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 […]

The Baptism of Our Lord: Genesis 1:1-5: Creation Teaches Us About Re-Creation

To the first ticking of time, and before the creation of time, Moses takes us back to the beginning.  From his words, he allows us to peek into those moments of prehistory when only God existed, and we find primordial chaos.  One thing is evident—in the emptiness of the void, life is powerless to blossom […]

Galatians 4:4-7: The Firstborn’s Birth Brings Your Birth From Above into Being

The first Christmas makes the second one possible.  By conceiving Jesus, the life-breathing Spirit reveals Himself to be the Spirit, sent by the Son, who permits us all to become sons of God.  For the second Christmas is our Spirit-born birth, which is but an extension of the first. The Divine Spirit breathes Jesus into […]

Christmas Eve Sermon: The Humble Poetry of Jesus’ Birth

So distant are we from creation’s dawn.  A time forlorn, forgotten by our fragile minds, when the Father spoke all into being, and formed a humanity in His image.   Too soon did defect begin to breed, to blemish and blacken a perfect creation.  For the man and woman, Adam and Eve, feast on what is […]

John 1:6-9, 15: No Longer Need We Fear

In life, we face many tormentors, whether in school or those of the spiritual kind—sin and shame, guilt and blame.  The worst tyrant in town is the Devil, who is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).  With His deceit and slander, He seeks to destroy us, taking all the children of men […]