“Thou Shalt,” but “This Do!”

Do Christians really randomly pick and choose what commandments to keep? Sometimes it seems so. A Lutheran pastor here illustrates a method to the sometimes apparent madness (or Biblical wisdom) of knowing which Word of God to apply first or in which circumstance when God’s commandments appear to contradict in a “rock-and-a-hard place” kind of way—Like a pandemic!

Revelation Session Ten: The Letter to Smyrna

The Lord addresses an impoverished and suffering church in this session. He speaks words of promise for faith to grasp and wield against all fears for their individual--and corporate--future. That future is the Life secured for them in Christ. Below are the Keynote slides on The Letter to Smyrna used in class. Click this link … Continue reading Revelation Session Ten: The Letter to Smyrna

The Return of Baptism and Fellowship Audio

"And in other news: Techs restored Baptism and Fellowship Series audio this week. The lone Web monkey at isaiah504blues.com repaired the audio links to the Baptism (2017) and Fellowship (2018) Lent Sermon Series pages. During the renovation of the podcast host site, immanuellutheranlaurelne.com, all previously embedded and direct download links to sermon, Bible Study and … Continue reading The Return of Baptism and Fellowship Audio

Audio Difficulties…Please Stand By…

...while we transition to an updated website for Immanuel Lutheran Church! A number of readers have noted a disruption in the audio feed. The congregation which I serve is updating their website, which hosts my audio vault of over three years of sermons and such. My links to sermons here are likely all broken at … Continue reading Audio Difficulties…Please Stand By…

Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity (08.25.19)

We pray: "O God, You declare Your mighty power above all in showing mercy and pity. Mercifully grant us such a measure of Your grace that we may obtain Your gracious promises and be made partakers of Your heavenly treasures; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the … Continue reading Readings for the Tenth Sunday after Trinity (08.25.19)

Readings for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Here are the readings for this coming Sunday, 11 August 2019

Isaiah 50:4 Blues

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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