We all love a moving conversion story: Here a man whose life is decisively marked by his obedience to the Law and expertise in holy writ is told even he must be born again--by water and the Spirit! Such new birth might rightly be called 'labor,' but the Holy Spirit does all the work of … Continue reading You Must Be Born Again!
We rejoice as our communities unite and pull together in response to recent flooding, disaster or tragedy! Gladly we offer our prayers and act to lend our hands to provide help, clean up and rebuild. Yet the Lord God calls us to an eternal fellowship which transcends both these moments of extraordinary urgency–and all those … Continue reading Called by the Preached Word into Fellowship with Us
People often withhold their approval and love for others. Even once given, it often depends on performance and works. Your Heavenly Father gives His love and favor freely, by graciously uniting us to His Son in His Baptism. Hear the full audio of "I Am Well Pleased!" A sermon on Matthew 3:13-17 / The Baptism … Continue reading I Am Well Pleased
"Jesus is not simply our go-between or our middle-man, though he is that! He is our access. He does more than just relay our messages. Jesus brings us with him into his Father's house. He sets for each of us a place at our Father's family table. Or to put it another way, with Jesus, … Continue reading The Father Himself Loves You