June 20-26, 2021

The world is a confusing place. We often feel it does not deal fairly with us. We go through anger, even terror, when we don’t understand the turmoil around us. But in Word and sacrament Jesus reminds us of his presence. He forgives our foolish self-centeredness because of his holy blood. He opens our eyesContinue reading “June 20-26, 2021”

June 13-19, 2021

This July 4, people will celebrate the growth and power of our republic. Yet we believers in Christ are part of an eternal kingdom. The kingdom of God started so humbly. It makes unnoticeable progress as it conquers hearts for Christ. Yet if you step back to look at it, you can see its tremendousContinue reading “June 13-19, 2021”

June 6-12, 2021

Adam and Eve ruined everything for everyone. They destined themselves for death. They took the perfect world that God created for everyone and put it under constant attack from the all the demons. But God made a promise almost immediately. God said he would send a descendant of Eve to crush Satan’s power. Jesus, thatContinue reading “June 6-12, 2021”

May 30 – June 5, 2021

There are so many distractions for Christian leaders that may keep them for their primary focus. The message is not about us or rituals to which we must conform, but it is about Christ himself. Depending on that gives power and perseverance to our service in him. Here is this week’s “Together in the Word” (clickContinue reading “May 30 – June 5, 2021”

May 23-29, 2021

This week we celebrate the mystery of God being three-in-one, a mystery he reveals both for his glory and on our behalf. Isaiah rightly trembled at God’s holiness. But to Nicodemus Jesus reveals something even more profound about the Trinity. The Father sent the Son to die in our place; whoever trusts in the Son,Continue reading “May 23-29, 2021”

May 16-22, 2021

Many problems seem unsolvable, but in Christ, our God is the God of the impossible. The day of Pentecost gave clear evidence of the power of the Spirit of Jesus to change things dramatically. Just as dead bones became living, breathing beings in the Ezekiel’s vision, so people dead in sin become spiritually alive throughContinue reading “May 16-22, 2021”

May 9-15, 2021

Once he had fulfilled his rescue mission here, Jesus visibly ascended into heaven before his disciple’s eyes. God exalted Jesus again to his position of glory and honor as the King of kings and Lord of lords. Jesus now reigns over all things for our eternal good. As the angels said, he will return inContinue reading “May 9-15, 2021”

May 2-8, 2021

What one word summarizes all of God’s commands? Love. Luke tells us that the early Christians showed love for God and for others by preaching the Gospel boldly even in the face of persecution. The Apostle John teaches us that love for God and his Word compels us to carefully examine all teachings and churchesContinue reading “May 2-8, 2021”

April 25 – May 1, 2021

Through faith in Christ’s sacrifice for us, we are connected to the Risen Savior as a branch is connected to a grape vine. The result of being connected to Jesus is that we will now bear fruit. The fruit of a Christian is a life of love. Out of thanks for God’s love, we nowContinue reading “April 25 – May 1, 2021”

April 18-24, 2021

Good Shepherd Sunday. The image of shepherd and sheep are certainly familiar to modern Christians, but do those concepts resonate as deeply for us as they did for the people of God 2000 years ago? “In such a landscape as Judea, where a day’s pasture is thinly scattered over an unfenced tract of country, coveredContinue reading “April 18-24, 2021”

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