Holy Trinity: John 3:1-17

So naive is Nicodemus.  In the concealed obscurity of night, he visits Jesus.  Though seeking to remain undetected, he offers Him the highest praise, “Rabbi, you must be a teacher come from God.  For no one can perform the signs you do unless God is with him” (John 3:2).  Swept away by His miracles, such […]

Acts 2:1-21: The Real Power of Pentecost

At last, power!  A fitting display of vigor and vitality for the saving Word to sally forth into the world!  No more modesty of the Christ-child sleeping among the animals in a manure-filled stable.  Absent is the shame and humiliation of Christ’s execution by Roman overlords.  The hidden splendor of Easter Sunday morning when God […]

Acts 1:12-26: The Office is Greater than the Man

Most of us don’t realize how much North Africans influenced our Christian thinking.  For instance, they became the first to worship in Latin.  So, much of western Christian thought came from them, as we in the West later adopted the Latin language. In the first three centuries, a higher percentage of Christians lived in the […]

Acts 1:6-11: Christ’s Ascension Doesn’t Mean He’s Now Trapped in Heaven

This was our pastor’s sermon for the pastoral circuit meeting (winkel)  on Tuesday, May 9, 2018.   The book of Acts tells us of the first Christians as they brought Jesus to others in their words and deeds.  The Scripture pictures for us the earliest Church, unfolding who the Church is and what she does, […]

John 15:5-9: Fed From the True Vine

The Old Testament often describes God as a gardener or vinedresser, who tends to His vineyards.  The vines He cares for, which He planted and tended with loving care, are His people, Israel.  The Psalms tell us, “[God] brought a vine out of Egypt, expelled the nations, and planted us into his land” (Psalm 80:8). […]

Psalm 23:1: The Lord is My Shepherd

Most of us understand little about the ways of shepherding and sheep.  The few places where sheep wander in the fields are like an alien world to the rest of us.  Included in this life are rugged men, who provide for flocks atop the hills and mountains of the American West, hailing from shepherds in […]

Luke 24:36-49: Clarity in Christ, not Confusion

The risen Jesus appears again, breaking into His disciples’ lives, this time as they mull over recent events.  An astounded Peter witnessed an alive Jesus, no longer held by death.  Later, two disciples walking to Emmaus encounter Jesus, and they marvel.  Now, shocked and surprised, in an instant, He stands before His disciples, as out […]

John 20:19-31: Forgiving and Retaining

What is the Word of God?  Like the Trinity, consisting of Father, Son, and Spirit, the Word is three, yet also one.  Though not an exact comparison, the Word first stems from the One, who became flesh and tabernacled among us (John 1:14).  So, this Word is first the incarnate Jesus. From Christ, the written […]

LeRoy Krause: Celebrating the Gift of Faith: Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, Luke 15:1-8

Born on April 17, 1928, in Kansas, LeRoy Krause began his career as a Kansas farmer, working with his father, Martin, and brother, Melvin.  Later, he developed skills in woodworking and also began home remodeling.  In 1960, he and his wife, Betty, moved to Lampe and began a career in the building business.  Soon, he […]

Mark 9:29-39: How to Understand our Bodies

With His new disciples, beginning their three-year course of instruction, Jesus teaches them, and us, on how to understand our bodies.  Now, this isn’t judging your status by the morning mirror’s reflection.  No, our Lord tutors us to gaze on our physical bodies through faith-filled eyes.  From Him, we learn to judge our well-being and […]