A Few Thoughts From/On Today's Sermon
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."
The Gospel = we are presented before God as blameless, without fault and with joy.
Stand firm in the storm. Our present circumstances, good or bad, do not dictate God's presence. He is present always: Our anchor in the storm, our solid rock, our firm foundation.
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!"
All glory, praise, honor, authority, power, and worship is due to God. No one and nothing else comes within a comparable scope. He is the saving God, the one true God, our creator and sustainer.