March 21-27, 2021

Our Lord Jesus is so different from earthly rulers. Jesus was coming to finish the most important battle of time and eternity, yet he did not enter Jerusalem as a mighty warrior in the world’s eyes. Instead of coming with a huge army on mighty horses, Jesus came on a lowly donkey, with twelve menContinue reading “March 21-27, 2021”

March 14-20, 2021

Before Jesus was born, believers had to regularly offer up sacrifices for sin. Only the High Priest could go before God with the blood and prayers of the people. These sacrifices would go on and on for the entire life of the Old Testament believer as a vivid reminder that someday God would send aContinue reading “March 14-20, 2021”

March 7-13, 2021

It has been said that a drowning man will not complain about the size of the boat that comes to rescue him. Yet we read this week about a people complaining not long after God had freed them from slavery in Egypt. Each lesson this week shows God’s heart of grace―undeserved love that rescues sinners.Continue reading “March 7-13, 2021”

February 28 – March 6, 2021

The season of Lent has historically been a time for Christians to meditate on Jesus’ passion. His suffering and death atoned for the sins we committed. Therefore, Lent is the “serious season” of the church year where we Christians put an extra emphasis on recognizing and confessing our own sins. Congregations that have special mid-weekContinue reading “February 28 – March 6, 2021”

February 21-27, 2021

To follow Jesus we must carry our cross. This means our faith will bring us severe burdens and shame. But through Jesus’ cross we have such good news: Heaven is open! We can rejoice in our sufferings! By losing our lives for Jesus, we will find them! Here is this week’s “Together in the Word” (clickContinue reading “February 21-27, 2021”

February 14-20, 2021

In Lent we see Jesus go to the cross to suffer and die for us. This week’s lessons show that when God tests us and the devil tempts us (every day!) Jesus is our holiness before God. He is also our strength and our example. We do not live on bread alone, Jesus says. WeContinue reading “February 14-20, 2021”

March 29 – April 4, 2020

Hail the King who humbly comes to save us! For 1700 years the Church has celebrated with Hosannas and palm branches this festival that opens Holy Week. The time for Christ’s glory had come. He would not, however, gain glory in the manner of other kings. Rather, he would humble himself in great acts ofContinue reading “March 29 – April 4, 2020”

March 15-21, 2020

Jesus calls us from sinful selfishness to selfless service. We can view the world from the perspective of selfishness or selflessness. Selfishness puts self before all and leads to favoritism, pride and envy. Repentance, however, means despairing of self, trusting in Christ’s substitutionary sacrifice and leading lives of selfless service modeled after our Savior whoContinue reading “March 15-21, 2020”

February 23-29, 2020

This week, we begin the season of Lent. It is a season of repentance and renewal. More than that, it is a season of battle, as the Son of God goes forth to war and defeats the devil for us. The devil, that fierce foe, warred on mankind in the garden, but God promised toContinue reading “February 23-29, 2020”

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