal, told him how he was apprehended by a two man death squad. After several hours of terror, as the men described how they would torture and kill him, he narrowly escaped. After hiding in the bush for two days, he was able to find his family and escape to a neighboring country. The escape cost him dearly: two of his children lost their lives. The stark cruelty unleashed on an unsuspecting, undeserving population had touched Fisher deeply. He also saw flashbacks of the beggars that he passed each morning on his way to the office. Every day he saw how poverty destroys dignity, robs people of the best of what it means to be human, and sometimes substitutes the worst of what it means to be an animal. Fisher says even now he is haunted by the vacant eyes of people who have lost all hope.

 

Heavenly one, we must not lose hope in this time. God is still in charge and we must place our fears in God’s hands. May Jesus walk us through each day. Amen.



 We are a two-point parish serving Christ's Church through the

Evangelical Lutheran Church in American (ELCA),

"God's Work, Our Hands."

 

What do we believe? We believe that all are saved by grace, a free gift from God, through faith in Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. We believe that the cross of Jesus Christ guides our response to God's love for us as we live out our lives in gratitude to God for the unconditional love the cross provides.


We strive to leave judgment to God, and embrace all people through our doors with joy and compassion. When we say "all are welcome here,"

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Hwy. 80 and County S

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