'Jesus Christ' Tagged Posts

'Jesus Christ' Tagged Posts

TIMELESS TRUTH

In the verses before us today, Jesus says:  “If you remain in My word, you are really My disciples.  You will also know the truth, and the truth will set you free”  (John 8:31-32 EHV).  This includes the truth of the Holy Trinity.  For a lot of folks the name Athanasius may not ring a bell.  But we Christians owe the man a great deal.    In the early centuries of the Church, a fellow named Arius, along with others,…

A RELIGION FOR THE WEAK?

Actor Max Von Sydow died on March 8th at the age of 90.  He played a priest in The Exorcist.  He played Satan in Needful Things.   And…he played Jesus Christ in the 1965 movie The Greatest Story Ever Told. Von Sydow was raised in the liberal, Swedish Lutheran Church.  By the 1970’s Sydow identified himself as an agnostic/atheist. Many famous folks have placed themselves in that category without apology. The late, foul-mouthed comedian George Carlin, appearing on Larry King…

WHERE IS THIS WRITTEN?

From time to time, it is helpful to list some of the main teachings of the Bible along with some of the main passages where these teachings are found: The one, true God is the Triune God – one God in three PersonsDeuteronomy 6:4;  Matthew 3:16-17; Matthew 28:19;  2 Corinthians 13:15 The Scriptures are the verbally inspired and inerrant Word of GodJohn 10:35;  2 Timothy 3:15-17;  2 Peter 1:21 The Law shows us our sin and the Gospel shows us…

A NEW SERMON SERIES – THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN

Today we begin a new sermon series – The Gospel According To St. John. During the week of Christmas & New Years, we will break from our series to consider the Christmas accounts from The Gospel According To St. Luke, and then we will return to John’s Gospel. God the Holy Spirit has chosen to record the life of our Savior in four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Each of these accounts pursues a different angle.  Even the…

SAINTS TRIUMPHANT

This particular Sunday has come to be called “Saints Triumphant.”   That word “saints” is a rich Bible word which deserves a look-see. The word “saint” is sometimes wrongly used to refer to a person of the past who was so holy and perfect that he or she earned their way to heaven and then had left-over “points” or merits to share with someone else.  This false teaching is compounded when people offer up prayers to such “saints.”   There are…

“CONTEND FOR THE FAITH”

There is a “call to arms” in the little book of Jude on the far end of the New Testament.  “Contend for the faith!” says the sacred writer.   There is no getting around it.  If you are a faithful Bible reader, then you know that many portions of God’s Book sound a militant tone.  The apostle Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God, to take up the sword of the Spirit which is the word of…

BACK TO BASICS

Our journey through Exodus brings us to the Ten Commandments.  It may seem like a back to the basics, but as each generation passes, one cannot assume that this baton has been firmly placed into the hands of the generation that follows.  Even among those who bear the name Christian, one often encounters a stunning ignorance of even the ABCs of Bible knowledge, of law and gospel, of the most famous passages.   Perhaps this is why an old gal shakes…

TIMELESS TRUTH

For a lot of folks the name Athanasius may not ring a bell.  But we Christians owe the man a great deal. In the early centuries of the Church, a fellow named Arius, along with others, introduced the false teaching that Christ was “like” God, but not “the same as” God, that is, one equal Being with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  Souls were confused and deceived. Into the midst of this controversy God placed “the father…

PASSING THE TORCH

Flanders Field is a U.S. military cemetery in Belgium.  Buried there are 368 members of the armed forces who died in World War I.     Canadian poet John McCrae wrote a famous poem about it called “In Flanders Fields.” In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead,  Short days ago We lived, felt…

KING OF THE HILL

“The kings of the earth take a stand, and the rulers join together against the Lord and against His Anointed One,” says Psalm 2 (EHV). So it stands in the sacred Lenten history of the four Gospels.  The Sanhedrin, the supreme court of the Jewish nation, and the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, and the piggish puppet-king Herod – they all gang up on the Lord and His Anointed, His Messiah, His Christ. Normally, these guys can’t agree on the color of snow.…

SERVANTS OF CHRIST

“Did you hear the one about the minister, the priest and the rabbi…?”   Chances are, so have most pastors. Preacher jokes are as plentiful as lawyer jokes.  That’s OK. Some of them are truly funny. Pastors need to take the word of God seriously, not so much themselves.   What preachers see from their side of the pulpit can be comical too.  Ask people to picture the perfect pastor and they might tell you he’s 30 years old and has…

WHAT DO WE WANT TO SEE IN LENT?

A headline on the religion page of the newspaper a few years back talked about “opening doors to new takes on Lent traditions.”  The article contained not one word, not one, about Christ, or the cross, or salvation from sin. The traditional application of ashes to the forehead on Ash Wednesday over the centuries has been a mark of humble repentance at the foot of the cross and an emblem of human mortality, that the wages of sin is death.…