Throwback Thursday

Scripture Text: Mark 7:31–35

What can you do with those who cannot or will not hear? If they will not listen, as reasonable people make a point to do, how will they be able to obey God’s Word?

The Small Catechism – part 97

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 4:8

There may be little worse than carrying a grudge. It lessens the life of the person holding the grudge, as well as the one for whom the grudge is held.

The Small Catechism – part 96

Scripture Text: Zechariah 8:16–17

We should fear God in such a way that we do not use violence to enforce his will. That is God’s prerogative. Christians are not to avenge themselves.

Flashback Friday from August 23, 2016

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 4:13–16

Paul exhorts the young pastor to devote himself to three practices in his ministry: being sure that the Scriptures are read in services of worship, and preaching and teaching the Word of God.

Throwback Thursday

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:20–25

The gospel of God’s grace through Christ was snubbed as something “Lutheran” in the 16th century. In the 21st century, other gospels persist in churches.

The Small Catechism – part 95

Scripture Text: 1 Peter 4:8–9

How long would you expect people to stay at a party where the host walks around complaining about the party guests? When entertaining, one is considerate of the guests, shows interest in their lives, and even their opinions.

The Small Catechism – part 94

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

What if God did not think the best of us? We would be hopeless. If each time he looked at us, he thought of us as irredeemable, each time he heard us, he considered us deplorable...

The Small Catechism – part 92

Scripture Text: 1 Timothy 6:6

Are you content with God? Do you trust him? Do you fear him, love him? For the one who is content with God, there is no need of anything more, no need to steal from another.

Throwback Thursday

Scripture Text: Ephesians 2:4–10

Being a pastor or missionary is not a free ticket to heaven. While the work that such people do is important to the kingdom of Christ, it is only faith in Christ that opens the gates of heaven.

The Small Catechism – part 91

Scripture Text: Matthew 5:42

We must read the Bible with the eyes of faith, instead of allowing feelings to interpret Scripture. Too often, passages like today’s verse leave us with a sense of guilt.

The Small Catechism – part 90

Scripture Text: 2 Thessalonians 3:10

Everyone plays a part. If that part is neglected it diminishes the whole. The rest must pick up the slack, and carry the burden of feeling as though they must take care of those who refuse labor.

The Small Catechism – part 89

Scripture Text: Jeremiah 22:13

Our Scripture reference today was originally written about Jehoiakim, king of Judah from 609 to 598 BC. He made his citizens build his palace but did not pay them.

The Small Catechism – part 88

Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:28

Again, the keeping of the commandments begins with the fear and love of God. Nevertheless, we cannot perfectly keep this Sixth Commandment any more than we can perfectly love God.

The Small Catechism – part 87

Scripture Text: Song of Solomon 2:1, 4b

The force of the Sixth Commandment may be understood in one version of the ring vows: “with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you.”

The Small Catechism – part 86

Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 6:18

Paul urges the Corinthians to flee from sexual sin. This would include fornication and adultery, to name a few. One flees something by running away.

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