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!
"Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God." (1 Peter 2:16) Hear the full audio of "Using Your Freedom" A sermon on 1 Peter 2:11-20 / Fourth Sunday of Easter / 12 May 2019 From 1 PETER 2:11-20 (ESV) 11 Beloved, I urge you … Continue reading Using Your Freedom
Most of us would gladly be rid of our own suffering, shame, weakness, guilt and fear. When the Apostle counts all things as loss, he means everything he once considered good about himself and his life's work: all his obedience, honor, achievements, integrity, popularity, pride and most fervent zeal. To have fellowship in his suffering … Continue reading Called to Fellowship in His Sufferings and Glory
"Am I running, or have I been running in vain?" Paul wonders? The Jerusalem apostles ask, "Is the Gospel as Paul preaches it the same that we ourselves believe, teach and proclaim?" Patiently, they hear one another out. Plainly, they confess and compare their teachings and practice. Differences are addressed and reconciled. Thus the grace … Continue reading Called to Demonstrable Grace in Fellowship
In grappling with this lengthy passage in 2 Corinthians 11:19-12:9, we strive to keep the main things the main thing... Hear the full audio of Bible Study from February 24. INTRODUCTION: "My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9) Here is the brilliant lightning bolt striking … Continue reading Bible Study Notes and Audio from 02.24.2019
False humility hides both strength and weaknesses. Christian humility gives them voice--and receives from the Lord grace sufficient to endure weaknesses. His power is made perfect in your weakness. Hear the full audio of "Sufficient Grace, Bittersweet the Sound" A sermon on 2 Corinthians 11:19-12:9 / Sexagesima / 24 February 2019 Thanks for reading! Share … Continue reading Sufficient Grace, Bittersweet the Sound
Verse by verse, we dig deeper into Matthew 20:1-16... Hear the full audio of Bible Study from February 17th 02/17/19 Notes for Study of Matthew 20:1-16 INTRODUCTION: Today we have before us a Parable. When we Lutherans say we read the Bible "literally," we do not mean that every verse reports a historical fact and … Continue reading Bible Study Notes and Audio from 02.17.2019