Understanding Alzheimer’s

This is our pastor’s article for the September issue of our newsletter.   We are defective copies of imperfect copies of flawed copies.  Humanity’s fall into sin introduced, not only death but also physical decay and disease.  We admit as much every Sunday in our Confession of Sin: “We are by nature sinful” (LSB 151, 167). So,… [more]

Understanding Alzheimer’s Understanding Alzheimer’s

Luke 13:22-30: Are YOU Saved?

Convinced of being correct, with themselves as judge of right and wrong, Jewish men readied themselves for the fight.  Against whom were they fighting?  Other Jews.  Those from the School of Hillel, such as Saul, who later became the Apostle Paul, argued that every Jew would receive salvation.  Not so taught Shammai, the other leading school of… [more]

Luke 13:22-30: Are YOU Saved? Luke 13:22-30: Are YOU Saved?

Romans: Lesson 4: God Gives Salvation but also Judges

Paul is dealing with both Jewish works-righteousness and Gentile sinful license.  Against works-righteousness, he drew from Isaiah 51, affirming that salvation IS the righteousness of God.  Against sinful license, he adapted from the Apocrypha book of Wisdom as a foil to confront sin: If pagans have no excuse before God, how much more so for the Gentile… [more]

Romans: Lesson 4: God Gives Salvation but also Judges Romans: Lesson 4: God Gives Salvation but also Judges

Esther: Lesson 8: Mordecai’s Revenge

Haman’s plan to kill the Jews backfired and resulted in his death.  We also learned much about Mordecai and his character.  Though he is no Haman, he is both good and evil—and very self-serving!  Mordecai:  let Esther go to the palace, knowing she would be sent into a harem and become a “sex slave” (although very well treated) to the… [more]

Esther: Lesson 8: Mordecai’s Revenge Esther: Lesson 8: Mordecai’s Revenge

Luke 12.49-53, Hebrews 11:24-12:3: Eternal Peace

“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth?  No, I tell you, but division.”  We don’t expect such crazy-sounding talk from Jesus, the Prince of Peace, do we?  We expect Jesus to bring the family together—but He, instead, says something else.  He sets father against son, mother against daughter, and in-law against in-law. Is this the… [more]

Luke 12.49-53, Hebrews 11:24-12:3: Eternal Peace Luke 12.49-53, Hebrews 11:24-12:3: Eternal Peace