Is it wrong to be concerned for my neighbor's spiritual wellness? How dare you or I care and offer some help? Hear the full audio of Bible Study for August 25th on Romans 9:30-10-4 Romans 9:30-10:4 English Standard Version (ESV) 9:30 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that … Continue reading Bible Study Notes and Audio for 08.25.19
Lawlessness, Injustice, Outrage, Violence and Death...the bloody sins of others seem to be reigning unchallenged and staining our daily lives, too. Are we forever bound to surrender our own bodies to ungodly impulse and chaotic causes? In Christ, we've been ransomed away from the senseless life of sin. We're made fit and able to serve … Continue reading “The Baptismal End of Lawlessness”
It's tough to relax while you're nursing a grudge. There's no escape from an anger that goes wherever you do. Jesus would free us from fits of rage, seething pretense and feigned friendship. He bids us rather to be reconciled, forgiven and forgiving. His grace is sufficient to give us rest--together--in Christ. Hear the full … Continue reading A Relaxing Summer by Grace Alone
Hear the full audio of Bible Study from June 23 Text and notes relating to love in 1 John 4, and how Christians understand 'agape' / 'Love' in its spiritual, Christ-centered sense, and not a "self-centered," self-determined sense. From the Apology (Defense) of the Augsburg Confession, Article III: OF LOVE AND THE FULFILLING OF THE … Continue reading Bible Study Notes and Audio from 06.24.2019
Light and heat are inseparable from a candle's flame. So also faith and love are inseparable from the Christian life... Hear the full audio of "There is No Fear in Love" A sermon on 1 John 4:16-21 / First Sunday after Trinity / 23 June 2019 1 John 4:16-21 (ESV) 16 So we have come to … Continue reading There is No Fear in Love
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!
Listen in on a rather "off the cuff" edition of Bible Class as we study 1 Peter 4:7-14... Hear the full audio of Bible Study from 02 June 2019 Seventh Sunday of Easter / Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Laurel, NE 1 Peter 4:7-14 (ESV) 7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled … Continue reading Bible Study Audio from 06.02.2019