August 2-8, 2020

Doubt is the unfortunate companion of faith. Wherever faith clings to the promises of God, doubt is always right there lingering in the back of our mind, constantly asking the serpent’s Garden question, “Did God really say?” How striking to think that we must have faith in God before we can doubt him! This week’sContinue reading “August 2-8, 2020”

July 26 – August 1, 2020

Our Savior is a God of mercy and kindness. Our very existence is testimony to that fact. Daily he provides us with all that we need to keep our body and life. He also grants protection from all earthly dangers. In addition, our Savior provides us with spiritual blessings—food for the soul. In his WordContinue reading “July 26 – August 1, 2020”

July 19-25, 2020

How do you get people to join your church? There are lots of suggestions. Most people suggest something special for every age group. It seems that you need to provide people with all kinds of programs. You also need to tell people what they want to hear. You may get people to join your churchContinue reading “July 19-25, 2020”

July 12-18, 2020

From the beginning of time, God provided rest for his creation. He blessed the seventh day and set it apart, that man might learn to find his rest in God alone. In Jesus, the Christian finds rest from his burdens, rest from his battles, and rest forever in heaven. Here is this week’s “Together inContinue reading “July 12-18, 2020”

July 5-11, 2020

Being a Christian is painful. Being a Christian means that there will be crosses to bear. St. Peter once wrote that Christians are called to suffering, “because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps” (1 Pe 2:21). Jesus clearly states in the Gospel that anyone who isContinue reading “July 5-11, 2020”

June 28 – July 4, 2020

Christ promises courage for his witnesses to testify even in the face of pain or persecution. The Prayer of the Day for next Sunday is one of the most ancient in the Church’s use. It seems to have been suggested by the disasters of the dying Western Empire. As Rome crumbled, the Church prayed forContinue reading “June 28 – July 4, 2020”

June 21-27, 2020

The Holy Ministry is given by God out of compassion for his people. Over the next three weeks we hear Jesus’ Missionary Discourse (Matthew 10:5-42). Last week we saw the unworthiness of the servants God calls by mercy. This week the emphasis is still on the Ministry of the Word, but the focus shifts fromContinue reading “June 21-27, 2020”

June 14-20, 2020

The Holy Ministry is filled with people who God called out of his boundless mercy. Nothing else could explain the choices for ministers that God made! He calls such sinful and weak men to fill this office. Only mercy can explain the men he chose in this week’s lessons: a despised tax collector, an exiledContinue reading “June 14-20, 2020”

June 7-13, 2020

The Holy Ministry stands on the rock-solid truth of God’s Word. Not all who call themselves ministers do that, so watch out for false teachers! Many will come with wise sounding words and pious promises, but they are not what they seem. The Church’s only defense is to stand firmly on the rock-solid truth ofContinue reading “June 7-13, 2020”

May 31 – June 6, 2020

We like to think that we can take care of ourselves. God has given us many talents and gifts so that we can provide for ourselves and our families. And yet we shouldn’t forget that God is the one who ultimately provides all things. Apart from him we can do nothing. If it weren’t forContinue reading “May 31 – June 6, 2020”

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