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!
A Lenten Vespers Service for Contemplation of Our Lord’s High Priestly Work Priests don’t tend to be good role models throughout the Gospels and in the book of Acts. Rather, priests accuse and antagonize Jesus and his disciples by their fierce focus on the Law. Yet Jesus warns us all against lawlessness. We learn about … Continue reading Priests Welcome the Lamb’s Lawful Direction
A Meditative Matins Service for 3/17/20 The family altar is a sacred place to find the Lord and give thanks. We consider the patriarch Jacob, learning from his complicated family and unsettled life. Here are songs, prayers and a homily on God’s faithfulness to His people throughout our spiritual sojourning. https://youtu.be/I268Z7IkNlA Genesis 35:1-3 God said … Continue reading Matins for our Spiritual Sojourn
They've got a grand reputation for being a lively and strong church. Problem is, Christ declares they are dead. All should see what's happening at Sardis, and guard against it in their own hearts. Rather than making a name for themselves, Christians here learn to delight in their white garment and new name written in … Continue reading Revelation Session 13: The Letter to Sardis
The Church endures, but faces serious temptations to compromise the Gospel in an ancient intellectual, cultural and religious center hostile to its inclusive salvation found exclusively in Christ alone. Welcome to Pergamum! Hear the full audio of Revelation Session Eleven: The Letter to Pergamum A Sanctuary Bible Study on Revelation 2:12-17 / 24 November 2019 … Continue reading Revelation Session Eleven: The Letter Pergamum
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
Personal self-examination is important. Here, Christ prepares His congregations for His corporate 'self-examination' with the seven letters to the seven churches. The Living Lord Jesus holds the keys of Death and Hades, but entrusts the keys of the kingdom of heaven to His Church. We revisit and conclude our conversation on the mission of the … Continue reading Revelation Session Eight: Seven-fold Structure of Seven Letters
Session Seven: The Living Son of Man [slides video] 10.27.19 For the full series, visit the REVELATION: A SANCTUARY BIBLE STUDY page.
We pray: “Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your church Your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with … Continue reading Readings for Reformation Day (Observed 10.27.2019)
Session Six: The Son of Man [slides video] 10.20.19 For the full series, visit the REVELATION: A SANCTUARY BIBLE STUDY page.