We pray: "Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus at the Jordan River, You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, our … Continue reading Meditative Matins for 25 September 2019
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”
Is Jesus associating too intimately with sinners for your liking? Buddy, maybe you need more joy...His! Hear the full audio of Bible Study from 07 July 2019 Third Sunday after Trinity / Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church of Laurel, NE Luke 15:1-10 English Standard Version (ESV) 15:1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near … Continue reading Bible Study Notes and Audio from 07.07.2019
One lost sheep rescued. One precious, missing coin recovered. As Jesus celebrates one sinner who repents, He refuses to celebrate that glad victory alone! Hear the full audio of "He Calls Together His Friends and Neighbors" A sermon on Luke 15:1-10 / Third Sunday after Trinity / 07 July 2019
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!
Verse by verse, we explore Jeremiah 26:1-15 and both promise and perils of serving God's people as His prophet. Hear the full audio of Bible Study from March 24, 2019. Bible Study Notes from the Third Sunday in Lent, alternate OT reading. From Jeremiah 26:1-15 (ESV) 1 In the beginning of the reign of … Continue reading Bible Study Notes and Audio from 03.24.2019
Which is more terrifying: to be the last man found holding fast to the Word of the Lord? Or to dwell in a popular but false confidence, swept along with the apostate crowd of people and priests who strive to silence His call to repentance and the Lord's own promised pardon? God preserves His prophetic … Continue reading Do Not Hold Back a Word