"We admit we are not all strong, but it is also true that were there no weakness in our ranks, we would have no need of prayer, perseverance, exhortation and daily preaching. In condemning the Gospel because of our admitted weakness, something we ourselves confess, our enemies are themselves judged before God by their judging … Continue reading From Luther’s sermon on Eph. 3:13-21
Immanuel Lutheran Church invites parents of confirmation age children to learn and grow with their kids in the Christian faith. To encourage that continual learning and growth, each week of class we post a reading from the Large Catechism or other portions of our Lutheran Confession of the faith here especially for the mothers and … Continue reading Parents in the Household of Faith: The First Commandment (Week One 9.13-19.2018)
Late to post, but here goes a bit of a study into Galatians 5:25-6:10. We didn't hold class due to special 2018 Rally Day events to kick off our Sunday School and Catechism year, but for those who wanted to dig a little deeper into the conditions of sowing Seeds of Gentle Restoration, here's a … Continue reading A Deeper Dive into Galatians 5:25-6:10 (Bible Study for 9.9.18)
A Bible Study Guide on Luke 17:11-19 Part One: STOP Speeding; SLOW Down; YIELD Him the Right of Way!A.Basic Training: Part of our purpose during Bible Class time is to develop the discipline of a closer reading of Holy Scripture. Our first questions should almost always be the most basic sorts of questions. Too often, … Continue reading A Deeper Dive into Luke 17:11-19 (Bible Study for 9.2.2018)
"...we may be despising and rebelling against a divine ordering of things..." Below is an essay I wrote back in 2014, with one very slight edit of word order. Because a dear brother in Christ fondly recalled it and asked if he might use it in his Intro to Pastoral Theology course at Concordia Theological … Continue reading These Pleasant Places
Walls don't only hold back our many fierce enemies, protecting those within from external threats. Walls break and block out howling winds of life's many storms. For that heavenly Jerusalem, God builds up walls for the shelter and support of all who enter under the scarlet banners of repentance and forgiveness of sins. God is … Continue reading Psalm 51: Do Good for Us and Build Up The Walls!
Communion is no decorative bread left behind on the table for show, but Living Bread from Heaven given to put all the good on the go in love of the household of God... I don't remember why I paused in Philemon. Between the post surgical pain and pain meds, who knows? But this much I … Continue reading Give Thanks, Take and Eat All The Good