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!
The Farce Domini
A poem in remembrance of Me --(1 Cor. 10:21-22; 11:20-22)
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…
Your Word Stored in My Heart
Psalm 119 proclaims what God's Word is, what it does, and why you need it in your heart and life, too. Hear the full audio of "Your Word Stored in My Heart" A sermon on Psalm 119:9-16 / Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity / 22 September 2019 If you were to take some time this morning … Continue reading Your Word Stored in My Heart
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)
For the Walls are Not Yet on Fire
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
Readings for the Eighth Sunday after Trinity
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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Bible Study from 08.04.2019
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