Pastor Joseph Abrahamson

About Pastor Joseph Abrahamson

Pastor Joseph Abrahamson serves Faith Ev. Lutheran Church, Clara City, Minnesota (E.L.S.). He and his wife, Mary, have 10 children. Pastor Abrahamson is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, and of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Department of Hebrew and Semitic Studies. He has served on the Faculty/Staff at Bethany Lutheran College teaching Religion, Linguistics, Archaeology, and Self-Defense; and was on Staff at the University of Wisconsin as an Information Processing Consultant (Computer Geek) while doing graduate work in Semitics. Pastor Abrahamson served Clearwater Lutheran Parish (ELS) from 2001 to April 2015.

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 10 -Renewed Obedience

Luke 19:41-48 Jesus Cleanses the Temple 41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 9 -Stewardship

Luke 16:1-9 The Wise Steward 16 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 8 -Beware of False Prophets

Matthew 7:15-23 New King James Version 15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospels: St. Mary Magdalene

July 22nd Luke 7:36-50 36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. 37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 7 -Providence

Providence Mark 8:1-9 New King James Version Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand 8 In those days, the multitude being very great and having nothing to eat, Jesus called His disciples to Him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 6 -Sin and Righteousness

Matthew 5:20-26 New King James Version 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 21 “You have heard that it … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 5 -Discipleship

Following Christ Luke 5:1-11 New King James Version 5 So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, 2 and saw two boats standing by the … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Visitation

July 2 Luke 1:39-47 New King James Version Mary Visits Elizabeth 39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospels: Sts. Peter and Paul the Apostles

June 29th Matthew 16:13-20 New King James Version 13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 So they said, “Some say John the … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 4 -Christian Unity and Peace

Luke 6:36-42 New King James Version 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. 37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Nativity of John the Baptist

June 24th Luke 1:57-80 New King James Version Birth of John the Baptist 57 Now Elizabeth’s full time came for her to be delivered, and she brought forth a son. 58 When her neighbors and relatives heard how the Lord … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 3 -The Lost Sheep

Evangelism: Luke 15:1-10 New King James Version The Parable of the Lost Sheep and The Parable of the Lost Coin 15 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 2 -Invitation: The Great Supper

Invitation: Luke 14:16-24 New King James Version The Great Supper 16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Trinity 1 -Dives and Lazarus

Historic Series Trinity I: Luke 16:19-31 New King James Version The Rich Man and Lazarus 19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days from Pagan Lies — Easter, Eggs, and Nowruz

By now most Americans have probably heard of the Iranian/Persian New Year festival called Nowruz, or No Ruz. One of the more recent claims against Easter is that this Christian Holy Day is merely a hijacked version of the Persian … Continue reading

Redeeming Holy Days-Candlemas/Presentation

Candlemas is February 2nd, forty days after the birth of Christ it is the Festival of the Purification of Mary. The Gospel Lesson for this festival is Luke 2:22-40. Perhaps this particular festival does not loom as large in significance … Continue reading