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Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9, Mark 13:24-37
We Christians who live in a world “born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. “(1 Peter 1:3) We who believe in the Risen Christ now wait for “the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (Titus 2:13).
The epistle lesson from 1 Corinthians assumes that the congregation in Corinth is basking in the light of the “living hope” and it refers to the blessed hope when the apostle declares that “you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The theology behind this is simple. If Jesus Christ is who his followers think he is, the Christ who appeared for the first time on the plane of human history in humility and hidden-ness, his true identity known only to a select few witnesses, and to faith, must of necessity appear a second time in power and in glory, visible to faith and unbelief alike.” Continue reading
Deut. 26:1 -15
Today we are looking at the origins of “Thanksgiving” as a Harvest Festival in Ancient Israel. These festivals were not just a celebration of “the first fruits” but the time that the people gave a tithe of their harvest. (See note). Continue reading
On Tuesday, November 17, 2020, Hurricane Iota slammed into Nicaragua’s northeastern coast, making landfall near Haulover, just south of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, as a category 4 storm with top winds at 155 mph. This is almost precisely the same spot that Hurricane Eta hit just two weeks ago. Extensive damage from life-threatening storm surge, high winds, and rain has affected Nicaragua and Honduras just to the north. Continue reading