The Preacher:

Born in Chicago just before the turn of the century, the Rev. Manfred E. Reinke has had long years in the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod). He had to decline a scholarship to Columbia University due to the early death of his father, and went on to Concordia to graduate before the institution conferred degrees. He has ministered in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and La Porte, Indiana, where for 30 years he has served St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. He has added more than 1,000 converts.

The Text:

And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

What extensive preparations were made last year in the United States and Canada when word came from England that Queen Elizabeth, the ruler of the British Empire, would visit the North American continent. Human ingenuity left nothing undone to give her a royal welcome. Police were detailed to guard her safety; officials greeted her with pomp and parade; guns roared in a salute of her majesty; huge sums of money were spent on extravagant entertainment; and all along the streets, bedecked with banners and bunting, thousand thousands stood or sat on camp chairs in order to catch a glimpse of the Queen. Every word she spoke, every dress she wore, every step she took, every place she visited was carefully noted and minutely ...

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