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Are you looking for a simpler, more streamlined life? Are you tired of being worn out by struggle after struggle? You may be ready for some lean living, especially when it is connected to the grace and power of a relationship to God, through Jesus Christ.
September 1, 2013 Daily Devotion from Lutheran Hour Ministries
Explaining it better than most Lutheran teachers and pastors I know, Tullian Tchividjian answers the question: “How does the idea of “the good life” affect our attitude towards suffering?” That is, “What is the difference between a theology of [man’s glory] and a theology of [Christ’s ] cross?” . . . Read All
“Revelation: Pergamum” with hosts Rev. John Lukomski and Rev. Matt Clark.
The great temptation of barrenness is to believe that God’s blessed favor will only come to you in the form of a child of your own. Well, it doesn’t, though it does come in the form of a child – the child Jesus, born to die for your sins. “Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; Break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor!” (Isaiah 54:1 and Galatians 4:27 [ESV]) God’s blessed favor is for you. . . . Read All
Psalms Psalms 122:1–9 “I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!” Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem! Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together, to which the… Continue Reading Scripture, Catechesis And Prayer for August 30th, 29th, 28th, 27th, 26th, 25th, 24th. . . Read All
When we look at Canada, we see a disturbing situation that could be a preview of what lies ahead for the United States. Quebec is considering the “Quebec Charter of Values.” It would: “ban public employees from wearing religious symbols, including such things as turbans, crucifixes, hijabs, and kippas. And it’s not just for government representatives: it would apply to all public institutions, including schools and hospitals. That’s right: teachers, doctors, and nurses, among numerous other workers, would all be forbidden from wearing religious symbols on the job. Don’t like it? Find another job.” . . . Read All
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Stewardship Ministry exists to assist congregations in cultivating and growing their understanding of stewardship.(Read more…)
by Ted Giese Under the special effects, makeup, and whiz-bang jargon of sci-fi film-making, one often finds popular social commentary. The commentary generally comes in two varieties: prophetic warning of what the future might hold, or a pointed criticism of how things are right now. Elysium falls into the pointed criticism category, providing Director Neil Blomkamp’s take on the current state of the world. As Blomkamp says, “this film isn’t futuristic, it’s about now.” On one hand the film has all the trappings of standard sci-fi: an enormous space station, a robotic …
I chose the Landauer Altarpiece for the banner on my blog. Here is some info on the painting. “This work was commissioned by the Nuremberg metal trader Matthäus Landauer. Also known as the Landauer Altarpiece, it was ordered for the chapel of the Twelve-Brothers House, which he endowed for a dozen impoverished artisans. In the centre of the painted panel at the top is the Trinity. God the Father is shown as emperor, holding Christ on the Cross and surmounted by the dove of the Holy Ghost. Around the figure of God are two rings of angels. Below them, to the right, are Old Testament figures and, to the left, followers of Christ bearing palm branches. Nearer the base of. . . Read All
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A Carillon tape drive and hymnals are available to congregations that need them.(Read more…)
—Aaron T. Fenker If someone wants to understand the Lord’s Supper, 1 Corinthians 11 is a very important section in this endeavor. In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul recounts Christ’s instituting of the Lord’s Supper. Yet Paul has a stern warning for those partaking of this blessed gift, given for our forgiveness: “He, who eats and drinks judgment upon himself, eats and drinks not discerning the body” (11:29). In the active διακρίνω means, “(1) separate, arrange; (2) make a distinction, differentiate; (3) evaluate, judge [by careful attention]; (4) judge, decide [legally].”1 Moreover, the TDNT speaks in a similar manner about the meaning of the word in the active.2 Most notably, the TDNT cites 1 Corinthians 11:29 under διακρίνω: “‘To . . . Read All
Christianity is an historical religion. Not just in the sense of having a long history, which it does. But Christianity is also historical in this manner: the central event – the one thing that makes Christianity what it is – is an historical event, namely, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To be sure, other world religions have history, that is, in the former manner of speaking . But they lack the same quality of historical integrity, verifiability, veracity, and most of all, falsifiability. I usually ask skeptics and Christians alike this same question: “are there any facts, which if they were proven to be true, would cause you to give up your faith?” I’ve heard the skeptic and . . . Read All
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Concordia University System schools are seeking candidates for positions in musical theater, geography/history and health care.(Read more…)
It’s a beautiful morning of what appears to be a hot and humid day ahead.In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.I thank You, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from a…
. . . Read All In the old days, mission work was almost as colonial as the politics of the developed nations toward the “third” world. The folks sharing the Gospel were also those who ran the mission church and they came as strangers to the culture and community in which they served. I say this not to impugn their motives or their great results but to frame the perspective on mission that once dominated the Church. Today it is much more likely that the missionaries train the indigenous leaders who will themselves personally bring the Gospel to their communities around the world. In fact, the last few years have been particularly fruitful for the Missouri Synod in this regard. Our newest and most fruitful
August 31, 2013 Daily Devotion from Lutheran Hour Ministries
I am the LORD… your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy. (Lev 11:45 NIV) Remain confessing until the End! He remains absolving. He says the same again and again. That doesn’t bother and concern him really as it … Continue reading →. . . Read All
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. (Psa 86:5 NIV) May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2Th 3:5 NIV). . . Read All
MINOT, ND _ Hope Village and its partners have already surpassed their goal of helping over 500 families get back in their homes following the 2011 Souris River flood and rebuilding efforts will continue until all the homes are rebuilt. Hope Village had helped complete 502 flooded homes. The volunteer collaborative set the goal of … Continue reading »
Daily Lectionary: 1 Kings 16:29-17:24; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. (Psalm 84:9 from the Introit for Trinity 14) In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Kids playing at superheroes. One shoots the other and the superhero just “pings” the bullets off his chest. “I’m invincible!” In the Introit tomorrow, we are calling upon God to see our invincibility by seeing our shield. What is our shield? Christ! Covered in Jesus, you are invincible! Sin can’t condemn you. The devil can’t hurt you. Death can’t harm you. It’s like the arrows of the evil one just ping off you! Jesus is your shield. He is the Lord’s anointed. “Anointed” in Hebrew and Greek is “Messiah” and “Christ.” He’s the One chosen by the Father, set apart for this one thing: to be a shield for sinners. On Calvary, Jesus takes the heat. He is stricken with your sins and transgressions and hit hard by suffering and death — all that to cover you and protect you. Jesus is the fall guy. The stunt man. The guy who jumps in front of you to take the bullet. A true shield with His own flesh between you and sins, death and devil. With such a shield, you cannot be beaten by those enemies. In the Divine Service, we pray the Father always to see that shield. Always to remember and see that Jesus protects us. Since Jesus is the Chosen One of the Father, so are you by virtue of your baptism. You are God’s anointed, too, in Christ. Tomorrow, the Divine Service is all about your shield: receiving Jesus through Absolution, Word, sermon and Supper. And nothing can harm you because Jesus is that shield. Jesus, the Lord’s anointed. In the Name of Jesus. Amen. A mighty fortress is our God, A trusty shield and weapon; He helps us free from ev’ry need That hath us now o’ertaken. The old evil foe Now means deadly woe; Deep guile and great might Are his dread arms in fight; On earth is not his equal. (A Mighty Fortress is Our God, LSB 656:1)
Lutheranism is objective. From assurance of salvation to the means of grace, to Christ crucified, it’s objective. I don’t think Reformed Theology or Arminianism, let alone Roman Catholicism, has the level of objectivity that Lutheranism does. I’ll expl…
Your browser does not support the HTML 5 audio tag. Click Here to Download this episode Program segments: • William Tapley Explains Significance of Miley Cyrus’ Lewd Dancing • Knowing v. Feeling in Worship • Great Sermon: Beware of False…
By Larry Beane As addressed definitively by Father Curtis in a previous post, our Lord’s words in Matt 23:9-10 are often used by Protestants to decry the “Roman Catholic” custom of calling their pastors “Father.” Fr. Curtis addressed the biblical passages that conflict with that peculiar minority view found in modern American Protestant Christianity that vociferously attacks the “Father” custom. I offer the following as a sort of PS, as the issue keeps popping up like the proverbial Whack-A-Mole carnival game. The argument hinges on the question of our Lord’s context. Is this passage to be interpreted literally (“this is my body”) or figuratively (“if your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out”)? An episode of The . . . Read All
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