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“’I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.’”  (Revelation 1:8, NIV)

To know God is to know that our past, present, and future are all securely in His care.

Our God is the beginning.  There was nothing — and no one — preceding Him.

Our God is the end. . . without end.  No one — and no thing — follows Him.

Therefore, we need not continue to lament the things of the past for which we’ve repented.  What may be losses to us have the potential for redemption when abandoned to the eternal plan of God.  – Luther

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“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring — those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.”  (Revelation 12:17, NIV)

The book of Revelation’s bold and graphic metaphors might discourage some of us from looking into it’s central message: The ultimate state of God’s creation.

The devil and his demons wage war against all that is of God.  Scripture tells us that the devil’s goal is to kill, steal, and to destroy.  He failed in his rebellion against God before the creation of the world.  He failed again in his efforts to keep Jesus from His mission to be the Redeemer of God’s creation.

As we await the return and “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (which is the the full title of the book we commonly know as “the book of Revelation”), the devil wages “war against the rest of her [the church’s] offspring”: Those who keep God’s commands and hold fast to their testimony about Jesus.

Each new day brings challenges to our commitment to obey God and to proclaim Jesus in deeds and in words.  Do not fear.  Do not fret.  Stand firm for all that is true, and good, and worthy of the approval of our heavenly Father.  – Luther

 

 

 

 

 

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“After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.  And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.’” (Revelation 7: 9-10, NIV)

Our society seems to become more fractured with each passing week.  With divisions along lines of race, sex, religion, political affiliation, social standing, national origin — and others — it would seem that there is possibility for a common ground on which to seek unity in the midst of our diversity.

In today’s reading, we see a unity that recognizes diversity.  We see a unity that transcends national origin, race, color, and language.  The source of this transcendent unity is our God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  As our Creator, God loves us all and desires that all of us accept His offer of salvation through the sacrifice of the Lamb that atones for our sin.

Do we love those who are not like us as God loves those who are not like us?  – Luther

 

 

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