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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 4

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 4

    In Mark 4, Jesus and the disciples are on a boat in the Sea of Galilee when a violent storm arises. Crippled with fear, the disciples wake their sleeping Savior. Jesus takes this...

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  • Renewal of the Covenant in Joshua

    Renewal of the Covenant in Joshua

    After God had graciously formed Jacob’s descendants into His covenant people and named them as His own, He provided them a choice for the future: “If you will … then I will … ”...

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  • The Development of the Formula of Concord

    The Development of the Formula of Concord

    This blog post is adapted from The Formula of Concord: The Epitome and Solid Declaration. Read below to learn about the development of the Formula of Concord in Lutheran history.

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  • How Peter References the Psalms in Acts

    How Peter References the Psalms in Acts

    From Ascension to Trinity Sunday, the three-year lectionary treats us to four straight readings from the first two chapters of Acts. Before Jesus ascends into the heavens, He directs...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Ezekiel 37

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Ezekiel 37

    Incarnation and spiritual life bring unity to Ezekiel 37, Psalm 139, Acts 2, John 15, and John 16. In his description of the Valley of Dry Bones, Ezekiel writes, “And I will lay sinews...

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  • The Covenant in Deuteronomy

    The Covenant in Deuteronomy

    In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses preaches a series of sermons or discourses to the Israelites as they prepare to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Lane. Although each of...

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  • Freedom from Sin in Zechariah 9

    Freedom from Sin in Zechariah 9

    This blog post is excerpted from Concordia Commentary: Zechariah.  Zechariah 9:12 begins with a command for the exiles to “return” to the stronghold of Zion (cf. 2:10–11 [ET...

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  • The Power of Letters for Pastoral Care

    The Power of Letters for Pastoral Care

    The Epistle readings through much of the Easter season in the Three-Year Lectionary for Year B are from 1 John, a timeless letter of great encouragement for God’s children to love each...

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  • Sharing God’s Great Family Ministry Work with Pastor Timothy Roth55:59

    Sharing God’s Great Family Ministry Work with Pastor Timothy Roth

    Working with youth and encouraging them to grow up in the faith is an important part of the Church. Walking alongside families, no matter how old or young, and ensuring that they have the resources to

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Jesus as the Good Shepherd

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Jesus as the Good Shepherd

    As Acts 4, Psalm 23, and 1 John interrelate, two predominant themes present themselves. Firstly, there is certain salvation in Jesus Christ, and in fact, only in Jesus Christ. Acts...

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  • Preparing for Pastoral Ministry: A Call Day Reflection

    Preparing for Pastoral Ministry: A Call Day Reflection

    Let’s get the basics out of the way. I am the wife of a man who is studying to become a pastor. My husband, Joel, is entering the final stretch of his second year in the master of...

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  • God’s Presence in Baptism and Communion

    God’s Presence in Baptism and Communion

    This post is adapted from The Spirituality of the Cross, third edition, by Gene Edward Veith Jr.

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  • Hope in the Resurrection

    Hope in the Resurrection

    This post is an excerpt from Getting Through Grief: Eight Biblical Gifts for Living with Loss. How can you be absolutely certain that, even in your grief and loss, you can live with...

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  • The Legislative Sections of Numbers

    The Legislative Sections of Numbers

    The Book of Numbers gets its name from the censuses in chapters 1 and 26. It recounts the travels and experiences of the people of Israel from Sinai to the borders of Canaan. Laws and...

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  • The Fulfillment of Psalm 22 in Holy Week

    The Fulfillment of Psalm 22 in Holy Week

    Psalm 22 has one of the most memorable opening lines, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” These words are instilled into our memories as the words Jesus spoke from the cross....

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 10

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Mark 10

    In Mark 10, Jesus demonstrates how He is the perfect sacrifice for all by humbly obeying God the Father through His death and resurrection.

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  • Sacrifice, Atonement, and Holiness in Leviticus

    Sacrifice, Atonement, and Holiness in Leviticus

    Externally, Israel’s sacrifices have much in common with sacrifices all over the world, but Israel’s sacrifices are sacraments. From God’s side they belong to the realm of...

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  • Jesus Fulfills God's Promise and His Name

    Jesus Fulfills God's Promise and His Name

    This post is excerpted from Blessed Be His Name by Rev. Dr. Kevin Golden. Everything that the Lord packs into His name is found in Christ. In the name of Jesus, the Lord dwells among...

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  • How Do You Rest on the Sabbath Day?

    How Do You Rest on the Sabbath Day?

    As Lent is underway, many Christians throughout the world are participating in various spiritual disciplines. Some are fasting from a particular food, drink, or activity. Some are...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: James 1

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: James 1

    James, the brother of Jesus, is the author of this book. It is important to remember that James is related to Jesus by Mary, their mother, as Jesus is the Son of God, conceived by the...

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