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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 1

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 1

    In this weekend’s Gospel reading, we find Jesus calling Peter, Andrew, and James and John, the sons of Zebedee, to be His disciples. Mark moves quickly through John the Baptist’s call...

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  • Overcoming Isolation through Community with Brian Davies50:56

    Overcoming Isolation through Community with Brian Davies

    Christ’s Church is never isolated. Join Pastor Brian Davies to learn how to break out of isolation, find identity and belonging in Christ and invite others to join faith-filled community again.

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  • Genesis and God’s Salvation Plan

    Genesis and God’s Salvation Plan

    This is an adapted excerpt from the Lutheran Bible Companion. Over the next year, we will be using the Lutheran Bible Companion to travel through the Old Testament...

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  • Walther’s Sermon for The Epiphany of Our Lord: Matthew 2:1–12

    Walther’s Sermon for The Epiphany of Our Lord: Matthew 2:1–12

    This post is adapted from Gospel Sermons: Volume 1 by C. F. W. Walther.

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  • The Gathering Light of Epiphany

    The Gathering Light of Epiphany

    The season of Epiphany is one that often gets overlooked in the Church Year calendar. We’re on board for Advent and Lent, with many congregations meeting midweek to mark these...

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  • To Us a Child Is Born: Luther’s Interpretations on Isaiah 9:6–7

    To Us a Child Is Born: Luther’s Interpretations on Isaiah 9:6–7

    Christmas is a time of celebration that the Savior of the Nations is born! His name is revered throughout the earth as we rejoice in God’s promises fulfilled. Isaiah 9:6–8...

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  • The Humanity of Christ: Theological Commonplaces

    The Humanity of Christ: Theological Commonplaces

    This post is an excerpt from Theological Commonplaces: On Christ by Johann Gerhard.

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: John 1

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: John 1

    Today, as we read John 1:6–8 and 19–28, we can connect the message of John the Baptist to God’s presence among the Israelites wandering in the wilderness prior to entering the Promised...

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  • Luther’s Introduction to Micah

    Luther’s Introduction to Micah

    This post is adapted from Luther's Works, vol. 18 (Lectures on the Minor Prophets I). When the destruction of the Jewish people was imminent, when the new age and kingdom—namely,...

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  • The Scriptural Depth of the Great “O” Antiphons

    The Scriptural Depth of the Great “O” Antiphons

    The hymnody of Advent is exceedingly rich. Among this richness is the classic “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” As you open your Lutheran Service Book to this hymn (357), you will also find...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: The Final Judgment

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: The Final Judgment

    In Matthew 25, context plays a vital role to interpreting Jesus’ explanation of the final judgment. Jesus has made his triumphal entrance into the city of His crucifixion. Our Lord has...

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  • Luther’s Catechism Series: Marriage

    Luther’s Catechism Series: Marriage

    This post is adapted from Commentary on Luther's Catechism: Confession and Christian Life by Ablrecht Peters. 

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  • The Integrity and Authenticity of the Book of Micah

    The Integrity and Authenticity of the Book of Micah

    This is an adapted excerpt from the Concordia Commentary on Micah by Jason R Soenkensen. Up until the late nineteenth century, the book of Micah was regarded as the work of the prophet...

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  • Living with Grief | Preview the Free Course with Pastor Kristian Kincaid1:38

    Living with Grief | Preview the Free Course with Pastor Kristian Kincaid

    Pastor Kristian Kincaid knows about grief. He has experienced being at the lowest point of grief and knows how Christ reaches out continuously for you to take His hands. After mourning the substantial

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  • Matthew 25: Be Ready for the End of the World

    Matthew 25: Be Ready for the End of the World

    On November 8, 15, and 22, the three Sundays between All Saints’ Day and the First Sunday in Advent, the Gospel readings from the three-year lectionary cover the entirety of Matthew 25....

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  • Understanding and Applying Proverbs

    Understanding and Applying Proverbs

    This post is an adapted excerpt from Concordia Commentary: Proverbs by Andrew E. Steinmann.  Those who read Proverbs today, like all modern readers of Scripture, are separated by a...

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  • Composer of the Month: Martin Franzmann

    Composer of the Month: Martin Franzmann

    Not unlike many American Lutherans in the upper Midwest, Martin Franzmann (1907–76) was the son of a Lutheran pastor. Born and raised in Minnesota, Franzmann continued his undergraduate...

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  • Luther’s Catechism Series: List of Household Responsibilities

    Luther’s Catechism Series: List of Household Responsibilities

    This blog post is an excerpt from Commentary on Luther’s Catechisms: Confession and Christian Life by Albrecht Peters.

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 22:1–14

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Matthew 22:1–14

    Jesus teaches the parable of the wedding feast as the third in a series regarding the rejection of the message of salvation by many Jews, the identity of Jesus Christ as the divine Son...

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  • Politics in the Pulpit?

    Politics in the Pulpit?

    One of the most challenging aspects of being a pastor in the United States in the twenty-first century is the deep division of the nation along political lines. Based on research from a...

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