The Lutheran Church and Purgatory, Pt. 1

This is our pastor's newsletter article for the June 2016 issue of our congregational newsletter. Last month, we looked the body’s resurrection and the intermediate state of our souls being in heaven until Jesus calls forth our bodies on the Last Day. The Roman-Catholic Church also believes in an intermediate state of existence for heaven-bound… [more]

The Lutheran Church and Purgatory, Pt. 1 The Lutheran Church and Purgatory, Pt. 1

Our Life with God, Lesson 8: Christian Prayer, Pt. 2

Last week, we looked at the Lord’s Prayer as a model prayer and a prayer to say verbatim.  Today, we continue looking into why we pray when our Father knows what we need ever before we pray—and other topics.   Why Pray?  “Grace Alone” Jesus doesn’t command prayer (just like He doesn’t command helping the poor or fasting). … [more]

Our Life with God, Lesson 8: Christian Prayer, Pt. 2 Our Life with God, Lesson 8: Christian Prayer, Pt. 2

John 8:48-59: Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity

The Trinity is all over the Scriptures.  In the first book of the Bible, Genesis describes God the Father speaking the Word as the Spirit hovered over the waters of the deep.  In the last book of the Bible, Revelation describes the Lamb, Jesus, who was slain but now alive.  He sits enthroned at the right hand of the Father, and the Spirit flows like… [more]

John 8:48-59: Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity John 8:48-59: Trinity in Unity and Unity in Trinity

Ruth, Lesson 2: From Moab to Bethlehem

Last week, Naomi told her two daughters-in-law—twice—not to come with her to Israel.  We now find out their response after they both earlier said they still wanted to go. Read Ruth 1:14 What do Orpah and Ruth respond?   “Cling”: Hebrew, dabaq, meaning to “cleave”, “cling”, or “hold fast to” a person or thing. With… [more]

Ruth, Lesson 2: From Moab to Bethlehem Ruth, Lesson 2: From Moab to Bethlehem

Acts 2:38: Pentecost Today = Preaching and Delivering Forgiveness

Fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead, ten days after He ascended, 120 Christians huddle together.  They wait for Jesus, for Him to fulfill His promise to send the Spirit.  Without warning, a mighty wind, the breath of God, fills the room where they wait.  They look and see moving, flickering tongues of fire dancing atop each person’s head. Swept… [more]

Acts 2:38: Pentecost Today = Preaching and Delivering Forgiveness Acts 2:38: Pentecost Today = Preaching and Delivering Forgiveness