All Saints: Tobit 3:7-8, 7:10-12; Revelation 7:9-17; Matthew 22:23-29: Who’s Doing the Counting?

All the counting in Scripture.  On its first page, the words, “In the beginning” ring out, commencing the count.  So tabulate the days as they unfold.  “The evening came and morning followed—the first day” all the way to “the seventh day” when the Creator “finished his work” (Genesis 1:5, 2:2). Much later, after recounting so […]

Isaiah 26:19: All Saints

Unless Christ returns first, we will all face death.  Experience teaches us this truth.  Death is even more certain than taxes.  Our experience on earth, however, cannot tell us what follows death.  Here’s where faith comes in, for faith believes to be true what your experience cannot tell you.  Beyond death, God reveals little. God […]

Revelation 7:9-17: Now and Not Yet, but also with the Saints and Archangels

If you look at the Church with the eyes of your body, the Church can often be a despicable mess. Think of how one hymn describes her: “Though with a scornful wonder the world sees her oppressed, by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed” (LSB 644, stanza 3). And that hymn doesn’t even mention the […]

All Saints’: Matthew 5:1-12

The kingdom of this world is like a man who goes off to war.  He fights for his homeland, but soon his enemies capture him.  They strip him and beat him, leaving him half-dead, a prisoner in a large prisoner of war camp, filled with thousand of others. The prison camp is like a small, […]