Psalm 6

Structure This psalm has a four-part pattern.  The psalm’s first part consists of 24 words in the Hebrew, which make up the first three verses.  The second part contains 15 words, made up of two verses.  Part three is, again, 24 words, consisting of three verses.  The final part comprises 15 words, the last two verses. Looking at the structure… [more]

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1 King 17:7-16, Mark 12:38-44, 1 Timothy 6:17-19: Christ’s Stewardship for Us

The problem with the money in our lives is not the money, but how we handle it.  We think, “Now if only we had more money, we could live!”  We believe wealth can make us “take hold of the life that is real.” But we leave God out of the picture.  We turn gold into a false god, a little idol, which becomes more important than God.  Scripture… [more]

1 King 17:7-16, Mark 12:38-44, 1 Timothy 6:17-19: Christ’s Stewardship for Us 1 King 17:7-16, Mark 12:38-44, 1 Timothy 6:17-19: Christ’s Stewardship for Us

Romans, Lesson 6: Circumcision and the Christian

The overall culture in the church at Rome is one of division between the Jewish and Gentile Christians.  The Jews want the Gentiles to follow the Old-Covenant rituals, as they do.  The Gentiles saw this as no longer needed, being fulfilled by Christ.  A resultant casualty of this rejection was also a rejection of the Law to censure someone.  “If… [more]

Romans, Lesson 6: Circumcision and the Christian Romans, Lesson 6: Circumcision and the Christian

The “Lament” Psalms, Lesson 1: Introduction

The “lament” psalms are a group of psalms that grieve, and or complain, expressing deep sorrow for the travails of a person or nation (Israel).  The psalms also ask for God’s blessing or intervention. We find few psalms with a happy disposition.  Many are laments, which grumble to God about some experience of trouble, which also meditates… [more]

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The “Yes” of Sex

Adult catechesis at SOTHLC begins with a study of the Small Catechism.  After that, the instruction is individualized based on one's questions, experiences, and the "baggage" he brings with him.  This lesson is part of that individualized instruction.   From conception on, each human is a sexual being created male or female in the image… [more]

The “Yes” of Sex The “Yes” of Sex