Good Shepherd Lutheran Church: Kingdom Come
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Clarifying that all in the congregation share a dual citizenship, that is in Texas and the USA as well as in God’s kingdom, was the explanative homily delivered by the Rev. Wally Schievelbein, pastor of Kenedy’s Good Shepherd Lutheran on the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost.

Unlike the Rio Grande River which forms the border for Mexico in Texas, we do not worry which country our citizenship is in. God has promised all who believe a place in eternity. We can rejoice knowing our names are written with God in heaven. We are a part of both “countries”: Texas and Heaven.

Passing through our time in Texas and the USA is like a vacation before we join God. What we do is important. How we live is important. These two factors reflect on what we will be in heaven.

Nothing can change our citizenship in heaven. Death is healing from the struggles within life. With death, the earthly vacation is over and we move to the kingdom where we belong. A child relates to his mother he knows what B-I-B-L-E means: Basic instruction before leaving earth.

In the gospel of Luke, Jesus appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place. Life is so much easier when we have someone to join us in the journey. People are created to do God’s work together. Relationships of all kinds are important to our well being. The church is a wonderful place to live out the beauty of relationships. In this place, we can join together in God’s mission for our lives and work as one.

We know where God is going to take us and those we love. We are not people who place all in this world. People are blessed and should hold their heads up. We are lifted by God’s promise. With the Spirit’s gift, we are empowered for the work of the ministry of God. While we battle hardship and danger on earth in exchange for the experience of great joy, we realize there is peace and healing ahead as signs that the reign of God is near.

Encourage those you encounter in daily lives to come to Good Shepherd Lutheran for worship with Pastor Wally Schievelbein on Sundays. The choice is for the 8:30 a.m Contemporary Service, the 9:45 a.m. Adult Sunday School or the 10:45 a.m. Traditional Service
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