Commemoration of Joseph of Arimathea

Commemoration of Joseph of Arimathea July 31 The Lord be with you Today, in the LC-MS, we remember Joseph of Arimathea. This Joseph is mentioned in all four Gospels. He came from a small village called Arimathea in the hill country of Judea. He was a respected member of the

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Robert Barnes, Confessor and Martyr

Commemoration of Robert Barnes, Confessor and Martyr July 30 The Lord be with you Today, we remember and thank God for His servant Robert Barnes, Confessor and Martyr. Robert Barnes was an Englishman and by conviction a Lutheran. He was born in 1495 in Norfolk and educated at Cambridge. He

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Praying the News

The Lord be with you Praying is near universal. While we all, at some basic level, know what prayer is, knowing what to pray about is another thing. In the “Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus includes two petitions of particular interest in reference to prayer and the news: “Thy will be done

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We Remember Mary, Martha, and Lazarus

Commemoration of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany July 29 The Lord be with you Today is the Commemoration of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany in the LC-MS. They were disciples with whom Jesus had a special bond of love and friendship. When in the Jerusalem area, Jesus would

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In Memory of JS Bach

Commemoration of Johann Sebastian Bach, Kantor July 28 The Lord be with you Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is acknowledged as one of the most famous and gifted composers in the Western world. Orphaned at age ten, Bach was mostly self-taught in music. His professional life as conductor, performer, composer, teacher,

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Praise: A Foretaste of the Afterlife

The Lord be with you Concerning Hebrews 5:7, Luther wrote: … Nevertheless, this “sacrifice of praise” does not mean that praise with which even a godless person blesses God, as the well-known words in Ps. 48:19 states: “He will praise Thee when Thou hast done well to him.” On the

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Old Comforts are the Best

In commenting on Genesis 18:17-19, Valerius Herberger wrote: O my sweet Lord Jesus, You preached the old Gospel to Abraham, saying that in his seed (i.e. in the Messiah) all the nations of the earth would be blessed. You preached the old text (Gen 3:15) in the old model and

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St. James the Elder, Apostle

Festival of St. James the Elder, Apostle July 25 Today, the Holy Church celebrates the Festival of St. James the Elder, Apostle. The Gospels tell that among the first disciples Christ called to Himself were the two sons of Zebedee and Salome: the fishermen James and John. This James is

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Is Anything Impossible for the LORD?

The Lord be with you In Genesis 18, the Lord visited Abraham along with two angels. After the two angels departed, Jesus spoke with Abraham one on one. Jesus reiterated his promise that Abraham would have a son by his wife Sarah, even though they were both very old. God

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