'Father' Tagged Posts

'Father' Tagged Posts

DEATH & RESURRECTION IN BAPTISM

On this second Sunday of Easter (for every Sunday is a celebration of Easter), our epistle lesson from Romans 6 talks about death and resurrection in the gospel waters of Baptism.  This is what Paul says: “What shall we say then? Shall we keep on sinning so that grace may increase?  Absolutely not! We died to sin. How can we go on living in it any longer?  Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus…

IMMERSE? DUNK? DIP? POUR? SPRINKLE? SPLASH?

Sam and John argued over how baptism should be done.  Sam held out for immersion.  He said the person must be dunked all the way under the water. John argued that any method of applying the water was OK as long as it was a Christian baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   John said:  “So you would say that the water has to cover you even up to the ankles to make the baptism…

IMMERSE? DUNK? DIP? POUR? SPRINKLE? SPLASH?

Sam and John argued over how baptism should be done.  Sam held out for immersion.  He said the person must be dunked all the way under the water. John argued that any method of applying the water was OK as long as it was a Christian baptism in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. So John challenged Sam:  “So you would say that the water has to cover you even up the ankles to make the baptism…

WHAT IF…?

Our sermon series on Jeremiah places us at the feet of a preacher who is a bronze wall, an iron barrier to the rebellious unbelief of his own people.  His 52 chapters, though home to some of the most comforting passages of the Scriptures, thunders against the thankless congregation of Judah. We tend to think of the Old Testament prophets as fusty old men, too worked up and uptight about the sins of their times. What we too often fail…

OUR FATHER…

“Honor your father and your mother,” says the Bible.  If we grew up in a Christian home, we also learned to call God “our Father…” There are days when we may object:  Father?  Really?  What kind of father would take away my loved one?  What kind of father allows heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, accidents and the wars that send young men home in flag-draped coffins? But He who taught us to pray this prayer, to fall into the arms of…

“GREAT EXPECTATIONS”

In 1861 Charles Dickens wrote a novel called Great Expectations. It is, as the title indicates, about the great expectations or hopes of an orphan named “Pip” who hopes to grow up to become a wealthy English gentleman. The story is about what happens to those expectations. Remember the “great expectations” of your own youth? What did you want to become? What did you hope to accomplish? What did you hope to have? If you have grown a bit older…

THE WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN

President Reagan stood at the Berlin Wall years ago and intoned a dramatic summons:  “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”  Few expected that what Winston Churchill called “the iron curtain” would come down so soon.  It was such an imposing barrier for so many years.  It would almost take a miracle. But the Berlin Wall was nothing compared to the barrier of sin which separates us from God and from our heavenly homeland.  By the blood of Jesus our Savior,…

A REVIEW OF THE BASICS

Sometimes it is good to review the basics – for our own understanding of what we believe, and to help others understand also.  The message of the Bible can be summed up in the three-fold motto of the Lutheran Reformation: By Grace Alone By Faith Alone By Scripture Alone GRACE ALONE We believe that all people are by birth and nature sinful, alienated from God.   We believe that God saves us by His free grace, His undeserved love. God showed…