1. For Christians, Advent is the time when the Church patiently prepares for the coming of the Great King, Jesus the Christ.
  2. The Church stands firm on the word of promise that Christ will one day return to change what we know by faith into sight.
  3. Whatever else may be said about the Last Day it consists of these two inseparable things: Christ’s coming and His kingdom people being gathered to Him.
  4. The name of God invites us on a journey to see how God will remain present with his people, listen to their cries for salvation, know their sufferings in such an intimate way so as to incarnate them in Christ.
  5. The words of Jesus shine with a graceful brilliance among the broken fragments of this world.
  6. We give thanks to the Lord for His victory over death and the grave both for those who are now with Him in glory and for ourselves even as we press forward in faithfulness awaiting the Day when our eyes will see Him.
  7. Even though All Saints is a day for remembering the dead, it is not a day of mourning.
  8. The phrase “works of the law” has an antithesis when it comes to righteousness—faith. What keeping the Law could not do, the gift of faith does.
  9. No efforts to create worship as a delectable dish to attract people to our services will ever work, because it is only what God gives to us in His Word and Sacrament that can satisfy the hungry and thirsty soul.
  10. This parable does its surprising work of turning everything upside-down, as Christ’s Kingdom always does.
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