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.

The Christmas Gospel In Prophecy and Persecution

I came across a video  that brings home what the Bible says about the Advent of Christ: both His first and His second Advent. The text cited by the old man in the video is the Old Testament lesson for … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Stephen the Martyr (December 26)

Matt. 23:34-39 New King James Version Suffering for Christ  34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Christmas Day 2 – Nativity of Our Lord

John 1:1-14 New King James Version 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Chrismtas Day 1 – Nativity of Our Lord

Luke 2:15-20 New King James Version 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Christmas Eve’ – Nativity of Our Lord

Luke 2:1-14 New King James Version 1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Thomas the Apostle (December 21)

Strengthening of Faith Gospel: John 20:24-31 24 Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Fourth Sunday in Advent – Rejoice!

Rorate coeli John 1:19-28 New King James Version 19 Now this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Third Sunday in Advent – Forerunners of Christ

Gaudete Matt 11:2-10 New King James Version 2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look … Continue reading

Redeeming Christian Holy Days: The Christians Stole December 25th

How does a Christian deal with claims like this? The tactic used in this meme is intimidation. There is no way most readers could research all these claims. The implication is that the maker of the meme must have done … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Nicholas of Myra (December 6)

Mark 10:13-16 New King James Version 13 Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Second Sunday in Advent – Watchfulness

Populus Zion Luke 21:25-36 New King James Version 25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: First Sunday in Advent – Jesus, our Coming King

Matthew 21:1-9 New King James Version 1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, 2 saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Andrew the Apostle (Nov. 30th)

November 30th, 2015 St. Andrew’s Day John 1:35-42 New King James Version 35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” 37 … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Last Sunday (Trinity 27) – Eternal Life

Last Sunday of the Church Year Trinity 27 Heaven’s Eternal Joy: The Bride of Christ Matthew 25:1-13 New King James Version 25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Second Last Sunday (Trinity 26), Martinmas – Last Judgment

2nd-Last Sunday of the Church Year Trinity 26 And the text for the Feast of St. Martin, Pastor- November 11 Last Judgment Matthew 25:31-46 New King James Version 31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Third Last Sunday (Trinity 25) – End Times

Third-Last Sunday of the Church Year (Trinity 25) Signs of the End Times Matthew 24:15-28 New King James Version 15 “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: All Saints’ Day -Saints and Martyrs

November 1 All Saints’ Day Matthew 5:1-12 New King James Version 5 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 2 Then He opened His mouth and taught … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Reformation

Reformation Day Matthew 11:12-15 New King James Version 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the prophets and the law … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Sts. Simon and Jude Apostles (Oct. 28)

October 28 John 15:17-21 New King James Version 17 These things I command you, that you love one another. 18 “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you. 19 If you were of … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 5 (Trinity 23) – Citizenship

Fifth Sunday After Michaelmas, or the Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity Citizenship: Render to Caesar and to God Matthew 22:15-22 New King James Version 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 6 (Trinity 24) – Death, A Sleep

Michaelmas 6 Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity Death, A Sleep: Jairus’ Daughter Matthew 9:18-26 New King James Version 18 While He spoke these things to them, behold, a ruler came and worshiped Him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 4 (Trinity 22) – Forgive as Forgiven

Twenty-Second Sunday after Trinity, or the Fourth Sunday After Michaelmas Forgive as Forgiven: The Unmerciful Servant Matthew 18:23-35 New King James Version 23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. James the Elder (Oct. 23)

October 23 St. James the Elder the Apostle Matthew 20:20-28 New King James Version 20 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. 21 And He said to her, … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Sunday Gospel: Michaelmas 3 (Trinity 21) – Spiritual Armor

Twenty-first Sunday after Trinity, or the Third Sunday After Michaelmas Spiritual Armor John 4:46-54 New King James Version 46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Luke the Evangelist (Oct. 18)

October 18 St. Luke the Evangelist Luke 10:1-9 New King James Version 10 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was … Continue reading