To God be the Glory Forever. Amen.

[33] “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! [34] For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? [35 ] Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid? [36]…

We Are the Children of God

“The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, [17] and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (Romans 8:16-17, ESV) This is one of those good news, bad news verses.…

Heaven and Earth Witness Against Us

Moses said: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,” (Deuteronomy 30:19, ESV) Throughout the book of Deuteronomy Moses is preparing the people of Israel to enter the Promised Land. He…

Looking Into God’s “I’s”

Looking into a person’s eyes can tell you a lot about what they think of you. If you make eye contact with someone and they immediately look away it probably means they are not interested in you. If you make eye contact and they don’t look away there’s probably a good chance they are interested…

A celebration 150 Years in the making

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Prairie City, Missouri, the first church that I served after graduating from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. I was invited to preach at their kickoff celebration on April 22. The theme of the year-long celebration is “God’s Grace From Generation to Generation.” It…

More Precious Than Gold, Part Two

In the first installment of this series, based on I Peter 1:3-9, Peter says that our faith in Jesus is more precious than gold. In part two, based on I Peter 1:17-19, Peter says that gold is inadequate as a means of ransoming us: “You were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers,…