The Power of the Resurrecting Christ

In a series of sermons based on the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, Dr. David Schmitt, professor of homiletics at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, observes that “Paul’s letter is filled with the power of the resurrecting Christ, bringing life and salvation to all people.” A focus on power is what one would expect when…

Serving God in a New Way

One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic has meant is that most everyone is working in a new way. Many have had to start working from home. Those who still go in to work have had to change their work environment. Working from home was on the increase before the pandemic. In some cases…

Finding Jesus in the Old Testament

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) The phrase, “the wages of sin is death,” helps us to find Jesus in the Old Testament. On the day of Easter Jesus explained how all the Old Testament was fulfilled in…

2020 Spiritual Vision

Peter said, “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.” (Acts 2:32, ESV) The theme for the mid-week Lenten services at my church this year was Lent 2020. Since 2020 is the designation that eye doctors use to define perfect vision, our series focused on people who had perfect 2020 spiritual…

Jesus the Thirst Quencher

Thirst arises from a lack of fluids which causes an increase in the concentration of certain substances in our bodies. The brain then sends out signals that we are thirsty so we go looking for water. If thirst is not taken care of dehydration may occur. Dehydration can cause all kinds of problems with important…

Thursday, May 21, is when Jesus’ ascension into heaven was celebrated this year. Bryan Wolfmueller, a Lutheran pastor from Austin, Texas developed a list of important, relevant doctrines that are bound up in Jesus’ ascension. Before we get to any of them, we need to point out, as Pastor Wolfmueller does, that Jesus’ ascension is…