Our ladder (way) to heaven is none other than Jesus Christ.

BibleGateway: Genesis 28:10-16

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ESV Text: Genesis 28:10-16

Genesis 28:10–16

Jacob’s Dream

10 Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder1 set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13 And behold, the LORD stood above it2 and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14 Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”

Footnotes

[1] 28:12 Or a flight of steps

[2] 28:13 Or beside him

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 28

     10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

     16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.(KJV)


Hymn: WS 778:
Grace Has a Thrilling Sound

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1. Grace has a thrilling sound  
To each believer’s ear;  
That peace with God through Christ is found  
Is news I gladly hear.  
Grace first devised the way  
To save our fallen race;  
The Father sent His only Son  
Who came to take our place. 

2. Grace first inscribed my name  
In God’s eternal book,  
And grace has brought me to the Lamb,  
Who all my sorrows took.  
Grace led my wand’ring feet  
To tread the heav’nly road,  
And grace supplies each hour I meet  
While pressing on to God. 

3. Grace taught my soul to pray  
And made my eyes o’erflow;  
His grace has kept me to this day  
And will not let me go. Grace 
all our Work shall crown  
Through everlasting days;  
The heav’nly home God gives His own  
Shall echo with our praise. 


Hymn: TLH 374:
Grace! ‘Tis a Charming Sound

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1. Grace! ‘Tis a charming sound, 
Harmonious to the ear; 
Heaven with the echo shall resound, 
And all the earth shall hear. 

2. Grace first contrived the way 
To save rebellious man, 
And all the steps that grace display 
Which drew the wondrous plan. 

3. Grace first inscribed my name 
In God’s eternal book; 
‘Twas grace that gave me to the Lamb, 
Who all my sorrows took. 

4. Grace led my wandering feet 
To tread the heavenly road; 
And new supplies each hour I meet 
While pressing on to God. 

5. Grace taught my soul to pray 
And made mine eyes o’erflow; 
‘Twas grace that kept me to this day 
And will not let me go. 

6. Grace all the work shall crown 
Through everlasting days; 
It lays in heaven the topmost stone 
And well deserves the praise. 


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Good news! Your salvation is near! Therefore put away the deeds of darkness and live like children of the day.

BibleGateway: Romans 13:8-14

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ESV Text: Romans 13:8-14

Romans 13:8–14

Fulfilling the Law Through Love

Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12 The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

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KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 13
8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

     11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. 13 Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 60:
Hark, a Thrilling Voice is Sounding

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1. Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding! 
“Christ is nigh!” we hear it say; 
“Cast away the works of darkness, 
O ye children of the day!” 

2. Startled at the solemn warning, 
Let the earth-bound soul arise; 
Christ, her Sun, all sloth dispelling, 
Shines upon the morning skies. 

3. Lo, the Lamb, so long expected, 
Comes with pardon down from heaven. 
Let us haste, with tears of sorrow, 
One and all, to be forgiven, 

4. That, when next He comes with glory 
And the world is wrapped in fear, 
He may shield us with His mercy 
And with words of love draw near. 

5. Honor, glory, might, dominion, 
To the Father and the Son, 
With the everlasting Spirit, 
While eternal ages run! 


Hymn: LSB 411 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light
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