About Corey Aker

I am a pastor of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod in beautiful Sioux Falls, SD. I am a family man with a lovely wife and four wonderful children.

It Is Finished

“Jesus Said, “It is finished”, and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. (John 19:30)

 One might get the sense from Jesus’ final words from the cross that He was speaking about much more than His bitter sufferings. One would be correct! It is finished – the entire Old Testament is fulfilled in Christ! It is finished – every sacrifice that was ever made found it’s perfect fulfillment in the Ultimate sacrifice of Christ. It is finished – the glut of human history’s sin collected upon One Man and sent to hell. It is finished – the tide is turned once and for all from the evil and wickedness of the devil to the goodness and holiness of the Lord. It is finished – Jesus’ work of calling and gathering His sheep to Himself is made complete as He draws us to Himself through Holy Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, and His powerful Word! It is finished – the devil, the world, our sinful flesh, and death itself have all been undone! It is finished – salvation, restoration, new life, and eternity have been established for you! It is finished . . . it is done! Praise Jesus!

Jesus, bring us to Yourself through your death and resurrection. Amen.

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Lead Me

“Let Your Good Spirit lead me on level ground!” (Psalm 143:10b)

 Who do you follow? The advice of a trusted friend? President Trump on Twitter? Your local news team? A sibling or parent? Who is your leader? In our broken and backward way of being in America today, this is all about your politics. “You are who you vote for”, seems to be the way neighbors now relate to each other. The media share their truth, although always filtered in one direction or another. Friends and family, although generally on your side, can have a bad day now and then. Who do you follow?

As you know, there is no better leader than our Lord. As hard as it may be to actually do the good expected of us, and frequently though we may fall so short of the mark, the Lord’s guidance is always good and right. The leadership of the Holy Spirit always brings us back to Christ and His cross! For Christians, this is a well-worn path. From sin to repentance to forgiveness to restoration, all wrapped up in the love of Jesus! Christ be my leader!

Holy Spirit, lead me always back to Christ my Savior. Amen.