Where Are You Going?

There is an old saying that goes, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” The one who came up with that was never hit with a dictionary. James reminds us of one small organ of our bodies that we don’t think about too much, but it does have a great influence; not just in our lives, but in others’ lives as well: the tongue. James likens our tongue to the rudder of a ship. Just as a massive ship is steered through the water by a seemingly small and ...

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Trinity: World-famous Humble Little Country Doctor

Many ask, “If God exists, why He doesn’t show himself? Then we would worship him.” Answers have been given from reason, philosophy, and piety, but God is not impressed with that. His reasons are personal. Linus told Charlie Brown what he was going to do when he grew up. “When I get big I’m going to be a humble little country doctor. I’ll live in the city, see, and every morning I’ll get up, climb into my sports car and zoom into ...

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A Concordia Pitches a No-Hitter. The Final Score: 0-34

  Not that long ago I read through a Concordia University’s glossy biannual magazine. I was struck by how little Jesus there was in it. I went back and took another look. I saw no Jesus. I downloaded it and did a search. Zero Jesus. Zero. By comparison, the word innovation, or one of its derivatives, was used 34 times. That’s right. Thirty-four. Luke 12:34 comes to mind: “For ...

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Satan's Angelic Disguises

If you were to stop and consider the devil's appearance for a moment, you might imagine something frightening.  He very well may show up in your mind's eye complete with horns, hoofs, and pitchfork. Maybe you'd dream up something that looks like it came out of a horror movie.  The last thing we'd probably expect is for the devil to clothe himself in a godly appearance. But this is exactly ...

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ACELC – If Not Now, When? – DVD now available

He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Titus 1:9 It has only been a short ...

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If you are a pietist ...

IF YOU ARE A PIETIST, FOR THE SAKE OF THE LUTHERANS, PLEASE REMAIN ONE. PLEASE. As you can see from the photo, the bottle is nearly empty. That's not entirely my fault. I purchased this whisky on ...

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The Purple People Eater Rides Again

The Jehovah’s Witnesses interlinear Bible, titled The Kingdom Interlinear Translation of the Greek Scriptures (KIT), was first released in 1969.  Called “the purple people eater” by many ...

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Believing and Confessing the Forgiveness of Sins: Sermon on Matthew 18:21-35

True unity is found only in pure doctrine. This is because the center of all Christian doctrine is the death of Christ for the forgiveness of sins. True unity is found in the gospel. To forgive your ...

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"But We Preach Christ Crucified" (Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“But We Preach Christ Crucified” (1 Corinthians 1:18-25) You’ll notice that the color of our paraments today is red--in other words, something different from the ordinary green that we use ...

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2013 Convention Resolution Update

Found on lcms.org The 2013 Convention Resolution Update outlines the work that's been done to complete the 95 resolutions passed at last year's convention. To download the report, click ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Theological Crossdressers

    Theological Crossdressers This pick is from an episode of Table Talk Radio entitled "Beware! Theological Crossdressers." Pastors Wolfmueller and Goeglein critique a video ...

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Good Storytellers Make Good Apologists

What makes a good apologist? We know some of the usual suspects. Eyewitnesses make good apologists. Matthew, John, Peter, and Paul, come to mind in the New Testament. These eyewitnesses—and ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – A Foolish, Silly, Stupid Little Word really Does Save You

Holy Cross September 14, 2014 Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 A Foolish, Silly, Stupid Little Word really Does Save ...

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Twice More to John 6: An Analysis of the Sacramental Interpretation

Twice More to John 6: An Analysis of the Sacramental Interpretation Rev. Philip Hale – St. Paul, Bancroft and St. John, Lyons NE   John 6 is a controversial touchstone because it ...

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Memorial Moment – Love the Truth

It's been a while, but BJS periodically puts out sources of daily study helps or thoughts that are available to help our readers. One of these is from Synod Fifth Vice President Pastor Scott Murray ...

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Some Thoughts on Synod, Mercy, the Divine Service and a Restored Church, by Pr. Rossow

St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamel, Illinois dedicated its restored sanctuary on Sunday. It was devastated months ago by a fire in the church basement. The smoke from that fire ruined the sanctuary. ...

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Fun and Faith

Before tossing the catalog into the circular file I skimmed over the outside cover and noticed the words “fun and faith” joined together in an alliterative effort to illustrate what their catalog ...

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Right To Life article by Pr. Christopher Thoma

I was asked by Right To Life of Livingston County Michigan to write a “brief” article, and these were the simple parameters given in the email: “We would like your article to address how to ...

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"Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law" (Sermon on Romans 13:1-10, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law” (Romans 13:1-10) Do you want to know what you should be doing this week? I can tell you with sure confidence what God’s will is for you this week. It’s ...

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Steadfast Throwdown – Round 21

Round 21 of Steadfast Throwdown has now been published! It includes the following:   CATECHISM SERIES, PART 9 (link) Pr. Joe Abrahamson joins us to resume our series on Martin ...

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