One of Jesus’ promises to His church before His ascension was, “Behold, I am always with you, even unto the end of the age.” (Mat. 28:20). He is with us where He has promised to be–in His Word. Our Lord assures us, “Behold, heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall never pass away.” (Mat. 24:35). Indeed, Peter confessed to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life!” (John 6:68).
We keep hearing people say that we are living in an unprecedented time and that is true, no one in this generation has ever had to socially distance themselves in the fashion we are today. However, we also live in unprecedented time for our faith. The Word that draws us towards Christ is more available than anytime before. It’s a good bet that the Gospel was preached via video and livestream at record levels for the Internet this past Sunday. We can give thanks to God for the technologies we have and how we can draw close to Jesus and hear His words which never fail to comfort us and strengthen our hope in difficult times.
I encourage you to take a moment to look at some of the resources available to you. You may find that this time has afforded you an opportunity to start a new discipline of hearing the words of eternal life more frequently from some of these sources.
KFUO is the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s radio station. Broadcasting in Saint Louis it is available over the Internet at www.kfuo.org. KFUO offers music, talk programs, Bible Studies, devotions, and worship. You can stream the live audio or listen to previously recorded programming on their website.
LPR offers sacred music for the world. You don’t have to miss your favorite Lenten or Easter hymns as LPR follows the Church Year.
Lutheran Public Radio also produce Lutheran Talk Radio more commonly known as Issues Etc. Host Todd Wilken and his guests discuss a myriad of topics from Bible Studies, sermons, and current events. They also broadcast chapel services from Concordia Seminary Fort Wayne each morning. You can listen live, on-demand, or to there continuous stream of show content.
Reading and praying the Small Catechism is an important and helpful devotional practice. Concordia Publishing House has made the text of the Small Catechism available online and in iOS and Android apps.
We print these devotions and have them available in our bulletins every Sunday, however you can also download them. These devotions are perfect for individual and family use. Reading an Around the Word devotion in about 15-20 minutes is a great way to start or end your day.
Formerly known as “Worship for Shut-ins”, Worship Anew offers Lutheran worship services each Sunday.