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.

There is no other God

The Holy Trinity by Ulyana Tomkevych

A lot of people are mad at us this week. Not at you, in particular, not even at the pastor. They’re mad at Christians in general.
Why? Well, this is the week of the church year in which we Christians don’t play nice with the rest of the world. We are exclusive. We make claims about God that many other people on the planet cannot stomach and will not tolerate. …For more, click on the title above.

Holy, Holy, Holy

The Holy Trinity by Ulyana Tomkevych

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts! The whole earth is full of his glory.”
This is the call of the angels. And with the angels’ song and Isaiah’s reaction to what he sees, we learn something about who God is, about who He is as the most holy above all things. …For more, click on the title above.

Whit Tuesday: Remembering the gift of the Law

We, as Lutherans, believe that we receive through Baptism; forgiveness of sins, deliverance from death and the devil, and the promise of eternal salvation. We also know that none of these come about from our own doing—they are gifts. We receive the Holy Spirit through the water and the Word so that we might have faith to believe in the promises of God. These Samaritans had been baptized, but our text says they had not received the Holy Spirit….For more, click on the title above.

The church in Christ speaks one language to all nations

Detail of the Disciples at the Pentecost, Chapel of Saint John the Baptist by Agostino Masucci

Fifty days have passed since our celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead. According to ancient calendars brought into our day, this is the third great feast of the Church Year. In the Israelite tradition, Pentecost had been held 50 days, that is, seven weeks plus one day, after the wave offering of the barley sheaf during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Lev. 23:15-16). It was also called the Feast of Harvest (Ex. 23:16; cf. 34:22) and, “The day of first fruits…“(Num. 28:26)….For more, click on the title above.

Remain in sacrificial love, sharing it in prayer

Descending Dove Symbol of the Holy Spirit Trinity Lutheran Church, Paola Kansas

The Epistle reading for today, in its original language, appears to be divided into just three sentences. It is composed of just 81 words that are recorded in texts with the
best testimony as to that which was long ago contained in the Autographs. (Those are the original New Testament manuscripts of the Apostles and Evangelists).
As today’s I Peter text is combined with the other readings chosen long ago for public proclamation on this day named Exaudi, that is, “’Hear,” Sunday, the Holy Spirit continues to use it to call the faithful to continue clinging to God’s Word. We are freed to do so with the biblical surety that He does hear us….For more, click on the title above.

The ascended Christ and the earthbound church

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We have this attitude about us sometimes, don’t we, when we’re approaching the apostles within the Scriptural narrative, that we are supposed to find a way to fold ourselves into them. That is, we’re supposed to identify with the apostles in some kind of Christological way. I can say that our lives are supposed to be cruciform, that is, grafted into Christ’s pattern of suffering and exemplifying His love. But that’s done through the power of the Holy Spirit and was a clear promise from the Father echoing throughout both the Old and the New Testaments. We have no such promise regarding the apostolic life. …For more, click on the title above.

The peace that surpasses every human mind

Women's Prayer Meeting by Marietjie Henning

Today, that you might hear what the assembled pastors and other professional Church workers heard at Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zionsville, IN, the text of that sermon with be soon proclaimed from this pulpit. This is, in part, because pastors that are called to this congregation are responsible to inform our members of that which we are asked to proclaim elsewhere.
Before that, though, it can be helpful for us to remember that, during this week of the Church Year, God’s Word leads us into an annual time that is specifically set aside for prayer. …For more, click on the title above.

God builds His church

Icon of Saints Phillip and James. Source unknown.

Today the Christian Church remembers two pieces of this foundation: St. Philip and St. James. Through his prophets and apostles, God laid the foundation. God built the house, every wall, room, and floor on the Cornerstone of Christ Jesus, not with brick and mortar, but with his holy precious blood and his innocent suffering and death. …For more, click on the title above.