Acts, Lesson 19: Paul’s Second Missionary Journey Ends and His Third One Begins

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Paul had preached on the Areopagite in Athens and some “joined him and believed.” Paul then travels to Corinth, the capital of the Roman province of Achaia (Greece). Silas and Timothy join him later. In Corinth Read Acts 18:1-4 Corinth: In Paul’s day, Corinth was a city known for its moral depravity. It was a […]

Reformation: Remaining in Jesus

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“We hold that someone is justified by faith, apart from the works of the law” (Romans 3:28). Can it get any clearer than that? All have sinned and continue to fall short of God’s glory, but they are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Romans 3:23-24). “Freely” means […]

The Promise of Entering God’s Rest -vs- the Fear of God

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Hebrews 4:1: Therefore, let us fear so that, while the promise of entering God’s rest still stands, none of you will fail to reach it.   Fear of God “The fear of the LORD” is a key idea throughout Scripture. In Hebrew, the word y’rah is usually translated as “fear.” And y’rah can mean to […]

Acts, Lesson 18: Paul’s Second Missionary Journey, Part 2 (with Silas, Timothy, and Luke)

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Paul and Silas, after being freed from prison, leave town as directed. Still on their missionary journey, they make their way to Thessalonica. Unlike Philippi, Thessalonica had a synagogue and established community of Jews, which was about 100 miles from Philippi. It had a population of about 200,000 people, was the capital of Macedonia, and […]


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This is an article by Pr. Burnell Eckardt, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois. Looking back on how his congregation dealt with the flu epidemic of 1918, he reflects on the reality of the Ebola virus having made its way on to our shores. Although everything he writes does not apply to […]

Isaiah, chapter 45: God Hides Himself

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150 years before his birth, the prophet Isaiah foretold of him, told us his name, and the tasks that God had chosen for him to do. His name was Cyrus. Cyrus was the only Gentile whom God spoke of as “His anointed.” Using a Hebraic expression, “the right hand,” God said that He had grasped […]

The Relation between the Tree of Life and the Sacraments

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The Two Trees Note: In this lesson, the translations from Genesis are your pastor’s. He has done this, hoping you can you get a better “feel” of the poetic language in the Hebrew text.  Genesis 2:9: And YHWH, God, made sprout from the soil every tree that was pleasing to the eye and good for […]

Acts: Lesson 17: Paul’s Second Missionary Journey (with Silas, Timothy, and Luke)

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After James, the Bishop of Jerusalem, presided over the Church’s first council, Paul decided to visit the congregations in Asia Minor to “see how they are.” But after having a disagreement with Barnabas about John Mark (who would later be the writer of the Gospel of Mark), Paul and Barnabas choose not to travel together. […]

Infant Communion and the CTCR’s Response

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This is a theological paper that our pastor originally presented at his circuit winkel in November 2011.  It looks at infant communion from the Scriptures and also from within the history of the Church.  To open or save the Word document, click on the link below. Infant and Early Communion, with Appendix On September 13, 2014, the Lutheran […]

Matthew 21:23-27: It All Comes Down to Authority

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The religious leaders asked Jesus, “By what authority are You doing these things? Who gave You this authority?” There, they said it! In that question, they asserted that Jesus didn’t have the authority to do what He was doing. After all, THEY were the religious authorities, and they didn’t give Jesus permission to do what […]