Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 8A (June 26–July 2)

Jeremiah 28:5–9; Ps. 119:153-160; Romans 7:1–13; Matthew 10:34–42

Entrance: 511 Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment

Of the Day: 685 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

Offertory: 623 Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray

Distribution: 659 Lord of Our Life;

851 Lord of Glory, You Have Bought us

Closing: 661 The Son of God Goes Forth to War

The Lord Jesus Brings Division on Earth for the Sake of Peace with God in Heaven

False prophets preach what their hearers want to hear, promising peace even when the Lord has spoken “war, famine, and pestilence” (Jer. 28:8). But if “the Lord has truly sent the prophet,” he speaks what the Lord has spoken, and “the word of that prophet comes to pass” (Jer. 28:9). The preaching of God’s Law is hard, because it confronts sin, brings it to light and makes it worse, “sinful beyond measure,” thereby “producing death” in the sinner (Rom. 7:13). But through our Baptism into Christ, “we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive” (Rom. 7:6). Now we belong “to Him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God” (Rom. 7:4). Belonging to Him puts us at odds with the world and divides us from all earthly ties, not only from our human family, but each person from his own life. For Christ does not come “to bring peace, but a sword” (Matt. 10:34). Yet, whoever takes up his cross to follow Christ, and “loses his life” for Christ’s sake, finds new life in Him (Matt. 10:38–39).

Dr Martin Luther:

But it would be a truly Christian work, if you received sinners, if you entered into your closet and there said, in earnest prayer to the Lord: “Oh, my God! of such a person I hear so and so, he lieth in his sins, he hath fallen. Oh, Lord, help him to rise again,” etc. This is just the way in which to receive and serve the sinner. (Church Postils, Trinity 3)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Through the Fire and the Flames WE Carries On (Matthew 10:34-42)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Matthew 10:34-42, AND gives birth. Seriously.


Worldview Everlasting – The Way God Prefers to Kill You (Romans 7:1-13)

It's time for another Summer Greek episode! And in this one we find out that the Law kills. Always. Each use of it. Even the Third Use!! Gasp! But, that is exactly what God intended so that His Gospel can raise you. Sit down for a bit and watch this lightning fast treatment of Romans 7:1-13. You won't be disappointed.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Fourth Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 56:56, 52.1 MB, 2017-Jun-26)


Matthew 10:34–42 (SBLGNT)

34 Μὴ νομίσητε ὅτι ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν· οὐκ ἦλθον βαλεῖν εἰρήνην ἀλλὰ μάχαιραν.

35 ἦλθον γὰρ διχάσαι ἄνθρωπον κατὰ τοῦ πατρὸς αὐτοῦ καὶ θυγατέρα κατὰ τῆς μητρὸς αὐτῆς καὶ νύμφην κατὰ τῆς πενθερᾶς αὐτῆς,

36 καὶ ἐχθροὶ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου οἱ οἰκιακοὶ αὐτοῦ.

37 ὁ φιλῶν πατέρα ἢ μητέρα ὑπὲρ ἐμὲ οὐκ ἔστιν μου ἄξιος· καὶ ὁ φιλῶν υἱὸν ἢ θυγατέρα ὑπὲρ ἐμὲ οὐκ ἔστιν μου ἄξιος·

38 καὶ ὃς οὐ λαμβάνει τὸν σταυρὸν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀκολουθεῖ ὀπίσω μου, οὐκ ἔστιν μου ἄξιος.

39 ὁ εὑρὼν τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἀπολέσει αὐτήν, καὶ ὁ ἀπολέσας τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ εὑρήσει αὐτήν.

40 Ὁ δεχόμενος ὑμᾶς ἐμὲ δέχεται, καὶ ὁ ἐμὲ δεχόμενος δέχεται τὸν ἀποστείλαντά με.

41 ὁ δεχόμενος προφήτην εἰς ὄνομα προφήτου μισθὸν προφήτου λήμψεται, καὶ ὁ δεχόμενος δίκαιον εἰς ὄνομα δικαίου μισθὸν δικαίου λήμψεται.

42 καὶ ὃς ⸀ἂν ποτίσῃ ἕνα τῶν μικρῶν τούτων ποτήριον ψυχροῦ μόνον εἰς ὄνομα μαθητοῦ, ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, οὐ μὴ ἀπολέσῃ τὸν μισθὸν αὐτοῦ.


Literal Translation

(34)  Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.

(35)  I came to divide a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a bride against her mother-in-law.

(36)  "Ones hostile to the man shall be those of his own house."

(37)  The one loving father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And the one loving son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

(38)  And who does not take up his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

(39)  The one finding his life shall lose it. And the one losing his life on account of Me shall find it.

(40)  The one receiving you receives Me, and the one receiving Me receives Him who sent Me.

(41)  The one receiving a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and the one receiving a just one in the name of a just one will receive a just one's reward.

(42)  And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to drink to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, In no way will he lose his reward.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.


Third Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 7A (19–25 June)

Jeremiah 20:7–13; Ps. 91:1-10, 11-16; Romans 6:12–23; Matthew 10:5a, 21–33

Entrance: 836 O God of Light

Of the Day: 659 Lord of Our Life

Offertory: 615 When in the Hour of Deepest Need

Distribution: 562 All Mankind Fell in Adam’s Fall;

725 Children of the Heavenly Father

Closing: 696 O God, My Faithful God

Delivered from Sin and Death, You Now Live before God in the Righteousness of Christ

The outcome of sin is death, “but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). He has set you free from the slavery of sin and has brought you “from death to life” (Rom. 6:13). No longer are you under the condemnation of the Law, but you live “under grace” (Rom. 6:14). Such is your courage in the face of “those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul” (Matt. 10:28). For though “you will be hated by all,” and maligned by the world for the name of Christ (Matt. 10:22, 25), you abide in the care of your Father in heaven, who numbers “even the hairs of your head” and values you more “than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:30–31). By the Word of Christ, you have become like Him, your Teacher and Master in whom you endure to the end, and “will be saved” (Matt. 10:22, 25). For He is with you “as a dread warrior,” who has overcome your enemies (Jer. 20:11). By the righteousness of faith, He delivers your heart, mind, body and life “from the hand of evildoers,” and He brings you into the land of the living (Jer. 20:12–13).

Dr Martin Luther:

For Christ had been crucified, had destroyed sin and death by his death, had risen from the dead, the Holy Spirit had been given, and in short, all things pertaining to this supper were now ready. It all was so prepared that it did not cost us anything; for the Father through Christ bore all its expenses, in order that we without our merit and assistance might enjoy his treasures, and become rich and prosperous. (Church Postils, Trinity 2)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Buried in Baptism: Now What? (Romans 6:12-23)

How does my death and burial in baptism impact me right now? What does the first part of Romans 6 have to do with the second part? Summer (not quite) Greek takes on Romans 6:12-23. WEtv continues even while Pastor Fisk is gone for most of the summer!


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Third Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 1:06:19, 60.7MB, 2017-Jun-19)


Matthew 10:21-33 (SBLGNT)

21 παραδώσει δὲ ἀδελφὸς ἀδελφὸν εἰς θάνατον καὶ πατὴρ τέκνον, καὶ ἐπαναστήσονται τέκνα ἐπὶ γονεῖς καὶ θανατώσουσιν αὐτούς.

22 καὶ ἔσεσθε μισούμενοι ὑπὸ πάντων διὰ τὸ ὄνομά μου· ὁ δὲ ὑπομείνας εἰς τέλος οὗτος σωθήσεται.

23 ὅταν δὲ διώκωσιν ὑμᾶς ἐν τῇ πόλει ταύτῃ, φεύγετε εἰς τὴν ⸀ἑτέραν· ἀμὴν γὰρ λέγω ὑμῖν, οὐ μὴ τελέσητε τὰς πόλεις ⸀τοῦ Ἰσραὴλ ἕως ⸀ἂν ἔλθῃ ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου.

24 Οὐκ ἔστιν μαθητὴς ὑπὲρ τὸν διδάσκαλον οὐδὲ δοῦλος ὑπὲρ τὸν κύριον αὐτοῦ.

25 ἀρκετὸν τῷ μαθητῇ ἵνα γένηται ὡς ὁ διδάσκαλος αὐτοῦ, καὶ ὁ δοῦλος ὡς ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ. εἰ τὸν οἰκοδεσπότην Βεελζεβοὺλ ⸀ἐπεκάλεσαν, πόσῳ μᾶλλον τοὺς οἰκιακοὺς αὐτοῦ.

26 Μὴ οὖν φοβηθῆτε αὐτούς· οὐδὲν γάρ ἐστιν κεκαλυμμένον ὃ οὐκ ἀποκαλυφθήσεται, καὶ κρυπτὸν ὃ οὐ γνωσθήσεται.

27 ὃ λέγω ὑμῖν ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ, εἴπατε ἐν τῷ φωτί· καὶ ὃ εἰς τὸ οὖς ἀκούετε, κηρύξατε ἐπὶ τῶν δωμάτων.

28 καὶ μὴ ⸀φοβεῖσθε ἀπὸ τῶν ἀποκτεννόντων τὸ σῶμα τὴν δὲ ψυχὴν μὴ δυναμένων ἀποκτεῖναι· ⸁φοβεῖσθε δὲ μᾶλλον τὸν δυνάμενον ⸀καὶ ψυχὴν ⸁καὶ σῶμα ἀπολέσαι ἐν γεέννῃ.

29 οὐχὶ δύο στρουθία ἀσσαρίου πωλεῖται; καὶ ἓν ἐξ αὐτῶν οὐ πεσεῖται ἐπὶ τὴν γῆν ἄνευ τοῦ πατρὸς ὑμῶν.

30 ὑμῶν δὲ καὶ αἱ τρίχες τῆς κεφαλῆς πᾶσαι ἠριθμημέναι εἰσίν.

31 μὴ οὖν ⸀φοβεῖσθε· πολλῶν στρουθίων διαφέρετε ὑμεῖς.

32 Πᾶς οὖν ὅστις ὁμολογήσει ἐν ἐμοὶ ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ὁμολογήσω κἀγὼ ἐν αὐτῷ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ πατρός μου τοῦ ⸀ἐν οὐρανοῖς·

33 ὅστις ⸂δʼ ἂν⸃ ἀρνήσηταί με ἔμπροσθεν τῶν ἀνθρώπων, ἀρνήσομαι ⸂κἀγὼ αὐτὸν⸃ ἔμπροσθεν τοῦ πατρός μου τοῦ ⸀ἐν οὐρανοῖς.


Literal Translation

(21)  But brother will betray brother to death, and the father his child. And children will rise up against parents and will put them to death.

(22)  And you will be hated by all on account of My name, but the one enduring to the end shall be kept safe.

(23)  But when they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For truly I say to you, In no way will you have finished the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.

(24)  A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above his lord.

(25)  It is enough for the disciple to become as his teacher, and the slave as his lord. If they called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more those of his household?

(26)  Therefore, you should not fear them, for nothing is covered which will not be uncovered; and hidden, which will not be made known.

(27)  What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light. And what you hear in the ear, proclaim on the housetops.

(28)  And you should not fear the ones killing the body, but not being able to kill the soul. But rather fear Him being able to destroy both soul and body in Hell.

(29)  Are not two sparrows sold for an assarion? Yet not one of them shall fall to the ground without your Father.

(30)  But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.

(31)  Then do not fear; you are better than many sparrows.

(32)  Then everyone who shall confess Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father in Heaven.

(33)  But whoever denies Me before men, I also will deny him before My Father in Heaven.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.


Second Sunday After Pentecost

Proper 6 (12–18 June)

Exodus 19:2–8; Ps. 100:1-5; Romans 5:6–15; Matthew 9:35–10:8, 9–20

Entrance: 901 Open Now Thy Gates of Beauty

Of the Day: 551 When to Our World the Savior Came

Offertory: 545 Word of God, Come Down on Earth

Distribution: 846 Your Hand, O Lord, in Days of Old;

651 I Love Your Kingdom, Lord

Closing: 587 I Know My Faith Is Founded

The Lord Our God Saves Us in Love and Cares for Us by the Ministry of His Gospel

The holy Triune God “shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners,” ungodly and at enmity with Him, “Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). The incarnate Son has justified us by His blood and reconciled us to His God and Father (Rom. 5:9–10). Whereas sin and death originated with Adam, forgiveness and life abound for all his children “through the one man, Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:12–17). As the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, so does He bring us to Himself by the Gospel and make of us “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:6) by our Baptism into Christ. For “all that the LORD has spoken” (Ex. 19:8), Christ has done for us. As He has gone up to God by His cross and resurrection, so does He bring us to the Father in Himself (Ex. 19:3–4). Nor does He leave us “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matt. 9:36), but He sends men with authority “to heal every disease and every affliction” by His forgiveness of sins (Matt. 10:1). In their proclamation, “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 10:7).

Dr Martin Luther:

First, what is the bosom of Abraham, since it cannot be a natural bosom that is meant? To answer this, it is necessary to know that the soul or Spirit of man has no rest or place where it may abide, except the Word of God, until he comes at the last day to the clear vision of God. Therefore we conclude that the bosom of Abraham signifies nothing else than the Word of God, where Christ was promised, Gen. 22:18, to Abraham, namely: “In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” (Church Postils, Trinity 1)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – When God is a Jerk (Romans 5:1-8)

Greek Tuesday takes on Romans 5:1-8 where we learn that God is a jerk. No seriously. If you pay attention to the world around you, he is! But thanks be to God that we are redeemed in Christ so that in the midst of our real problems, we have hope.


Worldview Everlasting – Enter the Word: Romans 5:9-16

More Good News! Romans 5:9-16


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Second Sunday of Pentecost — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:17, 52.4 MB, 2017-Jun-12)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 6 - Series A - Pentecost 3 2017 with Dr. Jeffrey Pulse

Dr. Jeffrey Pulse​, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 9:35–10:8 (SBLGNT)

9:35 Καὶ περιῆγεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς τὰς πόλεις πάσας καὶ τὰς κώμας, διδάσκων ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς αὐτῶν καὶ κηρύσσων τὸ εὐαγγέλιον τῆς βασιλείας καὶ θεραπεύων πᾶσαν νόσον καὶ πᾶσαν ⸀μαλακίαν.

36 Ἰδὼν δὲ τοὺς ὄχλους ἐσπλαγχνίσθη περὶ αὐτῶν ὅτι ἦσαν ἐσκυλμένοι καὶ ἐρριμμένοι ⸀ὡσεὶ πρόβατα μὴ ἔχοντα ποιμένα.

37 τότε λέγει τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· Ὁ μὲν θερισμὸς πολύς, οἱ δὲ ἐργάται ὀλίγοι·

38 δεήθητε οὖν τοῦ κυρίου τοῦ θερισμοῦ ὅπως ἐκβάλῃ ἐργάτας εἰς τὸν θερισμὸν αὐτοῦ.

10.1 Καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος τοὺς δώδεκα μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ ἔδωκεν αὐτοῖς ἐξουσίαν πνευμάτων ἀκαθάρτων ὥστε ἐκβάλλειν αὐτὰ καὶ θεραπεύειν πᾶσαν νόσον καὶ πᾶσαν μαλακίαν.

2 τῶν δὲ δώδεκα ἀποστόλων τὰ ὀνόματά ἐστιν ταῦτα· πρῶτος Σίμων ὁ λεγόμενος Πέτρος καὶ Ἀνδρέας ὁ ἀδελφὸς ⸀αὐτοῦ, Ἰάκωβος ὁ τοῦ Ζεβεδαίου καὶ Ἰωάννης ὁ ἀδελφὸς αὐτοῦ,

3 Φίλιππος καὶ Βαρθολομαῖος, Θωμᾶς καὶ Μαθθαῖος ὁ τελώνης, Ἰάκωβος ὁ τοῦ Ἁλφαίου καὶ ⸀Θαδδαῖος,

4 Σίμων ὁ ⸀Καναναῖος καὶ Ἰούδας ⸀ὁ Ἰσκαριώτης ὁ καὶ παραδοὺς αὐτόν.

5 Τούτους τοὺς δώδεκα ἀπέστειλεν ὁ Ἰησοῦς παραγγείλας αὐτοῖς λέγων· Εἰς ὁδὸν ἐθνῶν μὴ ἀπέλθητε καὶ εἰς πόλιν Σαμαριτῶν μὴ εἰσέλθητε·

6 πορεύεσθε δὲ μᾶλλον πρὸς τὰ πρόβατα τὰ ἀπολωλότα οἴκου Ἰσραήλ.

7 πορευόμενοι δὲ κηρύσσετε λέγοντες ὅτι Ἤγγικεν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

8 ἀσθενοῦντας θεραπεύετε, ⸂νεκροὺς ἐγείρετε⸃, λεπροὺς καθαρίζετε, δαιμόνια ἐκβάλλετε· δωρεὰν ἐλάβετε, δωρεὰν δότε.


Literal Translation

(9:35)  And Jesus went about all the cities and the villages teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every weakness of body among the people.

(36)  And seeing the crowds, He was moved with pity concerning them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

(37)  Then He said to His disciples, The harvest truly is great, but the workers few.

(38)  Pray then that the Lord of the harvest may send out workers into His harvest.

(10:1)  And having called His twelve disciples, He gave them authority over unclean spirits, so as to cast out, and to heal every disease and every weakness of body.

(2)  And the names of the twelve apostles are these: First, Simon who is called Peter and his brother Andrew, James the son of Zebedee and his brother John,

(3)  Philip, and Bartholomew, Thomas, and Matthew the tax-collector, James the son of Alpheus, and Lebbaeus, whose last name was Thaddaeus,

(4)  Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him.

(5)  Jesus sent these twelve out, charging them, saying: Do not go into the way of the nations, and do not go into a Samaritan city.

(6)  But rather go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

(7)  And going on, proclaim, saying, The kingdom of Heaven has drawn near.

(8)  Heal sick ones, cleanse lepers, raise dead ones, cast out demons. You freely received, freely give.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.)


The Holy Trinity

11 June 2017

Genesis 1:1–2:4a; Ps. 8:1-9; Acts 2:14a, 22–36; Matthew 28:16–20

Entrance: 507 Holy, Holy, Holy

Of the Day: LSB 498 Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest

Offertory: 815 All Praise to Thee, for Thou, O King Divine

Distribution: 835 On Galilee’s High Mountain;

950 Splendor and Honor

Closing: 822 Alleluia! Let Praises Ring

The Holy Triune God Recreates Us in the Image and Likeness of Christ Jesus

The Holy Triune God “created the heavens and the earth,” and “behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:1, 31). However, after Adam and Eve fell into sin and plunged God’s good creation into decay and death, the Son of God would be “delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” to be “crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2:23). As Jesus “received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:33), He also raises up all the baptized and pours out the Spirit upon them through the preaching of His Gospel. He sends out His Apostles to “make disciples of all nations” by “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” and “teaching them to observe all that [He has] commanded” (Matt. 28:19–20). Through such baptizing and teaching–Gospel and Sacraments–the Holy Triune God recreates us in the Image and Likeness of His incarnate Son, Jesus the Christ, and behold, it is “very good” (Gen. 1:31).

Dr Martin Luther:

Hence by faith in the Word and in his baptism he remains a free man, superior to all laws, because he has through Christ forgiveness of sin, the grace of God, and the Holy Spirit, and governs his entire life accordingly. Through the Holy Spirit, who operates in his heart, he has been quickened into life, and, except as the Spirit by the Word guides and directs him, he does not look for other teaching regarding works and holiness. (Church Postils, Trinity Sunday)


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – X Marks the Discipled (Matthew 28:16-20)

Worldview Everlasting takes on Matthew 28:16-20.


Worldview Everlasting – Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Acts 2:14-36

Greek Tuesday takes on the second half of Acts 2:14-36, in which Death gets a tummy ache and vomits up Jesus.


Lectionary Podcast - Holy Trinity - Series A - Matt. 28:16-20 with Dr. Peter J. Scaer​

Dr. Peter J. Scaer​, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matt. 28:16–20 (SBLGNT)

16 Οἱ δὲ ἕνδεκα μαθηταὶ ἐπορεύθησαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν εἰς τὸ ὄρος οὗ ἐτάξατο αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς,

17 καὶ ἰδόντες αὐτὸν ⸀προσεκύνησαν, οἱ δὲ ἐδίστασαν.

18 καὶ προσελθὼν ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἐλάλησεν αὐτοῖς λέγων· Ἐδόθη μοι πᾶσα ἐξουσία ἐν οὐρανῷ καὶ ἐπὶ ⸀τῆς γῆς·

19 πορευθέντες ⸀οὖν μαθητεύσατε πάντα τὰ ἔθνη, ⸀βαπτίζοντες αὐτοὺς εἰς τὸ ὄνομα τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ τοῦ υἱοῦ καὶ τοῦ ἁγίου πνεύματος,

20 διδάσκοντες αὐτοὺς τηρεῖν πάντα ὅσα ἐνετειλάμην ὑμῖν· καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ μεθʼ ὑμῶν εἰμι πάσας τὰς ἡμέρας ἕως τῆς συντελείας τοῦ ⸀αἰῶνος.


Literal Translation

(16)  But the eleven disciples went into Galilee, to the mount where Jesus appointed them.

(17)  And seeing Him, they worshiped Him. But they doubted.

(18)  And coming up Jesus talked with them, saying, All authority in Heaven and on earth was given to Me.

(19)  Then having gone, disciple all nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

(20)  teaching them to observe all things, whatever I commanded you. And, behold, I am with you all the days until the completion of the age. Amen.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.)


PENTECOST EVE

(03 June 2017)

Exodus 19:1–9; Ps. 113:1-9; Romans 8:12–17 22–27; John 14:8–21

LSB 500: Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid

Our Lord Makes Us His Holy People and Seals Us with His Spirit

At Mt. Sinai “Israel encamped before the mountain, while Moses went up to God” (Ex. 19:2–3). Through Moses God gave the Law and sealed His covenant through sacrifice. The Lord made Israel His “treasured possession among all peoples” as well as “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Ex. 19:5–6), if they would listen to His voice and do what He had spoken. In these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, who has come down to us and gone up to God by the way of His death and resurrection. He has fulfilled the Law and poured out His own blood as the New Covenant. Therefore, “that the Father may be glorified in the Son,” He will do whatever we ask in His Name (John 14:13–14). He gives “another Helper… even the Spirit of truth” to be with us forever (John 14:16). The Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us “with groanings too deep for words” (Rom. 8:26). Now we pray with confidence as we eagerly await “the revealing of the sons of God” (Rom. 8:19).


PENTECOST DAY

(04 June 2017)

Numbers 11:24–30; Ps. 25:1-15; Acts 2:1–21; John 7:37–39

LSB 497: Come, Holy Ghost, God and Lord

The Risen Lord Jesus Pours Out the Holy Spirit

The Lord took “some of the Spirit” that was on Moses “and put it on the seventy elders” of Israel (Num. 11:25), and they “prophesied in the camp” (Num. 11:26). In the same way, our risen Lord Jesus poured out His Holy Spirit at the Feast of Pentecost—the fiftieth day and the “Eighth Sunday” of Easter. When “a sound like a mighty rushing wind” and “tongues as of fire appeared” and rested on each of the twelve Apostles, “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” and proclaimed “the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:2–4, 11). The Lord Jesus grants this same Spirit to His Church on earth to proclaim Him glorified on the cross and risen victorious from the grave for us sinners. From His open heart, our crucified and risen Lord pours out His Holy Spirit in “rivers of living water” (John 7:38) and invites everyone who thirsts to come to Him and drink freely (John 7:37). Through this life-giving work of the Holy Spirit, we hear our pastors “telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:11) and “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Who's Got the Spirit?

Total preparation for this Sunday's text from Acts 2:1-21, including understanding the meaning of Joel's prophecy.


Worldview Everlasting – Everlasting Extras - Greek Tuesday - Acts 2:1-21

Greek Tuesday covers Acts 2:1-21. Pentecost! Fire! Wind! Drunkenness! Wait…not that last one. But if you are a Charismatic or Pentecostal, you might not like this video.


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost - Series A - John 7:37-39 with Dr. Peter J. Scaer​

Dr. Peter J. Scaer​, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Acts 2:1–21 (SBLGNT)

1 Καὶ ἐν τῷ συμπληροῦσθαι τὴν ἡμέραν τῆς πεντηκοστῆς ἦσαν ⸂πάντες ὁμοῦ⸃ ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτό,

2 καὶ ἐγένετο ἄφνω ἐκ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ ἦχος ὥσπερ φερομένης πνοῆς βιαίας καὶ ἐπλήρωσεν ὅλον τὸν οἶκον οὗ ἦσαν καθήμενοι,

3 καὶ ὤφθησαν αὐτοῖς διαμεριζόμεναι γλῶσσαι ὡσεὶ πυρός, ⸂καὶ ἐκάθισεν⸃ ἐφʼ ἕνα ἕκαστον αὐτῶν,

4 καὶ ἐπλήσθησαν ⸀πάντες πνεύματος ἁγίου, καὶ ἤρξαντο λαλεῖν ἑτέραις γλώσσαις καθὼς τὸ πνεῦμα ἐδίδου ⸂ἀποφθέγγεσθαι αὐτοῖς⸃.

5 Ἦσαν δὲ ⸀ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ κατοικοῦντες Ἰουδαῖοι, ἄνδρες εὐλαβεῖς ἀπὸ παντὸς ἔθνους τῶν ὑπὸ τὸν οὐρανόν·

6 γενομένης δὲ τῆς φωνῆς ταύτης συνῆλθε τὸ πλῆθος καὶ συνεχύθη, ὅτι ⸀ἤκουον εἷς ἕκαστος τῇ ἰδίᾳ διαλέκτῳ λαλούντων αὐτῶν·

7 ἐξίσταντο ⸀δὲ καὶ ἐθαύμαζον ⸀λέγοντες· ⸀Οὐχ ἰδοὺ ⸀πάντες οὗτοί εἰσιν οἱ λαλοῦντες Γαλιλαῖοι;

8 καὶ πῶς ἡμεῖς ἀκούομεν ἕκαστος τῇ ἰδίᾳ διαλέκτῳ ἡμῶν ἐν ᾗ ἐγεννήθημεν;

9 Πάρθοι καὶ Μῆδοι καὶ Ἐλαμῖται, καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες τὴν Μεσοποταμίαν, Ἰουδαίαν τε καὶ Καππαδοκίαν, Πόντον καὶ τὴν Ἀσίαν,

10 Φρυγίαν τε καὶ Παμφυλίαν, Αἴγυπτον καὶ τὰ μέρη τῆς Λιβύης τῆς κατὰ Κυρήνην, καὶ οἱ ἐπιδημοῦντες Ῥωμαῖοι,

11 Ἰουδαῖοί τε καὶ προσήλυτοι, Κρῆτες καὶ Ἄραβες, ἀκούομεν λαλούντων αὐτῶν ταῖς ἡμετέραις γλώσσαις τὰ μεγαλεῖα τοῦ θεοῦ.

12 ἐξίσταντο δὲ πάντες καὶ ⸀διηπόρουν, ἄλλος πρὸς ἄλλον λέγοντες· Τί ⸀θέλει τοῦτο εἶναι;

13 ἕτεροι δὲ ⸀διαχλευάζοντες ἔλεγον ὅτι Γλεύκους μεμεστωμένοι εἰσίν.

14 Σταθεὶς δὲ ⸀ὁ Πέτρος σὺν τοῖς ἕνδεκα ἐπῆρεν τὴν φωνὴν αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀπεφθέγξατο αὐτοῖς· Ἄνδρες Ἰουδαῖοι καὶ οἱ κατοικοῦντες Ἰερουσαλὴμ ⸀πάντες, τοῦτο ὑμῖν γνωστὸν ἔστω καὶ ἐνωτίσασθε τὰ ῥήματά μου.

15 οὐ γὰρ ὡς ὑμεῖς ὑπολαμβάνετε οὗτοι μεθύουσιν, ἔστιν γὰρ ὥρα τρίτη τῆς ἡμέρας,

16 ἀλλὰ τοῦτό ἐστιν τὸ εἰρημένον διὰ τοῦ προφήτου Ἰωήλ·

17 Καὶ ἔσται ἐν ταῖς ἐσχάταις ἡμέραις, λέγει ὁ θεός, ἐκχεῶ ἀπὸ τοῦ πνεύματός μου ἐπὶ πᾶσαν σάρκα, καὶ προφητεύσουσιν οἱ υἱοὶ ὑμῶν καὶ αἱ θυγατέρες ὑμῶν, καὶ οἱ νεανίσκοι ὑμῶν ὁράσεις ὄψονται, καὶ οἱ πρεσβύτεροι ὑμῶν ⸀ἐνυπνίοις ἐνυπνιασθήσονται·

18 καί γε ἐπὶ τοὺς δούλους μου καὶ ἐπὶ τὰς δούλας μου ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ἐκείναις ἐκχεῶ ἀπὸ τοῦ πνεύματός μου, καὶ προφητεύσουσιν.

19 καὶ δώσω τέρατα ἐν τῷ οὐρανῷ ἄνω καὶ σημεῖα ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς κάτω, αἷμα καὶ πῦρ καὶ ἀτμίδα καπνοῦ·

20 ὁ ἥλιος μεταστραφήσεται εἰς σκότος καὶ ἡ σελήνη εἰς αἷμα πρὶν ⸀ἢ ⸀ἐλθεῖν ἡμέραν κυρίου τὴν μεγάλην καὶ ἐπιφανῆ.

21 καὶ ἔσται πᾶς ὃς ⸀ἐὰν ἐπικαλέσηται τὸ ὄνομα κυρίου σωθήσεται.


Literal Translation

(1)  And in the fulfilling of the day of Pentecost, they were all with one mind in the same place.

(2)  And suddenly a sound came out of the heaven, as being borne along by a violent wind! And it filled all the house where they were sitting.

(3)  And tongues as of fire appeared to them, being distributed, and it sat on each one of them.

(4)  And they were all filled of the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave ability to them to speak.

(5)  And Jews were living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation of those under the heaven.

(6)  But this sound occurring, the multitude came together and were confounded, because they each heard them speaking in his own dialect.

(7)  And all were amazed and marveled, saying to one another, Behold, are not all these, those speaking, Galileans?

(8)  And how do we hear each in our own dialect in which we were born,

(9)  Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and those living in Mesopotamia, both Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,

(10)  both Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt, and the regions of Libya over against Cyrene, and the temporarily residing Romans, both Jews and proselytes,

(11)  Cretans and Arabians; in our own languages we hear them speaking the great deeds of God?

(12)  And all were amazed and puzzled, saying to one another, What would this wish to be?

(13)  But ridiculing, others said, They are full of sweet wine.

(14)  But standing up with the Eleven, Peter lifted up his voice and spoke out to them, Men, Jews, and all those living in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to my words:

(15)  For these are not drunk, as you imagine, for it is the third hour of the day.

(16)  But this is that which has been spoken by the prophet Joel,

(17)  "And it shall be" in the last days, God says, "I will pour from My Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy;" "and your young men shall see visions," "and your old men shall dream dreams;"

(18)  "and also I will pour out My Spirit on My slaves and slave women in those days," and they shall prophesy.

(19)  "And I will give wonders in the heaven above," and miraculous signs "on the earth below, blood and fire and vapor of smoke.

(20)  The sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the" "coming of the great and glorious" "day of the Lord."

(21)  "And it shall be that everyone who shall call on the name of the Lord will be saved." Joel 2:28-32


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.)


SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

(28 May 2017)

Acts 1:12–26; Ps. 68:1-10; 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11; John 17:1–11

LSB 539: Christ Is the World's Redeemer

Our Lord Jesus Is with Us in the Upper Room of His Church on Earth

On the night when He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus prayed for His Apostles and His Church on earth. “The hour” had come when the Father would glorify His Son by the Cross (John 17:1). Through the shedding of His blood, He would bring forgiveness for the sins of the world, and in His Resurrection and Ascension He would unite all Christians with the Father “that they may be one” with God (John 17:11). He manifested His Name to the Apostles and gave them the words of the Father to speak in His Name. The apostolic witness of His Cross and Resurrection (Acts 1:21–22) gathers disciples together “with one accord” into the one Body of Christ (Acts 1:14). “Devoting themselves to prayer,” they wait upon the Lord in “the upper room” (Acts 1:13–14), the place of His Holy Supper. Strengthened by the Gospel, Christians bear the Cross of Christ in patience and peace, rejoicing to share in His suffering, in order that they “may also rejoice and be glad when His glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Namely, Jesus (John 17:1-11)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on John 17:1-11.


Worldview Everlasting – You Really Are That Bad (1 Peter 4:12-19 and 5:6-11)

We wrap up our study of 1 Peter this week with chapters 4 and 5.



Lectionary Podcast - Easter 7 - Series A - with Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


John 17:1–11 (SBLGNT)

1 Ταῦτα ⸀ἐλάλησεν Ἰησοῦς, καὶ ⸂ἐπάρας τοὺς ὀφθαλμοὺς αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν οὐρανὸν εἶπεν⸃· Πάτερ, ἐλήλυθεν ἡ ὥρα· δόξασόν σου τὸν υἱόν, ⸀ἵνα ὁ ⸀υἱὸς δοξάσῃ σέ,

2 καθὼς ἔδωκας αὐτῷ ἐξουσίαν πάσης σαρκός, ἵνα πᾶν ὃ δέδωκας αὐτῷ ⸀δώσῃ αὐτοῖς ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

3 αὕτη δέ ἐστιν ἡ αἰώνιος ζωὴ ἵνα γινώσκωσι σὲ τὸν μόνον ἀληθινὸν θεὸν καὶ ὃν ἀπέστειλας Ἰησοῦν Χριστόν.

4 ἐγώ σε ἐδόξασα ἐπὶ τῆς γῆς, τὸ ἔργον ⸀τελειώσας ὃ δέδωκάς μοι ἵνα ποιήσω·

5 καὶ νῦν δόξασόν με σύ, πάτερ, παρὰ σεαυτῷ τῇ δόξῃ ᾗ εἶχον πρὸ τοῦ τὸν κόσμον εἶναι παρὰ σοί.

6 Ἐφανέρωσά σου τὸ ὄνομα τοῖς ἀνθρώποις οὓς ⸀ἔδωκάς μοι ἐκ τοῦ κόσμου. σοὶ ἦσαν κἀμοὶ αὐτοὺς ⸁ἔδωκας, καὶ τὸν λόγον σου τετήρηκαν.

7 νῦν ἔγνωκαν ὅτι πάντα ὅσα ⸀δέδωκάς μοι παρὰ σοῦ ⸀εἰσιν·

8 ὅτι τὰ ῥήματα ἃ ⸀ἔδωκάς μοι δέδωκα αὐτοῖς, καὶ αὐτοὶ ἔλαβον καὶ ἔγνωσαν ἀληθῶς ὅτι παρὰ σοῦ ἐξῆλθον, καὶ ἐπίστευσαν ὅτι σύ με ἀπέστειλας.

9 ἐγὼ περὶ αὐτῶν ἐρωτῶ· οὐ περὶ τοῦ κόσμου ἐρωτῶ ἀλλὰ περὶ ὧν δέδωκάς μοι, ὅτι σοί εἰσιν,

10 καὶ τὰ ἐμὰ πάντα σά ἐστιν καὶ τὰ σὰ ἐμά, καὶ δεδόξασμαι ἐν αὐτοῖς.

11 καὶ οὐκέτι εἰμὶ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ, καὶ ⸀αὐτοὶ ἐν τῷ κόσμῳ εἰσίν, κἀγὼ πρὸς σὲ ἔρχομαι. πάτερ ἅγιε, τήρησον αὐτοὺς ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ᾧ δέδωκάς μοι, ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν ⸀καθὼς ἡμεῖς.


Literal Translation

(1)  Jesus spoke these things and lifted up His eyes to Heaven, and said, Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may also glorify You,

(2)  as You gave to Him authority over all flesh, so that to all which You gave to Him, He may give to them everlasting life.

(3)  And this is everlasting life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent.

(4)  I have glorified You on the earth. I finished the work that You gave Me to do.

(5)  And now Father, glorify Me with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the existence of the world.

(6)  I revealed Your name to the men whom You gave to Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me; and they have kept Your Word.

(7)  Now they have known that all things, whatever You gave to Me, are from You.

(8)  For the Words which You gave to Me, I have given to them. And they received and truly knew that I came out from beside You, and they believed that You sent Me.

(9)  I pray concerning them; I do not pray concerning the world, but concerning the ones whom You gave to Me, because they are Yours.

(10)  And all My things are Yours, and Yours are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.

(11)  And no longer am I in the world, yet these are in the world; and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, those whom You gave to Me, that they may be one as We are.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.)


THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD

(25 May 2017)

Acts 1:1–11; Ps. 47:1-9; Ephesians 1:15–23; Luke 24:44–53

LSB 491: Up through Endless Ranks of Angels

The Ascended Lord Jesus Is with Us Always in His Church on Earth

After He rose from the dead, the Lord Jesus presented Himself alive to the Apostles, “appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3). When He ascended to the right hand of the Father, He did not orphan His Church, but fills all things in heaven and on earth, and gives gifts to His disciples. Even now, through His Church, He continues “to do and teach” (Acts 1:1), preaching “repentance and forgiveness of sins” (Luke 24:47), even “to the end of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Though the cloud hid Jesus from the sight of His disciples then, and He remains hidden from sight even now, He remains with His people through His Gospel and Sacraments. He comes to us by the Word of His Apostles, by the promise of His Father and the power of the Holy Spirit, whom He pours out upon “the church, which is His body” (Eph. 1:23). In this holy, Christian Church, we bless God and worship Christ with joy, for in His Church He blesses us with forgiveness, lifts us up in His hands, and seats us with Himself “in the heavenly places” (Eph. 1:20).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – It is, like, Totally Necessary (Luke 24:36-49)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Luke 24 and then some.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Ascension and the Seventh Sunday of Easter — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 41:33, 38.0 MB, 2017-May-22)


Lectionary Podcast - Ascension Day - Series A - with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Luke 24:44–53 (SBLGNT)

44 Εἶπεν δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς· Οὗτοι οἱ λόγοι μου οὓς ἐλάλησα πρὸς ὑμᾶς ἔτι ὢν σὺν ὑμῖν, ὅτι δεῖ πληρωθῆναι πάντα τὰ γεγραμμένα ἐν τῷ νόμῳ Μωϋσέως καὶ προφήταις καὶ ψαλμοῖς περὶ ἐμοῦ.

45 τότε διήνοιξεν αὐτῶν τὸν νοῦν τοῦ συνιέναι τὰς γραφάς,

46 καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς ὅτι οὕτως γέγραπται παθεῖν τὸν χριστὸν καὶ ἀναστῆναι ἐκ νεκρῶν τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ,

47 καὶ κηρυχθῆναι ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι αὐτοῦ μετάνοιαν καὶ ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη— ἀρξάμενοι ἀπὸ Ἰερουσαλήμ·

48 ὑμεῖς ἐστε μάρτυρες τούτων.

49 καὶ ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἐξαποστέλλω τὴν ἐπαγγελίαν τοῦ πατρός μου ἐφʼ ὑμᾶς· ὑμεῖς δὲ καθίσατε ἐν τῇ πόλει ἕως οὗ ἐνδύσησθε ἐξ ὕψους δύναμιν.

50 Ἐξήγαγεν δὲ αὐτοὺς ἕως πρὸς Βηθανίαν, καὶ ἐπάρας τὰς χεῖρας αὐτοῦ εὐλόγησεν αὐτούς.

51 καὶ ἐγένετο ἐν τῷ εὐλογεῖν αὐτὸν αὐτοὺς διέστη ἀπʼ αὐτῶν [καὶ ἀνεφέρετο εἰς τὸν οὐρανόν].

52 καὶ αὐτοὶ [προσκυνήσαντες αὐτὸν] ὑπέστρεψαν εἰς Ἰερουσαλὴμ μετὰ χαρᾶς μεγάλης,

53 καὶ ἦσαν διὰ παντὸς ἐν τῷ ἱερῷ εὐλογοῦντες τὸν θεόν.


Literal Translation

44  And He said to them, These are the Words which I spoke to you yet being with you, that all the things must be fulfilled having been written in the Law of Moses, and the Prophets, and the Psalms, concerning Me.

45  Then He opened up their mind to understand the Scriptures,

46  and said to them, So it is written, and so the Christ must suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day.

47  And repentance and remission of sins must be preached on His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

48  And you are witnesses of these things.

49  And, behold, I send forth the promise of My Father on you. But you sit in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high.

50  He led them out as far as to Bethany. And lifting up His hands, He blessed them.

51  And it happened as He blessed them, He withdrew from them and was carried into Heaven.

52  And worshiping Him, they returned to Jerusalem with great joy,

53  and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.)


SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

(21 May 2017)

Acts 17:16–31; Ps. 66:8-20; 1 Peter 3:13–22; John 14:15–21

LSB 556: Dear Christians, One and All, Rejoice

The Lord Jesus Comforts Us with the Preaching of His Resurrection

“The God who . . . gives to all mankind life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:24–25) wants all people to seek Him “that they might feel their way toward him and find him” (Acts 17:27). But in our sinful ignorance we humans turn instead to idols “formed by the art and imagination of man” (Acts 17:29). Therefore God appointed the Man of Righteousness, Jesus Christ, and “has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). Because He lives, we also live (John 14:19) in His forgiveness, and thus we love Him and keep His commandments (John 14:15). While the risen Lord prepares us for His Ascension, He will not leave us “as orphans” (John 14:18), but gives “another Helper,” the Holy Spirit, to be with us forever (John 14:16) through the preaching of “Jesus and the resurrection” (Acts 17:18). Because He “suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous” (1 Peter 3:18), we “regard Christ the Lord as holy” and are always “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks” for the reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:15). Our Baptism “now saves” us “as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – I'm Not Listening! (not safe for American Evangelicals) (1 Peter 3:13-22)

If you are a typical American Christian (aka American Evangelical), you won't like this episode. Mainly because Pastor Fisk explains the plain meaning of 1 Peter 3. Which clearly says that baptism saves. And of course, American Evangelicals know that is just silly! Baptism is a work of man! It can't save you! Right? Bueller? Anyone?

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Worldview Everlasting – Enter the Word: Wait!

Rev. Fisk takes on 1 Peter 3 for this coming weekend.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Sixth Sunday of Easter — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 52.5 MB, 2017-May-09)


Lectionary Podcast - Easter 6 - Series A - with Dr. John G. Nordling

Dr. John G. Nordling, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


John 14:15–21 (SBLGNT)

15 Ἐὰν ἀγαπᾶτέ με, τὰς ἐντολὰς τὰς ἐμὰς ⸀τηρήσετε·

16 κἀγὼ ἐρωτήσω τὸν πατέρα καὶ ἄλλον παράκλητον δώσει ὑμῖν ἵνα ⸀ᾖ μεθʼ ὑμῶν εἰς τὸν ⸀αἰῶνα,

17 τὸ πνεῦμα τῆς ἀληθείας, ὃ ὁ κόσμος οὐ δύναται λαβεῖν, ὅτι οὐ θεωρεῖ αὐτὸ οὐδὲ ⸀γινώσκει· ⸀ὑμεῖς γινώσκετε αὐτό, ὅτι παρʼ ὑμῖν μένει καὶ ἐν ὑμῖν ⸀ἔσται.

18 Οὐκ ἀφήσω ὑμᾶς ὀρφανούς, ἔρχομαι πρὸς ὑμᾶς.

19 ἔτι μικρὸν καὶ ὁ κόσμος με οὐκέτι θεωρεῖ, ὑμεῖς δὲ θεωρεῖτέ με, ὅτι ἐγὼ ζῶ καὶ ὑμεῖς ⸀ζήσετε.

20 ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ἡμέρᾳ ⸂γνώσεσθε ὑμεῖς⸃ ὅτι ἐγὼ ἐν τῷ πατρί μου καὶ ὑμεῖς ἐν ἐμοὶ κἀγὼ ἐν ὑμῖν.

21 ὁ ἔχων τὰς ἐντολάς μου καὶ τηρῶν αὐτὰς ἐκεῖνός ἐστιν ὁ ἀγαπῶν με· ὁ δὲ ἀγαπῶν με ἀγαπηθήσεται ὑπὸ τοῦ πατρός μου, κἀγὼ ἀγαπήσω αὐτὸν καὶ ἐμφανίσω αὐτῷ ἐμαυτόν.


Literal Translation

(15)  If you love Me, keep My commandments.

(16)  And I will petition the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, that He may remain with you to the age,

(17)  the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it does not see Him nor know Him. But you know Him, for He abides with you and shall be in you.

(18)  I will not leave you orphans; I am coming to you.

(19)  Yet a little while and the world no longer sees Me, but you see Me. Because I live, you also shall live.

(20)  In that day you shall know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.

(21)  He that has My commandments and keeps them, it is that one who loves Me; and the one that loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love him and will reveal Myself to him.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.)


Pr. C. Bryan Wolfmueller, Sr. Pastor, Hope Lutheran Church, Aurora, Colo., discusses Christian Devotion with Pr. Todd Wilken:

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1. Prayer (mp3, 41:25, 38.1 MB, 2017-Feb-28)

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2. The Ten Commandments (mp3, 32:15, 29.7 MB, 2017-Mar-06)

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3. Hearing Scripture (mp3, 40:19, 36.9 MB, 2017-Mar-13)

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4. Law and Gospel (mp3, 40:16, 36.9 MB, 2017-Mar-27

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5. Meditating on the Text of Scripture (mp3, 30:21, 27.8 MB, 2017-Apr-03)

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6. The Psalms (mp3, 43:35, 39.8 MB, 2017-Apr-10)

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7. Praying the Psalms (mp3, 23:32, 21.5 MB, 2017-Apr-24)

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8. Daily Repentance (mp3, 39:31, 36.2 MB, 2017-May-03)

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9. What to Pray For (mp3, 45:32, 41.7 MB, 2017-May-08)

 


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1. Pr. Chris Rosebrough, Making the Case Against Vision-Casting Leaders in the Church, 2015-June-19 (mp3, 1:21:48, 74.9 MB, 2017-Apr-18)

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2. Pastor Jonathan Fisk, Making the Case for The Church's Response to Postmodernism, 2015-June-20 (mp3, 1:12:32, 66.4 MB, 2017-Apr-19)

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3. Mrs. Mollie Hemmingway, Making the Case for The Differences Between Men and Women, 2015-June-20 (mp3, 1:08:22, 62.6 MB, 2017-Apr-12)

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4. Dr. Paul Maier, Making the Case for Biblical Archaeology, 2015-June-20 (mp3, 1:20:14, 73.6 MB, 2017-Apr-17)

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5. Dr. Paul Maier, Making the Case for The Historicity of Christianity, 2015-June-20 (mp3, 1:25:01, 77.8 MB, 2017-Apr-13)

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6. Dr David Menton, Making the Case Against Naturalism (Creation vs. Naturalism), 2015-June-20 (mp3, 1:19:15, 72.6 MB, 2017-May-10)

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7. Pastor Will Weedon, Making the Case for A Lutheran Approach to the Church Fathers, 2015-June-20 (mp3, 57:53, 53.0 MB, 2017-Apr-14)


Making the Case Conference 2013 - Issues Etc.

Making the Case Conference 2014 - Issues Etc.