Posts by Jo Witt

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Second Sunday in Advent

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Come, Lord Jesus!—As Judge When Jesus comes back as judge, everyone will face a binary outcome. Either they will be judged righteous and experience the peace and joys of Paradise. Or they will be judged wicked and suffer unquenchable fire (Matthew 3). John the Baptist’s job was to point to the […]

First Sunday In Advent

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Come, Lord Jesus!—As King Why would the Church Year begin with a gospel reading that describes an event near the very end of Jesus’ life—his entry into Jerusalem at the start of Holy Week? Because the events of Palm Sunday serve as a perfect summary of the entire plan of salvation. […]

Last Sunday of the Church Year

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Scripture Produces Certainty For The Waiting Jesus promised, “I am coming soon” (Second Reading). But what does soon mean to the one who is the Alpha and Omega, the eternal God? We do not know. We want Christ to return quickly, because we know the Last Day will be a day […]

Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Judgment Produces Perseverance For The Suffering Our world is full of victims of abuse, violence, and oppression. In many cases, this evil goes unnoticed or unpunished. Injustice can drive victims in two possible directions. They can be filled with despair over the unfairness of the situation. Or they can be filled […]

All Saints’ Day

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Blessings Produce Joy For Those Who Seem Cursed We believe in “the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints.” All with saving faith in Jesus as their Savior are holy. (Saint comes from the Latin word sanctus which means holy.) God grants the status of saint to all believers. Since sainthood […]

The Festival of the Reformation (Observed)

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Truth Produces Freedom We value freedom and strive to protect freedoms. But do we truly understand freedom? Freedom for many means doing what you want without control or coercion. Jesus helps us to understand true freedom: “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know […]

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: The Law Produces Total Dependence Last week we heard Jesus ask, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). As we consider Jesus’ question, it might be easy to assume that any decrease in faith we observe in the world corresponds with an increase […]

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Promises Produce Persistence In Prayer Disciples of Jesus need to learn how to pray. We need Jesus to teach us to ask for those things which our Father in heaven promises us. We need to pray for what he wants for us more than what we want from him. However, learning […]

Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Generosity Produces Gratitude Gratitude is the appreciation and thankfulness we feel when someone does something kind to us or for us. There are two key factors that influence the intensity of gratitude. First, there is the deservedness factor. Say you do a favor for your neighbor, picking up his mail when […]

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

by Jo Witt

Theme of the Day: Increased Faith Increases Duty; Increased Duty Increases Delight Look up “duty” in the dictionary. It’s defined as “something that one is expected or required to do.” Look up “duty” in a thesaurus. Some of its synonyms: chore, burden, obligation, work. “Duty” can carry some strong negative connotations. Now, consider this. In […]