God doesn't need our good works, but our neighbor does. Now the 2017 Lenten season arrives in this 500th Anniversary year of the Lutheran Reformation. Martin Luther restored the pure preaching of the Gospel to the people of God: that we are saved by grace, through faith in Christ alone--apart from works of the Law. … Continue reading Faith Alone Works…
Which is better, do you think: to be the only blind person in a crowd of those who all see? Or the only One who can see in the crowd of those blind all their lives, never able to look past this very moment to the next which must follow? Jesus stops and goes out … Continue reading What a Blind Man Wants
This is a terrible parable for preachers. As Jesus sees the crowds coming out, he knows full well how it goes. So much of what he does by his preaching won't ever start to bear fruit. Some takes root and sinks in, but not deep enough to survive through the heat of the day. Others … Continue reading Where Scattered Seed Grows
This isn't a Sunday School lesson about money. This is about Jesus, and the generosity of faith. The quote above is often ascribed to Luther, though I was unable to trace down the exact source. Authentic or not, the principle holds that a genuine faith in Jesus changes more than our personal philosophy or sentimental … Continue reading Why Tithing Will Never Impress Jesus
Jesus is not like other kings. In the end, Jesus is always more generous towards others than you want or they deserve. He is more just in what He does for you than you probably noticed or expected from Him. If He gives you no less than He promised, you're disappointed. If He gives another … Continue reading “I Choose to Give”
The lessons here for Sunday School on 12th February 2017 review the events of the day we know as Palm Sunday. Our materials focus on the accounts in Mark 11:1-10 and Luke 19:28-40. I'd like to invite and encourage you to listen to the sermon from the 1st Sunday in Advent. It looks at the Palm Sunday … Continue reading Your King Comes to You
What does it take to make you to fall on your face? Many things cause us to fall now and then. Someone trips us up or knocks us down, and we fall. Sometimes we stumble on our own. During times of crisis, we may know we need help. But it takes a Word from Heaven … Continue reading A Word to Uplift Fearful Eyes
(A review of 2/5/17 Sunday School Lesson text on Zacchaeus from Luke 19:1-10) Memes are meant to stick in our minds. Little snapshot slogans on social media tend to stay with us, sometimes longer than they should. Some are religious, others political, humorous or sweet. Juxtaposed images and text can leave an impression, for better … Continue reading Eat The Rich?!?