Our Life with God, Lesson 12: Fasting

Fasting

In part of these lessons, we’ve used Matthew 6 as a template for the Christian life.  In that chapter, Jesus describes (not commands) what the life of being a disciple entails: helping the poor, praying, and fasting.  Jesus did not command them because such a living of the faith was so obvious that it He […]

Psalm 3

Shield with Sword

So, when you woke up this morning, did you arise as royalty?  Whether you felt like you were or not, Scripture says you are.  “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession” (1 Peter 2:9).  You are royalty.  You will reign with God in eternity after Christ returns on […]

Our Take on Purgatory, Pt. 2

Refining Fire

This is the concluding article on the Lutheran view of the Roman-Catholic doctrine of purgatory.   Continuing our look into the Roman-Catholic doctrine of purgatory, Rome teaches: All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death, they undergo purification, so as to achieve […]

Ruth: Lesson 6: The Redemption becomes Real!

Naomi holds Obed

Boaz has now cleared all the hurdles for him to redeem Ruth and Naomi, which will include marrying Ruth and bringing Naomi into his household as his mother.   The Witnesses Bless Boaz and Ruth Read Ruth 4:11 The Old Testament is full of patriarchs—but also matriarchs!  The Israelites loved their mothers—immediate and ancestral.  So, […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 11: Christian Prayer, Pt. 4: Prayers for the Sainted Dead

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After taking a look a one-lesson excursion on what it means to praise God, we again approach the topic of prayer.  Today, we examine the topic of praying for those who have died in the faith, whose souls are now in heaven.  Before we get to the “why,” we see if such praying is in […]

Luke 7:36-8:3: Generous Giving is not Accidental

Feast of Simon the Pharisee

Today, Scripture came to us and told us of a woman, a generous one.  She expressed a deep devotion and affection toward Jesus in her generosity, by anointing His feet with expensive perfume. Her story is relational.  Jesus loves her, and she responds with a deep love for Him.  Her story is inclusive, for Jesus […]

Ruth, Lesson 5: Redemption

Sandals

Ruth and Naomi are excited because Boaz pledged to redeem Ruth by marrying her.  But another, by God’s Old-Covenant Law, is a closer redeemer.  Boaz now goes to meet him to find out if he will fulfill his duty to care and provide for Naomi and Ruth.   Boaz Seeks to Redeem Ruth Deuteronomy 25:7-10: […]

Psalm 30: Weeping may lodge for the night, but joy comes in the morning

Psalm 30.5

How well did you sleep well last night?  Were you interrupted by some unexpected “visitor”?  Someone or something came to you in the early hours of the morning.  You tossed and turned, and sleep become a distant memory, even a stranger to you. This nighttime intruder is sinister.  He wakes you up and worms his […]

Our Life with God, Lesson 10: A Theology of Praise

Praise

We take a one-lesson excursion from our look into prayer into praising God (which also involves prayer).  Last week, a question was asked about what it means to praise God.  I answered, but I do not think I answered the question fully.  So, here we go!   Praising God Begins with God Being Present for […]

Ruth: Lesson 4: At the Threshing Floor

Ruth at Boaz Feet

Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi, now realizes that God was not against her but was caring for her even in her difficulties.  She is now excited that one of her redeemers (and thus, Ruth’s redeemer) is showing an interest in Ruth.  No longer “bitter,” Naomi now plans.  Ruth has now been working in Boaz’s field for about […]