Festival of St. Bartholomew, Apostle

Festival of St. Bartholomew, Apostle August 24 The Lord be with you The name “Bartholomew,” as this disciple is referred to in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and the book of Acts, means “the son (bar) of Tolmai (tholomew).” In the Gospel of John we discover his personal name, Nathanael. He was

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Revelation 2:1-2

The Lord be with you Last night our class on the biblical book of Revelation met. As we are starting our look at the first letter, which is addressed to the “angel of the church at Ephesus,” we began by simply reading that letter (verses 1-7). We then did an

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

The Lord be with you In recent months, tragedies have once again struck our nation. We have had floods and wildfires this time. I remembered an article by Dr. David P. Scaer and published by Concordia Theological Seminary back in 2013 when a tornado devastated the city of Moore, Oklahoma.

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Two Righteousness

The Lord be with you St. Paul, in Galatians, speaks of two kinds of righteousness, a righteousness of the Law and a righteousness of the Gospel; a righteousness based on our works and a righteousness based on Christ’s work; a righteousness that believes one is acceptable to God because of

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Flood Relief Update

The following update on flooding that has happened in our country and how we are responding has been sent to pastor from the district. Update on Flooding Recovery Our hearts are moved to prayer and compassion as we hear the stories of flooding throughout the country. We have witnessed throughout

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Commemoration of Samuel

Commemoration of Samuel August 20 The Lord be with you Today is the Commemoration of Samuel on the LC-MS liturgical calendar. Apparently those who framed our calendar took the date from the Eastern Orthodox, who remembers Samuel on this day as well. He is commemorated as one of the Holy

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Commemoration of Johann Gerhard, Theologian

Commemoration of Johann Gerhard, Theologian August 17 The Lord be with you Another oversight in reference to our church calendar happened yesterday. August 17 is the Commemoration of Johann Gerhard, Theologian. Here is a short post about him. Johann Gerhard (1582-1637) was a great Lutheran theologian in the tradition of

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Commemoration of Isaac

Commemoration of Isaac August 16 The Lord be with you Oops. The 16th was the Commemoration of Isaac on the church’s calendar and I failed to make a post about him. So here is a quick read about the Patriarch Isaac. Isaac was the long promised and awaited son of

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