Sermon – Pr Martin Noland – The Proper Use of Mammon

Text: Luke 16:1-9 [Ninth Sunday after Trinity] Our Gospel lesson this morning is one of the more difficult of Jesus’ parables. In order to understand it properly, we have to tease out every little clue, while also making sure that we don’t interpret it in a way contrary to clear teachings of Scripture. One of the basic rules of the interpretation of Scripture is that you always use clear passages of Scripture to interpret and understand unclear ones. What is an unclear passage of ...

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"Jesus and People on the Fringe" (Sermon on Matthew 15:21-28, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Jesus and People on the Fringe” (Matthew 15:21-28) People on the fringe. That’s what you might call them. People on the fringe of respectable society. Sometimes beyond the fringe. These are not the good, upstanding people who have their act all together and are living their best life now. No, these are people with problems in their life. People who have gotten off track and maybe now are regretting the bad choices they have made. ...

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The Godly Kind of Mercy Killing

There's a ungodly type of mercy killing that receives a great deal of sympathy, if not support, in our world today. Consider the Terri Schaivo case that lasted from 1990—2005. Terri had been diagnosed by her doctors as being in a persistent vegetative state, which led her husband's attempts to end life support. His efforts were opposed by her parents, who fought to continue life-prolonging ...

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The Catechism and the Home in 1845: Wilhelm Löhe

Luther emphasized that the Catechisms are meant not just for study by pastors, Church and school, but primarily for the Home. Fathers are to instruct their children and daily to pray the Catechism at home. The Church today cannot make the parents carry out this loving work. The Church can encourage, entreat, portray the value of this teaching. But as the cares and pleasures, the schedules and the ...

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Great Stuff – Miguel Ruiz: God Has a “Wonderful Plan” for Your Death

Great Stuff found over on Internet Monk   by Miguel Ruiz [caption id="attachment_37632" align="alignright" width="300"] The Good Samaritan (after Delacroix), Van Gogh[/caption]If I ...

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The Importance of The Small Catechism in 1580, 3 of 3

We conclude our look at how the Small Catechism was used in 1580; the year the Lutheran Book of Concord was published and adopted as the confession of what Scripture teaches. Martin Luther's Small ...

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The Importance of The Small Catechism in 1580, 2 of 3

We continue to look at how the Small Catechism was used in 1580; the year the Lutheran Book of Concord was published and adopted as the confession of what Scripture teaches. Martin Luther's Small ...

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I’m a Great Husband.

In the world’s eyes, I’m a great husband. I love my wife; I support her and my children. I don’t cheat on her or beat her. I don’t yell at her or put her down. That being said if I’m ...

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Luther’s View on Financial Support for the Office of the Holy Ministry

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus stated, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) St. Paul also warned against the inordinate desire for money as a hindrance to ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Wind and Waves for Faith's Sake

August 10th -- Proper 14 Sermon Text: Matthew 14:22-33   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this ...

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The Importance of The Small Catechism in 1580, 1 of 3

1580 was the year the Lutheran Book of Concord was published and adopted as the confession of what Scripture teaches. Martin Luther's Small Catechism is included in the Book of Concord as one of ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – Dr. Richard Stuckwisch

    Dr. Richard Stuckwisch Examples of different styles without changing substance. At the 2014 LCMS Institute on Liturgy, Preaching, and Church Music Dr. Richard ...

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Persecution is One of the Lord's Precious Promises

The Sanjian Church in Wenzhou in China’s east coast province of Zhejiang is demolished on April 29, 2014, just before the completion of its construction. The left photo shows the start of ...

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The Synod President - A Man Under Orders

It is well known that BJS has often supported President Matthew Harrison (especially in the 2010 effort to elect him), and that at times we have also been critical of him.  In considering the ...

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Is "Church" important?

This is from day 1 of the YouVersion app Bible Plan called, "I Love My Church," available for your phone or tablet. In addition to the below being a good topic for discussion here, we at BJS ...

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Unapologetically Lutheran

“The Lutheran Church is the TRUE VISIBLE CHURCH; not the universal Church, not the only saving Church, not the only Christian Church, but the true visible Church; that is to say, the Church of the ...

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Steadfast Media Pick of the Week – God's Own Child I Gladly Say It

    God's Own Child I Gladly Say It Examples of different styles without changing substance.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eG8u06KI1k From Pr. Matt ...

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Guest Article – Just what do you say when others experience crosses?

by Holly Scheer There are defining moments that stick with us, both of the good and bad variety. When things go well we can share our joy with others. When things go sour we can share our ...

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ACELC – Christ, The Order of Creation, and the Church

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth ...

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Sermon – Pr. Tony Sikora – Getting Jesus' Gifts in this Deserted Place

August 3, 2014 -- Proper 13 Sermon Text: Matthew 14:13-21   Grace, mercy and peace be unto you from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  AMEN!  Our text for this ...

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