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“A MIGHTY FORTRESS IS OUR GOD!”

Psalms were meant to be sung.  The book of Psalms is the hymnbook of the Bible.  We no longer know what melodies the Hebrew people sang to the Hebrew words.  But we have based many of our own hymns on the psalms. “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress,” says Psalm 46.  This is a mighty psalm.  It is the psalm on which Dr. Martin Luther based what many call “the battle hymn of…

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…

IMITATION OF CHRIST?

About 15 years ago, three German theologians filed a lawsuit against the Catholic and Protestant churches.  They brought the lawsuit “on behalf of Jesus.”   Calling themselves “brothers in spirit” of Jesus, they sued under a law that allows people to defend their dead relatives from slander.  They argued that the churches’ role in religious fighting, wars and political intrigue was slanderous to the name of Christ.   Probably. But with a “zinger” good Christians can applaud, the German court threw out…

AN INTERESTING AND CHALLENGING PASSAGE

A scribe once asked Jesus:  “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”   Jesus replied:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind…” (Matthew 22:37)   Sometimes we run across passages in God’s book which require us to wrestle a bit.  A case in point is the opening portion of today’s text from Acts 19.  So here goes:    When Paul returns to Ephesus, he meets some “disciples.”  He quizzes…

OUR FAIR CORNER

You may recall that at the end of The Small Catechism, Martin Luther tacked on what he called “The Table of Duties.”  For husbands and wives, parents and children, pastors and parishioners, labor and management he set down the Bible passages that apply to each.  At the end of the table of duties he put down the little poem: “Let each his lesson learn with care and all the household well shall fare.” Coming out of a church that exalted…

WORN OUT HAMMERS

A couple centuries ago, two Englishmen named West and Lyttleton tried something as trendy then, in the so-called age of rationalism, as it is today in the so-called age of post-modernism.  They set out to discredit Christianity. They painted bulls-eyes on two major events recorded in the New Testament:  the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the miraculous conversion of St. Paul.  If they could disprove these two events, then the entire New Testament, and Christianity with it, would collapse.…

TAKE IT TO HEART!

Science fiction writer Ray Bradbury wrote a book back in the 50’s called Fahrenheit 451.  The movie by the same name came out in the 60’s. The title presumably has to do with the temperature at which books burn.  Youngsters, tired of school, may make sour jokes about burning books.  But Fahrenheit 451 is no joke.  Evil men such as Hitler did burn books. These people in Bradbury’s novel face a society on the edge of nuclear destruction.  It is…

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO KING DAVID

In one of those slam dunk moments, Jesus quizzes the Pharisees:  “What do you think about the Christ?  Whose Son is He?” “Piece of cake,” they imply.  “The Son, that is the Descendant, of David.”  Any Jew with two brain cells functioning knew this.  When Messiah, the Christ, finally came, He would be a Descendant from the family tree of Israel’s greatest king, King David.  God had promised David an everlasting king on an everlasting throne in an everlasting kingdom…

“CAN THESE BONES LIVE?”

You may remember an old spiritual:  “Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones…O hear the word of the Lord…the foot bone’s connected to the leg bone, the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone…” and so on.  That old spiritual song is taken from a vision God gave to the prophet Ezekiel in the 37th chapter, this morning’s Old Testament lesson. Ezekiel pictures the people of Judah to whom the Savior has been promised, trudging to Babylon in chains, a…

SWEET SORROW

St. Paul once said to the Corinthian Christians:  “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” A theologian about a hundred years ago once said, “Take away the aroused conscience and you might just as well turn the churches into dancing halls.” In other words, if people are no longer troubled by their sins, if they no longer wonder what might happen to them if they die, if they no longer…

PSALM 2

1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the LORD and against his Anointed One. 3 “Let us break their chains,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.” 4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. 5 Then he rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, 6 “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my…

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…
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