Jesus’ perfection is our perfection

Naomi & Ruth by Chana Helen Rosenberg

When Jesus preaches, you hear Perfection describing perfection. Today’s section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount casts Jesus as the New Moses. That is, Moses, the Law-giver of the Old Testament, who delivered to Israel God’s covenant and God’s Law, delivered only a shadow of what would come. Under the Old Covenant, perfection was demanded of God’s people. Well, perfection in so far as the Law described perfection. Murder was murder, under the Law. Murder must be committed for one to be guilty of murder. …For more, click on the title above.

Joy: The fruit of faith

The visitation of Mary from Monastery Icons

Today we celebrate the Visitation of Mary. From this text we get the canticle called Magnificat which is sung in many of our evening prayer services. There are some striking things to be learned in this text about the nature of belief and the greatness of our God….For more, click on the title above.

Called to an inheritance of blessing

The Call by Jorge Cocco

The visible reality of inherited blessings given to this assembly of the faithful
through the death of Christ Jesus, frees us to remember that this is also another day in the life of this congregation in which we are free to rejoice. Whenever we consider all
the members whom God has joined into one Body on this hill beginning with a small mission in 1981, we can be very grateful to God. Not one of this congregation’s founding members could have imagined all the biblical and confessional wisdom, life
experiences, skills, talents, worldly wisdom, and so much more that have been, and are, in the people whom God has gathered here over the years. The Scripture for the day reminds us: to this all of you were called, that blessing you might inherit….For more, click on the title above.

Hearing the Word of God’s forgiveness in His Service

Saint John the Baptist Bearing Witness by Annibale Carracci

Today’s sermon has been divided into four parts to remind us of God’s work in serving us His gifts in His Divine Service. We pray that these “sermonettes” will help us to better treasure, understand, and communicate God’s faithful Service to us, and that our response is then given back to Him in the Faith. It is our hope that you will gain a greater understanding and feeling for the proclamation of Christ-crucified for the forgiveness of sins which He works through His “liturgy,” which means, “public services,” in the Church. …For more, click on the title above

God is the One who will establish you all

LSB Icon used with permission

From the Table of Duties, today’s theme verse is part of a biblical quote that is addressed to young persons. In the Small Catechism, the text about self-humility is preceded by a biblical admonishment. t was pointed for young men to teach them to be voluntarily submissive to the presbyters, that is, pastors, men who are older than they.
That can be a tough teaching to stomach for budding theologians. They are, after all, people who have gained some biblical knowledge. Even so, such young men have not yet gained wisdom through continual struggling with worldly evils. Lack of wisdom and discernment can tempt them to try to correct their elders. It also leads them to confuse the Kingdoms of the Right and of the Left….For more, click on the title above.

The clear, heartfelt and grace-full message of Scripture

The Parable of the Great Banquet by Maurice Morel

How are you doing with staying daily heavenly minded while doing earthly good? This can be tough, as you are continually bombarded by reports of worldly realities that seem to communicate, “The sky is falling!”
How are you handling the satanic and fallen worldly messages that continue to rail against the clear, beautiful, and graceful messages of Scripture that come to the hearers of God’s Word from the right division of Law and Gospel?
Those among us who truly and honestly answered those questions likely confessed that you are not doing well, to say the least….For more, click on the title above.

Reflecting the steadfast love of the Great I AM

In God Is Love by Eden Printables

As many of you heard from Pastor von Hindenburg last week when he referred to a recent Bible study: ”God is love… He does not desire the death of a sinner, but rather that he would turn from his wicked way and live.” That is true.
Even so, the Divine love of which we speak in the One True Church is not how the world understands that word, love. …For more, click on the title above.