What is wrong with being ready?
Thomas R. Kamprath,
Immanuel Lutheran Church
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[December 10, 2012]
I'm so thankful to have this
opportunity to write to you out there on this occasion. If you knew
me, and where the Lord has taken me over the years, to be sitting
here addressing you, let me just say, "Thank you, Jesus." The Lord
has sent angels every day to lead my way, putting me in places where
my gifts can shine.
So, having said that, what do I say to you here at the beginning of
the Advent of our Lord Jesus to empower you? While enjoying the
beauty of each vision of God's glory before me and taking every
opportunity to be firm and faithful to our Lord Jesus and to serve
our Lord Jesus, king of the universe ... what can I write to you to
give you an edge? Especially now, given all the information and
predictions that the end of time is right around the corner.
we all need to heed the call. If the end of the world is right
around the corner before us, is there a better time than now to get
ready for that fateful day? I'm really not about all that, nor do I
want to be yet another harbinger or herald proclaiming the end time.
However, being the Christian existentialist that I am, why not just
bring it on? What is wrong with being ready, with being prepared?
Why not help the poor man who has no shoes with a pair of socks,
too? Why not treat each other like they are Jesus coming?
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Let me proclaim and be a sign to you that indeed the Savior is
coming because he has come ... born in the manger. Be looking for
Jesus as a child of God. Oh, and get ready for the greatest thing
[By Pastor THOMAS R. KAMPRATH,
Immanuel Lutheran Church]