Some take greater care choosing their grocery produce than in choosing their spiritual care. We rightly value good doctors who will not simply medicate symptoms, but treat the real underlying disease. We need mechanics who can teach preventative maintenance, not just let necessary matters go unmentioned until more expensive damage gets done. What shall we … Continue reading The Pleasant Fruit of False Prophets
The Lord says, "I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ ...but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully." Jeremiah engages the problem of False Prophets... Hear the full audio as we study Jeremiah 23:16-29 Jeremiah 23:16-29 (ESV) 16 Thus says the … Continue reading Bible Study from 11 August 2019
What good comes from false teachers' misuse of God's Word and His name? Here's a couple good things... From Luther’s Third Sermon on Matthew 7, p.229-232 2. Christ here proceeds in like manner. When he finished his sermon he warns his disciples and the people and admonishes them ever to remain faithful to what he … Continue reading For the Walls are Not Yet on Fire
Here are the readings for this coming Sunday, 11 August 2019
Jeremiah 23:16-29 (ESV)
16 Thus says the Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, filling you with vain hopes. They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord. 17 They say continually to those who despise the word of the Lord, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’”
18 For who among them has stood in the council of the Lord
to see and to hear his word,
or who has paid attention to his word and listened?
19 Behold, the storm of the Lord!
Wrath has gone forth,
a whirling tempest;
it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back
until he has executed and accomplished
the intents of…
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Slaves to sin? Slaves to righteousness? Isn't there some other option than being a slave? Listen in as we consider the striking, offensive language which reveals the nature of our baptismal life in Christ. (This was an alternate image I made in preparation for the sermon page, but the audio below is from Bible Study … Continue reading Bible Study from 08.04.2019
Lawlessness, Injustice, Outrage, Violence and Death...the bloody sins of others seem to be reigning unchallenged and staining our daily lives, too. Are we forever bound to surrender our own bodies to ungodly impulse and chaotic causes? In Christ, we've been ransomed away from the senseless life of sin. We're made fit and able to serve … Continue reading “The Baptismal End of Lawlessness”
The Shepherd's Scroll // July-August 2019 The Lord speaks. Stuff happens. So goes it since the Beginning. "I will build my Church," Jesus says (Matthew 16:18). Jesus "the Christ, the Son of the Living God," (Matthew 16:16) that man alone does such building. The Church He builds belongs to Him. The Church is His own. … Continue reading “I Will Build My Church”