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Christ—Our Fortress In Heaven In 2-0-1-7

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help…” – Psalm 46

Reformation 500th Anniversary
+1517—2017+

“…no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”  

1 Corinthians 2:11 – ESV 

It’s the thought that counts…

     That, of course, is a tried-and-true, end-of-December saying!  And it is most certainly true—and not just when you’re trying to explain that newly unwrapped Christmas gift!!

     Look one more time at the heading above.  One last time we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.  All year long we’ve been reminded in wonderful and powerful ways that God is our refuge, strength, mighty Fortress, and more.  And, as the 1 Corinthians passage—also above—reminds us, God is high above us, beyond our reach spiritually, physically, mentally, eternally, and more!  Recall Isaiah 55:8-9, where God reminds us that His thoughts are not our thoughts; they are higher—way higher—than ours!  So what does He do!?  He reaches down; He comes down.  He steps in—to forgive and save—in Jesus!

     Here we are once again—on the threshold of our joyful celebration of the Incarnation of Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world.  Here we do, indeed, get brought into the thinking and action of God regarding His plan of salvation.  Luther’s hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, sings it well in verse four:  “The Word they still shall let remain…”  And that is because the Word is GOD…Himself…having become human flesh in order to become our Redeemer and Lord.  

     A more recent Christmas song, John Rutter’s Nativity Carol, puts it this way:  
     “Love in that stable was born, into our hearts to flow.
          Innocent, dreaming Babe, make me Thy love to know.”

     One more time, recall verse 10 of Psalm 46:  “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Christmas is a time for being still…to know the depth of God’s love for us.  It’s also a time for loud and festive Worship and celebration.  God’s rich blessings to you and yours as you do it all this Christmas season!  From my family to yours, a blessed, holy, and merry Christmas!  I look forward to being with you in God’s house for the many times we will Worship and celebrate together!

In Christ, our Fortress,
Pastor Don Fraker

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