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 […]

2 Corinthians, Lesson 8: Being Reconciled with God

Having just said that “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ,” Paul and Timothy now point to God’s solution for that coming Day: “Being reconciled with God” on “a day of salvation.”   The Law: Fearing the Lord Read 2 Corinthians 5:11   Excursus: Fear of the Lord: The Old-Testament Background God’s […]

1st John, Lesson 2: Love vs. Its Antitheses

Love vs. Hate Read 1 John 2:1-6 Excursus: Hilosmos Hilosmos: This is the Greek term, which the Septuagint (Greek translation of the Old Testament) used for the Atonement Cover on the Ark of the Covenant.  There, in the Old Covenant, the High Priest poured the blood of the sacrifices on the Ark, covering sin, represented […]

Easter Sermon: Matthew 28:1-10

Could there be a more glorious day than this?  For this day, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, will blaze forever in its glory and beam forth the light of heaven.  Indeed, this day, the day of Jesus’ resurrection, is by far the most glorious day of all time.  For Christ is risen!  He is risen, […]