'King David' Tagged Posts

'King David' Tagged Posts

OUR SUBSTITUTE

Our old teachers spoke often about “the vicarious atonement.”  We got it, because they explained it.    Churchy words such as, “justification” (to declare not guilty), or “redemption” (to be ransomed by the blood of Christ when we were held hostage by sin, death and hell), or “reconciliation” (that God made friends of us when we were His declared enemies) – these and countless other rich Bible words do not need to be dummied down to a vanilla vocabulary.  They…

ADVENT’S UNSCRUPULOUS INVITATION

First, some dictionary definitions: “Scruples” –  doubts or hesitation about doing or allowing something because of conscience or principles.   “Scrupulous” – having scruples; being principled, very conscientious and exacting, strictly honest or honorable.”    “Unscrupulous” – you guessed it – without moral scruples or qualms of conscience.” C.S. Lewis once said that God’s grace was “unscrupulous.”  At first that sounds like God has no scruples, no morals, no standards.  God’s law has all kinds of morals, scruples, standards. They are holy…

THE GREAT SIMPLIFIER

People sometimes complain that the Bible is too difficult, that they can’t understand it.  Certainly, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. It does take faithful Bible reading habits to connect some of the dots, to see sinful man and a sinless Christ in the ceremonies and sacrifices of Leviticus, to get a handle on the numerous kings of Judah and Israel and the warnings and comfort to be found there, to use the…

CASE HISTORIES

“A picture is worth a thousand words,” is the old saying.   Jesus painted pictures with words themselves.  He not only told us to love our neighbor. He painted a picture of what this means with a parable, a story about a good Samaritan (Luke 10). He not only told us that God is a gracious Father who wants His wayward sons and daughters to repent and return to Him.  He portrayed this truth in the unforgettable story of the…

CHRIST THE KING

Today is the final Sunday of the Christian Church year, sometimes called Christ the King Sunday.   We find ourselves fittingly aware of the last days.  We know the King is coming soon, but we are not given to forecast the day or the hour. For most of us – especially for us Americans – maybe it’s a challenge to identify with Jesus as our King.    After all, we don’t have kings. We live in a republic, a representative sort of…

“TAUGHT BY GOD”

In a world that had largely lost the Bible, the goal of Luther and others was that all of God’s people might be Theodidacti – “Taught by God.” To that end, Luther wrote The Small Catechism as a short summary of the very basics that every Christian ought to know about God – His law in the Commandments, His gospel in the three articles of the Creed, how to pray with the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer, how to apply…

AN INSIDE JOB

“Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One [Messiah],” says Psalm 2. It is not so shocking that the nations, “the heathen” (KJV), should rage against the Lord and against His Christ, His Messiah, His Anointed. We are not surprised when Pharaoh shakes his fist at the heavens and says, “Who is this God that I…

PLACES OF THE HEART

Some places burn themselves into our memories.  Maybe it’s the house we grew up in, or the one where we raised our children.  Maybe it’s the church where the main events of our lives played out. The Mount of Olives must have been just such a place of the heart for Jesus.  Mount Olivet was familiar turf.  The home of Mary and Martha was nearby in the little town of Bethany.  Many think that it was on the slopes of…

KINGDOM COMFORT

The bumper sticker said:  “No matter who the president is, Jesus is King.” That’s a comforting reminder in any generation. Jesus once said to a Roman governor:  “My kingdom is not of this world.” Maybe it’s a challenge for us Americans to identify with Jesus as our King.    After all, we don’t have kings.  None of us have ever lived under a king.  Each July 4th we celebrate and give thanks that we live in a republic, a representative sort…

THE HONOR OF GIVING

Christian giving is done “in order to honor the Lord,” says Paul in 2 Cor. 8:19.    It is not some cold business of raising money or funding a budget. Our Christian giving is an act of worship, no less than saying a prayer, singing a hymn, lending our hearts and ears in faith to the creed, the Scripture lessons and the sermon.  It is our sacred honor to God. Solomon says in Proverbs:  “Honor [that is, worship!] the Lord with…

WHAT IS ZION?

“Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!” said the prophet Zechariah in foretelling Christ’s coming into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. To whom is Zechariah talking?  Maybe you have heard of churches which are named Mount Zion or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.  A book about the history of one Lutheran Church body years ago was called Zion on the Mississippi. The name Zion occurs 150 times in the Old Testament, especially in the psalms and the prophets. So…

“TAUGHT BY GOD”

In a world that had largely lost the Bible, the goal of Luther and others was that all of God’s people might be Theodidacti – “Taught by God.” To that end, Luther wrote The Small Catechism as a short summary of the very basics that every Christian ought to know about God – His law in the Commandments, His gospel in the three articles of the Creed, how to pray with the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer, how to apply…
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