NINETEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 24 (16 October 2016)

Genesis 32:22–30; Psalm 121:1–8; 2 Timothy 3:14—4:5; Luke 18:1–8

Hymn of InvocationHear us, Father, when we pray (LSB 773)

Hymn of the Day / Catechetical Hymn of the Week: I Trust, O Lord, Your Holy Name (LSB 734)

Hymns for the Distribution of the Holy Communion:
All who believe and are baptized (LSB 601)

Rejoice, my heart, be glad and sing (LSB 737)

Eternal Spirit of the living Christ (LSB 769)

Praise the Almighty, my soul, adore Him (LSB 797)

Hymn of Departure: Holy God, we praise Thy name (LSB 940)

Faith Clings to the Word and Promises of God and Perseveres in Prayer

“Left alone,” Jacob wrestled through the night with the Lord, “until the breaking of the day” (Gen. 32:24). Though “Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as He wrestled with him” (Gen. 32:25), he would not let go until the Lord blessed him. At times we too strive with God; He strives with us and blesses us by grace. So Jesus teaches us “always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Jesus speaks of “a judge who neither feared God nor respected man,” and of a widow “who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary’” (Luke 18:2–3). Because of her persistence, the judge agreed to “give her justice” (Luke 18:5). Our Lord dispenses justice generously and swiftly giving “justice to His elect, who cry to Him day and night” (Luke 18:7). He does so according to the Gospel. Therefore, His ministers are to persevere faithfully in their vocation, in what they “have learned and have firmly believed” (2 Tim. 3:14). On the basis of “the sacred writings” (2 Tim. 3:15), they are to “preach the Word” at all times and not lose heart (2 Tim. 4:2).


Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 24 - Series C - Luke 18:1-8 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Parable of the Persistent Widow — 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, 57:18, 52.7 MB, 2016-Oct-12)


Luke 18:1–8 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἔλεγεν δὲ παραβολὴν αὐτοῖς πρὸς τὸ δεῖν πάντοτε προσεύχεσθαι αὐτοὺς καὶ μὴ ἐγκακεῖν,

2 λέγων· Κριτής τις ἦν ἔν τινι πόλει τὸν θεὸν μὴ φοβούμενος καὶ ἄνθρωπον μὴ ἐντρεπόμενος.

3 χήρα δὲ ἦν ἐν τῇ πόλει ἐκείνῃ καὶ ἤρχετο πρὸς αὐτὸν λέγουσα· Ἐκδίκησόν με ἀπὸ τοῦ ἀντιδίκου μου.

4 καὶ οὐκ ἤθελεν ἐπὶ χρόνον, μετὰ ταῦτα δὲ εἶπεν ἐν ἑαυτῷ· Εἰ καὶ τὸν θεὸν οὐ φοβοῦμαι οὐδὲ ἄνθρωπον ἐντρέπομαι,

5 διά γε τὸ παρέχειν μοι κόπον τὴν χήραν ταύτην ἐκδικήσω αὐτήν, ἵνα μὴ εἰς τέλος ἐρχομένη ὑπωπιάζῃ με.

6 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ κύριος· Ἀκούσατε τί ὁ κριτὴς τῆς ἀδικίας λέγει·

7 ὁ δὲ θεὸς οὐ μὴ ποιήσῃ τὴν ἐκδίκησιν τῶν ἐκλεκτῶν αὐτοῦ τῶν βοώντων αὐτῷ ἡμέρας καὶ νυκτός, καὶ μακροθυμεῖ ἐπʼ αὐτοῖς;

8 λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ποιήσει τὴν ἐκδίκησιν αὐτῶν ἐν τάχει. πλὴν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐλθὼν ἆρα εὑρήσει τὴν πίστιν ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς;


Literal

Luke 18:1-8

(1)  And He also spoke a parable to them to teach it is always right to pray, and not to faint,

(2)  saying, A certain judge was in a certain city, not fearing God and not respecting man.

(3)  And a widow was in that city, and she came to him, saying, Avenge me from my adversary.

(4)  And for a time he would not. But after these things he said to himself, Even if I do not fear God, and do not respect man,

(5)  yet because this widow causes me trouble, I will avenge her, that not coming to the end, she wear me down.

(6)  And the Lord said, Hear what the unrighteous judge says;

(7)  and will God not at all execute the avengement of His elect, those crying to Him day and night, also having been long-suffering over them?

(8)  I say to you that He will carry out the avengement of them speedily. But the Son of Man coming then, will He find faith on the earth?



18TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 23 (13 October 2019)

Ruth 1:1–19a; Psalm 111:1–10; 2 Timothy 2:1–13; Luke 17:11–19

Invocation: Jesus, Thy boundless love to me (LSB 683)

Hymn of the Day: Jesus, grant that balm and healing (LSB 421)

Distribution: Come, Thou Fount of ev’ry blessing (LSB 686)

Distribution: Sing praise to God, the highest good (LSB 819)

Distribution: Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior (LSB 627)

Distribution: Your hand, O Lord, in days of old (LSB 846)

Departure: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (LSB 790)

Faith Returns Thanks to God and Worships Him in the Person of Christ Jesus

Jesus comes in mercy, and by His Word heals you in body and soul. “Go and show yourselves to the priests,” for you are cleansed (Luke 17:14), and you are granted access to the Lord’s Temple. It is “at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks” (Luke 17:16), that you worship God, for Christ Jesus is your great High Priest; His Body is the true Temple. In Him you “find rest, each of you in the house of her husband” (Ruth 1:9), for the Lord has “visited His people and given them food” (Ruth 1:6). The person of Jesus Christ lodges Himself in holy food—bread and wine for believers to eat and drink. You lodge where Jesus lodges; His Father is your God, His people are your people. Death cannot part you from Him, because His death and resurrection are eternally yours through Holy Baptism. “Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead” (2 Tim. 2:8–9). As surely as death could not hold Him, so surely “the Word of God is not bound” (2 Tim. 2:9). His Gospel is entrusted “to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2), so that you “may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 2:10). Such is the confession of faith for all the saints, who believe, teach, and confess the one Lord and Savior—Jesus Christ.


Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Healing of Ten Lepers — 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, 1:01:47, 56.8 MB, 2016-Oct-04)


Lectionary Podcast-Proper 23-Series C-Pentecost 22 2016

Dr. John Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson.


Luke 17:11-19 (SBLGNT)

11 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ πορεύεσθαι εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ καὶ αὐτὸς διήρχετο διὰ μέσον Σαμαρείας καὶ Γαλιλαίας.

12 καὶ εἰσερχομένου αὐτοῦ εἴς τινα κώμην ἀπήντησαν δέκα λεπροὶ ἄνδρες, οἳ ἔστησαν πόρρωθεν,

13 καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦραν φωνὴν λέγοντες· Ἰησοῦ ἐπιστάτα, ἐλέησον ἡμᾶς.

14 καὶ ἰδὼν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πορευθέντες ἐπιδείξατε ἑαυτοὺς τοῖς ἱερεῦσιν. καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ὑπάγειν αὐτοὺς ἐκαθαρίσθησαν.

15 εἷς δὲ ἐξ αὐτῶν, ἰδὼν ὅτι ἰάθη, ὑπέστρεψεν μετὰ φωνῆς μεγάλης δοξάζων τὸν θεόν,

16 καὶ ἔπεσεν ἐπὶ πρόσωπον παρὰ τοὺς πόδας αὐτοῦ εὐχαριστῶν αὐτῷ· καὶ αὐτὸς ἦν Σαμαρίτης.

17 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Οὐχὶ οἱ δέκα ἐκαθαρίσθησαν; οἱ δὲ ἐννέα ποῦ;

18 οὐχ εὑρέθησαν ὑποστρέψαντες δοῦναι δόξαν τῷ θεῷ εἰ μὴ ὁ ἀλλογενὴς οὗτος;

19 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ἀναστὰς πορεύου· ἡ πίστις σου σέσωκέν σε.


Literal

Luke 17:11-19

(11)  And it happened in His going to Jerusalem even He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.

(12)  And He entering into a certain village, ten leprous men met Him, who stood afar off.

(13)  And they lifted their voice, saying, Jesus, Master, pity us.

(14)  And seeing them, He said to them, Going, show yourselves to the priests. And it happened in their going they were cleansed.

(15)  And one of them, seeing that he was cured, returned glorifying God with a loud voice.

(16)  And he fell on his face at His feet, thanking Him. And he was a Samaritan.

(17)  And answering, Jesus said, Were not the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

(18)  Were not any found returning to give glory to God except this foreigner?

(19)  And He said to him, Rising up, go! Your faith has cured you.



17TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 22C (06 October 2019)

Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4; Psalm 62:1–12; 2 Timothy 1:1–14; Luke 17:1–10

Entrance: From depths of woe I cry to Thee (LSB 607)

Of the Day: If Your beloved Son, O God (LSB 568)

Distribution: Christ Jesus lay in death’s strong bands (LSB 458)

I know my faith is founded (LSB 587)

O love, how deep, how broad, how high (LSB 544)

All depends on our possessing (LSB 732)

Closing: May God bestow on us His grace (LSB 823)

We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight, in the Peace of Christ’s Forgiveness

We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3), because the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4). In fact, the Law cannot rescue us from our enemies; it is our fiercest enemy of all. Therefore, not by sight, experience or feeling, nor by works, but “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1), but, as often as we sin, the Lord rebukes us, turns us to repentance and forgives us. We pray that He would thus “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). And indeed, He does! Though we are His “unworthy servants” (Luke 17:10), He prepares His Supper for us, dresses us properly, and gives us His body and blood to eat and drink. He appoints pastors for us, “by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:1). For the Gospel brings “life and immortality to light” (2 Tim. 1:10). This we believe. Therefore, “follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard,” by which He guards you “in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:13).


Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Increase Our Faith — 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, 57:16, 52.6 MB, 2016-Sept-26)


Lectionary Podcast - Series C - Proper 22 - Luke 17:1–10 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 17:1–10


Luke 17:1-10 (SBLGNT)

1 Εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ· Ἀνένδεκτόν ἐστιν τοῦ τὰ σκάνδαλα μὴ ἐλθεῖν, πλὴν οὐαὶ διʼ οὗ ἔρχεται·

2 λυσιτελεῖ αὐτῷ εἰ λίθος μυλικὸς περίκειται περὶ τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ ἔρριπται εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν ἢ ἵνα σκανδαλίσῃ τῶν μικρῶν τούτων ἕνα.

3 προσέχετε ἑαυτοῖς. ἐὰν ἁμάρτῃ ὁ ἀδελφός σου ἐπιτίμησον αὐτῷ, καὶ ἐὰν μετανοήσῃ ἄφες αὐτῷ·

4 καὶ ἐὰν ἑπτάκις τῆς ἡμέρας ἁμαρτήσῃ εἰς σὲ καὶ ἑπτάκις ἐπιστρέψῃ πρὸς σὲ λέγων· Μετανοῶ, ἀφήσεις αὐτῷ.

5 Καὶ εἶπαν οἱ ἀπόστολοι τῷ κυρίῳ· Πρόσθες ἡμῖν πίστιν.

6 εἶπεν δὲ ὁ κύριος· Εἰ ἔχετε πίστιν ὡς κόκκον σινάπεως, ἐλέγετε ἂν τῇ συκαμίνῳ ταύτῃ· Ἐκριζώθητι καὶ φυτεύθητι ἐν τῇ θαλάσσῃ· καὶ ὑπήκουσεν ἂν ὑμῖν.

7 Τίς δὲ ἐξ ὑμῶν δοῦλον ἔχων ἀροτριῶντα ἢ ποιμαίνοντα, ὃς εἰσελθόντι ἐκ τοῦ ἀγροῦ ἐρεῖ αὐτῷ· Εὐθέως παρελθὼν ἀνάπεσε,

8 ἀλλʼ οὐχὶ ἐρεῖ αὐτῷ· Ἑτοίμασον τί δειπνήσω καὶ περιζωσάμενος διακόνει μοι ἕως φάγω καὶ πίω, καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα φάγεσαι καὶ πίεσαι σύ;

9 μὴ ἔχει χάριν τῷ δούλῳ ὅτι ἐποίησεν τὰ διαταχθέντα;

10 οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς, ὅταν ποιήσητε πάντα τὰ διαταχθέντα ὑμῖν, λέγετε ὅτι Δοῦλοι ἀχρεῖοί ἐσμεν, ὃ ὠφείλομεν ποιῆσαι πεποιήκαμεν.


Literal

Luke 17:1-10

(1)  And He said to the disciples, It is impossible that the offenses should not come, but woe to him by whom they come!

(2)  It is profitable for him if a millstone turned by an ass is put around his neck, and he be thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

(3)  Take heed to yourselves. And if your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.

(4)  And if seven times of the day he sins against you, and seven times of the day turns to you saying, I repent, you shall forgive him.

(5)  And the apostles said to the Lord, Give us more faith.

(6)  But the Lord said, If you had faith as a grain of mustard, you may say to this sycamine tree, Be rooted up and be planted in the sea! And it would obey you.

(7)  But which of you having a slave plowing or feeding will say at once to him coming out of the field, Come, recline?

(8)  But will he not say to him, Prepare something what I may eat, and having girded yourself, serve me until I eat and drink, and after these things you shall eat and drink?

(9)  Does not he have thanks to that slave because he did the things commanded of him? I think not.

(10)  So also when you have done all things commanded you, you say, We are unprofitable slaves, for we have done what we ought to do.



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St. Michael and All Angels Day

(29 September 2019)

Daniel 10:10-14; 12:1-3; Ps. 91:1-16; Revelation 12:7-12; Matthew 18:1-11 or Luke 10:17-20

Entrance: LSB 907 God Himself Is Present

Of the Day: LSB 522 Lord God, to Thee We Give All Praise

Offertory: LSB 520 Stars of the Morning, So Gloriously Bright

Distribution: LSB 521 Christ the Lord of Hosts, Unshaken

Dist.: LSB 716 I Walk in Danger All the Way

Closing: LSB 670 Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones

Our Father in Heaven Protects His Children by Giving His Holy Angels Charge Over Them

We live in “a time of trouble” (Dan. 12:1), in the midst of great tribulation; for Satan and his wicked angels have been thrown out of heaven and have come down to earth “in great wrath,” with woeful “temptations to sin” and with constant accusations (Rev. 12:8-12; Matt. 18:7). Even so, we are encouraged by the presence and protection of St. Michael and the holy angels, whom God sends to help us in the strife (Dan. 10:11-13). By “the authority of his Christ,” His holy angels guard and keep us in body and soul. These heavenly servants of God preserve His human messengers on earth, the ministers of “the blood of the Lamb,” against all the power of the enemy; for by “the word of their testimony,” the Church is saved and the devil is defeated (Rev. 12:10-11; Luke 10:18-19). By their preaching and Baptism of repentance, the old Adam and the old evil foe are “drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt. 18:6); and as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, so are His people delivered and raised from the dust of the earth through the forgiveness of their sins (Dan. 12:1-3).


Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Sermon Review: St. Michael and All Angels Day — The Rev. Matthew C. Harrison — Issues Etc.

The Rev. Matthew C. Harrison, Executive Director of LCMS World Relief and Human Care, preached a sermon on St. Michael and All Angels Day, which was reviewed on Issues Etc. (mp3, 26:30, 10.7 MB, 2009-Oct-12)


How to Review a Sermon:

When we listen to the sermon, we ask three simple questions: 

1) How often is Jesus mentioned? [Keep a tally.]

2) If Jesus is mentioned, is He the subject of the verbs? [Is Jesus performing the verbs?]

3) What are those verbs? (The Gospel isn’t Jesus your example, educator, life–coach [encourage-or] or therapist. The Gospel is Jesus, your crucified and risen Savior from sin and death.)

A Listener’s Guide to the Pulpit (Updated) by Pr. Todd Wilken



Matthew 18:1-11 (SBLGNT)

Ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ προσῆλθον οἱ μαθηταὶ τῷ Ἰησοῦ λέγοντες· Τίς ἄρα μείζων ἐστὶν ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν; 2 καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος παιδίον ἔστησεν αὐτὸ ἐν μέσῳ αὐτῶν 3 καὶ εἶπεν· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ἐὰν μὴ στραφῆτε καὶ γένησθε ὡς τὰ παιδία, οὐ μὴ εἰσέλθητε εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τῶν οὐρανῶν. 4 ὅστις οὖν ταπεινώσει ἑαυτὸν ὡς τὸ παιδίον τοῦτο, οὗτός ἐστιν ὁ μείζων ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τῶν οὐρανῶν· 5 καὶ ὃς ἐὰν δέξηται ἓν παιδίον τοιοῦτοἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου, ἐμὲ δέχεται.

6 Ὃς δʼ ἂν σκανδαλίσῃ ἕνα τῶν μικρῶν τούτων τῶν πιστευόντων εἰς ἐμέ, συμφέρει αὐτῷ ἵνα κρεμασθῇ μύλος ὀνικὸς εἰς τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ καταποντισθῇ ἐν τῷ πελάγει τῆς θαλάσσης. 7 οὐαὶ τῷ κόσμῳ ἀπὸ τῶν σκανδάλων· ἀνάγκη γὰρ ἐλθεῖν τὰ σκάνδαλα, πλὴν οὐαὶ τῷ ἀνθρώπῳ διʼ οὗ τὸ σκάνδαλον ἔρχεται.

8 Εἰ δὲ ἡ χείρ σου ἢ ὁ πούς σου σκανδαλίζει σε, ἔκκοψον αὐτὸν καὶ βάλε ἀπὸ σοῦ· καλόν σοί ἐστιν εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν κυλλὸν ἢ χωλόν, ἢ δύο χεῖρας ἢ δύο πόδας ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ αἰώνιον. 9 καὶ εἰ ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου σκανδαλίζει σε, ἔξελε αὐτὸν καὶ βάλε ἀπὸ σοῦ· καλόν σοί ἐστιν μονόφθαλμον εἰς τὴν ζωὴν εἰσελθεῖν, ἢ δύο ὀφθαλμοὺς ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς τὴν γέενναν τοῦ πυρός.

10 Ὁρᾶτε μὴ καταφρονήσητε ἑνὸς τῶν μικρῶν τούτων, λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν ὅτι οἱ ἄγγελοι αὐτῶν ἐν οὐρανοῖς διὰ παντὸς βλέπουσι τὸ πρόσωπον τοῦ πατρός μου τοῦ ἐν οὐρανοῖς.

Luke 10:17-20 (SBLGNT)

Ὑπέστρεψαν δὲ οἱ ἑβδομήκοντα δύο μετὰ χαρᾶς λέγοντες· Κύριε, καὶ τὰ δαιμόνια ὑποτάσσεται ἡμῖν ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου. 18 εἶπεν δὲ αὐτοῖς· Ἐθεώρουν τὸν Σατανᾶν ὡς ἀστραπὴν ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ πεσόντα. 19 ἰδοὺ δέδωκα ὑμῖν τὴν ἐξουσίαν τοῦ πατεῖν ἐπάνω ὄφεων καὶ σκορπίων, καὶ ἐπὶ πᾶσαν τὴν δύναμιν τοῦ ἐχθροῦ, καὶ οὐδὲν ὑμᾶς οὐ μὴ ἀδικήσῃ. 20 πλὴν ἐν τούτῳ μὴ χαίρετε ὅτι τὰ πνεύματα ὑμῖν ὑποτάσσεται, χαίρετε δὲ ὅτι τὰ ὀνόματα ὑμῶν ἐγγέγραπται ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς.


Literal Translation

Matthew 18:1-11

(1)  In that hour the disciples came to Jesus, saying, Who then is greater in the kingdom of Heaven?

(2)  And having called forward a little child, Jesus set him in their midst.

(3)  And He said, Truly I say to you, Unless you convert and become as the little children, not at all can you enter into the kingdom of Heaven.

(4)  Then whoever will humble himself as this little child, this one is the greater in the kingdom of Heaven.

(5)  And whoever will receive one such little child in My name receives Me.

(6)  But whoever causes one of these little ones believing in Me to offend, it is better for him that a millstone turned by an ass be hung on his neck, and he be sunk in the depth of the sea.

(7)  Woe to the world from its offenses! It is a necessity for the offenses to come, yet woe to that man through whom the offense comes!

(8)  And if your hand or your foot offends you, cut it off and throw it from you; it is good for you to enter into life lame or maimed, than having two hands or two feet to be thrown into the everlasting fire.

(9)  And if your eye offends you, pluck it out and throw it from you; for it is good for you to enter into life one-eyed, than having two eyes to be thrown into the Hell of fire.

(10)  See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you that their angels in Heaven continually look on the face of My Father in Heaven.

(11)  For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.

Luke 10:17-20

(17)  And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the demons are subject to us through Your Name.

(18)  And He said to them, I saw Satan falling out of Heaven as lightning!

(19)  Behold, I have given you the authority to tread on snakes and scorpions, and on all the power of the hostile one, and nothing shall hurt you, no, never!

(20)  But stop rejoicing in this, that the evil spirits submit to you. But rather rejoice that your names are written in Heaven.



FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 20C (18 September 2016)

Amos 8:4–7; Psalm 113:1–9; 1 Timothy 2:1–15; Luke 16:1–15

Entrance: LSB 847 Christ, Our Human Likeness Sharing

Of the Day: LSB 557 Seek Where You May to Find a Way

Offertory: LSB 966 Before You, Lord, We Bow

Distribution: LSB 563 Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness

Dist: LSB 853 How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord

Closing: LSB 851 Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us

The Lord Is Rich in His Grace and Mercy

Because God our Savior “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), He urges “that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men” (1 Tim. 2:1). Christians should so pray “without wrath and dissension,” but “adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly” (1 Tim. 2:8, 9). For the Lord does not forget “the humble of the land” (Amos 8:4). He remembers them according to the foolishness of the cross. “For that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Though we try to justify ourselves “in the sight of men,” God knows our sinful hearts and calls us to repentance (Luke 16:15). Though we are “not strong enough to dig,” and we are “ashamed to beg” (Luke 16:3), He justifies us by His grace and welcomes us into His “eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9). More shrewd than even “the sons of this age” (Luke 16:8), He requires His stewards of the Gospel to bestow forgiveness freely.


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Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Dishonest Manager — 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, 57:16, 52.6 MB, 2016-Sept-12)


Lectionary Podcast -- Proper 20 -- Series C -- Dr. David P. Scaer

Dr. David P. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday.


Luke 16:1-15 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἔλεγεν δὲ καὶ πρὸς τοὺς μαθητάς· Ἄνθρωπός τις ἦν πλούσιος ὃς εἶχεν οἰκονόμον, καὶ οὗτος διεβλήθη αὐτῷ ὡς διασκορπίζων τὰ ὑπάρχοντα αὐτοῦ.

2 καὶ φωνήσας αὐτὸν εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Τί τοῦτο ἀκούω περὶ σοῦ; ἀπόδος τὸν λόγον τῆς οἰκονομίας σου, οὐ γὰρ δύνῃ ἔτι οἰκονομεῖν.

3 εἶπεν δὲ ἐν ἑαυτῷ ὁ οἰκονόμος· Τί ποιήσω ὅτι ὁ κύριός μου ἀφαιρεῖται τὴν οἰκονομίαν ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ; σκάπτειν οὐκ ἰσχύω, ἐπαιτεῖν αἰσχύνομαι·

4 ἔγνων τί ποιήσω, ἵνα ὅταν μετασταθῶ ἐκ τῆς οἰκονομίας δέξωνταί με εἰς τοὺς οἴκους ἑαυτῶν.

5 καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος ἕνα ἕκαστον τῶν χρεοφειλετῶν τοῦ κυρίου ἑαυτοῦ ἔλεγεν τῷ πρώτῳ· Πόσον ὀφείλεις τῷ κυρίῳ μου;

6 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Ἑκατὸν βάτους ἐλαίου· ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Δέξαι σου τὰ γράμματα καὶ καθίσας ταχέως γράψον πεντήκοντα.

7 ἔπειτα ἑτέρῳ εἶπεν· Σὺ δὲ πόσον ὀφείλεις; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν· Ἑκατὸν κόρους σίτου· λέγει αὐτῷ· Δέξαι σου τὰ γράμματα καὶ γράψον ὀγδοήκοντα.

8 καὶ ἐπῄνεσεν ὁ κύριος τὸν οἰκονόμον τῆς ἀδικίας ὅτι φρονίμως ἐποίησεν· ὅτι οἱ υἱοὶ τοῦ αἰῶνος τούτου φρονιμώτεροι ὑπὲρ τοὺς υἱοὺς τοῦ φωτὸς εἰς τὴν γενεὰν τὴν ἑαυτῶν εἰσιν.

9 καὶ ἐγὼ ὑμῖν λέγω, ἑαυτοῖς ποιήσατε φίλους ἐκ τοῦ μαμωνᾶ τῆς ἀδικίας, ἵνα ὅταν ἐκλίπῃ δέξωνται ὑμᾶς εἰς τὰς αἰωνίους σκηνάς.

10 Ὁ πιστὸς ἐν ἐλαχίστῳ καὶ ἐν πολλῷ πιστός ἐστιν, καὶ ὁ ἐν ἐλαχίστῳ ἄδικος καὶ ἐν πολλῷ ἄδικός ἐστιν.

11 εἰ οὖν ἐν τῷ ἀδίκῳ μαμωνᾷ πιστοὶ οὐκ ἐγένεσθε, τὸ ἀληθινὸν τίς ὑμῖν πιστεύσει;

12 καὶ εἰ ἐν τῷ ἀλλοτρίῳ πιστοὶ οὐκ ἐγένεσθε, τὸ ὑμέτερον τίς δώσει ὑμῖν;

13 οὐδεὶς οἰκέτης δύναται δυσὶ κυρίοις δουλεύειν· ἢ γὰρ τὸν ἕνα μισήσει καὶ τὸν ἕτερον ἀγαπήσει, ἢ ἑνὸς ἀνθέξεται καὶ τοῦ ἑτέρου καταφρονήσει. οὐ δύνασθε θεῷ δουλεύειν καὶ μαμωνᾷ.

14 Ἤκουον δὲ ταῦτα πάντα οἱ Φαρισαῖοι φιλάργυροι ὑπάρχοντες, καὶ ἐξεμυκτήριζον αὐτόν.

15 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ὑμεῖς ἐστε οἱ δικαιοῦντες ἑαυτοὺς ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ὁ δὲ θεὸς γινώσκει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν· ὅτι τὸ ἐν ἀνθρώποις ὑψηλὸν βδέλυγμα ἐνώπιον τοῦ θεοῦ.


Literal Translation

Luke 16:1-15

(1)  And He also said to His disciples, A certain man was rich; and he had a steward, and this one was accused to him as wasting his goods.

(2)  And calling him, he said to him, What is this I hear about you? Give the account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.

(3)  And the steward said within himself, What shall I do, for my lord is taking away the stewardship from me? I am not able to dig, and I am ashamed to beg.

(4)  I know what I will do, that when I am removed from the stewardship, they will receive me into their houses.

(5)  And having called to him each one of the debtors of his lord, he said to the first, How much do you owe my lord?

(6)  And he said, A hundred baths of oil. And he said to him, Take your statements and sitting quickly write fifty.

(7)  Then he said to another, And you, how much do you owe? And he said, a hundred cors of wheat. And he said to him, Take your statement and write eighty.

(8)  And the lord praised the unrighteous steward, because he acted prudently. For the sons of this age are more prudent than the sons of light themselves are in their generation.

(9)  And I say to you, Make to yourselves friends by the unrighteous mammon, that when it fails they may take you into the eternal dwellings.

(10)  He faithful in the least is also faithful in much. And he unrighteous in the least is also unrighteous in much.

(11)  Then if you were not faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will entrust the true to you?

(12)  And if you were not faithful in that of another, who will give to you that which is yours?

(13)  No servant is able to serve two lords; for either he will hate the one, and he will love the other; or he will cling to one, and he will despise the other. You are unable to serve God and mammon.

(14)  And being lovers of money, the Pharisees also heard all these things; and they derided Him.

(15)  And He said to them, You are those justifying yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts; for the thing highly prized among men is a hateful thing before God.



FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 19C (15 September 2019)

Ezekiel 34:11–24; Psalm 119:169–176; 1 Timothy 1:5–11, 12–17; Luke 15:1–10

Entrance: LSB 791 All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Of the Day: LSB 609 Jesus Sinners Doth Receive

Offertory: LSB 711 Savior, like a Shepherd Lead Us

Distribution: LSB 709 The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Dist: LSB 740 I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb

Closing: LSB 506 Glory Be to God the Father

Jesus Christ Is the Great Shepherd of His Sheep

“It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). As He had mercy on Paul, in order to “demonstrate His perfect patience” (1 Tim. 1:16), so also does He seek out His sheep “from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day” (Ezek. 34:12). To deliver His flock, He “will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken, and strengthen the sick” (Ezek. 34:16), and “they will no longer be a prey” (Ezek. 34:22). He sets over them one great Good Shepherd, the Son of David, who “will feed them himself and be their shepherd” (Ezek. 34:23). For Christ Jesus is the one Man who, “if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them,” would “leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture, and go after the one which is lost, until he finds it” (Luke 15:4). When He finds the lost one and brings it home rejoicing, “the angels of God” and all the company of heaven rejoice with Him, with great joy (Luke 15:7, 10).


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Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Luke 15 — 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, 57:38, 53.0 MB, 2016-Sept-06)


Lectionary Podcast Proper 19 - Series C - Luke 15:1-10 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading


Luke 15:1-10 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἦσαν δὲ αὐτῷ ἐγγίζοντες πάντες οἱ τελῶναι καὶ οἱ ἁμαρτωλοὶ ἀκούειν αὐτοῦ.

2 καὶ διεγόγγυζον οἵ τε Φαρισαῖοι καὶ οἱ γραμματεῖς λέγοντες ὅτι Οὗτος ἁμαρτωλοὺς προσδέχεται καὶ συνεσθίει αὐτοῖς.

3 εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτοὺς τὴν παραβολὴν ταύτην λέγων·

4 Τίς ἄνθρωπος ἐξ ὑμῶν ἔχων ἑκατὸν πρόβατα καὶ ἀπολέσας ἐξ αὐτῶν ἓν οὐ καταλείπει τὰ ἐνενήκοντα ἐννέα ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ καὶ πορεύεται ἐπὶ τὸ ἀπολωλὸς ἕως εὕρῃ αὐτό;

5 καὶ εὑρὼν ἐπιτίθησιν ἐπὶ τοὺς ὤμους αὐτοῦ χαίρων,

6 καὶ ἐλθὼν εἰς τὸν οἶκον συγκαλεῖ τοὺς φίλους καὶ τοὺς γείτονας, λέγων αὐτοῖς· Συγχάρητέ μοι ὅτι εὗρον τὸ πρόβατόν μου τὸ ἀπολωλός.

7 λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι οὕτως χαρὰ ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ ἔσται ἐπὶ ἑνὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ μετανοοῦντι ἢ ἐπὶ ἐνενήκοντα ἐννέα δικαίοις οἵτινες οὐ χρείαν ἔχουσιν μετανοίας.

8 Ἢ τίς γυνὴ δραχμὰς ἔχουσα δέκα, ἐὰν ἀπολέσῃ δραχμὴν μίαν, οὐχὶ ἅπτει λύχνον καὶ σαροῖ τὴν οἰκίαν καὶ ζητεῖ ἐπιμελῶς ἕως οὗ εὕρῃ;

9 καὶ εὑροῦσα συγκαλεῖ τὰς φίλας καὶ γείτονας λέγουσα· Συγχάρητέ μοι ὅτι εὗρον τὴν δραχμὴν ἣν ἀπώλεσα.

10 οὕτως, λέγω ὑμῖν, γίνεται χαρὰ ἐνώπιον τῶν ἀγγέλων τοῦ θεοῦ ἐπὶ ἑνὶ ἁμαρτωλῷ μετανοοῦντι.


Literal Translation

Luke 15:1-10

(1) And all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to Him, to hear Him.

(2) And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, This one receives sinners and eats with them.

(3) And He spoke to them this parable, saying,

(4) What man of you having a hundred sheep, and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety nine in the deserted place and go after the lost one until he finds it?

(5) And finding it, he puts it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

(6) And coming to the house, he calls together the friends and neighbors, saying to them, Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that had been lost.

(7) I say to you that so is joy in Heaven over one sinner repenting, than over ninety nine righteous ones who have no need of repentance.

(8) Or what woman having ten drachmas, if she loses one drachma does not light a lamp and sweep the house, and look carefully until she finds it?

(9) And finding it, she calls together the friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the drachma which I lost.

(10) I say to you, So there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner repenting.



Bugenhagen Conference 2019 Keynote Address One

July 29, 2019

St John's Lutheran Church, Racine, WI

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In this Gottescast, The Gottesdienst Crowd discusses the usefulness of Francis Pieper's Christian Dogmatics for pastoral care. Bryan Wolfmueller ( pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Jesus Deaf Lutheran Church in Austin, TX) joins us for the discussion.

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In this Gottescast, The Gottesdienst Crowd talks about how to read and understand the Bible. Karl Fabrizius (Gottesdienst Editor, author of the columns "Musing on the Mysteries," and "Musing on Hymnody," and pastor of Our Father, Greenfield, WI) joins us for the discussion. 

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THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 18C (08 September 2019)

Deuteronomy 30:15–20; Psalm 1:1–6; Philemon 1–21; Luke 14:25–35

Entrance: LSB 838 The Saints in Christ Are One in Every Place

Of the Day: LSB 853 How Clear Is Our Vocation, Lord

Offertory: LSB 747 No Saint on Earth Lives Life to Self Alone

Distribution: LSB 783 Take My Life and Let It Be

Dist: LSB 642 O Living Bread from Heaven

Closing: LSB 661 The Son of God Goes Forth to War

Christ Jesus Has Paid the Cost of Discipleship for You

A disciple of Jesus Christ will “carry his own cross” (Luke 14:27) and follow the Lord through death into life. Discipleship is costly because it crucifies the old man with “all his own possessions” (Luke 14:33), in order to raise up the new man in Christ. The disciple disavows “his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life” (Luke 14:26), in deference to Christ. That way of the cross is impossible, except that Christ Jesus has already paid the cost. His cross is set before you as “life and prosperity, and death and adversity” (Deut. 30:15). Taking up His cross is to “choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him” (Deut. 30:19–20). To live that life in Christ is also to bear His cross in love, “that your goodness should not be as it were by compulsion, but of your own free will” (Philemon 14).


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Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Cost of Discipleship — 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, 57:21, 52.7 MB, 2016-Aug-29)


Lectionary Podcast Proper 18 - Series C - Luke 14:25-35 with Dr. David Scaer

Dr. David Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel reading


Luke 14:25-35 (SBLGNT)

25 Συνεπορεύοντο δὲ αὐτῷ ὄχλοι πολλοί, καὶ στραφεὶς εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς·

26 Εἴ τις ἔρχεται πρός με καὶ οὐ μισεῖ τὸν πατέρα ἑαυτοῦ καὶ τὴν μητέρα καὶ τὴν γυναῖκα καὶ τὰ τέκνα καὶ τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς καὶ τὰς ἀδελφάς, ἔτι τε καὶ τὴν ψυχὴν ἑαυτοῦ, οὐ δύναται εἶναί μου μαθητής.

27 ὅστις οὐ βαστάζει τὸν σταυρὸν ἑαυτοῦ καὶ ἔρχεται ὀπίσω μου, οὐ δύναται εἶναί μου μαθητής.

28 τίς γὰρ ἐξ ὑμῶν θέλων πύργον οἰκοδομῆσαι οὐχὶ πρῶτον καθίσας ψηφίζει τὴν δαπάνην, εἰ ἔχει εἰς ἀπαρτισμόν;

29 ἵνα μήποτε θέντος αὐτοῦ θεμέλιον καὶ μὴ ἰσχύοντος ἐκτελέσαι πάντες οἱ θεωροῦντες ἄρξωνται αὐτῷ ἐμπαίζειν

30 λέγοντες ὅτι Οὗτος ὁ ἄνθρωπος ἤρξατο οἰκοδομεῖν καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσεν ἐκτελέσαι.

31 ἢ τίς βασιλεὺς πορευόμενος ἑτέρῳ βασιλεῖ συμβαλεῖν εἰς πόλεμον οὐχὶ καθίσας πρῶτον βουλεύσεται εἰ δυνατός ἐστιν ἐν δέκα χιλιάσιν ὑπαντῆσαι τῷ μετὰ εἴκοσι χιλιάδων ἐρχομένῳ ἐπʼ αὐτόν;

32 εἰ δὲ μήγε, ἔτι αὐτοῦ πόρρω ὄντος πρεσβείαν ἀποστείλας ἐρωτᾷ τὰ πρὸς εἰρήνην.

33 οὕτως οὖν πᾶς ἐξ ὑμῶν ὃς οὐκ ἀποτάσσεται πᾶσιν τοῖς ἑαυτοῦ ὑπάρχουσιν οὐ δύναται εἶναί μου μαθητής.

34 Καλὸν οὖν τὸ ἅλας· ἐὰν δὲ καὶ τὸ ἅλας μωρανθῇ, ἐν τίνι ἀρτυθήσεται;

35 οὔτε εἰς γῆν οὔτε εἰς κοπρίαν εὔθετόν ἐστιν· ἔξω βάλλουσιν αὐτό. ὁ ἔχων ὦτα ἀκούειν ἀκουέτω.


Literal Translation

Luke 14:25-35

(25) And great crowds came together to Him. And turning, He said to them,

(26) If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers and sisters, and besides, even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.

(27) And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me, he cannot be My disciple.

(28) For who of you desiring to build a tower does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has the things to finish;

(29) that having laid a foundation, and not having strength to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him,

(30) saying, This man began to build, and did not have strength to finish.

(31) Or what king going to attack another king in war does not first sit down and take counsel whether he is able with ten thousand to meet those coming upon him with twenty thousands?

(32) But if not, he being still far off, sending a delegation, he asks the things for peace.

(33) So then every one of you who does not abandon all his possessions is not able to be My disciple.

(34) The salt is good, but if the salt becomes tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?

(35) It is not fit for soil nor for manure; they throw it out. The one having ears to hear, let him hear.



TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 17C (01 September 2019)

Proverbs 25:2–10; Psalm 131:1–3; Hebrews 13:1–17; Luke 14:1–14

Entrance: LSB 813 Rejoice, O Pilgrim Throng

Of the Day: LSB 842 Son of God, Eternal Savior

Offertory: LSB 695 Not for Tongues of Heaven’s Angels

Distribution: LSB 641 You Satisfy the Hungry Heart

Dist: LSB 620 Jesus Comes Today with Healing

Closing: LSB 850 God of Grace and God of Glory

We Are Humbled and Exalted by the Cross of Christ

“Everyone who exalts himself shall be humbled,” Jesus proclaims, but “he who humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11). For your hope is in the name of the Lord, who humbled Himself unto death on the cross and was exalted in His resurrection. So are you humbled by His cross, and “at the resurrection of the righteous,” He will say to you, “Friend, move up higher” (Luke 14:10; 13–14). By His grace, the King will honor you “in the place of great men,” where your eyes will gaze upon the Prince, His dearly-beloved Son (Prov. 25:7). As He has dealt so graciously with you, “Do not neglect doing good and sharing” (Heb. 13:16), and “do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers” (Heb. 13:2). Humble yourself and exalt your neighbor.


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Worldview Everlasting — Wedding Feast Humiliations Galore (Luke 14:1-14)

Oh you silly Pharisees. Always trying to be the best, get the best and appear as the best, when in fact, you are the worst. And your behavior at wedding feasts and meals is so humiliating. Honestly, I'm embarrassed FOR you! Prince Humperdinck is NOT going to be happy. Will you never learn? Well, here's Luke 14:1-14 to try and help, but considering you are going to crucify Jesus for saying this kind of stuff...


Worldview Everlasting — Unpretended Pits (Luke 14:1-14)

Real Sinners, Real Savior. Grek2stday and Luke 14. No biggie. Just the WORD OF GOD. +pax+ Luke 14:1-14


Worldview Everlasting — Dropkick: The Blood Remains

Worldview Everlasting Dropkick's on Hebrews 13:1-17


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): He Who Humbles Himself — 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, 57:44, 53.0 MB, 2016-Aug-19)


Lectionary Podcast Proper 17 - Series C - Luke 14:1-14 with Dr. David P Scaer

Dr. David P. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 14:1-14


Luke 14:1–14 (SBLGNT)

1 Καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ ἐλθεῖν αὐτὸν εἰς οἶκόν τινος τῶν ἀρχόντων τῶν Φαρισαίων σαββάτῳ φαγεῖν ἄρτον καὶ αὐτοὶ ἦσαν παρατηρούμενοι αὐτόν.

2 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἄνθρωπός τις ἦν ὑδρωπικὸς ἔμπροσθεν αὐτοῦ.

3 καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ὁ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν πρὸς τοὺς νομικοὺς καὶ Φαρισαίους λέγων· Ἔξεστιν τῷ σαββάτῳ θεραπεῦσαι ἢ οὔ;

4 οἱ δὲ ἡσύχασαν. καὶ ἐπιλαβόμενος ἰάσατο αὐτὸν καὶ ἀπέλυσεν.

5 καὶ πρὸς αὐτοὺς εἶπεν· Τίνος ὑμῶν υἱὸς ἢ βοῦς εἰς φρέαρ πεσεῖται, καὶ οὐκ εὐθέως ἀνασπάσει αὐτὸν ἐν ἡμέρᾳ τοῦ σαββάτου;

6 καὶ οὐκ ἴσχυσαν ἀνταποκριθῆναι πρὸς ταῦτα.

7 Ἔλεγεν δὲ πρὸς τοὺς κεκλημένους παραβολήν, ἐπέχων πῶς τὰς πρωτοκλισίας ἐξελέγοντο, λέγων πρὸς αὐτούς·

8 Ὅταν κληθῇς ὑπό τινος εἰς γάμους, μὴ κατακλιθῇς εἰς τὴν πρωτοκλισίαν, μήποτε ἐντιμότερός σου ᾖ κεκλημένος ὑπʼ αὐτοῦ

9 καὶ ἐλθὼν ὁ σὲ καὶ αὐτὸν καλέσας ἐρεῖ σοι· Δὸς τούτῳ τόπον, καὶ τότε ἄρξῃ μετὰ αἰσχύνης τὸν ἔσχατον τόπον κατέχειν.

10 ἀλλʼ ὅταν κληθῇς πορευθεὶς ἀνάπεσε εἰς τὸν ἔσχατον τόπον, ἵνα ὅταν ἔλθῃ ὁ κεκληκώς σε ἐρεῖ σοι· Φίλε, προσανάβηθι ἀνώτερον· τότε ἔσται σοι δόξα ἐνώπιον πάντων τῶν συνανακειμένων σοι.

11 ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ὑψῶν ἑαυτὸν ταπεινωθήσεται καὶ ὁ ταπεινῶν ἑαυτὸν ὑψωθήσεται.

12 Ἔλεγεν δὲ καὶ τῷ κεκληκότι αὐτόν· Ὅταν ποιῇς ἄριστον ἢ δεῖπνον, μὴ φώνει τοὺς φίλους σου μηδὲ τοὺς ἀδελφούς σου μηδὲ τοὺς συγγενεῖς σου μηδὲ γείτονας πλουσίους, μήποτε καὶ αὐτοὶ ἀντικαλέσωσίν σε καὶ γένηται ἀνταπόδομά σοι.

13 ἀλλʼ ὅταν δοχὴν ποιῇς, κάλει πτωχούς, ἀναπείρους, χωλούς, τυφλούς·

14 καὶ μακάριος ἔσῃ, ὅτι οὐκ ἔχουσιν ἀνταποδοῦναί σοι, ἀνταποδοθήσεται γάρ σοι ἐν τῇ ἀναστάσει τῶν δικαίων.


Literal Translation

Luke 14:1-14

(1) And it occurred, on His going into a house of one of the Pharisee leaders on a sabbath to eat bread, even they were closely observing Him.

(2) And behold, a certain man was dropsical before Him.

(3) And answering, Jesus spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, asking whether it is lawful to heal on the sabbath.

(4) And they were silent. And taking the man, He cured him and let him go.

(5) And answering to them He said, Whose ass or ox of yours shall fall into a pit, and he will not at once pull it up on the sabbath day?

(6) And they were not able to reply to Him against these things.

(7) And He spoke a parable to those who had been invited, noting how they were choosing out the chief seats, saying to them,

(8) When you are invited by anyone to wedding feasts, do not recline at the chief seat lest one more honorable than you be invited by him,

(9) and coming, he who invited you will say to you, Give this one place. And then you begin with shame to take the last place.

(10) But when you are invited, going in, recline at the last place, so that when he who has invited you may come, he may say to you, Friend, go up higher. Then glory will be to you before those reclining with you.

(11) For everyone exalting himself will be humbled, and the one humbling himself will be exalted.

(12) And He also said to him who had invited Him, When you make a dinner or supper, do not call your friends, nor your brothers, nor your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also should invite you in return, and it become a repayment to you.

(13) But when you make a banquet, call the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind;

(14) and then you will be blessed, for they have nothing to repay you. For it will be repaid to you in the resurrection of the just.



ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 16C (25 August 2019)

Isaiah 66:18–23; Psalm 50:1–15; Hebrews 12:4–24, 25–29; Luke 13:22–30

Entrance: LSB 433 Glory Be to Jesus

Of the Day: LSB 510 A Multitude Comes from the East and the West

Offertory: LSB 757 Lord, It Belongs Not to My Care

Distribution: LSB 756 Why Should Cross and Trial Grieve Me

Dist: LSB 791 All People That on Earth Do Dwell

Closing: LSB 667 Saints, See the Cloud of Witnesses

The Cross of Christ is the Way into the Kingdom of God

With the cross of Christ, the time has come “to gather all nations and tongues” (Is. 66:18). The sign of the cross is set forth in the preaching of the Gospel, the declaration of the Lord’s glory “among the nations” (Is. 66:19). Many “will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29), but only by the narrow way of the cross. Those who refuse to follow Christ crucified will ultimately find only “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Luke 13:28), whereas Christ’s disciples, called from all the nations, will eat and drink with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of God. They will come into “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Heb. 12:22).


Courtesy: LCMS (except hymn video)


Encore: Worldview Everlasting – WARNING!! The Doors of Self-Justification Are Now Closing (Luke 13:22-30)

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Encore: Worldview Everlasting – A Yeasty Mustard Rainbow Door (Nom Nom Nom) (Luke 13:22-30)

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Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Narrow Door — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

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Encore: Lectionary Podcast Proper 16 - Series C - Luke 13:22-30 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 13:22-30


Luke 13:22-30 (SBLGNT)

22 Καὶ διεπορεύετο κατὰ πόλεις καὶ κώμας διδάσκων καὶ πορείαν ποιούμενος εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα.

23 εἶπεν δέ τις αὐτῷ· Κύριε, εἰ ὀλίγοι οἱ σῳζόμενοι; ὁ δὲ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς·

24 Ἀγωνίζεσθε εἰσελθεῖν διὰ τῆς στενῆς θύρας, ὅτι πολλοί, λέγω ὑμῖν, ζητήσουσιν εἰσελθεῖν καὶ οὐκ ἰσχύσουσιν,

25 ἀφʼ οὗ ἂν ἐγερθῇ ὁ οἰκοδεσπότης καὶ ἀποκλείσῃ τὴν θύραν, καὶ ἄρξησθε ἔξω ἑστάναι καὶ κρούειν τὴν θύραν λέγοντες· Κύριε, ἄνοιξον ἡμῖν· καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς ἐρεῖ ὑμῖν· Οὐκ οἶδα ὑμᾶς πόθεν ἐστέ.

26 τότε ἄρξεσθε λέγειν· Ἐφάγομεν ἐνώπιόν σου καὶ ἐπίομεν, καὶ ἐν ταῖς πλατείαις ἡμῶν ἐδίδαξας·

27 καὶ ἐρεῖ λέγων ὑμῖν· Οὐκ οἶδα πόθεν ἐστέ· ἀπόστητε ἀπʼ ἐμοῦ, πάντες ἐργάται ἀδικίας.

28 ἐκεῖ ἔσται ὁ κλαυθμὸς καὶ ὁ βρυγμὸς τῶν ὀδόντων, ὅταν ὄψησθε Ἀβραὰμ καὶ Ἰσαὰκ καὶ Ἰακὼβ καὶ πάντας τοὺς προφήτας ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ, ὑμᾶς δὲ ἐκβαλλομένους ἔξω.

29 καὶ ἥξουσιν ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν καὶ δυσμῶν καὶ ἀπὸ βορρᾶ καὶ νότου καὶ ἀνακλιθήσονται ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ.

30 καὶ ἰδοὺ εἰσὶν ἔσχατοι οἳ ἔσονται πρῶτοι, καὶ εἰσὶν πρῶτοι οἳ ἔσονται ἔσχατοι.


Literal Translation

Luke 13:22-30

(22) And He went through by cities and villages, teaching and making progress toward Jerusalem.

(23) And one said to Him, Lord, are the ones being saved few? But He said to them,

(24) Labor to enter in through the narrow gate, for I say to you that many will seek to enter in and will not have strength.

(25) From the time the Master of the house shall have risen up, and He shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. And answering, He will say to you, I do not know you, from where you are.

(26) Then you will begin to say, We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.

(27) And He will say, I tell you I do not know you, from where you are. "Stand back from Me all workers of unrighteousness!"

(28) There will be weeping and gnashing of the teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrust outside.

(29) And they will come from east and west, and from north and south, and will recline in the kingdom of God.

(30) And, behold, there are last ones who will be first, and there are first ones who will be last.



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THIRTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 15C (18 August 2019)

Jeremiah 23:16–29; Psalm 119:81–88; Hebrews 11:17–31, 32–40, 12:1–3; Luke 12:49–53, 54–56

Entrance: LSB 836 O God of Light

Of the Day: LSB 655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

Offertory: LSB 411 I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light

Distribution: LSB 720 We Walk by Faith and Not by Sight

Dist: LSB 724 If God Himself Be for Me

Closing: LSB 583 God Has Spoken by His Prophets

Christ’s Suffering and Death Bring Division

The Lord Jesus causes fear and trembling and division because His Word is “like fire ... and like a hammer which shatters a rock” (Jer. 23:29). His Law puts us all to death, whereas only His Gospel can bring us to life. He has fulfilled that Word for us by His cross and in His resurrection from the dead. He undergoes such a distressing Baptism, accomplished by His death, in order to open the way for us through our Holy Baptism into His cross and resurrection. So, then, if we are able “to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky” (Luke 12:56), let us mark this sign of His cross—recognizing that this world is subject to death, but knowing that Christ Jesus has also conquered death and obtained life everlasting for us. Let us fix our eyes “on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith” and “run with endurance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1–2).


Courtesy: LCMS


Encore: Worldview Everlasting – The Little Black Reign Cloud of God (Luke 12:49-56)

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Encore: Worldview Everlasting – Dropkick: Doubt, Sawn in Two (Heb 11:17-40; 12:1-3)

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Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): I Have Not Come to Bring Peace — 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, 57:49, 53.1 MB, 2016-Aug-08)


Encore: Lectionary Podcast - Proper 15 - Series C - Luke 12:49-53 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 12:49-53


Luke 12:49-56 (SBLGNT)

49 Πῦρ ἦλθον βαλεῖν ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν, καὶ τί θέλω εἰ ἤδη ἀνήφθη;

50 βάπτισμα δὲ ἔχω βαπτισθῆναι, καὶ πῶς συνέχομαι ἕως ὅτου τελεσθῇ.

51 δοκεῖτε ὅτι εἰρήνην παρεγενόμην δοῦναι ἐν τῇ γῇ; οὐχί, λέγω ὑμῖν, ἀλλʼ ἢ διαμερισμόν.

52 ἔσονται γὰρ ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν πέντε ἐν ἑνὶ οἴκῳ διαμεμερισμένοι, τρεῖς ἐπὶ δυσὶν καὶ δύο ἐπὶ τρισίν,

53 διαμερισθήσονται πατὴρ ἐπὶ υἱῷ καὶ υἱὸς ἐπὶ πατρί, μήτηρ ἐπὶ θυγατέρα καὶ θυγάτηρ ἐπὶ τὴν μητέρα, πενθερὰ ἐπὶ τὴν νύμφην αὐτῆς καὶ νύμφη ἐπὶ τὴν πενθεράν.

54 Ἔλεγεν δὲ καὶ τοῖς ὄχλοις· Ὅταν ἴδητε νεφέλην ἀνατέλλουσαν ἐπὶ δυσμῶν, εὐθέως λέγετε ὅτι Ὄμβρος ἔρχεται, καὶ γίνεται οὕτως·

55 καὶ ὅταν νότον πνέοντα, λέγετε ὅτι Καύσων ἔσται, καὶ γίνεται.

56 ὑποκριταί, τὸ πρόσωπον τῆς γῆς καὶ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ οἴδατε δοκιμάζειν, τὸν δὲ καιρὸν τοῦτον πῶς οὐκ οἴδατε δοκιμάζειν;


Literal Translation

Luke 12:49-56

(49) I came to hurl fire into the earth, and what will I if it already has been lit?

(50) But I have a baptism to be immersed in, and how am I pressed until it is done!

(51) Do you think that I came to give peace in the earth? No, I say to you, But rather division.

(52) For from now on five in one house will have been divided, three against two, and two against three.

(53) Father will be divided against son, and son against father; mother against daughter, and daughter against mother; mother-in-law against her bride, "and the bride against her mother-in-law."

(54) And He also said to the crowd, When you see the cloud rising up from the west, you immediately say, A storm is coming; and it happens so.

(55) And when a south wind is blowing, you say, There will be heat; and it occurs.

(56) Hypocrites! You know to discern the face of the earth and of the heaven, but how is it you do not discern this time?



NINTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 14C (14 August 2019)

Genesis 15:1–6; Psalm 33:12–22; Hebrews 11:1–16; Luke 12:22–34, 35–40

Entrance: LSB 728 How Firm a Foundation

Of the Day: LSB 666 O Little Flock, Fear Not the Foe

Offertory: LSB 736 Consider How the Birds above

Distribution: LSB 750 If Thou But Trust in God to Guide Thee

Dist: LSB 558 Not unto Us

Closing: LSB 828 We Are Called to Stand Together

The Lord Is Surely Coming to Give You His Kingdom

The Lord Himself was Abraham’s shield and great reward. For “the word of the LORD came to him” and sustained the patriarch’s faith in the face of death (Gen. 15:4). By divine grace, Abraham “believed in the LORD; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6), on account of the holy Seed, Christ Jesus. To that one old man, the Lord granted “as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore” (Heb. 11:12). The Lord is likewise faithful to you. It is His glad desire “to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). Therefore, “do not be anxious for your life,” but instead “seek for His kingdom” (Luke 12:22, 31). Set your heart on that treasure. “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight ... for the Son of Man is coming” (Luke 12:35, 40).


Courtesy:LCMS


Encore: Worldview Everlasting – Dialogical Toilspin (Luke 12:22-40)

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Encore: Worldview Everlasting – Dropkick: Alien Hearing (Hebrews 11)

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Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Do Not Be Anxious — 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, 57:16, 52.6 MB, 2016-Aug-03)


Encore: Lectionary Podcast - Proper 14 - Series C - Luke 12:22-34 with Prof. Jeffrey Pulse

Prof. Jeffrey Pulse, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses Luke 12:22-34


Luke 12:22-40 (SBLGNT)

22 Εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ· Διὰ τοῦτο λέγω ὑμῖν, μὴ μεριμνᾶτε τῇ ψυχῇ τί φάγητε, μηδὲ τῷ σώματι τί ἐνδύσησθε.

23 ἡ γὰρ ψυχὴ πλεῖόν ἐστιν τῆς τροφῆς καὶ τὸ σῶμα τοῦ ἐνδύματος.

24 κατανοήσατε τοὺς κόρακας ὅτι οὐ σπείρουσιν οὐδὲ θερίζουσιν, οἷς οὐκ ἔστιν ταμεῖον οὐδὲ ἀποθήκη, καὶ ὁ θεὸς τρέφει αὐτούς· πόσῳ μᾶλλον ὑμεῖς διαφέρετε τῶν πετεινῶν.

25 τίς δὲ ἐξ ὑμῶν μεριμνῶν δύναται ἐπὶ τὴν ἡλικίαν αὐτοῦ προσθεῖναι πῆχυν;

26 εἰ οὖν οὐδὲ ἐλάχιστον δύνασθε, τί περὶ τῶν λοιπῶν μεριμνᾶτε;

27 κατανοήσατε τὰ κρίνα πῶς αὐξάνει· οὐ κοπιᾷ οὐδὲ νήθει· λέγω δὲ ὑμῖν, οὐδὲ Σολομὼν ἐν πάσῃ τῇ δόξῃ αὐτοῦ περιεβάλετο ὡς ἓν τούτων.

28 εἰ δὲ ἐν ἀγρῷ τὸν χόρτον ὄντα σήμερον καὶ αὔριον εἰς κλίβανον βαλλόμενον ὁ θεὸς οὕτως ἀμφιέζει, πόσῳ μᾶλλον ὑμᾶς, ὀλιγόπιστοι.

29 καὶ ὑμεῖς μὴ ζητεῖτε τί φάγητε καὶ τί πίητε, καὶ μὴ μετεωρίζεσθε,

30 ταῦτα γὰρ πάντα τὰ ἔθνη τοῦ κόσμου ἐπιζητοῦσιν, ὑμῶν δὲ ὁ πατὴρ οἶδεν ὅτι χρῄζετε τούτων.

31 πλὴν ζητεῖτε τὴν βασιλείαν αὐτοῦ, καὶ ταῦτα προστεθήσεται ὑμῖν.

32 Μὴ φοβοῦ, τὸ μικρὸν ποίμνιον, ὅτι εὐδόκησεν ὁ πατὴρ ὑμῶν δοῦναι ὑμῖν τὴν βασιλείαν.

33 πωλήσατε τὰ ὑπάρχοντα ὑμῶν καὶ δότε ἐλεημοσύνην· ποιήσατε ἑαυτοῖς βαλλάντια μὴ παλαιούμενα, θησαυρὸν ἀνέκλειπτον ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, ὅπου κλέπτης οὐκ ἐγγίζει οὐδὲ σὴς διαφθείρει·

34 ὅπου γάρ ἐστιν ὁ θησαυρὸς ὑμῶν, ἐκεῖ καὶ ἡ καρδία ὑμῶν ἔσται.

35 Ἔστωσαν ὑμῶν αἱ ὀσφύες περιεζωσμέναι καὶ οἱ λύχνοι καιόμενοι,

36 καὶ ὑμεῖς ὅμοιοι ἀνθρώποις προσδεχομένοις τὸν κύριον ἑαυτῶν πότε ἀναλύσῃ ἐκ τῶν γάμων, ἵνα ἐλθόντος καὶ κρούσαντος εὐθέως ἀνοίξωσιν αὐτῷ.

37 μακάριοι οἱ δοῦλοι ἐκεῖνοι, οὓς ἐλθὼν ὁ κύριος εὑρήσει γρηγοροῦντας· ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι περιζώσεται καὶ ἀνακλινεῖ αὐτοὺς καὶ παρελθὼν διακονήσει αὐτοῖς.

38 κἂν ἐν τῇ δευτέρᾳ κἂν ἐν τῇ τρίτῃ φυλακῇ ἔλθῃ καὶ εὕρῃ οὕτως, μακάριοί εἰσιν ἐκεῖνοι.

39 Τοῦτο δὲ γινώσκετε ὅτι εἰ ᾔδει ὁ οἰκοδεσπότης ποίᾳ ὥρᾳ ὁ κλέπτης ἔρχεται, οὐκ ἂν ἀφῆκεν διορυχθῆναι τὸν οἶκον αὐτοῦ.

40 καὶ ὑμεῖς γίνεσθε ἕτοιμοι, ὅτι ᾗ ὥρᾳ οὐ δοκεῖτε ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἔρχεται.


Literal Translation

Luke 12:22-40

(22) And He said to His disciples, Because of this I say to you, Do not be anxious as to your life, what you should eat; nor as to the body, what you should put on.

(23) The life is more than the food and the body than the clothing.

(24) Consider the ravens, for they do not sow, nor do they reap; to which there is no storehouse or barn, and God feeds them. How much rather you differ from the birds!

(25) And who of you by being anxious is able to add one cubit to his stature?

(26) Then if you are not able to do even the least, why are you anxious about the rest?

(27) Consider the lilies, how they grow: they do not labor, nor do they spin, but I say to you, Not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as one of these.

(28) But if God so dresses the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much rather you, little-faiths?

(29) And you, do not seek what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, and stop being in anxiety.

(30) For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need these things.

(31) But seek the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.

(32) Stop being afraid, little flock, because your Father was pleased to give you the kingdom.

(33) Sell your possessions and give alms. Make for yourselves purses that do not grow old, an unfailing treasure in Heaven, where a thief cannot come near, nor moth can corrupt.

(34) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

(35) Let your loins be girded about, and the lamps burning,

(36) and you be like men awaiting their lord when he returns from the feasts, so that he coming and knocking, they will at once open to him.

(37) Blessed are those slaves whom the lord will find watching when he comes. Truly I say to you that he will gird himself and will make them recline, and coming up he will serve them.

(38) And if he comes in the second watch, or he comes in the third watch, and finds it so, blessed are those slaves.

(39) But know this, that if the house-master had known the hour the thief is coming, he would have watched and would not have allowed his house to be dug through.

(40) And you, then, be ready; for in the hour you think not, the Son of Man comes.



EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

Proper 13C (04 Aug 2019)

Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12–14; 2:18–26; Psalm 100:1–5; Colossians 3:1–11; Luke 12:13–21

Entrance: LSB 797 Praise the Almighty

Of the Day: LSB 714 Who Trusts in God a Strong Abode

Offertory: LSB 652 Father, We Thank Thee

Distribution: LSB 611 Chief of Sinners Though I Be

Dist: LSB 704 Renew Me, O Eternal Light

Closing: LSB 861 Christ Be My Leader

Faith in Christ Is Rich toward God

To live for earthly things “is vanity and a striving after wind,” and work that is driven by such vanity “is an unhappy business” (Eccl. 1:14; 2:23). The man who lives like that has nothing to show for “all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun. . . . All his days are full of sorrow” (Eccl. 2:22–23). So, too, your “covetousness, which is idolatry” (Col. 3:5), makes a god out of that which cannot give you life or happiness. For “one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15). But “Christ who is your life” (Col. 3:4), in giving you Himself, gives you all the wealth of heaven. Instead of striving to lay up treasures for yourself, be “rich toward God” in Him (Luke 12:21).


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Luke 12:13-21 (SBLGNT)

13 Εἶπεν δέ τις ἐκ τοῦ ὄχλου αὐτῷ· Διδάσκαλε, εἰπὲ τῷ ἀδελφῷ μου μερίσασθαι μετʼ ἐμοῦ τὴν κληρονομίαν.

14 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ἄνθρωπε, τίς με κατέστησεν κριτὴν ἢ μεριστὴν ἐφʼ ὑμᾶς;

15 εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς· Ὁρᾶτε καὶ φυλάσσεσθε ἀπὸ πάσης πλεονεξίας, ὅτι οὐκ ἐν τῷ περισσεύειν τινὶ ἡ ζωὴ αὐτοῦ ἐστιν ἐκ τῶν ὑπαρχόντων αὐτῷ.

16 εἶπεν δὲ παραβολὴν πρὸς αὐτοὺς λέγων· Ἀνθρώπου τινὸς πλουσίου εὐφόρησεν ἡ χώρα.

17 καὶ διελογίζετο ἐν ἑαυτῷ λέγων· Τί ποιήσω, ὅτι οὐκ ἔχω ποῦ συνάξω τοὺς καρπούς μου;

18 καὶ εἶπεν· Τοῦτο ποιήσω· καθελῶ μου τὰς ἀποθήκας καὶ μείζονας οἰκοδομήσω, καὶ συνάξω ἐκεῖ πάντα τὸν σῖτον καὶ τὰ ἀγαθά μου,

19 καὶ ἐρῶ τῇ ψυχῇ μου· Ψυχή, ἔχεις πολλὰ ἀγαθὰ κείμενα εἰς ἔτη πολλά· ἀναπαύου, φάγε, πίε, εὐφραίνου.

20 εἶπεν δὲ αὐτῷ ὁ θεός· Ἄφρων, ταύτῃ τῇ νυκτὶ τὴν ψυχήν σου ἀπαιτοῦσιν ἀπὸ σοῦ· ἃ δὲ ἡτοίμασας, τίνι ἔσται;

21 οὕτως ὁ θησαυρίζων ἑαυτῷ καὶ μὴ εἰς θεὸν πλουτῶν.


Literal Translation

Luke 12:13-21

(13) And one from the crowd said to Him, Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.

(14) But He said to him, Man, who appointed Me a judge or a divider over you?

(15) And He said to them, Beware, and keep back from covetousness; for one's life is not in the abundance of the things which are his.

(16) And He spoke a parable to them, saying, A certain rich man produced well from the land.

(17) And he reasoned within himself, saying, What may I do, for I have nowhere I may gather my fruits?

(18) And he said, I will do this; I will tear down my barns and I will build larger; and I will gather there all my produce and my goods.

(19) And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take rest, eat, drink, and be glad.

(20) But God said to him, Fool! This night they demand your soul from you; and that which you prepared, to whom will it be?

(21) So is he treasuring up for himself, and not being rich toward God.



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