A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Eighth Sunday after Trinity

Why does Jesus tell us to “Beware of false prophets?” These “ravenous wolves,” regardless of their pious appearance and stated intent, are destructive to souls and enemies of salvation.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]   A READING FROM THE BOOK OF CONCORD EIGHTH … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Seventh Sunday after Trinity

Whether four thousand gathered in a desolate place, or a few hundred (or even two or three) gathered around Jesus to hear Him speak, His Word provides plenty of bread to go around.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     A READING … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Good works and the suffering of Christ and the Christian go hand in hand, indeed they are “the firstfruits” of the Spirit of which Paul speaks. To live in Christ is to suffer for the sake of serving one’s neighbor … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Third Sunday after Trinity

This is how and where God the Son “receives sinners and eats with them”—He pours out God the Holy Spirit in the ministry of His holy Christian Church to forgive them, and make them holy.  [Rev. Kurt Hering]     … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Second Sunday after Trinity

Why doesn’t everybody go to heaven? As Jesus illustrates in the story He tells in today’s Gospel lesson, people feel they have better, more important and urgent things to do with their lives than spend their time with the heavenly … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – First Sunday after Trinity

The reward of the kingdom of heaven is a matter of God having mercy to comfort those who receive it through faith according to His promise in Christ Jesus. Lazarus receives the aid, deliverance, and protection in heaven that the … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – The Feast of Holy Trinity

In answer to Nicodemus’s query about God and being born again into His kingdom, Jesus reveals the persons, work, and relationship of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Thus, it is this one God in three persons whom … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – The Day of Pentecost

According to Jesus, the purpose and work of the Holy Spirit is to “teach” and “bring to remembrance” everything He taught His disciples regarding His suffering, death, resurrection and ascension. To be sure, this work will be accompanied by miracles … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Easter 6

Rev. Kurt Hering’s objective is to make a connection between the “Gospel Text For The Day” (usually) and the Book of Concord in order to help pastors make connections for their parishoners that help them understand how the BoC sets … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Easter 5

Rev. Kurt Hering’s objective is to make a connection between the “Gospel Text For The Day” (usually) and the Book of Concord in order to help pastors make connections for their parishoners that help them understand how the BoC sets … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book of Concord – Easter 4

Rev. Kurt Hering’s objective is to make a connection between the “Gospel Text For The Day” (usually) and the Book of Concord in order to help pastors make connections for their parishoners that help them understand how the BoC sets … Continue reading

A Reading From The Book Of Concord – Easter 3

Our Lutheran Confessions provide the under-shepherds of Jesus, The Good Shepherd, with weapons to fight off false teaching wolves. They also provide a manual for the sheep to judge whether their pastor is truly Christ’s under-shepherd, or merely a hired … Continue reading

“In the Presence of the Holy God” (Sermon on Isaiah 6:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“In the Presence of the Holy God” (Isaiah 6:1-8) What would it be like if you knew you were in the presence of the holy God? Try to imagine. Would it be cool, casual, awesome, inspiring, overwhelming? What would your … Continue reading

“God’s Testimony: Eternal Life in His Son” (Sermon on 1 John 5:9-15, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“God’s Testimony: Eternal Life in His Son” (1 John 5:9-15) This week the Epistle reading once again is from First John. This has been the Epistle featured throughout this Easter season, and for good reason. The author, St. John, was … Continue reading

“The Ascension: Past, Present, and Future” (Sermon on Ephesians 1:15-23, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Ascension: Past, Present, and Future” (Ephesians 1:15-23) Today we’re having church on a Thursday. That’s because we’re celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord, a major festival in the church year that always falls on a Thursday. And that’s because … Continue reading

“The Spirit and the Water and the Blood” (Sermon on 1 John 5:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Spirit and the Water and the Blood” (1 John 5:1-8) Our Epistle today from First John includes a section that at first glance may seem a little puzzling. But when we look at it a little more closely, we’ll … Continue reading

“Abide in the Vine” (Sermon on John 15:1-8, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Abide in the Vine” (John 15:1-8) “Stay where you are!” “Don’t move!” These commands sound rather restrictive. These imperatives can sound oppressive and limiting, like we’re being told what to do, and it’s to not do anything. The idea of … Continue reading

Five-hundredth anniversary of the Heidelberg Disputation (by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

Five hundred years ago today, on April 26, 1518, Martin Luther presented and defended a number of “theological paradoxes” in a debate at Heidelberg. Coming less than six months after the Ninety-five Theses, the Heidelberg Disputation was an important step … Continue reading

“The Love That Lays Down Its Life” (Sermon on 1 John 3:16-24, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“The Love That Lays Down Its Life” (1 John 3:16-24) “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” What a beautiful hymn to sing on this day in the church year known as “Good Shepherd Sunday”! How we need a good … Continue reading

“What We Are Now and What We Will Be” (Sermon on 1 John 3:1-7, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“What We Are Now and What We Will Be” (1 John 3:1-7) Last week we began a series of six straight weeks of Epistle readings from 1 John. Our theme last week was “Fellowship through the Word of Life”: We … Continue reading

“Fellowship through the Word of Life” (Sermon on 1 John 1:1 – 2:2, by Pr. Charles Henrickson)

“Fellowship through the Word of Life” (1 John 1:1 – 2:2) Today on this Second Sunday of Easter, we begin six straight weeks of Epistle readings from First John. This is quite appropriate for the Easter season, since First John … Continue reading