Gentiles’ confessions of Christ: The Ethiopian Eunuch

As you had opportunity to hear last week, the Wednesdays of the 40 days of Lent this year we have been hearing from the Scriptures of Gentile confessions of Christ. During the last few weeks, you heard of the good confession made by a woman at a well; a jailer in Philippi; and an exorcized demoniac. Today, you are hearing of the good confession, and its result, from an Ethiopian eunuch. Next week, you will hear, God-willing, of the powerful confession of a Centurion made from the foot of Jesus’ cross. All of these occurred on account of Jesus displaying His life into death concern for the salvation of all people….For more, click on the title above.

Rejoicing in the midst of a penitential season

Jesus Multiplies the Loaves from the Jesus Mafa project, Cameroon

As part of that which many of you have learned, this Sunday has historically been called, Laetare. That is the first word of the Latin language Introit Psalm. It is one which is usually rendered in English, Rejoice!
Therefore, in the form of a “Little Easter,” we begin another week of rejoicing in the midst of a penitential season. That serves to let us take a breath in our deeper contemplation of our sins and, from that, our need for the Savior. It also points us to the “Big Easter,” that is coming. It is on the journey to that through which the Church Calendar has just passed the half-way point. …For more, click on the title above.

Blessed to be hearers and guardians of the Word

Jesus Heals a Mute Possessed Man by James Tissot

. Jesus, through today’s Gospel reading, reveals that hearing and keeping the Word are the vehicles by which God the Holy Spirit sustains God’s people in the Faith, that is, in the state of blessedness. The Spirit desires to move the hearers of God’s Word, you, from the proclamation of the Word into continuing to want to learn to rightly divide it. The Holy Spirit wills to use your continual hearing of God’s Word to move you to desire to learn more from it. That is what it means to guard the Word for the precious treasure it is….For more, click on the title above.

Jesus: The Way and the Truth and the Life

Today, in a penitential season of the year, God has gathered us to hear of the One Who bore sin into death, the One Who was raised to everlasting life to grant true hope and peace to all who believe in Him. Now, we remember God’s faithfulness in calling Maxine Wirth to eternal life in Christ. Hear Jesus speak to us again as we remember the Faith God gave and sustained in Maxine throughout her mortal life and into everlasting life:
I AM the Way, and the Truth, and the Life; no one continues to come to the Father except through Me. …For more, click on the title above.

Christ’s victories over temptations common to man

Temptation of Christ by Victor Bregeda

The First Sunday in, but not of, Lent begins this day in the Church as it has for centuries. That is, the faithful, you, continue to hear proclamations of Christ’s victories over temptations that occurred in a wilderness long ago. On Lent I, the Son of God’s besting humankind’s old evil foe is declared.
Out of that eternal reality, we are called again to remember that Jesus’ facing and victorying over temptation happened just before He began His earthly, incarnate, public ministry….Fore more, click on the title above.

Called by Jesus to turn one’s heart focus from self to God

Our sermon for this Ash Wednesday has been drawn forth from our inspired readings. In them, today, you are being called by Jesus to turn your heart focus from self to God. This day, we pray that your heart-thoughts would be guided by the following dynamically translated verse:
Where your treasure remains, there your heart remains. …for more, click on the title above.

Because I am a Christian, I am a Lutheran

Workers in the Vineyard by Nelly Bube

Septuagesima is so named because we Christians have entered the 70-day countdown that comes before the time, God-willing, when we will again celebrate the Highest, most Holy Feast in the Church Year, that of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus still asks all who hear of the “Laborers in the Vineyard:”
“Is it not proper for me to do that which I will with my things? Or does your eye remain evil because I AM good? Thus, they will be, the last ones first, and the first ones last.”
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Two Wonderful Miracles of Jesus

All sickness, lameness, diseases, deprivations of human life, and death itself are a result of sin’s reign in this world. Their cause is not found in the will of God, but in the free will of man,

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