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.

A Voice Sounds Forth

He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. (Colossians 1:18)

The Only-begotten Son of God is also the firstborn son of Mary (who incidentally was a virgin at the time of His birth) and is the firstborn from the dead! Before the creation song sounded forth, the Son of God was there! As the voice of God hearkened and beckoned forth everything from ants to anteaters, pelicans to petunias, the Word of God rang through the dales. After the proclamation of God’s design was made known to a young girl, the Word of God became flesh and was born into our world. Sinful men could not abide the Words of love they were hearing so they silenced Him. But the Word of God will not be silenced – from the grave once again rang the voice of our Creator. A voice that sings out to this day in His churches!

Word of God, speak! Amen!

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Life-Grip of Jesus

I give them [My sheep] eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28)

In the season of gift giving you’d be hard pressed to out-give Jesus! Having already given us the great gift of Himself, we dig down to the bottom of the gift bag and find, lying beneath a bit of tissue paper, one more precious gift from Jesus: eternal life! How could we have missed it!? There it was, wrapped up in the death and resurrection of Jesus! There it is, one more promise of life without end. A promise that those who are in Christ shall not perish! That Christ absolutely refuses to ever let you go. “No one will snatch them out of my hand,” He boldly proclaims. Almost sounds like a death-grip, but not quite. No, this one is a life-grip. Jesus grabs hold of us with the only hand that can pull us from death to life!

Good Shepherd, hold on to me. Amen.