Maranatha Mirror


Come, Oh Lord … Our Lord has come

Maranatha… A unique Aramaic term used once in scripture (1 Cor. 16:22).  Early Christians used it as both a prayer ‘maranâ thâ’ (מרנא תא, in Aramaic) “Come, Oh Lord” … and as a greeting or a declaration to other believers … ‘maran ‘athâ’ (מרן אתא), “Our Lord has Come”!  The Message version of the scriptures paraphrases maranatha beautifully as…                        

“Make room for the Master” 


Mirror… A call for us to reflect our living Lord as we carry the cross, living as people of his way; To be a reflection of his presence now and of his coming kingdom. 

We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces. And with no veil we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus . We are being transfigured into his very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another. And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.                                         

   2 Corinthians 3:18 TPT

Prayer … Oh, our precious Lord, you dwell in the hearts of your people. How amazing and wonderful you are. We call for your kingdom to come… Come Oh, Lord. May our daily loves reflect the beautiful gift you have given us, your life as a sacrifice.

May we make room for you,  our Master.

Maranatha friends

The Messages

The messages consist of shorter current messages, longer thought provoking messages, audio sermons, books and booklets. Click on the More Messages tab to reach the archives of hundreds of longer messages, some audio sermons, and dozens of books and booklets which are downloadable into different formats. Most of these are available in printed form and can be mailed upon request.

Purpose and Direction

Our prayer is that God continues to use this ministry to draw those who seek him into a deeper relationship with him so that they can reflect his amazing nature to others as they go out and make disciples. We pray this site be used to touch many. This ministry will not solicit funds or seek to grow just for the purpose of growth. In the future we would like to be a forum that includes the writings and testimonials of other believers.

The Author

The majority of the messages are currently written by a retired pastor who chooses to write either anonymously or under the pen name of Robert E. Burnell. Among his published works are "Escape from Christendom", "Set our Hearts on Fire", "What are We Waiting For?" and "Where to Lord".

Our Origins

Maranatha Mirror began as an outreach of Messiah Lutheran church in inner city Detroit. The messages were tracts, pamphlets, booklets, and books that were meant to draw seeking hearts into a deeper relationship with Christ. It grew out of the Messiah Bookroom…. (more to be inserted here, admin does not have enough knowledge of background). 

The following story is an edited and copied excerpt from Messiah Evangelical Church’s website. It’s a good way to tell the story of the origin of our ministry.

“In 1958, the pastor and author of the messages found on this site; accepted the call to serve as pastor  at Messiah Church; beginning what would be a thirty year commitment. The years 1958 through 1969 saw many changes and much fruit being born. More and more the church opened its doors to the local neighborhood and community and experienced a strengthening in its base of committed believers as members. Annual visitations of church members and others in need or open to the Gospel numbered into the thousands. Individual intercessory prayer on behalf of each member was encouraged. Strong proclamation of the Word of God in preaching and teaching and sincere worship of the Living Lord was the foundation upon which all hope for church growth was laid.

The decade of the ‘70s was one of harvest. Beginning with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit there was a fresh anointing of the congregation which many believe happened around Palm Sunday of 1970. This, coupled with a large influx of what was known as “Jesus People” in that same year caused a rebirth in the congregation that would forever impact this church.

Much of what had been regarded as standard church life and practice gave way to burgeoning nets filled with people. Young, long-haired anti-establishment types as many of their older, more mainline and conservative parents and relatives were being drawn into the kingdom as those in the dark being drawn to a great light. “A city on a hill cannot be hid,” it was preached: and so it was.

Black, white, Hispanic,
Jew and gentile,
Young and old,
Conservative and liberal,
Rich and Poor, Urban and suburban,
Were being forged into a new family of God at Messiah.

The rest of the decade continued as it began with a growing emphasis on “the priesthood of all believers,” outreach ministries, pastoral care and visitation by greater numbers of believers and supporting the work of the kingdom of God across superficial denominational and cultural differences.

The decade of the 80s brought even more emphasis on worship, committed service, outreach, and supporting other churches and ministries throughout the kingdom of God. Many members were recognized and “sent out” to begin or strengthen other churches or ministries. Many influenced by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Messiah received calls to be pastors, missionaries and servant/leaders in a variety of formal and informal ways. Instead of building a bigger church to handle the increase, beautiful, gifted and called believers were constantly being gleaned from the congregation.”




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