Bread of Life 2016 in Cedar Falls, IA.
Wednesday Matins - Rev. James Woelmer
Pr. James Woelmer preaches at Matins on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Text: Genesis 43:16-34
Pr. James Woelmer is Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano, TX.
Wednesday Vespers - Rev. Joel Fritsche
Pr. Joel Fritsche preaches at Vespers on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Text: 1 Kings 17:8-16
Pr. Joel Fritsche is LCMS Missionary to the Dominican Republic. He is also Secretary of Higher Things.
Thursday Matins - Rev. Richard Heinz
Rev. Richard Heinz preaches at Matins on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Text: Exodus 16:2-21, John 6:25-34
Pr. Rich Heinz is Pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, Chicago, IL. He is also Worship Coordinator for Higher Things Conferences.
Thursday Vespers - Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders
Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders preaches at Vespers on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Text: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43
Rev. Dr. Brian Saunders is Assistant Pastor of Our Redeemer in Cedar Falls, IA. He is also the president of Iowa District East.
Friday Matins - Rev. Donavon Riley
Rev. Donavon Riley preaches at Matins on Friday, July 8, 2016. Text: Matthew 15:21-28
Pastor Donavon Riley is pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Webster, MN. He is also the Online Content Manager for Higher Things.
Bread of Life 2016 in Fort Collins, CO
Opening Divine Service - Rev. George Borghardt
Pr. George Borgahrdt preaches at the Opening Divine Service on Tuesday, July 26, 2016. Text: St. John 13:1-15, 34-35
Pr. George Borghardt is Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in McHenry, IL. He is also the President of Higher Things.
Wednesday Matins - Rev. Duane Bamsch
Rev. Duane Bamsch preaches at Matins on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Text: Genesis 43:16-34
Rev. Duane Bamsch is Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Terra Bella, CA. He is also Vice-President of Higher Things.
Wednesday Vespers - Rev. Todd Peperkorn
Rev. Todd Peperkorn preaches at Vespers on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Text: 1 Kings 17:8-16
Pastor Todd Peperkorn is pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran in Rocklin, CA. He is also one of the founders of Higher Things.
Thursday Matins - Rev. Aaron Fenker
Rev. Aaron Fenker preaches at Matins on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Text: Exodus 16:2-21, John 6:25-34
Pr. Aaron Fenker is Pastor of Bethlehem and Immanuel Lutheran Churches, Bremen, KS. He is also Media Executive for Higher Things.
Thursday Vespers - Rev. Dr. Richard Stuckwisch
Rev. Dr. Richard Stuckwisch preaches at Vespers on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Text: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43
Pastor Richard Stuckwish is Pastor of Emmaus in South Bend, IN.
Closing Divine Service - Rev. Mark Buetow
Rev. Mark Buetow preaches at the Closing Divine Service on Friday, July 29, 2016. Text: Luke 24:13-35
Pastor Mark Buetow is Associate Pastor at Zion Lutheran in McHenry, IL. He is a regular contributor to Higher Things.
NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
Proper 21C (25 September 2016)
Amos 6:1–7; Psalm 146:1–10; 1 Timothy 3:1–13 or 1 Timothy 6:6–19; Luke 16:19–31
Our Help Is Not in Worldly Riches
“The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side,” and “the rich man also died and was buried” (Luke 16:22). The poor man Lazarus, who knew many bad things on earth, began to be comforted forever, whereas the rich man, after a lifetime of good things, began to be “in anguish” (Luke 16:25). Therefore, “woe to those who are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1), for “the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away” (Amos 6:7). The wealthy are urged, “not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches,” but “to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” (1 Tim. 6:17–18). Covetous desire for what God has not given is idolatry and “a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Tim. 6:10). Contentment belongs to faith, by which the Christian has “great gain in godliness” (1 Tim. 6:6).
Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)
Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Rich Man and Lazarus — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.
Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:19, 52.7 MB, 2016-Sept-20)
Worldview Everlasting — Dead Man Rising (Luke 16:19-31)
Greek Tuesday, Luke 16:19-31, Rich Man and Lazarus, interim state, gehenna, judgment, paradise
Worldview Everlasting — Healthy Meat
Worldview Everlasting Dropkicks on 1 Timothy chapter 6.
Luke 16:19-31 (SBLGNT)
19 Ἄνθρωπος δέ τις ἦν πλούσιος, καὶ ἐνεδιδύσκετο πορφύραν καὶ βύσσον εὐφραινόμενος καθʼ ἡμέραν λαμπρῶς.
20 πτωχὸς δέ τις ὀνόματι Λάζαρος ἐβέβλητο πρὸς τὸν πυλῶνα αὐτοῦ εἱλκωμένος
21 καὶ ἐπιθυμῶν χορτασθῆναι ἀπὸ τῶν πιπτόντων ἀπὸ τῆς τραπέζης τοῦ πλουσίου· ἀλλὰ καὶ οἱ κύνες ἐρχόμενοι ἐπέλειχον τὰ ἕλκη αὐτοῦ.
22 ἐγένετο δὲ ἀποθανεῖν τὸν πτωχὸν καὶ ἀπενεχθῆναι αὐτὸν ὑπὸ τῶν ἀγγέλων εἰς τὸν κόλπον Ἀβραάμ· ἀπέθανεν δὲ καὶ ὁ πλούσιος καὶ ἐτάφη.
23 καὶ ἐν τῷ ᾅδῃ ἐπάρας τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ, ὑπάρχων ἐν βασάνοις, ὁρᾷ Ἀβραὰμ ἀπὸ μακρόθεν καὶ Λάζαρον ἐν τοῖς κόλποις αὐτοῦ.
24 καὶ αὐτὸς φωνήσας εἶπεν· Πάτερ Ἀβραάμ, ἐλέησόν με καὶ πέμψον Λάζαρον ἵνα βάψῃ τὸ ἄκρον τοῦ δακτύλου αὐτοῦ ὕδατος καὶ καταψύξῃ τὴν γλῶσσάν μου, ὅτι ὀδυνῶμαι ἐν τῇ φλογὶ ταύτῃ.
25 εἶπεν δὲ Ἀβραάμ· Τέκνον, μνήσθητι ὅτι ἀπέλαβες τὰ ἀγαθά σου ἐν τῇ ζωῇ σου, καὶ Λάζαρος ὁμοίως τὰ κακά· νῦν δὲ ὧδε παρακαλεῖται σὺ δὲ ὀδυνᾶσαι.
26 καὶ ἐν πᾶσι τούτοις μεταξὺ ἡμῶν καὶ ὑμῶν χάσμα μέγα ἐστήρικται, ὅπως οἱ θέλοντες διαβῆναι ἔνθεν πρὸς ὑμᾶς μὴ δύνωνται, μηδὲ ἐκεῖθεν πρὸς ἡμᾶς διαπερῶσιν.
27 εἶπεν δέ· Ἐρωτῶ σε οὖν, πάτερ, ἵνα πέμψῃς αὐτὸν εἰς τὸν οἶκον τοῦ πατρός μου,
28 ἔχω γὰρ πέντε ἀδελφούς, ὅπως διαμαρτύρηται αὐτοῖς, ἵνα μὴ καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔλθωσιν εἰς τὸν τόπον τοῦτον τῆς βασάνου.
29 λέγει δὲ Ἀβραάμ· Ἔχουσι Μωϋσέα καὶ τοὺς προφήτας· ἀκουσάτωσαν αὐτῶν.
30 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Οὐχί, πάτερ Ἀβραάμ, ἀλλʼ ἐάν τις ἀπὸ νεκρῶν πορευθῇ πρὸς αὐτοὺς μετανοήσουσιν.
31 εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ· Εἰ Μωϋσέως καὶ τῶν προφητῶν οὐκ ἀκούουσιν, οὐδʼ ἐάν τις ἐκ νεκρῶν ἀναστῇ πεισθήσονται.
19 ‘And—a certain man was rich, and was clothed in purple and fine linen, making merry sumptuously every day,
20 and there was a certain poor man, by name Lazarus, who was laid at his porch, full of sores,
21 and desiring to be filled from the crumbs that are falling from the table of the rich man; yea, also the dogs, coming, were licking his sores.
22 ‘And it came to pass, that the poor man died, and that he was carried away by the messengers to the bosom of Abraham—and the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 and in the hades having lifted up his eyes, being in torments, he doth see Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom,
24 and having cried, he said, Father Abraham, deal kindly with me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and may cool my tongue, because I am distressed in this flame.
25 ‘And Abraham said, Child, remember that thou did receive—thou—thy good things in thy life, and Lazarus in like manner the evil things, and now he is comforted, and thou art distressed;
26 and besides all these things, between us and you a great chasm is fixed, so that they who are willing to go over from hence unto you are not able, nor do they from thence to us pass through.
27 ‘And he said, I pray thee, then, father, that thou mayest send him to the house of my father,
28 for I have five brothers, so that he may thoroughly testify to them, that they also may not come to this place of torment.
29 ‘Abraham saith to him, They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them;
30 and he said, No, father Abraham, but if any one from the dead may go unto them, they will reform.
31 And he said to him, If Moses and the prophets they do not hear, neither if one may rise out of the dead will they be persuaded.’
“Pastors who hurry through everything or anything ... sends a message—a non-verbal message—that this is not that important, that we better get through this because time’s a-wasting here.”
Jeff Schwarz: “Bill writes: Why is it that most congregations and pastors race through the Lord’s Prayer? I thank God for giving me a teacher who would make us repeat the prayer until we spoke it slow enough before dismissing us for the day.”
Pr. Todd Wilken: “Oh, golly, you’ve touched upon one of my personal pet peeves which is pastors who hurry through everything or anything. We have field workers at our congregation—because we’re local to one of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod seminaries—they send guys over to get Sunday morning experience, as much as they can, given their place as seminarians. And one of the first things I tell all of our field workers, even though I’m not officially in charge of them—I get to watch—I’ll tell them:
‘You’ll notice something here at Trinity: We aren’t in a hurry. There’s no reason to be in a hurry on Sunday morning. The clock is not our god; it’s not our taskmaster. The clock on the back wall is not there to tell us when the service is supposed to be over. Your wristwatch is not there to tell you when the service is supposed to be over. This is like everything else that is important in the world, and this is the most important thing in the world. It’s going to take as long as it takes.
‘That doesn’t mean that we slow it down to the point where it’s tedious. We’ve all sat through an organist who plays the hymn too slow. You just know when too slow is too slow. That doesn’t mean that we slow it [way] down. But it does mean that we take ... our ... time.
‘You take your time doing things that are important to you. You go out for your 25th wedding anniversary. Do you gobble down the meal in ten minutes, pay the bill and rush out? No! You take your time.
‘You take your time doing things that are important and Sunday morning is the most important thing you will do every week. It’s the most important thing that God does for you every single week. So, take your time doing it. There’s no hurry.’
“And that’s why it’s one of my pet peeves: pastors who hurry through, say, the Lord’s Prayer or, worse yet, hurry through the Words of Institution in the Lord’s Supper. They don’t hurry through their sermons. But, boy, do they hurry through the words of Christ in the Lord’s Prayer and the Words of Institution of the Lord’s Supper.
“And it sends a message—a non-verbal message—that this is not that important, that we better get through this because time’s a-wasting here.
“So, my personal corrective to that is to slow down at those things. And to let those things be slower than they ordinarily are to emphasize their importance.
“So we say things that are important, when you speak to your children or you speak to someone else, and you want them to completely understand what you’re saying, you may even slow down to say it. These are important words. So we slow down. We don’t hurry.
“Why pastors do this? It’s a bad habit. I don’t think there’s any pastor worth his salt out there that thinks that the Lord’s Prayer isn’t important. If they do, they should be sent back to the oven of the seminary for further baking—they’re half-baked. Those words are not unimportant. But it’s a bad habit.
“And, every pastor can fall into it—things can become routine. And, you might just go up to your pastor and say, ‘Hey, pastor, during the Lord’s Prayer, slow down. You’re going too fast for me. Slow down.’ And he’ll get it—he’ll understand exactly what you’re saying. He’s not a dummy.”
— Listener Email and the Issues, Etc., Comment Line, 2016-July-27, 41:54–45:48, http://issuesetc.org/podcast/21030727161.mp3
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