1. Five promises were seemingly all those apostles, staring into the sky, had to go on. Five promises that were more than enough.
  2. A “good death” and “good life” are not accomplished through personal striving but are grasped by faith in the promises of God.
  3. Finding rest in God when the “what ifs”come calling
  4. If Jesus did not rise, then religion is just religion — a mere anthropological phenomenon.
  5. Christ Jesus brings his word and presence to where you are and he is even willing to do so through the likes of your personally present pastor.
  6. Luther's emphasis on the need for sinners to have preachers who can provide them with the comfort and support they need for their faith in Jesus Christ and life is as relevant today as it was in his time.
  7. Predestination, Jim knew, is no longer a frightening doctrine of mystery when you understand that God makes his choice about you in the simple word of God, given from one sinner to another.
  8. The lesson of Malachi reveals God’s love for his people. When the people ask for proof of God’s love, he reminds them of their election.
  9. Help comes for those who cannot help themselves. When we bottom-out and come to the end of ourselves, that is where hope springs.
  10. Lord, today we remember...
  11. Our comfort in this seemingly endless age of crisis after crisis is the inexhaustible hope of Jesus’s reversal.
  12. Your loving Lord is not oblivious to your pain and sadness.
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