The Day of Your Visitation

Text: Luke 19:41-48 During Holy Week, while Jesus was teaching in the temple, He told a parable about a man who planted a vineyard and rented it out to tenants. When the time for fruit came, the man sent his servants to the tenants, but they beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again, theContinue reading “The Day of Your Visitation”

Dishonest Manager(s), Merciful Master

Text: Luke 16:1-9 (10-13) The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive youContinue reading “Dishonest Manager(s), Merciful Master”

Working with the Word

Text: Luke 5:1-11 St. Paul wrote to the Colossians, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” (Colossians 3:16, English Standard Version) With these words, St. Paul encouraged the Colossians in theirContinue reading “Working with the Word”

Merciful Like Our Father

Text: Luke 6:36-42 In the Lutheran Church, nearly every confirmation class follows – more or less – the same course. Using Martin Luther’s Small Catechism, we first learn the Ten Commandments, which are God’s will for our lives as His people. Then, we learn the Apostles’ Creed – which is what God would have usContinue reading “Merciful Like Our Father”

To Seek and to Save the Lost

Text: Luke 15:1-10 In Luke 19, just before the Triumphal Entry, our Lord passed through the town of Jericho. Now, in the town of Jericho there was a man named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector. Or, rather, he was a “chief tax collector,” and he was quite wealthy. (Luke 19:2, English Standard Version) InContinue reading “To Seek and to Save the Lost”

The Heavenly Banquet

Text: Luke 14:15-24 The psalmist speaks prophetically by the Holy Spirit in Psalm 118, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” (Psalm 118:22-23, English Standard Version) That verse is familiar to us because it comes up all over the New Testament.Continue reading “The Heavenly Banquet”

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Text: Luke 16:19-31 James, the brother of our Lord, wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the second chapter of his epistle, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him… Faith by itself, if it does not have works,Continue reading “The Rich Man and Lazarus”

The Word Works

Text: Luke 8:4-15 Last week we began our walk with our Lord to His cross and resurrection. Last Sunday, along with this and next Sunday, forms its own little season in the Church Year called, “Pre-Lent.” I shared last week that one seminary professor said that Pre-Lent is like packing your bags to go onContinue reading “The Word Works”

Rich Toward God

Text: Luke 12:13-21 There’s an idea that’s come up a few times in conversations and Bible studies these last few weeks. The idea is this: the more possessions a person has, the less thankful toward God they tend to be; the fewer possessions a person has, the more thankful they tend to be. Now, thisContinue reading “Rich Toward God”

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”