Acts 2: Pentecost

Intro To a people baptized in the waters of the Red Sea and now wandering in the wilderness, God came.  To make them His separate and distinct people, He gave them many rites and rituals.  Among these commanded worship forms (in Leviticus 23), we encounter Pentecost, a thanksgiving festival for the first crop of the […]

1 Peter: Lesson 11: Living Like the End is Near

Intro In 1 Peter 3:16, Peter mentioned Christians “having a good conscience.”  Later, he reveals baptism saves, as the appeal of a good conscience toward God.  Unless one never sinned, being righteous on his own, baptism can only save because, through it, God forgives, giving the “unrighteous” a clean conscience.   The Mind of Christ Peter […]

1 Peter: Lesson 10: The Good Conscience God Gives Us

Intro In 1 Peter 3:16, Peter mentions Christians “having a good conscience” but doesn’t tell us how this came to be—but he will.  Next, he writes: “It is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”  Verse 18 then follows as a continuation of 17, starting with […]

1 Peter: Lesson 9: A Focus on How the Christian Lives, Peter’s Conclusion

Intro In chapter 2, Peter instructed how Christians are to relate and function within the general structures of society (2:11-17).  He followed this by a focused instruction of how Christians should live in a household, often when someone is the only Christian (2:18-3:7).  Peter now alerts us he is concluding this section by beginning with […]

1 Peter: Lesson 8: How the Christian Lives, Part 3

Intro In 1 Peter 3:1-7, Peter finishes his focus on how the Christian is to live within a non-Christian household.  Like his earlier instruction, we can find this section also comprised of three parts: How to live or be, here being subordinate Unfolding of what is pleasing to God, and A reason for the attitude […]

1 Peter: Lesson 7: How the Christian Lives

Intro Peter earlier explained how our faith-life derives from, and is lived in, Christ.  Because Christ is the living Stone, we become living stones (1 Peter 2:4).  With Him as cornerstone of the House, the Church, we are incorporated into His Church (vs. 5-6).  Since Jesus, this Cornerstone, is the source of honor for believers, […]

1 Peter: Lesson 5: From Nothing to Something

Intro Last week, Peter commanded Christians to long for the “worded” (logikon) milk like newborns for their mothers’ milk.  This referred to the Lord’s Supper, for if Peter meant the preached Word, he would have used a different Greek construction (to gala tou logou).  Why are we to crave the Supper?  To grow up into […]

The Unknown Unknown

This is our pastor’s article for the June, 2019 edition of our newsletter. In this, he delves into some (some!) of the New Testament’s use of the little-known book of 1 Enoch. Some speak of “known knowns,” things of which we are aware and also understand.  For others, they talk of “known unknowns,” what we […]

Revelation 22: I Am the Alpha and Omega

I From Adam and Eve to you and me, we can chant the psalm.  “Behold, how pleasant and sweet for brothers to dwell together….  The Lord decreed this blessing of life for eternity” (Psalm 133:1, 4).  Yes, God desires such unity, but we, instead, clutch and grab in our discord and disunity!  So soon did […]

Lutheran Heritage Foundation is visiting on May 12

On May 12, Pr. Rod Benkendorf (former pastor at Frohna, MO) will be our guest preacher.  No longer serving in the area where the Missouri Synod first formed, he is now using his talents to help spread the grace of God farther afield.  In this grace-giving task, the Lutheran Church excels better than any other, […]