Understanding New-Covenant Worship as the Fulfillment of the Old

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Worship before God gave Moses instructions on worship  From the dawn of time, proper worship of God involved resting from work on the Sabbath day to hear God’s Word (Genesis 2:3).  At first, that Word was proclaimed by word of mouth with no written Scriptures: Adam to Seth, Seth to Enosh, Enosh to Kenan, and […]

Worship Reflecting a God-Given Pattern

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This in an excursus on worship from a lesson on the Old-Testament book of Exodus.  It speaks to many of the issues concerning worship in our current-day setting. Exodus 25:40: “See to it that you do according to the pattern that you were shown on the mountain.” This one verse lays out an important principle for […]

A Biblical and Historical Look at “The Rapture”

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Today, it seems almost impossible to escape the talk of “The Rapture” within the North American Church.  Over the last century, this teaching has become so popular within North-American Protestant thinking that even those outside the Church have heard of the term.  This article and study takes a short look into this happening.  This was […]

Understanding Isaiah 66:24

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In adult instruction (catechesis) for those being brought into the Church, we cover many teachings of Scripture.  Sometimes, we have classes dealing with people’s specific questions.  One such class dealt without how to understand the last verse in the Old Testament book of Isaiah.  That verse reads: “And they will go out and look on […]

Why We Sing What We Sing in Church

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This is our pastor’s article for the July-August 2013 newsletter. One of the deep enigmas in the current-day church is why we sing what we sing.  Few of us have ever given much thought to that.  We grew up singing hymns in church, and we like what we like.  And we want to sing what […]

Confession, Absolution, and the Spoken Word of Forgiveness

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Often, Christians are confused about a Pastor speaking God’s forgiveness to others.  Some (i.e., Protestants) say that only God can forgive sins.  Such a statement is true, but neglects how God chooses to bring His forgiveness of others.  This short theological pondering by Pr. Futrell may help someone better understand what God’s Word teaches.   […]

What are We to Make of the Perpetual Virginity of Mary?

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What are we to make of the traditional Lutheran position that Mary remained a virgin her entire life?  This short theological pondering from Pastor Futrell helps us look at this teaching with historic eyes.   From the time of Martin Luther’s excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church taught and believed that Mary […]

Thoughts on Personal Preferences and Worship of God

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From the beginning, when we first see God give His people instructions on worship, we find worship to be liturgical (following prescribed patterns, not free form of one’s own choosing).  After giving His people the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), God told them to how to build an altar (Exodus 20:24-26).  Then, He told them about […]

Prayers for the Dead: Regaining What We Have Lost Within Lutheranism

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This is a paper our pastor presented at the Springfield Circuit winkel of the Missouri District on January 15th, 2013.  In it, he looked at prayers for those who have died in the faith (referred to simply as “the dead”) from a scriptural, confessional, and historical perspective.  He also explored what we lost when we […]

Will the Real “Sola Scriptura” Please Stand Up!

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This is an excursus that our pastor wrote for a study on the New Testament epistle of Jude.   Excursus: Will the Real “Sola Scriptura” Please Stand Up! To make his theological points, Jude liberally referred to parts of the Old Testament, which his readers viewed as authoritative.  He called on such authority to show […]