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 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

Redeeming Christian Holy Days: Brumalia in the Roman Republic

Brumalia–Pre-Julian Latin Sources: Chronological Presentation One of the modern claims against Christmas is that Christians took the ancient Roman holiday known as Brumalia and baptized it for their own use. The claim is that Brumalia was celebrated in ancient Rome … 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

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: First Sunday After Christmas – The Presentation of Christ

Luke 2:33-40 New King James Version This text is tied together with the Purification of Mary (Feb. 2) 33 And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and said … Continue reading

Luther’s Notes on the Gospel: St John the Apostle (December 27)

John 21:19-24 New King James Version  19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” 20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus … 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