Don’t Despair

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. (Psalm 51:17) This statement must also be dealt with negatively. Because it is a pleasing sacrifice to God if in our sadness and contrition we hope for mercy, therefore He forbids

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Sunday Thoughts for April 7

Sunday Thoughts for April 7, 2019 The Lord be with you This coming Sunday is the Fifth Sunday in Lent (Lent 5). For those who use the historic one-year lectionary, it is called Judica, the first Latin word in the historic, one-year, lectionary. In last week’s Sunday Thoughts, I said

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Orphan Grain Train April News Flash

April 2019 Dear Friend of OGT, The calendar says, “It’s Spring!” The sun shining brightly outside says, “It’s Spring!” And the temperature says …? Well, since there’s a fire currently burning in my fireplace, let’s just say warmer days are in the forecast. At the warehouse our April forecast is

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The Jewish Trinity – guest book review

BOOK REVIEW “The Jewish Trinity – When Rabbis Believed in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” by Yoel Natan. Aventine Press, LLC., Chula vista, CA. 2003. At 358 pages, this Pb book has some heft. There is a Foreword by the author, a Glossary and Abbreviations, and a synopsis of

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Sunday Thoughts for March 31

The Lord be with you We will be sharing the Lord’s Supper this coming Sunday and using the second setting of the “Divine Service.” (I still feel funny calling the Sunday morning service “Divine” and prefer the name used in The Lutheran Hymnal, “The Order of Morning Service,” or “The

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Commemoration of Joseph, Patriarch

Commemoration of Joseph, Patriarch March 31 Today, we remember and thank God for Joseph, Patriarch. The story of the patriarch Joseph, beloved child of Jacob, is one of the most stirring pieces of literature in the bible. It is also an amazing typological prophecy of our Lord Jesus Christ. As

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Chrysostom on Prayer

Prayer is no small bond of love for God, developing in us the habit of converse with him and encouraging the pursuit of wisdom. … We are, however, not as aware as we should be of the benefit of prayer, for the reason that we neither apply ourselves to it

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Sunday Thoughts for March 24

The Lord be with you This coming Sunday (March 24) is the Third Sunday in Lent. We will be using the second setting of the Divine Service, configured as a Service of the Word. Because we are in Lent, we will omit the Hymn of Praise and use the Verse

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