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Book Review: Thank, Praise, Serve, and Obey by William Weedon
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Jesus lived a perfect human life. We know that. But it is easy to miss some of his practices. It might sound strange, but Jesus was pious. He had godly habits. By them, he lived joyously, even though He also was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, tempted … Continue reading

“Out of the Water, into the Wilderness” (Sermon on Mark 1:9-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)
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“Out of the Water, into the Wilderness” (Mark 1:9-15) Today is the First Sunday in Lent, which means that the Holy Gospel is an account of the temptation of our Lord. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this episode that took place right after Jesus’ baptism. This year we hear … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Reminiscere — The Second Sunday of Lent
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This entry is part 55 of 55 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Reminiscere — The Second Sunday of Lent and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction with the Daily Prayer … Continue reading

Baptism and Righteousness – Sermon by Pr Rolf Preus
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The Baptism of our Lord (Quinquagesima Sunday) February 11, 2018 “Baptism and Righteousness” St. Matthew 3: 13-17 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming … Continue reading

The Holy Spirit is Coaxing Me to Trust
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Every now and then, when there is an issue or concern in my life, the Holy Spirit uses the Word in its variety of forms and places of proclamation to repeatedly reveal the same truth over and again and call me to faith in the Word. That is needed, because … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit is Coaxing Me to Trust

Every now and then, when there is an issue or concern in my life, the Holy Spirit uses the Word in its variety of forms and places of proclamation to repeatedly reveal the same truth over and again and call … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies – Ash Wednesday, Ashes, and Lent

Where did Ash Wednesday and Lent come from? Are they relics of paganism? No. They are not. The actual history is much more interesting and beneficial. Early Practice of Lent The ancient Church chose to keep a fast during the … Continue reading

“Hearts and Ashes” (Sermon on Joel 2:12-19, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Hearts and Ashes” (Joel 2:12-19) Today is Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day for sending your love a box of candy and a Valentine’s card. Something like this: Roses are red, Violets are blue; Sugar is sweet, And so … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: The Introduction

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon continues the theme of prayer, focusing on the importance of the “our” in the Our … Continue reading

A Laymen’s Commentary on the Large Catechism: Introduction to the Apostles’ Creed

This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series A Layman's Commentary on the Large Catechism

      The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”     They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds;     there is none who does good. 2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,     to see if … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part V: The Christian’s Spectacles

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

When the Lord made man, he made him with eyes that gaze outward from himself, that desire to see something and take it in. In short, the Lord made man to behold spectacles. As with every inclination with which we … Continue reading

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”: Preparing for Lenten Prayer

“The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion” is the theme of the Lenten devotion that Steadfast Lutherans has put together this year. The following sermon introduces the theme of prayer, preached on Quinquagesima (Luke 18:31-43), and largely influenced by The … Continue reading

Second Edition of Lutheran Purgatory book – request for participants.

Editor’s Note:  There have been measures in the past few years to improve the candidate situation in the LCMS, but there is still much work to be done.  As with most things, execution of efforts to care for men in … Continue reading

A Call to Confess Christ to the Government

Editor’s Note:  This “Call to Confess Christ” was submitted and captures the concerns I share over the pattern of statements that the LCMS has been making in the civic sphere along with other Christians and non-Christians.  With this article Pastor … Continue reading

An update on some LCMS changes going on in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Over at the LCMS Blog there is a nice post explaining some of the changes going on in LCMS International Missions in Asia.  A classmate of mine, Rev. Roy Askins serves over there and explained these changes for folks wanting … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Invocavit — The First Sunday in Lent

This entry is part 2 of 55 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Invocavit — The First Sunday in Lent and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is … Continue reading

Optimism for the Church

The other day, a fellow pastor called me an optimist who believes he can change the world because I was fighting for a situation in a neighboring parish to be handled properly. Those who know me will laugh, as none … Continue reading

Keeping Pastors accountable to their Ordination Vows – a way for Laity to show love to their pastor

“Do you promise that you will perform the duties of your office in accordance with these Confessions, and that all your preaching and teaching and your administration of the Sacraments will be in conformity with Holy Scripture and with these … Continue reading

A Year without Television, Part IV: Restoring a Proper Sense of Wonder

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series A Year Without Television

The following is a sermon on Luke 2:22-40, preached on December 31st, 2017, the First Sunday after Christmas. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. “And his father and his mother wondered at … Continue reading

“Where Is the Healing?” (Sermon on Mark 1:29-39, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Where Is the Healing?” (Mark 1:29-39) Every year during the Epiphany season, we get Gospel readings in which Jesus is doing the activities of his public ministry. We see Jesus busy with things like preaching, teaching, and healing the sick. … Continue reading

Confessional Lutherans in Florida: Reflections on Orlando Steadfast Conference

Last week Steadfast Lutherans held one of their Regional Conferences at Zion Lutheran Church in Winter Garden, FL.  The amount of attendees was not huge, but it was a good bunch of faithful Christians who desire to learn more and … Continue reading

Great Stuff — The Four Stages of Coming into the Liturgy

Found over on World Wide Wolfmueller: Pastor Jared Melius of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Denver, CO wrote the following email outlining the four stages of coming into the Lutheran Liturgy. Enjoy! Confusion – where am I? what page? am I … Continue reading

Lambs at Pasture for Quinquagesima

This entry is part 3 of 55 in the series Lambs at Pasture

Lambs at Pasture for Quinquagesima and its Answer Key are now available for download. English Version English Answer Key The repetitive nature of Lambs at Pasture aids in familiarity and memorization of key passages. This is especially true when used in conjunction … Continue reading

Great Stuff — Reflections and Follow up on Saint Louis

Found over on Predigtamt — Musings of a Country Pastor: ((updated)) I haven’t posted anything on the situation with the Saint Louis seminary in a few weeks. Partly I have been busy. Partly, I have been reflecting. Since my last … Continue reading

Listening to the Scriptures in a little over 40 (week)days

Last year, a fellow clergyman mentioned on social media the practice of listening to the Scriptures during the season of Lent. I took up this challenge (a day late — beginning the Thursday morning after Ash Wednesday) and found it … Continue reading

2018 Lent Devotionals Now Available – “The Lord’s Prayer in the Lord’s Passion”

The 2018 Lent Devotional from Steadfast Lutherans is ready to be downloaded and printed. Here are the versions for download: eReader and Large Print version Color Booklet Black and White Booklet Black and White Large Print Printed copy from Lulu … Continue reading