Advent 2 Midweek “For unto us a Son is Given” : The Answer of Samuel

The following sermon corresponds to Advent 2 Midweek according to the Advent service plan “For unto us a Son is Given.” Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The devil loved barrenness. In … Continue reading

Your Family As Impetus For Daily Prayer

Throughout my twenties, I remained unmarried.  That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I was able to pursue my education without other distractions.  Serving a parish as a single man had a lot of advantages too.  I was able to devote … Continue reading

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

Praying Intentionally

We have both the command from God to pray, and the promise that He will hear us. Sometimes it is easy to pray. Words come easily and we know what to say. Sometimes, prayer is more difficult. We struggle with … Continue reading

Review of Praying Luther’s Small Catechism by John T. Pless

Luther’s Small Catechism is a prayer book. It is “a spiritual companion on a man’s journey from cradle to grave; the Christian’s daily prayer and meditation.”[1]  “First and foremost the catechism is meant to be prayed, as a daily exercise, … Continue reading

“Father, Forgive Them” — Sermon by Pastor Rolf Preus

Ash Wednesday February 10, 2016 “Father, Forgive Them” Luke 23:32-34 “There were also two others, criminals, led with Him to be put to death. And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the … Continue reading

…But We Will Devote Ourselves to Prayer and the Ministry of the Word

There’s a ton of confusion in the Church today surrounding the pastoral office. Do we really even need pastors? What is he supposed to do with his time? Is he supposed to be a leader, a counselor, a CEO, a visionary, … Continue reading

Prayers for the Festival of the Holy Trinity

The Trinity prayers from Seed-Grains of Prayer: A Manual for Evangelical Christians By Wilhelm Loehe, Translated from the Original German 36th Edition By H. A. Weller. We praise God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Hallelujah! And … Continue reading

Prayer Is Not Always a Good Thing

One of the most frequently abused gifts of God among Christians today is prayer. For some reason we’ve gotten this notion that prayer is always a good thing. It is not. Prayer can easily become an attempt to approach God on … Continue reading

Do you have a daily devotional plan? (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Do you have a daily devotional plan? If you don’t, let me suggest what I am doing this year. It’s pretty simple. Basically, I’m reading one chapter of the New Testament every weekday (M-F), two psalms every Saturday, and one … Continue reading

Christmas Catharsis

There’s nothing like a family gathering to raise the blood pressure. If your family is anything like mine, you’ve probably experienced your share of holiday drama (but that’s why we love our families, right?). Things are said and done—often not … Continue reading

What’s Good for the Goose…

Last week, I had to do one of the most humiliating things a pastor has to do. At least I found it that way. After months of reminding parishioners to let us know whenever the church needs to pray for … Continue reading

The Small Catechism: A Treasury of Daily Prayer

Good prayer books are hard to find.  While good prayer books are available, [endnote 1] most people are after convenience.  Just as many people “nourish” their bodies with whatever they can find at the local fast food establishment, so also … Continue reading

Christian-craft: Godly Prayer or Satanic Art?

You wouldn’t think Satan would be able to use something as godly as prayer for his demonic purposes.  When he can’t stop us from praying altogether, he shifts his attention to making sure our prayers aren’t godly.  He would have … Continue reading

Dear God, please speak to me about… (Prayers and Decision Making)

Often I hear well-intentioned Christians talk about prayerfully considering major decisions going on in their lives in such a way that sounds like they are waiting for God to talk to them specifically.  This waiting can finally end for them … Continue reading

Prayer: God Always Says Yes to His Children!

I recently listened to an Issues Etc edition on prayer (above), and I thought there were some very helpful and insightful points in there.  Over all, I really enjoyed it.  But I would like to respectfully offer a contribution to the conversation.  The following is a revision of a post I wrote on propterchristum.blogspot.com.

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Is the Lectio Divina a Practice to Be Encouraged?

Recently, there has been some attention drawn to the advice of Dr. Bruce Hartung of Concordia Seminary to a reader’s comment as published in a recent edition of the Reporter: [Reader:]I have prayed in the Lectio Divina process for a number of … Continue reading