More Abundantly

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever.” Ephesians 3:20-21) Some wonder if these verses might have been where the…

Half or All?

Mark 6:14–29  records one of the saddest stories in the Bible, the death of John the Baptist: King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” [15] But others said, “He…

Beneficial Boasting

In 2 Corinthians 12:1-10 the Apostle Paul talks about boasting. 2 Corinthians 12:1–10 “I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. [2] I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third…

God Trusts Us

We have come to the time of the church year when especially focus on living as Christians in this world. Christians face many challenges in this world. Sometimes those who are close to us, maybe even members of our own families, think we are out of our minds to follow Jesus. Jesus had the same…

Homesick for heaven

In 2 Corinthians 5 the Apostle Paul talks about being at home: [1] For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. [2] For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our…

Here I Stand Sunday – Part Four

For the past 500 years, members of The Lutheran Church have been able to, “Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23) It all began when Martin Luther made his heroic stand before Emperor Charles V at the imperial diet in the city of Worms, Germany,…

Father of many nations; Abraham and God

The great Old Testament patriarch Abraham is known as the father of many nations. This is what his name literally means. But Abraham did not start out that way. He started out as Abram, which means exalted father. He lived in the land of Ur of the Chaldeans. There was nothing special about him. But…

Death and Resurrection Baptism

Romans 6:3-5 “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? [4] We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in…

Ephesians Bible Study Part Nine

In the last installment of this series of Bible studies based on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians we look at how the Gospel applies to parents and children, slaves and masters, and we examine the various elements of our Christian armor. “There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one…