Monergism of Grace and the Lord’s Supper

Monergism of Grace and the Lord’s Supper Rev. John A. Frahm III In our context “monergism” means the “sole working” of Christ in giving His gifts and fulfilling the promises of His institution of the Lord’s Supper of His body and … Continue reading

Solidifying our Lutheran Trinitarian Preaching & Teaching

Outside of Holy Trinity Sunday, when was the last time you preached on the Scriptural teachings on the Trinity?  In your Bible teaching, do you spend much more time than just quoting the normal proof passages such as Matthew 28:19, … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Annunciation to the Virgin Mary – Annunciation: The Virgin Shall Conceive

March 25 Luke 1:26-38 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of … Continue reading

Holy Week Devotionals by Pr. Matthew Harrison

Synod President Pastor Matthew Harrison is doing live video devotionals on facebook each day this week at 8:30am. Facebook users who have the feature can “live subscribe” to get notification when these are about to me published each day; hold … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday – Jesus, our King, Enters Jerusalem

Matt 21:1-11 21 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 will find a donkey … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Fifth Sunday in Lent: Judica – Jesus, Son of Abraham: Our High Priest

John 8:46-59 46 Which of you convicts Me of sin? And if I tell the truth, why do you not believe Me? 47 He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Fourth Sunday in Lent: Laetare – Bread of Life: Jesus Feeds Five Thousand

John 6:1-15 6 After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. 3 … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Third Sunday in Lent: Oculi – Triumph over Satan: Jesus Casts Out A Demon

Luke 11:14-28 14 And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St. Matthias the Apostle February 24

Matt. 11:25-30 25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. 26 Even so, Father, … Continue reading

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi — The Data Speaks For & To the LCMS

The phrase lex orandi, lex credendi is a compact way of saying that what you practice becomes what you teach. “Orthodoxy is… the right doctrine and the right praise of God (1)”. Or, in the words of the sainted Klemet … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Quinquagesima — Faith Alone: Up to Jerusalem

Quinquagesima Sunday Luke 18:31-43 (NKJV) 31 Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished. … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 5 — The Church Militant: Tares Among the Wheat

Fifth Sunday After Epiphany Matt 13:24-30 (NKJV) 24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Baptism of our Lord, Jesus

Historic Lectionaries vary on the choice of when to observe this Feast. Some of the dates include Epiphany (January 6), LSB the Sunday before Transfiguration, ELH the Sunday before Ash Wednesday. Matt 3:13-17 (NKJV) 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord (February 2)

February 2 (Forty Days after the Nativity of Christ) Luke 2:22-40 (NKJV) 22 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord 23 (as it … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Sexagesima — Word of God: Sower and the Seed

Sexagesima Sunday Luke 8:4-15 (NKJV) 4 And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 4 — Trust: Jesus Calms the Storm

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany Matt 8:23-27 (NKJV) 23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Septuagesima — By Grace Alone: Laborers in the Vineyard

Septuagesima Sunday Matt 20:1-16 (NKJV) 20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 3 — Missions: Jesus heals a Leper and a Servant

Third Sunday After Epiphany Matt 8:1-13 (NKJV) 8 When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. 2 And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 2 – Marriage & Family: Wedding in Cana

John 2:1-11 (NKJV) 2 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 And when they ran … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Transfiguration

The Transfiguration of Jesus Matt 17:1-9 (NKJV) 17 Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; 2 and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany 1 – Youth: The Boy Jesus in the Temple

Luke 2:41-52 (NKJV) 41 His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast. 43 When they … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Epiphany (January 6) – Jesus, Savior of Gentiles: The Wise Men

Matt 2:1-12 (NKJV) 2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Second Sunday After Christmas – God’s Protection: Fleeing to Egypt

Matt 2:13-23 (NKJV) 13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Circumcision (January 1)

Circumcision and Name of Jesus (Christmas + 8 days) Luke 2:21 (NKJV) 21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: Holy Innocents (December 28)

Holy Innocents, Martyrs Matthew 2:13-18 New King James Version 13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and … Continue reading