Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church - The Bronx, New York.  A Parish of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod where “God’s People Pray.”

The Rev. Dr. Dien Ashley Taylor, Pastor

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Moved from Fear to Joy: A Christmas Gift that Keeps GivingThe Best of Both Worlds: Living with Our Beautiful Inheritance

 

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;

indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. (Psalm 16:6 ESV)

 

Money-grubbing selfish people grovel over their loved ones’ possessions, hoping to outlive them to get what could be their inheritance.  They eye those pearl earrings.  They covet those expensive power tools.  They want that seaside timeshare.  In the end, though, in order to get the inheritance, their loved ones have to die.  It is as if to say, “This will only be yours over my dead body.”  Selfishness is quite sad.

 

Remarkably, though, Christians receive something far better.  The inheritance we receive is far more precious than hoops for the ears, tools for the chest or a house on the beach.  The inheritance that is given to us is eternal life, and that life comes to us in Jesus Christ.  True—it comes through His death.  He died for us on the cross in order to secure that inheritance for us.  And yet, we get the best of both worlds because He rose from the dead for us.  It is an inheritance given by His grace to us through His crucified and resurrected body.  That means that the inheritance that we receive comes through His living body in His Holy Word.  Not only do we get what we could never have deserved, but we get it for free and get to enjoy it without the guilt and anxiety that come with waiting for somebody to die.

 

And more, as the living Body of Christ in the world, we as the Church pass along that inheritance of forgiveness of sin, life and salvation constantly as we share Christ’s gifts with the world.  What a vocation for us as Christians!  As the living Body of Christ, every time we eat the Bread of Life and drink from the cup of salvation we are sharing His inheritance with the world.  Wet from our death and our new life in Holy Baptism, we get to lavish our new life in Christ right now.  We do not have to wait for someone else to die in order for us to enjoy it.  We revel in the beauty of the new heaven and the new earth with our living Lord who defeated death for us and share this newness of life graciously, liberally, and generously with our Father’s world.  That mystical and sweet communion with the One from whom we receive the gifts and with the ones with whom we share the gifts liberates us from selfishness and gives us many reasons for which to be thankful.

 

Indeed—the lines have fallen in pleasant places for us, dear Christian friends.  Life does not get better than new life in Jesus Christ.  Let us rejoice in this beautiful inheritance in Jesus Christ as we proclaim with great boldness, “Alleluia! Christ is risen.”

 

Peace and love,

Pastor

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Saturday Liturgy: 7PM

Sunday Liturgies: 8AM & 11AM

Wednesday Liturgy: 7:30PM

 

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A Brief History

By the mercy of Almighty God, Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Bronx, New York, was founded in 1928.

 

Members of St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Yonkers who lived in the Wakefield section of the Bronx in...

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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

4360 Rev. Theodore Wittrock Crossing

(Boyd and Barnes Avenues)

The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

Phone: 718.324.1288  -  Fax: 718.324.2056

 

Email: office@redeemerlutheranbronx.org

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