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
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
"For freedom, Christ has set us free..." (Galatians 5). Yet Paul and the other Apostles warn against the abuse of our Christian freedom. We take a look at 1 Peter 2:11-20 and the connection of identity and the blessed use of freedom to the glory of God and the service of neighbors. Click here for … Continue reading Bible Study Notes and Audio from 05.12.2019
Immanuel Lutheran Church invites parents of confirmation age children to learn and grow with their kids in the Christian faith. To encourage that continual learning and growth, each week of class we post a reading from the Large Catechism or other portions of our Lutheran Confession of the faith here especially for the mothers and … Continue reading Parents in the Household of Faith: Week Two (9.20-26.18)