Faith Counted for Righteousness

Text: Genesis 15:1-6 If you could put bright blinking lights into the text of Scripture or somehow change the letters in our Bibles from black to neon yellow, so as to get our attention, our text today would be a wonderful candidate for such treatment. The passage we have today from Genesis is one ofContinue reading “Faith Counted for Righteousness”

The Lord Himself Will Act

We teach, according to the holy and true Word of God, that people cannot be saved based upon our own good works, or anything that is within us. Instead, we are saved freely and purely by God’s grace through faith in Christ, which itself is a work of the Holy Spirit. In other words, our salvation is based entirely upon God’s actions alone.

Christ, the Good Samaritan

Text: Luke 10:23-37 Dear friends in Christ, St. Paul wrote to the Galatians in our Epistle reading, Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scriptures imprisoned everything under sin,Continue reading “Christ, the Good Samaritan”

Altogether Different

Text: Matthew 5:17-26 In John 3, the Pharisee Nicodemus came to visit our Lord under the cover of night. As a member of the Pharisees near the beginning of our Lord’s ministry, he couldn’t be seen taking a positive attitude toward our Lord; yet, he desired to hear more from Him, so he went byContinue reading “Altogether Different”

Free, Indeed

Listen to “2018-10-28 150th Anniversary Service” on Spreaker. Text: John 8:31-36 Jesus said, “If you abide in My Word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” The Word that He speaks of as His Word is the Good News of His perfect life, sacrificialContinue reading “Free, Indeed”

How Good is Good Enough?

Text: Mark 10:17-22 2018-10-14 Pentecost XXI Bulletin Listen to “2018-10-14 Pentecost 21” on Spreaker. In 2015, The Atlantic magazine ran an article titled, “The Power of Good Enough.” It was about, quote, “How settling can make people happier and more satisfied than gunning for ‘the best.’” The point of the article was that we, asContinue reading “How Good is Good Enough?”

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Text: Luke 18:15-17 Bulletin: 2018-09-30 Christian Education Sunday Listen to “2018-09-30 Christian Education Sunday” on Spreaker. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.” He spoke these words to His disciples when they were preventing parents from bringing their children to be blessedContinue reading “Jesus Loves the Little Children”