Romans, Lesson 1: Introduction

Paul Writing

  Author Paul, through a scribe he used, named Tertius: [From] Paul, a slave of Christ Jesus… (Romans 1:1) I, Tertius, who wrote this letter, greet you in the Lord (Romans 16:22). Paul normally used a scribe, like Tertius.  The cost of producing a letter of exceptional length, like Romans, was expensive.  A scribe could […]

Esther, Lesson 5: Going to See the King

Esther Readies Herself to See the King

Confronted by Mordecai’s veiled threat that Esther will not survive Haman’s purge of the Jews, Esther decides to act.  She will go see Ahasuerus unannounced, which can mean execution if he is not pleased by her showing up without earlier approval.  Both Mordecai and Esther prepare.  What we now explore are the prayers of Mordecai […]

Esther, Lesson 4: Haman’s Plot against the Jews goes into Effect: What Will Esther do?

Hamans Plot to destroy the jews

Both Mordecai and Haman had a hatred for each other, which went back to the days of Agag and Saul, ancestors of Haman and Mordecai.  Mordecai refused to bow down to Haman, which was the expected honor given to the king’s officials.  Haman responds out of proportion to Mordecai’s lack of respect, wanting to rid […]

How We Got the New Testament

This is part two on the lesson in adult catechesis on how we got the Bible.  Click here if you want to go to the Old-Testament Lesson.   The Early Church We looked at how we got the Old Testament.  The Church met in council to state which books were Scripture because three traditions had […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 17: Evangelism, Part 5 and Conclusion

Jumping for Joy

We’ve looked at both the “yes” and the “no” of evangelism, removing misconceptions but also having Scripture point us anew when it comes to confessing Christ to others.  In this lesson, we will finish with the “yes” of evangelism, of bringing the evangel, the Word of Jesus to another.   You Can’t Fail Pr. Heath […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 16: Evangelism, Part 4


Evangelism is bringing Jesus and what He did and does to save us to another.  Someone never outgrows his need for the evangel, for salvation is more than a one-time event.  The Christian speaks Jesus to another because of who he is in Christ.  It is also what each Christian does to help gather God’s […]

Esther, Lesson 3: Haman Plots the Destruction of the Jews

Mordecai and Haman

Esther enters the king’s court and after Ahasuerus spends the night with her, she becomes his favorite.  We now hear more specifics of what being in the harem of the king entailed.   Outline     Esther Meets the King Read Esther 2:12-14 “She was given whatever she desired”: Part of being a royal concubine […]

How We Got the Old Testament

Apocrypha (610x350)

This lesson is part of adult catechesis after studying the Small Catechism.  It in, we look at how we received what we call the Old Testament.  Warning: This may be upsetting, for Church history does not affirm the content of the Old Testament that most read today. —————- As a frame of reference, we start […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 15: Evangelism, Part 3

Bucket Brigade

The Evangel is the “good news” of what Jesus did and does to save us.  Evangelism is the speaking (and bringing) of what Jesus did and does to save us.  Pastors and laypersons both do this, each according to their vocations. Understanding the nature of salvation (was saved, being saved, and will be saved), one […]

Esther: Lesson 2: Ahasuerus (Xerxes) Deposes Vashti and Esther enters the Court

Esther and Xerxes

Last week, we read of Mordecai’s dream, which only come to us in the Septuagint, the Greek-language Old Testament of Jesus and His Apostles.  The dream foreshadowed the events that would later take place in the rest of Esther.     The Greatness of Xerxes (Ahasuerus) Read Esther 1:1-2 The Persian Empire had several capitals. […]