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Archive for April 2nd, 2019

1. O little flock, fear not the Foe
Who madly seeks your overthrow;
Dread not his rage and power.
What though your courage sometimes faints,
His seeming triumph o’er God’s saints
Lasts but a little hour.

2. Be of good cheer; your cause belongs
To Him who can avenge your wrongs;
Leave it to Him, our Lord.
Though hidden yet from mortal eyes,
His Gideon shall for you arise,
Uphold you and His Word.

3. As true as God’s own Word is true.
Not earth nor hell with all their crew
Against us shall prevail.
A jest and byword are they grown;
God is with us, we are His own;
Our victory cannot fail.

4. Amen, Lord Jesus, grant our prayer;
Great Captain, now Thine arm make bare,
Fight for us once again!
So shall Thy saints and martyrs raise
A mighty chorus to Thy praise,
World without end. Amen.

Hymn #263 The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Luke 12:32

Reflection: A slightly different translation of this 16th Century hymn is in the Lutheran Service Book and it’s hymn number is 666. In our congregation, Concordia Lutheran Mission, we have commented on that number. As the number 13 is not used in some buildings, maybe orthodox hymnals should not use 666? Nah. Given the lyric, this is an appropriate number as it is the Church’s increasing struggle with the mark of the beast, the anti-Christ: Revelation 13:18. 1 John 2:18: Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come.Therefore we know that it is the last hour.” Hell’s crew are roaming seeking someone to devour and sadly they are finding the satanic fishing too good. The Church and the Rule of Christ have Christ as our champion. It does not seem that the Lord goes with us in the battle. In the older, more liberal Lutheran Book of Worship (ca. 1978), there is no hymn section “The Church Militant”. The hymn section for “The Church” was renamed “Community in Christ”: turning wine into water. Maybe too many Christians have not fought the good fight of faith because they have surrendered to the world and the flesh. The Lord cannot fight with us when Christians fight against Him…or if we think the fight is against flesh and blood. Our help is in the Name of the Lord who made heaven and earth. The Church who knows they are the Church, the harbinger and prophet of the Kingdom must pray:


Amen, Lord Jesus, grant our prayer;
Great Captain, now Thine arm make bare,
Fight for us once again!
So shall Thy saints and martyrs raise
A mighty chorus to Thy praise,
World without end. Amen.

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