August 1-7, 2021

Many Christian churches stress social action. Feeding the hungry is important for Christians; God commands acts of mercy. Sadly, however, many churches offer little more than physical bread, bread that does not last. Bread is necessary for this life, but Jesus wants his Church to focus on offering the Bread of Life (Jesus himself, theContinue reading “August 1-7, 2021”

July 25-31, 2021

Christian congregations easily get distracted. Sometimes false teaching or overly-strong opinions, and the resentment that can follow, destroy a church’s unity. Congregations may get caught up in too many projects or programs that divert them from their divine purpose. Only Jesus can overcome such disasters. He gives us his Word, the Bread of Life, toContinue reading “July 25-31, 2021”

July 18-24, 2021

Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life. The Lord calls for, empowers, and motivates faithfulness in service, dedicated to the work of the Kingdom. The faithful service of Christians brings glory to the most perfect and humble servant Christ. Here is this week’s “Together in the Word” (click here for a more mobile-friendlyContinue reading “July 18-24, 2021”

July 11-17, 2021

It’s not easy giving a faithful proclamation of God’s Word. Public ministers serve as God’s representative to a sinful world, and the world is often not willing to accept God’s message of truth. The Old Testament prophet Amos found that out; St. Paul found that out; Jesus’ newly-called apostles would find that out. Yet faithfulContinue reading “July 11-17, 2021”

July 4-10, 2021

Preaching the message of God is not a popularity contest. Our yardstick is not the size of the crowd and the volume of the cheering, but being faithful in speaking God’s Word to the specific people and situation. That may ruffle feathers. The unwillingness of people to listen humbles God’s spokesmen. May we always payContinue reading “July 4-10, 2021”

June 27 – July 3, 2021

In our world today, the blessing of nation, which we have received, can become an object of disdain. In a country where we may speak what is on our mind and we see sinfulness exhibited in public offices, we may be lured into talking in a disrespectful way concerning our government.  We may be tempted toContinue reading “June 27 – July 3, 2021”

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”

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