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 GivingA Disciplined Lent

 

Fasting, praying and almsgiving—the disciplines of Lent—characterize our life together during these forty days of repentance and renewal.  Instead of obsessing the disciplines themselves, though, perhaps our attention should be on Christ and what it means to be disciplined.  “The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives” (Hebrews 12:6 ESV).

 

Our fasting, prayer and almsgiving direct us to the joy of being received as sons by the Lord.  This happens to us through our baptisms into Christ Jesus’ death and resurrection.  His all-atoning sacrifice in obedience to the will of His Father not only models the discipline to which we aspire but purchased for us the very “reception as sons” that makes us inheritors of His life and salvation, giving us reason to rejoice even in our most painful moments.  Many people may want to be in Christ or belong to Christ but do not want the discipline associated with this grace-given status.  We are called to be different from them, to be less shallow and more hallowed.

 

Maybe our fast this year needs to be a rejection of self-reliance and self-focus that has us believing that our works merit God’s love and attention.  Maybe our almsgiving this year needs to be a giving of ourselves over to the will of our ever-disciplining Lord who knows what is best for us, even when we disagree with Him.  Maybe our prayer this year needs to be one to embrace the discipline of God as we practice the disciplines of Lent.  God is treating us as sons.  Let us not despise the hardship but embrace the holiness that He shares with us.  Discipline may not seem pleasant at first but it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

 

Repent.  Turn around.  Come to the Lord at His Holy Altar this Lent to receive His precious Body and Blood.  He comes constantly to us there.  Take up your cross and follow Him.  Do not be afraid of the pain of discipline in His service—no pain, no gain.  Look at what Jesus has purchased for us through His disciplined life.  There may be much that our Lord has in store for you to do and accomplish for the sake of others through your disciplined life.  Consider Christ who endured hostility and discipline so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.  It is for discipline that you endure.  It is worth it.  Embrace your identity as disciplined disciples of Christ.  Rejoice that He calls you sons—inheritors of His precious gifts.  Embrace the disciplines of Lent while you embrace discipline this Lent.

 

Peace and hope in Christ Jesus,

Pastor

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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.

 

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Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church

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The Bronx, NY 10466-1804

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