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 […]

Genesis 18:1-14: Having the Last Laugh

Old Woman Laughing

Sarah is an old woman, almost 90 years old.  Her hair is a tired gray, lacking in luster.  Her skin is leathery from years of desert sun.  Many memories of joy fill her, but she still aches inside, empty and hollow, the promise of what could be, which never came. Her husband is a good […]

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

Tears

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 […]

Luke 10:25-37: Trying to Earn the Inheritance

Inheritance

Love God and love your neighbor.  What could be simpler?  You can condense the entire Law of God in one word: Love.  Is God’s Law that simple?  Not when the lawyers are through with it! A lawyer, an expert in the Torah, came up to Jesus to test Him.  That was his first mistake.  Test […]

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 […]

Jackie Roschi’s Funeral Sermon

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2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9 Hebrews 11:1-2, 35, 39-12:1-2 Luke 15:1-7   Jackie was an enigma to me.  I don’t mean as a friend but as a pastor.  We met a few years ago, and the specifics of our first meeting are now forgotten memories to me. Jackie was a neighbor and our paths often crossed.  […]

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. […]

Galatians 6:1-10: Reaping What Was Sown

Everything else being equal, a tried-and-true principle exists in this world: You reap the seeds you sow.  Do you want to harvest a wheat crop during the autumn?  You plant the seed in the spring, harvesting what you earlier planted. This principle is also true when it comes to the evil in life.  Someone who […]