How does God bring people to Himself? God raises people from spiritual death to spiritual life in Christ by the power of the Gospel. Luther reminds and encourages us in this devotional reading. Blessed Epiphany! Carl
LESSON: MATTHEW 2:1-12
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1
The admonition to “arise” is without doubt spoken to one who has not arisen, that is, to one who is lying asleep, or is dead. I think St. Paul had this passage in mind when he said in Ephesians, “It is said, ‘Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light’.” Ephesians 5:14.
Without doubt Christ is the “light” of which Isaiah speaks here, the light which through the Gospel shines forth throughout the whole world and gives light to all men who arise and desire Him.
But who are these sleepers and dead men? Without a doubt they are all those who are in subjection under the Law, for they are all dead through sin. They also include those who are dead, who disregard the Law and live a free life without the restraints of the Law.
The work-righteous are the sleepers who do not feel any shortcomings at all. Neither of these two groups pays much attention to the Gospel. They keep on in their sleep and a life which is nothing but death. The Spirit must awaken them so that they see and recognize the light.
There is a third group who feel the Law biting their conscience: they also long for grace and sigh for the Gospel; they also see to it that the Gospel comes and is given to men; they proclaim it, like Isaiah, to awake the sleepers and those who are dead so that they may accept the light. SL.XII 288,4-5
PRAYER: Shine in our hearts, 0 Lord, with true Epiphany light, that we, through this light, may at all times be a true light in this world to all our fellowmen. Amen.
[From page 48 of Luther for the Busy Man, translated by Dr. P.D. Paul, Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide, South Australia, 1974. Luther portrait from Wikipedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Martin_Luther_by_Cranach-restoration.tif]
- Update on Carl’s Back Surgery
- Ted’s Schooling and Deborah’s Call to Concordia Lutheran High School
- Paul’s Ordination
- Updates on Paul, Stacy and new son Andrew; James and Megan; Scott, Becky and Eli
- Carl’s New Writing Project
- Stand Fast for Jesus
- Prayer Requests
Our love in Christ,
Carl and Deborah
My back surgery and hospital stay went well. I am now home for recovery. We appreciate your prayers that the healing will go well during this 3-6 month process.
In Christ, Carl
Christmas and New Year’s Greetings to you from the Carl and Deborah Rockrohr clan.
We were blessed to have all four children and their families together with us on December 28.
From bottom of stairs ascending: Carl, Deborah, Baby Eli, Rebecca & Scott (Johnson), Stacy & Paul, Megan & James, and Ted.
Prayer requests are Carl’s back surgery scheduled for January 13 and his 3-6 month recovery. Also, both Carl and Deborah need full-time calls/employment.
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Enjoy some photos below – I especially like the photos of Ted now touching the ceiling for the first time contrasted to Eli sitting for the first time (tallest and shortest in the clan).
In Christ, Carl
Photo: Rockrohr Family July 4, 2014
August-September Newsletter Available
- Return to the USA
- Family Events (Wedding, Ordination, Deaconess Commissioning)
- Future Ministry
- Prayer Requests
- Thank you for your interest and support!
Photo: Sword Arch after Jim and Megan’s Wedding
Photo: Mekane Yesus Seminary School of Theology Staff
This issue includes:
- Photos of activities and people at Mekane Yesus Seminary
- Ministry changes for Carl and Deborah
- Rockrohr Summer visitation schedule
- Photos of our new grandson and baptism
This month’s topics include:
– Reflection on ministry in Ghana 20 years ago
– Summer visitation Schedule
God bless your day!
Photo: LCMS Missionaries from South Africa, Ghana, Togo, Kenya, Guinea, and Ethiopia; and Rev. Dr. Collver. Not pictured: Missionary Phil Jaseph of Kenya took the picture.
Photo: Rev. Dr. William Schumacher from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis has joined Carl and Deborah for two months to teach two MA systematic theology courses. He is the Director of Institute for Mission Studies and Mission Associate Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Seminary.
Photo: Deborah overlooks the Akaki River in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. About 1 mile downstream from this bridge the river runs alongside Mekane Yesus Seminary where we live and work.
Our February newsletter is available for download.
Photo is of meeting between LCMS President Matthew Harrison and Dr. Al Collver (Assistant to the President for Church Relations) and the Management Committee of the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus. Carl and Deborah were able to attend the meetings.