What a momentous week. We move from Pentecost of Year B to Advent of Year C. The lectionary has years A,B, and C so as to take us through the entire Bible every three years. It also contains an annual cycle of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, and Season after Pentecost. By following these triennial and annual rhythms we enjoy Christian culture even as we create more of it. In a world trying to press us into it’s secular mold this is both crucial and transformative.
This passage looks forward to a time when a righteous Branch will spring up from the line of David to execute justice and righteousness in the land. This began to be fulfilled with Jesus’ first coming. The fulfillment will be complete when Jesus comes again.
What does it really mean to walk with God? How do we deal with the guilt we feel for past transgressions? How do we grow spiritually? Here there are some answers.
When will the end of the world come? Will we be able to anticipate it? What will be the signs?
1 Thes. 3:9-13
When we invest ourselves in the lives of others and in God’s mission a profound love for and bond with our fellow brothers and sisters develops. Here is also some great guidance on how to intercede powerfully for others. Prayer is the primary lever of ministry.