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Daily Devotion for March 1, 2015
When Christ’s story becomes yours by faith, life changes.
Text: John 6:27–40; Revelation 7:9–17 Dear Alice, Terry, Cherie, family and friends; grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ. “The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21b) Those are words of tremendous faith, uttered by Job. He’s just lost everything: home, property, servants, even all his children. And yet he remains faithful and leaves all things in the hands – the merciful, loving, trustworthy hands – of the Lord. I remember these words coming up somewhat casually on Wednesday night, after our dear Ed had fallen asleep in Christ. So I want to bring them up far less casually now: these words of . . . Read All
Pastor Donavon Riley spoke to the Northern Illinois District South Region Pastors Conference in September of 2013. Here are the notes I took from his presentation on Preaching to the Bound Will. These are my notes and may/not accurately reflect Pr. Riley’s lectures. The bound will is a Peeping Tom. Forgiveness is the power the Law does not have. The Preaching Office is His choice to establish, not yours. You’re baptized. Now what? The Old Man gets preached to death. (Romans 6 [Baptism] -> Romans 7 [Die daily to sin]) The Third Function of the Law instructs man to death. We don’t tell God who He is, He tells us. The fundamental problem today in theology is that it throws . . . Read All
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Here is an article by Bart Day found over on blogs.lcms.org: In the midst of all the busyness of life–running kids to soccer practice, making supper, getting to confirmation, buying groceries–we run the risk of losing our firm grounding as families if we forget about what binds us together as a family under God: not the blood of kin, but the waters of Holy Baptism. In a society where families crumble at a rapid rate, where traditional Christian family values are increasingly less popular and frequently under direct attack, it is all the more important to remind ourselves that we are only as strong as the faith that unites us. The world simply cannot grasp the great benefits . . . Read All
((This post will be deleted after we obtain some of your responses)) Quick question to our readers — after installing the new face to our website, we seem to notice that there aren’t as many comments on our articles as there have been in the past. Could you either comment here, or to me directly, for any reasons that you might observe for the seemingly lack of comments on recent posts? Do you not like the blue and black (v.s. white and gold) face of the site? Are you frustrated by the lack of a “reply” button (GOOD NEWS — that button has now returned!!) Do you simply agree with everything we’ve said, so you have nothing more to . . . Read All
Another post on our sister site, KatieLutherSisters.org: if you’re like me, you just don’t have enough time spent reading our Confessions. It’s OK- we’re here for you. What better time than the present to read some great theology? Saturdays and Sundays at SKL we’re going to post … Continue reading → The post Book of Concord for Saturday appeared first on Sisters of Katie Luther. . . . Read All
One of the richest legacies of the modern movement for politically correct ideology and conversation is that dogma is not worth conflict, that difference does not mean right or wrong, and that heresy is too strong a word for those who reject parts of Scripture and the Christian faith. Even in the Church we see this lasting influence of politically correct thinking — even within conservative churches where doctrine is still believed, confessed, and taught. I think of two of many examples: Rome and St. Louis (the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for those who might have missed the identification). Playing out in Rome today is the idea that relationships are more important than doctrines. So there are those who say. . . Read All
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Light for My Path Daily Devotion Bible Reading Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and […]
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40,9) For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. (1.John 5:3) The Psalmist … Continue reading →. . . Read All
Daily Lectionary: Genesis 15:1-21; St. Mark 5:21-43 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your loving-kindnesses, for they are from of old. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Redeem Israel, O God, out of all their troubles! (Psalm 25:6, 2 from th…
Submitted by Pastor Toby Byrd — Below is a resolution (or one very similar) that has been submitted to the resolution committee of the Texas District by multiple congregations: SUBJECT: TO ENCOURAGE CONGREGATIONS TO COORDINATE MISSION EFFORTS WHEREAS, Resolution 01-03-12, 59th Convention of the Texas District (Lubbock, Texas), encouraged congregations, circuits, and other local and regional partnerships to work with each other to establish new Word and Sacrament ministries in the Texas District; and WHEREAS, the whole basis of Synod is congregations and pastors walking together; and WHEREAS, a failure to give notice to, cooperate with, and receive the approval of other LCMS congregations in the immediate area of a proposed new mission start by one or . . . Read All
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Daily Devotion for February 28, 2015
Your browser does not support the HTML 5 audio tag. Click Here to Download this episode Program segments: • What is Andy Stanley’s Moral Standard? • Email • Good Sermon: Take Not His Name in Vain by Gervase Charmley Additional…
“August Crull and the Story of the Lutheran Hymn-book” by Jon Vieker
A common area of pastoral concern regarding Holy Communion centers on the responsible communing of those with health issues related to alcohol (e.g. alcohol intolerance; medication reactions; alcoholism). There may also be members of a parish who have an aversion to alcohol due to some past experience in their lives. First and foremost, every one of these cases is going to require individual pastoral care: discussion, prayer, and study of the scriptures together. Questions arise from time to time – and in fact I came across one posted to Twitter overnight – concerning what may be used for the elements? For example: “Is it alright to use gluten-free hosts?” Another question (this is the question linked to above): “Is . . . Read All
Matthew 23 “Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees” with guest Rev. David Andrus from Lutheran Blind Missions.
Found over on WBLTblog.org: A Portion of the International Mission Budget According to the Six Priorities At the LCMS International Center, we are engaged in the budgeting process for the next fiscal year which begins on July 1, 2015. At times, people wonder how budgeting priorities are decided (in fact the Synod Board of Directors recently asked this question of me), in particular for the Synod’s work in International Mission. Since January 2014, the Office of International Mission has been guided by a strategic plan which is based around the six mission priorities adopted by the Synod in the 2013 convention (2013 Res. 3-06A — “To Adopt Mission and Ministry Emphases for the 2013-2016 Triennium”). These mission priorities . . . Read All
Pastor Baker discusses theological distinctions between Law & Gospel.
(1) Rev. Warren Woerth talks on Creation Club, and (2) Rev. Mark Werner looks at Mark 5:1-20 and gives today’s sermonette.
But there are many examples in the fossil record of creatures that were much larger than modern counterparts.After studying fossils of sea creatures, a team from Stanford U. believes it has found evidence that creatures become larger in body size over time. This tendency, known as Cope’s Rule, is a hundred-year-old and much debated principle of evolution.Researchers Jonathan Payne and Noah Heim believe they have found proof that over the past “542 million” years, the mean size of marine animals has increased 150-fold. For instance, today’s scallop had ancestors which were only one-quarter inch long. “There has been this open question of whether animals get bigger, over time — but there’s been a lack of data,” said Heim, . . . Read All