Thoughts for Sunday, October 7

The Lord be with you This coming Sunday (Pentecost 20; October 7) we will be switching to setting four of the Divine Service (page 302). This service is designed as a Communion service and so fits our schedule perfectly. The parts that are sung are like hymns. Our appointed lessons

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Orphan Grain Train News Flash

October 2018 Dear Friend of Orphan Grain Train Mid-Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic residents have experienced a deluge of rain in the past several weeks. My backyard gauge says rainfall is 10” ahead of last year’s total! But the woes of a soggy back yard pale in comparison to the sufferings of thousands

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One Loving God: Two Hands – a review

The Lord be with you The LC-MS has 28 “partner churches” around the world. Partner churches are church bodies with whom the LC-MS is in full altar and pulpit fellowship. This means we are in agreement in doctrine and practice. “Our” pastors may serve in “their” churches, and vice versa.

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Jesus and Joseph

Valerisu Herberger could find Jesus in all the Old Testament stories. Here is an excerpt from his treatment of the story of Joseph found in Genesis. Old, pious Jacob was worried about his sons and asked Joseph to run over to them and wee whether it were well with them.

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Martin Luther on Holy Baptism – a review

Martin Luther on Holy Baptism: Sermons to the People (1525-39) Editor: Benjamin T. G. Mayes Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis 128 pages with discussion questions and indexes Paperback 2018 The Lord be with you There were many controversies in the 16th century, including religious controversies. These controversies swept across Europe

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On Almsgiving

On Almsgiving, by Martin Chemnitz, is another of the “Mercy Essays” available on-line from the Missouri Synod. “Almsgiving” is an old-fashioned word for acts of mercy or charity. It might take the form of giving some money to a person in need; then again it might take the form of

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Mercy in the Early Church – a review

The Lord be with you Mercy in the Early Church: The Gospel of Love and Charity is another mercy essay in the “Mercy Booklet Series” published by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The entire series, twenty-five booklets in all, can be found at https://blogs.lcms.org/2018/mercy-essays-feature-lutheran-theologians-from-reformation-to-today/. Mercy in the Early Church is a

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The Will of the Father

“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” (John 6:40) How you must perceive, whether willingly or unwillingly, that the Ten Commandments are not the

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