Matthew 5:20-26: Be Reconciled

In Nashville, Illinois, I served as a vicar before moving here to be your pastor.  A few years before, someone collapsed during the Divine Service.  With the ambulance called, the service stopped for about 20 minutes, and the paramedics soon arrived.  A seriousness descended, a sense of “this is for real.”  An impromptu prayer rose […]

2 Corinthians, Lesson 9: God Opens the Heart

Paul and Timothy just appealed to the Corinthian congregation, quoting Isaiah 49:8. They then say, “Now is a [not “the”] favorable time, now is a [not “the”] day of salvation.” Every time God’s grace comes to someone, that day, that time, is one of salvation. This shows the continuing nature of God coming to us […]