1 Timothy, Lesson 12: Paul’s Final Words to Timothy

Paul now finishes with his first letter to Timothy.   Personal words from Paul to Timothy as an overseer, continued  Read 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (starting on 12b) What had Timothy […]

Confession of St. Peter: Petros or Petra?

Texts: Mathew 16:13-20, Mark 8:27-38, Acts 4:8-13, and 2 Peter 1:1-15   Each Christian congregation is to be a living embodiment, in a particular place and time, of the Church […]

Augsburg Confession, Article 25: Confession

The Augsburg Confession earlier covered the topic of Confession in Article 11. However, in Article 11, the focus was on absolution, not on confession itself. The purpose of this article […]

Romans 6:1-11: Baptized into Christ’s Death and Life

Water is the substance of life.  We cannot live without it.  Plants and animals cannot survive without it.  We drink water to keep ourselves from dehydrating and dying of thirst.  […]

John 20:19-23: The Forgiving and Retaining of Sins

What brings to someone God’s forgiveness?  For example, why does baptism forgive sins but not watching a beautiful sunset?  Why does the Lord’s Supper forgive sins but not playing a […]

Straighten up and raise your heads, for your redemption is near!

This is the confessional address our pastor gave to us during our Service of Confession.  The purpose of a confessional address is to prepare one for confession, after which the […]

The Office of the Holy Ministry: John 20:19-31

When Jesus speaks His divine peace to His disciples, He shows them His wounds He received on the cross.  For Jesus, the crucified One, is now risen from the dead.  […]

John 1:6-8, 19-28: A Voice, Mouth, and Finger

What made John the Baptizer such a powerful witness?  Well, you can’t be much of a witness if you don’t know what you’re witnessing about or what you’re supposed to […]

St. Nicholas, Bishop: Matthew 5:14-19

Matthew 5:14-19 [Jesus said,] “You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be concealed.  No one lights a lamp and puts it under a […]

Fishers of Men

What a strange miracle: a miracle of catching many fish.  That was a miracle tailor-made for fishermen.  And that’s who Jesus’ first disciples were; they were fishermen. Peter, Andrew, James, […]