Acts 2:41-44: The Fulfilled Synagogue and Temple in the Divine Service

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Long ago, in ages past, the Creator remembered, recalling the promise He made to Abraham.  “Through [Abraham, God will bless], all the people of the earth” (Genesis 12:3).  So, years later, the Almighty enlists a Hebrew man raised in an Egyptian household, Moses.  Through him, the remembering God rescues these descendants of the promise, using […]

Romans, Lesson 26: What Those in Christ Have

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The stronger brother is chided not to abuse his Christian freedom toward the weaker brother (Romans 14:13-21), for what does not proceed from faith is sin (Romans 14:23).  Apart from faith, everything a person does is tainted with sin and, thus, not perfect enough to merit anything before God.  So, we turn to Christ to […]

What is the Church?

Font and Altar

Here is our pastor’s newsletter article for April 2017.   In the Nicene Creed, from the original Greek, we confess, “We believe in… one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.”  What is this Church?  The Augsburg Confession, which we affirm as a Lutheran congregation, also gives us a definition.  “The Church is the assembly of saints where […]

The Passion and the People: Caiaphas

Caiaphas interrogating Jesus

John 11:45-53: Pragmatism During the Passover   In our Lord’s killing, who plays the most active part in His death?  Many take part, and without their involvement, Jesus will not die.  Still, one man sets the death train in motion—Caiaphas.  Without him, many others will be without a role to fulfill. The High Priest, Caiaphas, holds […]

Psalm 136:1-16: God’s Chesed

Chesed

The highest mountain in the world, Everest, stands.  The majestic mountain remains unmoved before your birth and after your death.  So permanent in our minds is this tallest peak, stamping itself into our pathway of neurons.  Still, we are left wanting when comparing Everest to the Creator.  The eternal mystery of God’s being is older […]

The Passion and the People: Nicodemus

Nicodemus and Jesus

John 3:1-9, 14-16: From Bystander to Believer   With Jesus crucified, the Apostle John identifies Nicodemus as “the man who earlier visited him at night” (John 19:39).  So, we travel back to their first meeting to learn of Nicodemus.  “A man from the Pharisees and a ruler of the Jews, Nicodemus, came to Jesus one […]

Romans, Lesson 25: The Proper Understanding and Use of Christian Freedom

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In “judgment” over the congregation at Rome, the Apostle Paul told them “not to judge.”  For “we will all stand before the judgment seat of God… then each of us will give an account of himself to God” (Romans 14:10, 12).   Paul was not contradicting himself but operating from this worldview: God gives us different […]

Romans, Lesson 24: Who Authorizes You to Judge?

Judge

After dealing with the topic of paying taxes, about not owing the Government taxes, Paul now transitions to a new topic through the word, “owe.”   True Love Fulfills All Read Romans 13:8 Paul starts out, “No one, no one owe,” using command, imperative language. How can someone “no one, no one owe”?   What […]

Genesis 32:22-30: Best of Luck or Blessing?

Best of Luck

A saying we use in our everyday lives is “Best of luck.”  Through those words, we wish another well—whether on the phone, at work, or somewhere else.  The idea behind a blessing is to encourage.  Still, do you wonder what “luck” is?  In wishing another “the best of luck,” you are voicing a belief in […]

The Passion and the People: Peter

Peter and Malchus

John 18:4-11: Not by Sword but Cross Perhaps, you faced some inconvenience to be here today.  Did you miss a TV show or needed to change a mealtime?  The food may still be waiting for you when you step back into your home.  Perhaps, you scurried to finish some task to arrive here on time. […]