The Epiphany of Our Lord

(6 January 2019)

Isaiah 60:1–6; Ps. 72:1-11, 12-15; Ephesians 3:1–12; Matthew 2:1–12

Entrance: LSB 367 Angels from the Realms of Glory

Of the Day: LSB 395 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright

Offertory: LSB 400 Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning

Distribution: LSB 399 The Star Proclaims the King Is Here

LSB 394 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

Closing: LSB 397 As with Gladness Men of Old

The Lord God Is Manifested in the Incarnate Son

The Feast of the Epiphany centers in the visit of the Magi from the East. In that respect, it is a “Thirteenth Day” of Christmas; yet, it also marks the beginning of a new liturgical season. While Christmas has focused on the incarnation of our Lord — that is, on God becoming flesh — the season of Epiphany emphasizes the manifestation or self-revelation of God in that same flesh of Christ. The Lord Himself has entered our darkness and rises upon us with the brightness of His true light (Is. 60:1–2). He does so chiefly by His Word of the Gospel, which He causes to be preached within His Church on earth — not only to the Jews but also to Gentiles (Eph. 3:8–10). As the Magi were guided by the promises of Holy Scripture to find and worship the Christ Child with His mother in the house (Matt. 2:5–11), so does He call disciples from all nations by the preaching of His Word to find and worship Him within His Church (Is. 60:3–6). With gold, they confess His royalty; with incense, His deity; and with myrrh, His priestly sacrifice (Matt. 2:11).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting – Silly Magi, Mountain Goats are 4 Cheese (Matthew 2:1-12)

Greek Tuesday takes on Matthew 2:1-12 with the visitation of the Magi. So what are Magi anyway and where did they come from? Prepare to have your world rocked as you learn that everything you know from the carol "We Three Kings" is probably wrong...although Miss Chloe the psychic probably could have told you that.


Encore: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Epiphany and the Baptism of Jesus – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:15, 23.1 MB, 2016-Jan-06)


Lectionary Podcast - Epiphany of Our Lord - Dr. Walter A. Maier III

Dr. Walter A. Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel Lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 2:1–12 (SBLGNT)

1 Τοῦ δὲ Ἰησοῦ γεννηθέντος ἐν Βηθλέεμ τῆς Ἰουδαίας ἐν ἡμέραις Ἡρῴδου τοῦ βασιλέως, ἰδοὺ μάγοι ἀπὸ ἀνατολῶν παρεγένοντο εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα

2 λέγοντες· Ποῦ ἐστιν ὁ τεχθεὶς βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων; εἴδομεν γὰρ αὐτοῦ τὸν ἀστέρα ἐν τῇ ἀνατολῇ καὶ ἤλθομεν προσκυνῆσαι αὐτῷ.

3 ἀκούσας δὲ ⸂ὁ βασιλεὺς Ἡρῴδης⸃ ἐταράχθη καὶ πᾶσα Ἱεροσόλυμα μετʼ αὐτοῦ,

4 καὶ συναγαγὼν πάντας τοὺς ἀρχιερεῖς καὶ γραμματεῖς τοῦ λαοῦ ἐπυνθάνετο παρʼ αὐτῶν ποῦ ὁ χριστὸς γεννᾶται.

5 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν αὐτῷ· Ἐν Βηθλέεμ τῆς Ἰουδαίας· οὕτως γὰρ γέγραπται διὰ τοῦ προφήτου·

6 Καὶ σύ, Βηθλέεμ γῆ Ἰούδα, οὐδαμῶς ἐλαχίστη εἶ ἐν τοῖς ἡγεμόσιν Ἰούδα· ἐκ σοῦ γὰρ ἐξελεύσεται ἡγούμενος, ὅστις ποιμανεῖ τὸν λαόν μου τὸν Ἰσραήλ.

7 Τότε Ἡρῴδης λάθρᾳ καλέσας τοὺς μάγους ἠκρίβωσεν παρʼ αὐτῶν τὸν χρόνον τοῦ φαινομένου ἀστέρος,

8 καὶ πέμψας αὐτοὺς εἰς Βηθλέεμ εἶπεν· Πορευθέντες ⸂ἐξετάσατε ἀκριβῶς⸃ περὶ τοῦ παιδίου· ἐπὰν δὲ εὕρητε, ἀπαγγείλατέ μοι, ὅπως κἀγὼ ἐλθὼν προσκυνήσω αὐτῷ.

9 οἱ δὲ ἀκούσαντες τοῦ βασιλέως ἐπορεύθησαν, καὶ ἰδοὺ ὁ ἀστὴρ ὃν εἶδον ἐν τῇ ἀνατολῇ προῆγεν αὐτούς, ἕως ἐλθὼν ⸀ἐστάθη ἐπάνω οὗ ἦν τὸ παιδίον.

10 ἰδόντες δὲ τὸν ἀστέρα ἐχάρησαν χαρὰν μεγάλην σφόδρα.

11 καὶ ἐλθόντες εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν εἶδον τὸ παιδίον μετὰ Μαρίας τῆς μητρὸς αὐτοῦ, καὶ πεσόντες προσεκύνησαν αὐτῷ, καὶ ἀνοίξαντες τοὺς θησαυροὺς αὐτῶν προσήνεγκαν αὐτῷ δῶρα, χρυσὸν καὶ λίβανον καὶ σμύρναν.

12 καὶ χρηματισθέντες κατʼ ὄναρ μὴ ἀνακάμψαι πρὸς Ἡρῴδην διʼ ἄλλης ὁδοῦ ἀνεχώρησαν εἰς τὴν χώραν αὐτῶν.


Literal Translation

(1) And when Jesus had been born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men arrived from the east to Jerusalem,

(2) saying, Where is He born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.

(3) But Herod the king having heard this, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him.

(4) And having gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he asked of them where the Christ was to be born.

(5) And they said to him, In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it has been written by the prophet,

(6) "And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judea, in no way are you least among the governors of Judah, for out of you shall come out One ruling, who shall shepherd My people Israel."

(7) Then secretly calling the wise men, Herod asked of them exactly the time of the star appearing.

(8) And sending them to Bethlehem, he said, Having gone, exactly inquire about the child. And when you find him, bring me word again so that coming I may also worship him.

(9) And having heard the king, they departed. And, behold! The star which they saw in the east went before them until it had come and stood over where the child was.

(10) And seeing the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with a great joy.

(11) And having come into the house, they saw the child with His mother Mary. And falling down, they worshiped Him. And opening their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold and frankincense and myrrh.

(12) And having been warned by a dream not to return to Herod, they went back into their own country by another way.



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 First Sunday After Christmas

(30 December 2018)

Exodus 13:1–3a, 11–15; Ps. 111:1-10; Colossians 3:12–17; Luke 2:22–40

Entrance:  LSB 367 Angels from the Realms of Glory

Of the Day: LSB 389 Let All Together Praise our God

Offertory: LSB 384 Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Distribution: LSB 897 O Rejoice, Ye Christians, Loudly

LSB 937 Lord, Bid Your Servant Go in Peace

Closing: LSB 938 In Peace and Joy I Now Depart

The Firstborn Son of God Is Our Redemption from Sin and Death

When the Lord destroyed the firstborn sons of Egypt, He spared the sons of Israel by providing a lamb in their stead. Hence, all the firstborn sons belong to Him. Every firstborn male animal was sacrificed, and every firstborn son of man was redeemed (Ex. 13:12–13). Therefore, the parents of Jesus “brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). However, He is not redeemed from priestly service but is consecrated for “the redemption of Jerusalem” and “the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25, 38). For God the Father did not spare His only begotten Son, but offered Him up as the true Passover Lamb, in order to redeem His people from bondage. His cross has caused many to stumble and fall, but His blood atoned for the sins of the world and delivers us from death. We now depart in the peace of Christ because we are also raised with Him. As we receive His body and blood, we join Simeon and Anna in “giving thanks to God the Father through him,” “singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,” including the Nunc Dimittis, with thankfulness in our hearts (Luke 2:28–32, 38; Col. 3:15–17).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Lectionary Podcast - Sunday after Christmas - Dr. Arthur A Just Jr.

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


Luke 2:22–40 (SBLGNT)

22 Καὶ ὅτε ἐπλήσθησαν αἱ ἡμέραι τοῦ καθαρισμοῦ αὐτῶν κατὰ τὸν νόμον Μωϋσέως, ἀνήγαγον αὐτὸν εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα παραστῆσαι τῷ κυρίῳ,

23 καθὼς γέγραπται ἐν νόμῳ κυρίου ὅτι Πᾶν ἄρσεν διανοῖγον μήτραν ἅγιον τῷ κυρίῳ κληθήσεται,

24 καὶ τοῦ δοῦναι θυσίαν κατὰ τὸ εἰρημένον ἐν ⸀τῷ νόμῳ κυρίου, ζεῦγος τρυγόνων ἢ δύο νοσσοὺς περιστερῶν.

25 Καὶ ἰδοὺ ⸂ἄνθρωπος ἦν⸃ ἐν Ἰερουσαλὴμ ᾧ ὄνομα Συμεών, καὶ ὁ ἄνθρωπος οὗτος δίκαιος καὶ εὐλαβής, προσδεχόμενος παράκλησιν τοῦ Ἰσραήλ, καὶ πνεῦμα ἦν ἅγιον ἐπʼ αὐτόν·

26 καὶ ἦν αὐτῷ κεχρηματισμένον ὑπὸ τοῦ πνεύματος τοῦ ἁγίου μὴ ἰδεῖν θάνατον πρὶν ⸂ἢ ἂν⸃ ἴδῃ τὸν χριστὸν κυρίου.

27 καὶ ἦλθεν ἐν τῷ πνεύματι εἰς τὸ ἱερόν· καὶ ἐν τῷ εἰσαγαγεῖν τοὺς γονεῖς τὸ παιδίον Ἰησοῦν τοῦ ποιῆσαι αὐτοὺς κατὰ τὸ εἰθισμένον τοῦ νόμου περὶ αὐτοῦ

28 καὶ αὐτὸς ἐδέξατο αὐτὸ εἰς τὰς ⸀ἀγκάλας καὶ εὐλόγησεν τὸν θεὸν καὶ εἶπεν·

29 Νῦν ἀπολύεις τὸν δοῦλόν σου, δέσποτα, κατὰ τὸ ῥῆμά σου ἐν εἰρήνῃ·

30 ὅτι εἶδον οἱ ὀφθαλμοί μου τὸ σωτήριόν σου

31 ὃ ἡτοίμασας κατὰ πρόσωπον πάντων τῶν λαῶν,

32 φῶς εἰς ἀποκάλυψιν ἐθνῶν καὶ δόξαν λαοῦ σου Ἰσραήλ.

33 καὶ ἦν ⸂ὁ πατὴρ αὐτοῦ⸃ καὶ ἡ ⸀μήτηρ θαυμάζοντες ἐπὶ τοῖς λαλουμένοις περὶ αὐτοῦ.

34 καὶ εὐλόγησεν αὐτοὺς Συμεὼν καὶ εἶπεν πρὸς Μαριὰμ τὴν μητέρα αὐτοῦ· Ἰδοὺ οὗτος κεῖται εἰς πτῶσιν καὶ ἀνάστασιν πολλῶν ἐν τῷ Ἰσραὴλ καὶ εἰς σημεῖον ἀντιλεγόμενον,

35 καὶ σοῦ ⸀δὲ αὐτῆς τὴν ψυχὴν διελεύσεται ῥομφαία, ὅπως ἂν ἀποκαλυφθῶσιν ἐκ πολλῶν καρδιῶν διαλογισμοί.

36 Καὶ ἦν Ἅννα προφῆτις, θυγάτηρ Φανουήλ, ἐκ φυλῆς Ἀσήρ (αὕτη προβεβηκυῖα ἐν ἡμέραις πολλαῖς, ζήσασα ⸂μετὰ ἀνδρὸς ἔτη⸃ ἑπτὰ ἀπὸ τῆς παρθενίας αὐτῆς,

37 καὶ αὐτὴ χήρα ⸀ἕως ἐτῶν ὀγδοήκοντα τεσσάρων,) ἣ οὐκ ⸀ἀφίστατο τοῦ ἱεροῦ νηστείαις καὶ δεήσεσιν λατρεύουσα νύκτα καὶ ἡμέραν.

38 ⸀καὶ αὐτῇ τῇ ὥρᾳ ἐπιστᾶσα ἀνθωμολογεῖτο τῷ ⸀θεῷ καὶ ἐλάλει περὶ αὐτοῦ πᾶσιν τοῖς προσδεχομένοις ⸀λύτρωσιν Ἰερουσαλήμ.

39 Καὶ ὡς ἐτέλεσαν ⸀πάντα τὰ κατὰ τὸν νόμον κυρίου, ⸀ἐπέστρεψαν εἰς τὴν Γαλιλαίαν ⸀εἰς πόλιν ἑαυτῶν Ναζαρέθ.

40 Τὸ δὲ παιδίον ηὔξανεν καὶ ἐκραταιοῦτο ⸂πληρούμενον σοφίᾳ⸃, καὶ χάρις θεοῦ ἦν ἐπʼ αὐτό.


Literal Translation

Luke 2:22-40

(22)  And when the days of her cleansing according to the Law of Moses were fulfilled, they took Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord,

(23)  as it has been written in the Law of the Lord: Every male opening a womb shall be called holy to the Lord;

(24)  and to offer a sacrifice according to that said in the Law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two nestlings of doves.

(25)  And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. And this man was righteous and devout, eagerly expecting the Consolation of Israel. And the Holy Spirit was upon him.

(26)  And it happened to him, having been divinely instructed by the Holy Spirit, he was not to see death before he would see the Christ of the Lord.

(27)  And by the Spirit he came into the temple. And as the parents were bringing in the child Jesus for them to do according to the custom of the Law concerning Him,

(28)  even Simeon received Him into his arms. And he blessed God and said,

(29)  Now, Master, You will let Your slave go in peace according to Your Word;

(30)  because my eyes saw Your Salvation,

(31)  which You prepared before the face of all the peoples;

(32)  a Light for revelation to the nations, and the Glory of Your people Israel.

(33)  And Joseph was marveling, also His mother, at the things being said concerning Him.

(34)  And Simeon blessed them and said to His mother Mary, Behold, this One is set for the fall and rising up of many in Israel, and for a sign spoken against;

(35)  yea, a sword also will pierce your own soul, so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.

(36)  And there was Anna, a prophetess, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in many days, having lived seven years with a husband from her virginity;

(37)  and she was a widow of eighty four years, who did not depart from the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.

(38)  And coming on at the very hour, she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke concerning Him to all those in Jerusalem eagerly expecting redemption.

(39)  And as they finished all things according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to Nazareth their city.

(40)  And the Child grew, and became strong in spirit, being filled with wisdom. And the grace of God was upon 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.



CHRISTMAS EVE

(24 December)

Isaiah 7:10–14; Ps. 110:1-4; 1 John 4:7–16; Matthew 1:18–25

LSB 359: Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

The Word of the Lord Is Fulfilled in the Flesh of Jesus

Though Ahaz would not ask, the Lord gives a sign to the house of David that “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Is. 7:14). With this promise, He signifies that salvation is by His grace alone; it is no work or achievement of fallen humanity, but the Lord’s own work and free gift. The promise is fulfilled as the Son of God is conceived and born of the Virgin Mary, and the sign is received in faith by the house of David in the person of Joseph (Matt. 1:20–24). “Incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary” (Nicene Creed), God is with us (Immanuel) in the flesh of Jesus, Mary’s Son. Joseph believes that Word of God and so demonstrates a marvelous example in his immediate and quiet obedience, taking Mary to be his wife and caring for her in faith and love. He loves her because the love of God is manifest in this, that “the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world,” “to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9–10, 14).


CHRISTMAS MIDNIGHT

(24 December)

Isaiah 9:2–7; Ps. 96:1-13; Titus 2:11–14; Luke 2:1–14, 15–20

Entrance: LSB 377 On Christmas Night All Christians Sing

Or

LSB 360 All My Heart Again Rejoices

Of the Day: LSB 358: From Heav'n Above to Earth I Come

Offertory: LSB 368 Angels We Have Heard on High

Distribution: LSB 361 O Little Town of Bethlehem;

LSB 370 What Child Is This

Closing: LSB 363 Silent Night, Holy Night

The Light of Christ Shines Forth in the Darkness

Heaven and earth rejoice on this night because the glory of the blessed Trinity is manifested in the human birth of “our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13). In Him, the Father’s grace, mercy and peace rest upon the world. The silence of death is broken by this “good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10). And all we who have gone astray like lost and wandering sheep, who have “walked in the darkness” of doubt and fear and sinful unbelief, behold “a great light” in the nativity of Christ (Is. 9:2). In Him, “the grace of God has appeared” (Titus 2:11). For this Child of Mary who is born for us, this dear Son of God who is given to us, will bear the burden of our sin and death in His own body on the cross. He thereby establishes a government of peace, “with justice and with righteousness,” which shall have no end; not by any work of man, but “the zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this” (Is. 9:7).


CHRISTMAS DAWN

(25 December)

Isaiah 62:10–12; Ps. 98:1-9; Titus 3:4–7; Luke 2:1–14, 15–20

LSB 375: Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising

Christ Jesus Reveals Himself in the Signs He Has Given to His Church

The Lord has not forsaken us. He has come and sought us out to save us (Is. 62:11–12), so that “being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:7). In Christ Jesus, conceived and born of Mary, “the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared” (Titus 3:4). Now He is lifted up in the Gospel, “a signal over the peoples” (Is. 62:10), that He might call us to rejoice in His salvation. St. Luke emphasizes the signs by which the shepherds once found Him: in Bethlehem, the City of David, “wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12). The same Lord Jesus reveals Himself to us in the sure and certain signs of His Gospel. His Church is a true Bethlehem (House of Bread); for the Son of David, “a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11), feeds us with His body and His blood from the manger of His altar, wrapped in swaddling cloths of bread and wine. Let us ponder these mysteries and, as the shepherds did, go about our vocations, “glorifying and praising God” (Luke 2:19–20).


CHRISTMAS DAY

(25 December)

Isaiah 52:7–10; Ps. 2:1-12; Hebrews 1:1–6, 7–12; John 1:1–14, 15–18

Entrance: LSB 379 O Come, All Ye Faithful

Of the Day: LSB 382 We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth

Offertory: LSB 380 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Distribution: LSB 384 Of the Father’s Love Begotten;

LSB 368 Angels We Have Heard on High

See above

Closing: LSB 386 Now Sing We, Now Rejoice

The Living and Life-Giving Word of God Dwells among Us in the Flesh

The Lord sends out His ministers of the Gospel to make disciples “of all the nations,” so that “all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” For the Lord has “bared his holy arm” in the incarnate Christ (Is. 52:7, 10). The Child in the manger, born of the Virgin Mary, is the very Word of God, the only begotten Son of the Father, “whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world” (Heb. 1:2). As “all things were made through him” (John 1:3), so are all things redeemed and made new in Him. In His body of flesh and blood, we behold “the radiance of the glory of God” (Heb. 1:3), “glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He dwells among us in peace that we might have life and light and salvation in Him. For by His Word of the Gospel, we are born again as the children of God, bearing His name and sharing His eternal life.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Christmas Eve, Midnight, Dawn and Day – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 1:16:10, 30.7 MB, 2015-Dec-21)



FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT

(23 December 2018)

Micah 5:2-5a; Ps. 80:1-7; Heb 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, 46-56

Entrance: LSB 935 Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord

Of the Day: LSB 356 The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

Offertory: LSB 353 Jesus Came, the Heavens Adoring

Distribution: LSB 357 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel;

LSB 332 Savior of the Nations, Come

Starts at 1:59:

Closing: LSB 387 Joy to the World

The Lord Comes to Visit Us in Peace

The Fourth Sunday in Advent turns our attention toward the Nativity of Our Lord. With Mary, we await the coming of the Christ, her Son, conceived in her womb by the Spirit of God. As the Lord dealt graciously with her and did great things for her (Luke 1:48–49), so also He manifests Himself and His glory to us in mercy and gentleness. He comes to rule His people in peace, to “shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD.” He comes forth not from the great capital city of Rome or Jerusalem, but from lowly little Bethlehem (Micah 5:2, 4). He comes to sacrifice Himself, in fulfillment of His Father’s will, for the salvation and sanctification of His people (Heb. 10:10). He who once visited Elizabeth while hidden in the womb of Mary (Luke 1:39–45) now comes to visit us today, hidden in the lowliness of simple water, bread and wine.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Mary Visits Elizabeth – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers for the Fourth Sunday in Advent with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:22, 23.2 MB, 2015-Dec-15)


Worldview Everlasting - Daily Fix: Blinded by Shadows

Why would you want a shadow of Christianity, when you can have the real thing? The book of Hebrews challenges you to go from milk-toast to meat by finding the real substance in the work of Jesus Christ.


Lectionary Podcast - Advent 4 - Series C - Luke 1:39-45 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Advent 4


Luke 1:39-45, 46-56 (SBLGNT)

39 Ἀναστᾶσα δὲ Μαριὰμ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις ταύταις ἐπορεύθη εἰς τὴν ὀρεινὴν μετὰ σπουδῆς εἰς πόλιν Ἰούδα,

40 καὶ εἰσῆλθεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον Ζαχαρίου καὶ ἠσπάσατο τὴν Ἐλισάβετ.

41 καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤκουσεν τὸν ἀσπασμὸν τῆς Μαρίας ἡ Ἐλισάβετ, ἐσκίρτησεν τὸ βρέφος ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ αὐτῆς, καὶ ἐπλήσθη πνεύματος ἁγίου ἡ Ἐλισάβετ,

42 καὶ ἀνεφώνησεν κραυγῇ μεγάλῃ καὶ εἶπεν· Εὐλογημένη σὺ ἐν γυναιξίν, καὶ εὐλογημένος ὁ καρπὸς τῆς κοιλίας σου.

43 καὶ πόθεν μοι τοῦτο ἵνα ἔλθῃ ἡ μήτηρ τοῦ κυρίου μου πρὸς ἐμέ;

44 ἰδοὺ γὰρ ὡς ἐγένετο ἡ φωνὴ τοῦ ἀσπασμοῦ σου εἰς τὰ ὦτά μου, ἐσκίρτησεν ἐν ἀγαλλιάσει τὸ βρέφος ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ μου.

45 καὶ μακαρία ἡ πιστεύσασα ὅτι ἔσται τελείωσις τοῖς λελαλημένοις αὐτῇ παρὰ κυρίου.

46 Καὶ εἶπεν Μαριάμ· Μεγαλύνει ἡ ψυχή μου τὸν κύριον,

47 καὶ ἠγαλλίασεν τὸ πνεῦμά μου ἐπὶ τῷ θεῷ τῷ σωτῆρί μου·

48 ὅτι ἐπέβλεψεν ἐπὶ τὴν ταπείνωσιν τῆς δούλης αὐτοῦ, ἰδοὺ γὰρ ἀπὸ τοῦ νῦν μακαριοῦσίν με πᾶσαι αἱ γενεαί·

49 ὅτι ἐποίησέν μοι μεγάλα ὁ δυνατός, καὶ ἅγιον τὸ ὄνομα αὐτοῦ,

50 καὶ τὸ ἔλεος αὐτοῦ εἰς γενεὰς καὶ γενεὰς τοῖς φοβουμένοις αὐτόν.

51 Ἐποίησεν κράτος ἐν βραχίονι αὐτοῦ, διεσκόρπισεν ὑπερηφάνους διανοίᾳ καρδίας αὐτῶν·

52 καθεῖλεν δυνάστας ἀπὸ θρόνων καὶ ὕψωσεν ταπεινούς,

53 πεινῶντας ἐνέπλησεν ἀγαθῶν καὶ πλουτοῦντας ἐξαπέστειλεν κενούς.

54 ἀντελάβετο Ἰσραὴλ παιδὸς αὐτοῦ, μνησθῆναι ἐλέους,

55 καθὼς ἐλάλησεν πρὸς τοὺς πατέρας ἡμῶν, τῷ Ἀβραὰμ καὶ τῷ σπέρματι αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

56 Ἔμεινεν δὲ Μαριὰμ σὺν αὐτῇ ὡς μῆνας τρεῖς, καὶ ὑπέστρεψεν εἰς τὸν οἶκον αὐτῆς.

Literal Translation

(39) And rising up in these days, Mary went into the hill country with haste to a city of Judah.
(40) And she entered into the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
(41) And it happened, as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the babe in her womb leaped, and Elizabeth was filled of the Holy Spirit.
(42) And she cried out with a loud voice and said, You are being blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
(43) And why is this to me that the mother of my Lord comes to me?
(44) For behold, as the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped in exultation.
(45) And blessed is she believing, because there will be a completion to the things spoken to her from the Lord.
(46) And Mary said, My soul magnifies the Lord,
(47) and my spirit exulted in God My Savior.
(48) For He looked upon the humiliation of His slave woman. For, behold, from now on all generations will count me blessed.
(49) For the Mighty One did great things to me, and holy is His name.
(50) And His mercy is to generations of generations to those fearing Him.
(51) He performed mightily with His arm; He scattered proud ones in the thought of their heart.
(52) He put down powerful ones from thrones, and exalted lowly ones.
(53) He filled the hungry with good things, and He sent the rich away empty.
(54) He helped His servant Israel in order to remember mercy,
(55) even as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed to the age.
(56) And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her house.



THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT

(13 December 2015)

Zeph 3:14-20; Ps. 85:1-13; Phil 4:4-7; Luke 7:18-28, 29-35

Entrance: LSB 349 Hark the Glad Sound

Of the Day: LSB 345: Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding

Offertory: LSB 511 Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment

Distribution: LSB 347 Comfort, Comfort Ye My People;

LSB 515 Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

Closing: LSB 338 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

The Coming of Jesus Enables Us to Rejoice

The Third Sunday in Advent has traditionally been called by the Latin word Gaudete, meaning “Rejoice!” For as you are called to repentance, so also are you urged to rejoice in the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. By His own cross, He has accomplished salvation for you; “He has cleared away your enemies,” “taken away the judgments against you” and come to reign in your midst. Indeed, He rejoices over you with gladness and song (Zeph. 3:15–17)! Therefore, even from prison St. Paul encourages us to “rejoice in the Lord always,” knowing that the peace of God will guard and keep us in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:4, 7). We find an example and encouragement in the case of John the Baptist. As he languishes in prison, he calls upon Jesus and is strengthened by the Word of the Gospel that he receives. The same good news is preached to you, by which all things are made new and even “the dead are raised up” (Luke 7:22). Do not be offended by the cross, therefore, but let your life be one of prayer and thanksgiving (Luke 7:23; Phil. 4:6).


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): John the Baptist Sends Messengers to Jesus – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers for the Third Sunday in Advent with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:16, 23.1 MB, 2015-Dec-09)


Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - Chickens in Flamboyant Clothing? - Luke 7:18-35

It's Greek Tuesday and today Pastor Fisk takes on Luke 7:18-35 with some interesting things to say about "soft" clothing, going out into deserts and whether John the Baptist doubted Jesus. And all for the season of Advent, no less! And of course, your steady diet of hamsters, chickens, monkeys and...more Greek!


Worldview Everlasting - Daily Fix: Joy

The world may seek a whole lot of merry without much Christmas, but Christian joy knows the secret of being content is Jesus’ return.


Lectionary Podcast - Advent 3 - Series C - Luke 7:18-28 with Dr. Peter Scaer

Dr. Peter Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Advent 3


Luke 7:18-35

18 Καὶ ἀπήγγειλαν Ἰωάννῃ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ περὶ πάντων τούτων. καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος δύο τινὰς τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ ὁ Ἰωάννης

19 ἔπεμψεν πρὸς τὸν κύριον λέγων· Σὺ εἶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἢ ἄλλον προσδοκῶμεν;

20 παραγενόμενοι δὲ πρὸς αὐτὸν οἱ ἄνδρες εἶπαν· Ἰωάννης ὁ βαπτιστὴς ἀπέστειλεν ἡμᾶς πρὸς σὲ λέγων· Σὺ εἶ ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἢ ἄλλον προσδοκῶμεν;

21 ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ ἐθεράπευσεν πολλοὺς ἀπὸ νόσων καὶ μαστίγων καὶ πνευμάτων πονηρῶν, καὶ τυφλοῖς πολλοῖς ἐχαρίσατο βλέπειν.

22 καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πορευθέντες ἀπαγγείλατε Ἰωάννῃ ἃ εἴδετε καὶ ἠκούσατε· τυφλοὶ ἀναβλέπουσιν, χωλοὶ περιπατοῦσιν, λεπροὶ καθαρίζονται, κωφοὶ ἀκούουσιν, νεκροὶ ἐγείρονται, πτωχοὶ εὐαγγελίζονται·

23 καὶ μακάριός ἐστιν ὃς ἐὰν μὴ σκανδαλισθῇ ἐν ἐμοί.

24 Ἀπελθόντων δὲ τῶν ἀγγέλων Ἰωάννου ἤρξατο λέγειν πρὸς τοὺς ὄχλους περὶ Ἰωάννου· Τί ἐξήλθατε εἰς τὴν ἔρημον θεάσασθαι; κάλαμον ὑπὸ ἀνέμου σαλευόμενον;

25 ἀλλὰ τί ἐξήλθατε ἰδεῖν; ἄνθρωπον ἐν μαλακοῖς ἱματίοις ἠμφιεσμένον; ἰδοὺ οἱ ἐν ἱματισμῷ ἐνδόξῳ καὶ τρυφῇ ὑπάρχοντες ἐν τοῖς βασιλείοις εἰσίν.

26 ἀλλὰ τί ἐξήλθατε ἰδεῖν; προφήτην; ναί, λέγω ὑμῖν, καὶ περισσότερον προφήτου.

27 οὗτός ἐστιν περὶ οὗ γέγραπται· Ἰδοὺ ἀποστέλλω τὸν ἄγγελόν μου πρὸ προσώπου σου, ὃς κατασκευάσει τὴν ὁδόν σου ἔμπροσθέν σου.

28 λέγω ὑμῖν, μείζων ἐν γεννητοῖς γυναικῶν Ἰωάννου οὐδείς ἐστιν· ὁ δὲ μικρότερος ἐν τῇ βασιλείᾳ τοῦ θεοῦ μείζων αὐτοῦ ἐστιν.

29 (καὶ πᾶς ὁ λαὸς ἀκούσας καὶ οἱ τελῶναι ἐδικαίωσαν τὸν θεόν, βαπτισθέντες τὸ βάπτισμα Ἰωάννου·

30 οἱ δὲ Φαρισαῖοι καὶ οἱ νομικοὶ τὴν βουλὴν τοῦ θεοῦ ἠθέτησαν εἰς ἑαυτούς, μὴ βαπτισθέντες ὑπʼ αὐτοῦ.)

31 Τίνι οὖν ὁμοιώσω τοὺς ἀνθρώπους τῆς γενεᾶς ταύτης, καὶ τίνι εἰσὶν ὅμοιοι;

32 ὅμοιοί εἰσιν παιδίοις τοῖς ἐν ἀγορᾷ καθημένοις καὶ προσφωνοῦσιν ἀλλήλοις, ἃ λέγει· Ηὐλήσαμεν ὑμῖν καὶ οὐκ ὠρχήσασθε· ἐθρηνήσαμεν καὶ οὐκ ἐκλαύσατε·

33 ἐλήλυθεν γὰρ Ἰωάννης ὁ βαπτιστὴς μὴ ἐσθίων ἄρτον μήτε πίνων οἶνον, καὶ λέγετε· Δαιμόνιον ἔχει·

34 ἐλήλυθεν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐσθίων καὶ πίνων, καὶ λέγετε· Ἰδοὺ ἄνθρωπος φάγος καὶ οἰνοπότης, φίλος τελωνῶν καὶ ἁμαρτωλῶν.

35 καὶ ἐδικαιώθη ἡ σοφία ἀπὸ πάντων τῶν τέκνων αὐτῆς.

Luke 7:18-35 Literal Translation

18 And his disciples reported to John about all these things.

19 And having called near a certain two of his disciples, John sent to Jesus, saying, Are You the One coming? Or should we expect another?

20 And having come to Him, the men said, John the Baptist sent us to You, saying, Are You the One coming, or should we expect another?

21 And in the same hour He healed many from diseases and plagues and evil spirits. And He gave to many blind ones ability to see.

22 And answering, Jesus said to them, Going, report to John what you saw and heard; that blind ones are seeing again, lame ones are walking about, leprous ones are being cleansed, deaf ones are hearing, dead ones are being raised, poor ones are preached the Gospel.

23 And blessed is he who is not offended in Me.

24 And John's messengers going away, He began to speak to the crowds about John: What did you go out to the deserted places to see? A reed being shaken by the wind?

25 But what did you go out to see? A man who had been dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those in splendid clothing and being in luxury are in king's palaces.

26 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, Even more than a prophet.

27 This is he about whom it has been written: "Behold, I send My messenger" before Your face, who "will prepare Your way before You."

28 For I say to you, Among those born of a woman, no prophet is greater than John the Baptist. But the least one in the kingdom of God is greater than he is.

29 And all the people and the tax collectors hearing, they justified God, having been baptized with the baptism of John.

30 But the Pharisees and the lawyers set aside God's counsel as to themselves, not being baptized by him.

31 And the Lord said, Then to what shall I compare the men of this generation? And to what are they like?

32 They are like children sitting in a market and calling to one another, and saying, We piped to you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not weep.

33 For John the Baptist has come neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, He has a demon.

34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, Behold, a man, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.

35 But wisdom was justified from all of her children.


SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

(09 December 2018)

Malachi 3:1–7b; Ps. 66:1-12; Philippians 1:2–11; Luke 3:1–14, 15–20

Entrance: LSB 344: On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry

Of the Day: LSB 511 Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment

Offertory: LSB 518 By All Your Saints in Warfare (sts. 1, 15, 24, 3)

Distribution: LSB 936 Sing Praise to the God of Israel;

LSB 346 When All the World Was Cursed

Closing: LSB 343 Prepare the Royal Highway

The Preaching of Repentance Prepares Us for the Coming of the Lord

The preaching and Baptism “of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Luke 3:3) prepare us for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. The historic work of John the Baptist was completed with the first advent of our Lord Jesus in the flesh, but the ministry of the forerunner continues in the preaching of Law and Gospel and in Holy Baptism. Through His messengers, the Lord calls people of all nations to “see the salvation of God” (Luke 3:6). Our haughtiness is removed and our mountains of pride are brought low, but the Lord humbles us in order to exalt us in His mercy. As the Lord has begun this good work of repentance in us, so also does He perfect it by His Word and Holy Spirit, and He “will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Phil. 1:6). He purifies us to be His priestly people, precious in His sight and abounding in faith and love, so that we offer our very lives in righteousness to the Lord (Mal. 3:3–4).


Worldview Everlasting - Hebrew Tuesday - Malachi 2 & 3

A running commentary on life, death, the world, the Church, and what the Bible says God thinks about it all.

Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday (Part 1) - A Baptism for the Windexing of Sin (Luke 3:1-14)

Greek Tuesday brings you Luke 3:1-14, stylish baptisms, conviction of sin and repentance, John's proclamation and baptizing, broods of vipers, windex and even a little cowbell.

Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday (Part 2) - It's Not the Washing Ur Looking 4 (Luke 3:15-22)

It's Greek Tuesday! And Rev Fisk takes on Luke 3:15-22, with baptism, fire and the Holy Spirit. Is full immersion required for a valid baptism? Is the Holy Spirit ever present as an actual fire? And though we don't call this an "endorsement", if you really want to torture yourself, go ahead and visit http://www.tabletalkradio.org for some mediocre podcasts with awesome theology.


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): John the Baptist Prepares the Way – Dr. Carl Fickenscher – Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers for the Second Sunday in Advent with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:22, 23.2 MB, 2015-Nov-30)


Lectionary Podcast - Advent 2 - Series C - Luke 3:1-14 with Dr. Walter Maier III

Dr. Walter Maier III, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Advent 2


Luke 3:1-14

1 Ἐν ἔτει δὲ πεντεκαιδεκάτῳ τῆς ἡγεμονίας Τιβερίου Καίσαρος, ἡγεμονεύοντος Ποντίου Πιλάτου τῆς Ἰουδαίας, καὶ τετρααρχοῦντος τῆς Γαλιλαίας Ἡρῴδου, Φιλίππου δὲ τοῦ ἀδελφοῦ αὐτοῦ τετρααρχοῦντος τῆς Ἰτουραίας καὶ Τραχωνίτιδος χώρας, καὶ Λυσανίου τῆς Ἀβιληνῆς τετρααρχοῦντος,

2 ἐπὶ ἀρχιερέως Ἅννα καὶ Καϊάφα, ἐγένετο ῥῆμα θεοῦ ἐπὶ Ἰωάννην τὸν Ζαχαρίου υἱὸν ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ.

3 καὶ ἦλθεν εἰς πᾶσαν περίχωρον τοῦ Ἰορδάνου κηρύσσων βάπτισμα μετανοίας εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν,

4 ὡς γέγραπται ἐν βίβλῳ λόγων Ἠσαΐου τοῦ προφήτου· Φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ· Ἑτοιμάσατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου, εὐθείας ποιεῖτε τὰς τρίβους αὐτοῦ.

5 πᾶσα φάραγξ πληρωθήσεται καὶ πᾶν ὄρος καὶ βουνὸς ταπεινωθήσεται, καὶ ἔσται τὰ σκολιὰ εἰς εὐθείαν καὶ αἱ τραχεῖαι εἰς ὁδοὺς λείας·

6 καὶ ὄψεται πᾶσα σὰρξ τὸ σωτήριον τοῦ θεοῦ.

7 Ἔλεγεν οὖν τοῖς ἐκπορευομένοις ὄχλοις βαπτισθῆναι ὑπʼ αὐτοῦ· Γεννήματα ἐχιδνῶν, τίς ὑπέδειξεν ὑμῖν φυγεῖν ἀπὸ τῆς μελλούσης ὀργῆς;

8 ποιήσατε οὖν καρποὺς ἀξίους τῆς μετανοίας· καὶ μὴ ἄρξησθε λέγειν ἐν ἑαυτοῖς· Πατέρα ἔχομεν τὸν Ἀβραάμ, λέγω γὰρ ὑμῖν ὅτι δύναται ὁ θεὸς ἐκ τῶν λίθων τούτων ἐγεῖραι τέκνα τῷ Ἀβραάμ.

9 ἤδη δὲ καὶ ἡ ἀξίνη πρὸς τὴν ῥίζαν τῶν δένδρων κεῖται· πᾶν οὖν δένδρον μὴ ποιοῦν καρπὸν καλὸν ἐκκόπτεται καὶ εἰς πῦρ βάλλεται.

10 Καὶ ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν οἱ ὄχλοι λέγοντες· Τί οὖν ποιήσωμεν;

11 ἀποκριθεὶς δὲ ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· Ὁ ἔχων δύο χιτῶνας μεταδότω τῷ μὴ ἔχοντι, καὶ ὁ ἔχων βρώματα ὁμοίως ποιείτω.

12 ἦλθον δὲ καὶ τελῶναι βαπτισθῆναι καὶ εἶπαν πρὸς αὐτόν· Διδάσκαλε, τί ποιήσωμεν;

13 ὁ δὲ εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς· Μηδὲν πλέον παρὰ τὸ διατεταγμένον ὑμῖν πράσσετε.

14 ἐπηρώτων δὲ αὐτὸν καὶ στρατευόμενοι λέγοντες· Τί ποιήσωμεν καὶ ἡμεῖς; καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Μηδένα διασείσητε μηδὲ συκοφαντήσητε, καὶ ἀρκεῖσθε τοῖς ὀψωνίοις ὑμῶν.

Luke 3:1-14 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation [Revised]

1 [2in 4year 1And 3 the fifteenth] of the governing of Tiberius Caesar, and the governing of Pontius Pilate of the Jews, and [2being tetrarch 3of Galilee 1Herod], and Philip his brother being tetrarch of Iturea and Trachonitis the region, and Lysanias being tetrarch of Abilene,

2 with chief priests Annas and Caiaphas, came the word of God unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.

3 And he went into all the place round about the Jordan proclaiming a baptism of repentance for a forgiveness of sins;

4 as it has been written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, A voice yelling in the wilderness, Prepare the way of the Lord! [2straight 1Make] his roads!

5 Every ravine shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be lowered; and [3will be 1the 2crooked] for straight, and the rough for [2ways 1smooth];

6 and [3shall see 1all 2flesh] the deliverance of God.

7 He said then to the [2coming forth 1multitudes] to be baptized by him, Offspring of vipers, who indicated to you to flee from the [2about to be 1wrath]?

8 Do then fruits worthy of the repentance! For you should not begin to say among yourselves, [2father 1We have] Abraham; for I say to you, that God is able from out of these stones to raise children to Abraham.

9 But already even the axe [2at 3the 4root 5of the 6trees 1is situated]. Every tree then not producing [2fruit 1good] is cut down, and [2into 3 the fire 1thrown].

10 And [3asked 4him 1the 2multitudes], saying, What then shall we do?

11 And answering he says to them, The one having two inner garments, share with the one not having! And the one having foods, in like manner do!

12 And there came also tax collectors to be baptized, and they said to him, Teacher, what shall we do?

13 And he said to them, [2nothing 3more 4beyond 5that 6being set in order 7to you 1exact]!

14 [3asked 1And 4him 5also 2soldiers], saying, And we, what shall we do? And he said to them, No one should you shake up nor extort, and let [2be sufficient 1your rations]!



First Sunday in Advent

(02 December 2018)

Jeremiah 33:14–16; Ps. 25:1-10; 1 Thessalonians 3:9–13; Luke 19:28–40 or Luke 21:25–36

Entrance: LSB 343 Prepare the Royal Highway

Of the Day: LSB 332 Savior of the Nations, Come

Offertory: LSB 335 O Bride of Christ, Rejoice

Distribution: LSB 334 O Lord, How Shall I Meet You;

LSB 353 Jesus Came, the Heavens Adoring

Closing: LSB 339 Lift Up Your Heads, You Everlasting Doors

The Lord Jesus Comes in Humility to Redeem Us

The season of Advent focuses on the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this first Sunday establishes this theme for the rest of the season. The Son of God came long ago to be our Savior, “a righteous Branch” descended from David (Jer. 33:15). As He then came into Jerusalem, riding on a lowly donkey to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world (Luke 19:28-40), so does He come to His Church today in the humility of Word and Sacrament to deliver the fruits of His Passion: the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He absolves us and establishes our hearts “blameless in holiness before our God and Father” (1 Thess. 3:13). The same Lord Jesus, who came to Jerusalem then and who comes to us now in peace, will come again with power and great glory on the Last Day. Then there will be “distress of nations in perplexity,” with “people fainting in fear.” Yet, as we anticipate that great and terrible day, He bids us to rest securely in Him: “Raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25, 26, 28).


Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday - The Only Cure is More Triumphal Entry (Luke 19:28-40)

Worldview Everlasting (Greek Tuesday) Kind of Takes on Luke 19:28-40


Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3-Year Lectionary): Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem – Dr. Carl Fickenscher -- Issues, Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher of Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and the propers for the First Sunday in Advent with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc (mp3, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-Nov-23)


Lectionary Podcast - Advent 1 - Series C - Luke 19:28-40 with Dr. Arthur Just

Dr. Arthur Just, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., exegetes the Gospel for Advent 1.


Luke 19:28-40

28 Καὶ εἰπὼν ταῦτα ἐπορεύετο ἔμπροσθεν ἀναβαίνων εἰς Ἱεροσόλυμα.

29 Καὶ ἐγένετο ὡς ἤγγισεν εἰς Βηθφαγὴ καὶ Βηθανίαν πρὸς τὸ ὄρος τὸ καλούμενον Ἐλαιῶν, ἀπέστειλεν δύο τῶν μαθητῶν

30 λέγων· Ὑπάγετε εἰς τὴν κατέναντι κώμην, ἐν ᾗ εἰσπορευόμενοι εὑρήσετε πῶλον δεδεμένον, ἐφʼ ὃν οὐδεὶς πώποτε ἀνθρώπων ἐκάθισεν, καὶ λύσαντες αὐτὸν ἀγάγετε.

31 καὶ ἐάν τις ὑμᾶς ἐρωτᾷ· Διὰ τί λύετε; οὕτως ἐρεῖτε ὅτι Ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ χρείαν ἔχει.

32 ἀπελθόντες δὲ οἱ ἀπεσταλμένοι εὗρον καθὼς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς.

33 λυόντων δὲ αὐτῶν τὸν πῶλον εἶπαν οἱ κύριοι αὐτοῦ πρὸς αὐτούς· Τί λύετε τὸν πῶλον;

34 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν ὅτι Ὁ κύριος αὐτοῦ χρείαν ἔχει.

35 καὶ ἤγαγον αὐτὸν πρὸς τὸν Ἰησοῦν, καὶ ἐπιρίψαντες αὐτῶν τὰ ἱμάτια ἐπὶ τὸν πῶλον ἐπεβίβασαν τὸν Ἰησοῦν·

36 πορευομένου δὲ αὐτοῦ ὑπεστρώννυον τὰ ἱμάτια ἑαυτῶν ἐν τῇ ὁδῷ.

37 ἐγγίζοντος δὲ αὐτοῦ ἤδη πρὸς τῇ καταβάσει τοῦ Ὄρους τῶν Ἐλαιῶν ἤρξαντο ἅπαν τὸ πλῆθος τῶν μαθητῶν χαίροντες αἰνεῖν τὸν θεὸν φωνῇ μεγάλῃ περὶ πασῶν ὧν εἶδον δυνάμεων,

38 λέγοντες· Εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος βασιλεὺς ἐν ὀνόματι κυρίου· ἐν οὐρανῷ εἰρήνη καὶ δόξα ἐν ὑψίστοις.

39 καί τινες τῶν Φαρισαίων ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου εἶπαν πρὸς αὐτόν· Διδάσκαλε, ἐπιτίμησον τοῖς μαθηταῖς σου.

40 καὶ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν· Λέγω ὑμῖν, ὅτι ἐὰν οὗτοι σιωπήσουσιν, οἱ λίθοι κράξουσιν.


Luke 19:28-40 Apostolic Bible Polyglot Literal Translation

28 And having said these things, he went ahead, ascending unto Jerusalem.

29 And it came to pass as he approached unto Bethphage and Bethany, to the mountain, the one being called Olives, he sent two of his disciples,

30 having said, Go unto the opposite town; in which entering you will find a foal being tied, upon which no one [2at any time 1of men] sat. Having untied him, lead him.

31 And if anyone asks you, On account of why do you untie? thus shall you say to him that, His master [2need 1has].

32 And going forth, the ones having been sent found it as he said to them.

33 [3untying 1And 2of their] the foal, [2said 1his masters] to them, Why do you untie the foal?

34 And they said, His master [2need 1has].

35 And they led him to Jesus. And having cast their own garments upon the foal, they sat Jesus upon him.

36 [3going 1And 2of his], they spread their garments in the way.

37 [3approaching 1And 2of his] already to the descent of the Mount of Olives, [6began 1all 2the 3multitude 4of the 5disciples] rejoicing to praise God [2voice 1with a great] for all which they beheld of works of power,

38 saying, Blessed be the coming king in the name of the Lord; peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.

39 And some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, Teacher, reproach your disciples!

40 And responding he said to them, I say to you that, if these should keep silent, the stones will have been crying out.



In this episode, Larry Beane, pastor of Salem Lutheran Church, Gretna, LA, and the Gottesblog Editor and Whip, and I talk about the descriptive nature of the Lutheran Confessions, not just for doctrine, but also for practice.

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In this, the first ever, episode, we chat with the Rev. Fr. Burnell F. Eckardt on orienting oneself and the congregation toward the right things in the Divine Service. The conversation centers around the title of his new book, Leave It Alone, You'll Break It, a compilation of his "Liturgical Observer" articles from the Gottesdienst journal, Gottesdienst: the Journal of Lutheran Liturgy

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Last Sunday of the Church Year (Proper 29B)

(25 November 2018)

Isaiah 51:4–6 or Daniel 7:9–10, 13–14; Ps. 93:1-5; Jude 20–25 or Revelation 1:4b–8; Mark 13:24–37 or John 18:33–37

Entrance: LSB 516 Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying

Of the Day: LSB 336 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

Offertory: LSB 506 Glory Be to God the Father

Distribution: LSB 513 The Clouds of Judgment Gather;

LSB 697 Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death

Closing: LSB 509 Christ Is Surely Coming

In Repentance We Are Alert to the Coming of Christ

The signs of the end are all around us, constant reminders that “heaven and earth will pass away.” But all of these signs are centered in the cross of Christ, whereby He has conquered sin and death, that we might be raised with Him in righteousness through His Word of the Gospel, which “will not pass away” (Mark 13:31). He is “the firstborn of the dead,” who in His great love “has freed us from our sins by his blood” (Rev. 1:5). His salvation is certain because “his dominion is an everlasting dominion” and His kingdom “shall not be destroyed” (Dan. 7:14). For this purpose He came into the world, to reign in love through His voice of the Gospel, which is the truth (John 18:37). So is the righteousness of Christ “a light to the peoples,” which “will never be dismayed” because it is the justice of His cross and resurrection (Is. 51:4–6). As He “is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory,” so wait upon “the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life” (Jude 20–24).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - End Times Grammar Fail and Test Tube Babies (Mark 13:24-37)

*This version contains a correction.*

If you don’t pay very close attention to what the text actually says in Mark 13, you might end up a premillennial dispensationalist. And no one wants that! Good thing Pastor Fisk is here to tell you about the one word in Greek that can make all the difference if it isn’t translated properly in the English. After this video, you’ll be prepared to face the end of the world and not wonder if God needs to finish His work with the Jews first!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Last Sunday of the Church Year — 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, 57:18, 23.1 MB, 2015-Nov-18)


Lectionary Podcast - Last Sunday of the Church Year with Dr. Charles Gieschen

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


Mark 13:29-37 (SBLGNT)

29 οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς, ὅταν ⸂ἴδητε ταῦτα⸃ γινόμενα, γινώσκετε ὅτι ἐγγύς ἐστιν ἐπὶ θύραις.

30 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι οὐ μὴ παρέλθῃ ἡ γενεὰ αὕτη μέχρις οὗ ⸂ταῦτα πάντα⸃ γένηται.

31 ὁ οὐρανὸς καὶ ἡ γῆ ⸀παρελεύσονται, οἱ δὲ λόγοι μου οὐ ⸀μὴ ⸁παρελεύσονται.

32 Περὶ δὲ τῆς ἡμέρας ἐκείνης ἢ ⸀τῆς ὥρας οὐδεὶς οἶδεν, οὐδὲ οἱ ἄγγελοι ⸀ἐν οὐρανῷ οὐδὲ ὁ υἱός, εἰ μὴ ὁ πατήρ.

33 βλέπετε ⸀ἀγρυπνεῖτε, οὐκ οἴδατε γὰρ πότε ὁ καιρός ἐστιν·

34 ὡς ἄνθρωπος ἀπόδημος ἀφεὶς τὴν οἰκίαν αὐτοῦ καὶ δοὺς τοῖς δούλοις αὐτοῦ τὴν ἐξουσίαν, ⸀ἑκάστῳ τὸ ἔργον αὐτοῦ, καὶ τῷ θυρωρῷ ἐνετείλατο ἵνα γρηγορῇ.

35 γρηγορεῖτε οὖν, οὐκ οἴδατε γὰρ πότε ὁ κύριος τῆς οἰκίας ἔρχεται, ⸀ἢ ὀψὲ ἢ ⸀μεσονύκτιον ἢ ἀλεκτοροφωνίας ἢ πρωΐ,

36 μὴ ἐλθὼν ἐξαίφνης εὕρῃ ὑμᾶς καθεύδοντας·

37 ⸀ὃ δὲ ὑμῖν λέγω πᾶσιν λέγω· γρηγορεῖτε.


Literal Translation

Mark 13:29-37

(29) So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near, at the doors.

(30) Truly I say to you, Not at all will this generation pass away until all these things occur.

(31) The heaven and the earth will pass away, but My Words will not pass away, never!

(32) But concerning that day and the hour, no one knows, not the angels, those in Heaven, nor the Son, except the Father.

(33) Watch! Be wakeful, and pray. For you do not know when the time is.

(34) As a man going away, leaving his house, and giving his slaves authority, and to each his work (and he commanded the doorkeeper, that he watch),

(35) then you watch, for you do not know when the lord of the house is coming, at evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or early;

(36) so that he may not come suddenly and find you sleeping.

(37) And what I say to you, I say to all. Watch!


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.



Thanksgiving Day (USA)

(22 November 2018)

Deuteronomy 8:1–10; Ps. 67:1-7; Philippians 4:6–20 or 1 Timothy 2:1–4; Luke 17:11–19

Entrance: LSB 892 Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Of the Day: LSB 785 We Praise You, O God

Distribution: LSB 894 For the Fruits of His Creation;

LSB 893 Sing to the Lord of Harvest;

LSB 789 Praise and Thanksgiving

Closing: LSB 895 Now Thank We All Our God

We Praise God for Sustaining Life in and through His Word

The nation resounds with thanksgiving for the earth’s bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the canopy of God’s almighty care. But “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:1–10). The Church is the vessel through which the Word of God penetrates the world with its Law and Gospel. It is this divine Word that proclaims Jesus as the sole source of life, health and wholeness. It is Jesus who heals lepers with His Word: “Go and show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:11–19). Of the 10 cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving back to Jesus. But true gratitude proceeds from a heart sustained by faith. Jesus bids this one Samaritan to “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” So also, we are sent from the Divine Service, bolstered in our faith by baptismal and Eucharist blessings to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need (Phil. 4:6–20).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


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 Translation

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.


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.



Dr John Warwick Montgomery’s many discussions on Apologetics (defending the faith) with Pr Todd Wilken on Issues Etc.

Christian Apologetics (April 2013 - 5 parts)

1.

1. Speculation vs Fact (Science and Theology), part 1 (mp3, 57:47; 23.3 MB, 2013-Apr-22)

2. 

2. The History and Approach of Apologetics (mp3, 57:21; 23.1 MB, 2013-Apr-23)

3. 

3. Legal Evidence, the Resurrection and Human Rights (mp3, 57:50; 23.3 MB, 2013-Apr-24)

4. 

4. Literature and the Arts (mp3, 57:20; 23.1 MB, 2013-Apr-25)

5. 

5. Christianity’s Influence (mp3, 57:20; 23.1 MB, 2013-Apr-26)

Additional Apologetic Conversations:

1.

1. Divine Revelation (mp3, 26:38; 10.9 MB, 2015-Sep-02)

2.

2. Historical Narrative (mp3, 26:07; 10.6 MB, 2015-Sep-16)

3.

3. Divine Self Revelation (mp3, 25:40; 10.5 MB, 2015-Sep-23)

4.

4. The Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of Jesus (mp3, 28:48; 11.7 MB, 2015-Sep-30)

5.

5. Is There More than One Way to God? (mp3, 28:20; 11.5 MB, 2015-Oct-07)

6.

6. Atheism (mp3, 27:38; 11.3 MB, 2015-Nov-04)

7.

7. The Jesus of Non-Christian Religions (mp3, 31:58; 13.0 MB, 2015-Nov-11)

8.

8. The Incarnation and Defense of the Christian Faith (mp3, 43:24; 49.9 MB, 2016-Dec-23)



 

Twenty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 28B)

(18 November 2018)

Daniel 12:1–3; Ps. 16:1-11; Hebrews 10:11–25; Mark 13:1–13

Entrance: LSB 793 Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven

Of the Day: LSB 508 The Day Is Surely Drawing Near

Offertory: LSB 697 Awake, O Sleeper, Rise from Death

Distribution: LSB 511 Herald, Sound the Note of Judgment;

LSB 337 The Night Will Soon Be Ending

Closing: LSB 336 Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

(begins at 2:00)

The Crucified and Risen Body of Christ Jesus Is the True Temple of God

Despite its “wonderful stones” and “great buildings,” the Jerusalem temple would be torn down, with not one stone left upon another, just as this present world and its kingdoms will come to an end (Mark 13:1–8). But that temple pointed beyond itself to Christ, to His sacrifice upon the cross and to the resurrection of His body as the true Temple of God. In the midst of sin and death, by the proclamation of the Gospel, He now gathers disciples into His body, wherein “the one who endures to the end will be saved” (Mark 13:10–13). For He is “a great priest over the house of God,” who “will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” By the pure water of His Baptism, they “draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,” and by His flesh and blood, they enter the Holy of Holies (Heb. 10:17–22). Thus are His people delivered, “everyone whose name shall be found written in the book.” For by the wisdom of His Gospel, He turns “many to righteousness,” so that “many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake” to everlasting life (Dan. 12:1–3).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - What is "70 AD", Alex? (Mark 13:1-13)

This is Jeopardy! Not exactly. But knowing the question is half the answer to understanding Mark chapter 13, and Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday breaks it down for you here.

Mark 13:1-13


Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday: I Think I'll Go For A Walk (Mark 13:1-13)

Pronouns. Context. The end of the world. And an overview of Mark 13. This Greek Tuesday has it all!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Proper 28 — 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, 57:21, 52.4 MB, 2018-Nov-12)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 28 with Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.

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


Mark 13:1-13 (SBLGNT)

1 Καὶ ἐκπορευομένου αὐτοῦ ἐκ τοῦ ἱεροῦ λέγει αὐτῷ εἷς τῶν μαθητῶν αὐτοῦ· Διδάσκαλε, ἴδε ποταποὶ λίθοι καὶ ποταπαὶ οἰκοδομαί.

2 καὶ ὁ ⸀Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Βλέπεις ταύτας τὰς μεγάλας οἰκοδομάς; οὐ μὴ ἀφεθῇ ⸀ὧδε λίθος ἐπὶ ⸀λίθον ὃς οὐ μὴ καταλυθῇ.

3 Καὶ καθημένου αὐτοῦ εἰς τὸ Ὄρος τῶν Ἐλαιῶν κατέναντι τοῦ ἱεροῦ ⸀ἐπηρώτα αὐτὸν κατʼ ἰδίαν Πέτρος καὶ Ἰάκωβος καὶ Ἰωάννης καὶ Ἀνδρέας·

4 Εἰπὸν ἡμῖν πότε ταῦτα ἔσται, καὶ τί τὸ σημεῖον ὅταν μέλλῃ ⸂ταῦτα συντελεῖσθαι πάντα⸃.

5 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ⸂ἤρξατο λέγειν αὐτοῖς⸃· Βλέπετε μή τις ὑμᾶς πλανήσῃ·

6 ⸀πολλοὶ ἐλεύσονται ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου λέγοντες ὅτι Ἐγώ εἰμι, καὶ πολλοὺς πλανήσουσιν.

7 ὅταν δὲ ⸀ἀκούσητε πολέμους καὶ ἀκοὰς πολέμων, μὴ θροεῖσθε· ⸀δεῖ γενέσθαι, ἀλλʼ οὔπω τὸ τέλος.

8 ἐγερθήσεται γὰρ ἔθνος ἐπʼ ἔθνος καὶ βασιλεία ἐπὶ βασιλείαν, ⸀ἔσονται σεισμοὶ κατὰ τόπους, ⸁ἔσονται ⸀λιμοί· ⸀ἀρχὴ ὠδίνων ταῦτα.

9 βλέπετε δὲ ὑμεῖς ἑαυτούς· ⸀παραδώσουσιν ὑμᾶς εἰς συνέδρια καὶ εἰς συναγωγὰς δαρήσεσθε καὶ ἐπὶ ἡγεμόνων καὶ βασιλέων σταθήσεσθε ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ εἰς μαρτύριον αὐτοῖς.

10 καὶ εἰς πάντα τὰ ἔθνη ⸂πρῶτον δεῖ⸃ κηρυχθῆναι τὸ εὐαγγέλιον.

11 ⸂καὶ ὅταν⸃ ⸀ἄγωσιν ὑμᾶς παραδιδόντες, μὴ προμεριμνᾶτε τί ⸀λαλήσητε, ἀλλʼ ὃ ἐὰν δοθῇ ὑμῖν ἐν ἐκείνῃ τῇ ὥρᾳ τοῦτο λαλεῖτε, οὐ γάρ ἐστε ὑμεῖς οἱ λαλοῦντες ἀλλὰ τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ ἅγιον.

12 ⸂καὶ παραδώσει⸃ ἀδελφὸς ἀδελφὸν εἰς θάνατον καὶ πατὴρ τέκνον, καὶ ἐπαναστήσονται τέκνα ἐπὶ γονεῖς καὶ θανατώσουσιν αὐτούς·

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


Literal Translation

Mark 13:1-13

(1) And as He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples said to Him, Teacher, Behold! What kind of stones and what kind of buildings!

(2) And answering, Jesus said to him, Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon a stone which shall not be thrown down.

(3) And as He was sitting in the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew questioned Him privately:

(4) Tell us when these things shall be? And what is the sign when all these things are about to be done?

(5) And answering, Jesus began to say to them, Be careful that no one lead you astray.

(6) For many will come in My name, saying, I AM! And they will lead many astray.

(7) But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be disturbed, for it must occur; but the end is not yet.

(8) For nation will be raised against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there shall be earthquakes in many places. And there shall be famines and troubles. These things are the beginnings of anguishes.

(9) But you yourselves be careful, for they will deliver you up to sanhedrins and to synagogues. You will be beaten, and you will be led before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony to them.

(10) And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all the nations.

(11) But whenever they lead you away, delivering you, do not be anxious beforehand, what you should say, nor meditate. But whatever may be given to you in that hour, speak that. For you are not those speaking, but the Holy Spirit.

(12) And a brother will deliver up a brother to death, and a father the child. And children will rise up on parents and will put them to death.

(13) And you will be hated by all on account of My name. But the one enduring to the end, that one will be kept safe.


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.



Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 27B)

(11 November 2018)

1 Kings 17:8–16; Ps. 146:1-10; Hebrews 9:24–28; Mark 12:38–44

Entrance: LSB 529 Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus

Of the Day: LSB 787 The Temple Rang with Golden Coins

Offertory: LSB 736 Consider How the Birds Above

Distribution: LSB 821 Alleluia! Sing to Jesus;

LSB 527 O Savior, Precious Savior

Closing: LSB 738 Lord of All Hopefulness

The Lord Freely Feeds and Provides for Us with Everything He Has

Those who contribute “large sums” from “out of their abundance” have done very little. They cannot purchase God’s favor with their money. But the “poor widow” with her two small coins, who “out of her poverty has put in everything she had,” entrusts herself and her life to the mercy of God (Mark 12:41–44). Such faith is not disappointed, for the Lord is faithful, and He provides for His people by His grace. Thus was the poor widow of Zarephath able to feed the prophet Elijah “for many days,” as well as herself and her household, “according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah” (1 Kings 17:15–16). He feeds us, too, by His Word, not only with daily bread for this body and life, but unto the life everlasting in Christ Jesus. “By the sacrifice of himself,” by the giving of His body and life and all that He had, He has entered “into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf” (Heb. 9:24–26). He is our great High Priest and the Temple of God, as well as the priestly food with which He feeds us.


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - Greek Tuesday: The Guilt-Ridden Giver (Mark 12:38-44)

Greek Tuesday is back!! Sort of. This week’s text, Mark 12:38-44, is one that is very commonly misunderstood. It’s the text about the Widow’s Mite and we usually think that Jesus is teaching us how to give. But that’s not what is going on here at all. You’ll have to watch to find out what the real story is!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Widow’s Mite — 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, 57:21, 23.2 MB, 2015-Nov-02)


Lectionary Podcast - Proper 27 with Dr. David P. Scaer

Dr. David P. Scaer, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 12:38–44 (SBLGNT)

38 Καὶ ⸂ἐν τῇ διδαχῇ αὐτοῦ ἔλεγεν⸃· Βλέπετε ἀπὸ τῶν γραμματέων τῶν θελόντων ἐν στολαῖς περιπατεῖν καὶ ἀσπασμοὺς ἐν ταῖς ἀγοραῖς

39 καὶ πρωτοκαθεδρίας ἐν ταῖς συναγωγαῖς καὶ πρωτοκλισίας ἐν τοῖς δείπνοις,

40 οἱ κατεσθίοντες τὰς οἰκίας τῶν χηρῶν καὶ προφάσει μακρὰ προσευχόμενοι· οὗτοι λήμψονται περισσότερον κρίμα.

41 Καὶ ⸀καθίσας ⸀κατέναντι τοῦ γαζοφυλακίου ἐθεώρει πῶς ὁ ὄχλος βάλλει χαλκὸν εἰς τὸ γαζοφυλάκιον· καὶ πολλοὶ πλούσιοι ἔβαλλον πολλά·

42 καὶ ἐλθοῦσα μία χήρα πτωχὴ ἔβαλεν λεπτὰ δύο, ὅ ἐστιν κοδράντης.

43 καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ ⸀εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἡ χήρα αὕτη ἡ πτωχὴ πλεῖον πάντων ⸀ἔβαλεν τῶν βαλλόντων εἰς τὸ γαζοφυλάκιον·

44 πάντες γὰρ ἐκ τοῦ περισσεύοντος αὐτοῖς ἔβαλον, αὕτη δὲ ἐκ τῆς ὑστερήσεως αὐτῆς πάντα ὅσα εἶχεν ἔβαλεν, ὅλον τὸν βίον αὐτῆς.


Literal Translation

Mark 12:38-44

(38) And He said to them in His teaching, Be careful of the scribes, those desiring to walk about in robes, and greetings in the markets,

(39) and chief seats in the synagogues, and chief couches in the dinners,

(40) those devouring the houses of widows, and for a pretense praying at length. These will receive more abundant judgment.

(41) And sitting down opposite the treasury, Jesus watched how the crowd threw copper coins into the treasury. And many rich ones threw in much.

(42) And coming, one poor widow threw in two lepta (which is a kodrantes).

(43) And having called His disciples near, He said to them, Truly I say to you that this poor widow has thrown in more than all of those casting into the treasury.

(44) For all threw in out of that abounding to them, but she out of her poverty threw in all, as much as she had, her whole livelihood.


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.



All Saints’ Day (Observed)

(04 November 2018)

Revelation 7:2–8, 9–17; Ps. 149:1-9; 1 John 3:1–3; Matthew 5:1–12

Entrance: LSB 950 Splendor and Honor

Of the Day: LSB 677 For All the Saints

Offertory: LSB 949 Heavenly Hosts in Ceaseless Worship

Distribution: LSB 932 Jesus Sat with His Disciples;

LSB 676 Behold a Host, Arrayed in White

Closing: LSB 671 Sing with All the Saints in Glory

Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ

“A great multitude … from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,” cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–17). Faith-filled saints from every place and time, with unified voices, eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we, too, “shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1–3). Joined with the throng of angels and a myriad of saints, we shall “serve him day and night in his temple” (Rev. 7:9–17). In our earthly tension vacillating between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm our fears, comfort our spirits and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit through faith in Christ propels us forward, fortifying us in Word and Sacrament, to our eternal home. In the midst of our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure and the persecuted are all blessed, and we will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:1–12).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - No Mo' BEEcursitudes! (Matthew 5:1-12)

Matthew 5, Blessings, Beatitudes, All Saints, All Hallows, Rejoice and Be Glad, Worldview Everlasting, Greek Tuesday

Matthew 5:1-12


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): All Saints Day — 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, 23.2 MB, 2015-Oct-19)


Lectionary Podcast - Reformation Day (Observed) with Dr. Charles A. Gieschen

Dr. Charles A. Gieschen, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Matthew 5:1–12 (SBLGNT)

1 Ἰδὼν δὲ τοὺς ὄχλους ἀνέβη εἰς τὸ ὄρος· καὶ καθίσαντος αὐτοῦ προσῆλθαν αὐτῷ οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ·

2 καὶ ἀνοίξας τὸ στόμα αὐτοῦ ἐδίδασκεν αὐτοὺς λέγων·

3 Μακάριοι οἱ πτωχοὶ τῷ πνεύματι, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

4 μακάριοι οἱ πενθοῦντες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ παρακληθήσονται.

5 μακάριοι οἱ πραεῖς, ὅτι αὐτοὶ κληρονομήσουσι τὴν γῆν.

6 μακάριοι οἱ πεινῶντες καὶ διψῶντες τὴν δικαιοσύνην, ὅτι αὐτοὶ χορτασθήσονται.

7 μακάριοι οἱ ἐλεήμονες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ ἐλεηθήσονται.

8 μακάριοι οἱ καθαροὶ τῇ καρδίᾳ, ὅτι αὐτοὶ τὸν θεὸν ὄψονται.

9 μακάριοι οἱ εἰρηνοποιοί, ὅτι αὐτοὶ υἱοὶ θεοῦ κληθήσονται.

10 μακάριοι οἱ δεδιωγμένοι ἕνεκεν δικαιοσύνης, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.

11 μακάριοί ἐστε ὅταν ὀνειδίσωσιν ὑμᾶς καὶ διώξωσιν καὶ εἴπωσιν πᾶν ⸀πονηρὸν καθʼ ὑμῶν ψευδόμενοι ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ.

12 χαίρετε καὶ ἀγαλλιᾶσθε, ὅτι ὁ μισθὸς ὑμῶν πολὺς ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς· οὕτως γὰρ ἐδίωξαν τοὺς προφήτας τοὺς πρὸ ὑμῶν.


Literal Translation

Matthew 5:1–12

(1) But seeing the crowds, He went up into the mountain, and seating Himself, His disciples came near to Him.

(2) And opening His mouth, He taught them, saying:

(3) Blessed are the poor in spirit! For theirs is the kingdom of the Heavens.

(4) Blessed are the ones mourning! For they shall be comforted.

(5) Blessed are the meek! For they shall inherit the earth. Psa. 37:11

(6) Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled.

(7) Blessed are the merciful! For they shall obtain mercy.

(8) Blessed are the pure in heart! For they shall see God.

(9) Blessed are the peacemakers! For they shall be called sons of God.

(10) Blessed are they who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake! For theirs is the kingdom of Heaven.

(11) Blessed are you when they shall reproach you, and persecute you, and shall say every evil word against you, lying, on account of Me.

(12) Rejoice and leap for joy, for your reward is great in Heaven; for in this way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


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.



Reformation Day (Observed)

(28 October 2018)

Revelation 14:6–7; Ps. 46:1-11; Romans 3:19–28; John 8:31–36 or Matthew 11:12–19

Entrance: LSB 656 A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Of the Day: LSB 555 Salvation unto Us Has Come

Offertory: LSB 580 The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace

Distribution: LSB 574 Before the Throne of God Above;

LSB 645 Built on the Rock

Closing: LSB 655 Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word

The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace

“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true Wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son, has justified us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, that we might eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:18–19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by the hearing of that Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - Violent and Free Reformation Madness! (John 8:31-36; Matthew 11:12-19)

Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! ReformationRAMA! Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on the texts appointed for the celebration of the Reformation. John 8:31-36; Matthew 11:12-19


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): The Eternal Gospel — 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, 23.2 MB, 2015-Oct-19)


Lectionary Podcast - Reformation Day (Observed) with Dr. Peter J. Scaer

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


John 8:31-36 (SBLGNT)

31 Ἔλεγεν οὖν ὁ Ἰησοῦς πρὸς τοὺς πεπιστευκότας αὐτῷ Ἰουδαίους· Ἐὰν ὑμεῖς μείνητε ἐν τῷ λόγῳ τῷ ἐμῷ, ἀληθῶς μαθηταί μού ἐστε,

32 καὶ γνώσεσθε τὴν ἀλήθειαν, καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια ἐλευθερώσει ὑμᾶς.

33 ἀπεκρίθησαν ⸂πρὸς αὐτόν⸃· Σπέρμα Ἀβραάμ ἐσμεν καὶ οὐδενὶ δεδουλεύκαμεν πώποτε· πῶς σὺ λέγεις ὅτι Ἐλεύθεροι γενήσεσθε;

34 Ἀπεκρίθη αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς· Ἀμὴν ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ ποιῶν τὴν ἁμαρτίαν δοῦλός ἐστιν τῆς ἁμαρτίας·

35 ὁ δὲ δοῦλος οὐ μένει ἐν τῇ οἰκίᾳ εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα· ⸀ὁ υἱὸς μένει εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα.

36 ἐὰν οὖν ὁ υἱὸς ὑμᾶς ἐλευθερώσῃ, ὄντως ἐλεύθεροι ἔσεσθε.


Literal Translation

John 8:31-36

(31) Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, If you continue in My Word, you are truly My disciples.

(32) And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

(33) They answered Him, We are Abraham's seed, and we have been in slavery to no one, never! How do You say, You will become free?

(34) Jesus answered them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Everyone practicing sin is a slave of sin.

(35) But the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains to the age.

(36) Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.


Matthew 11:12-19  (SBLGNT)

12 ἀπὸ δὲ τῶν ἡμερῶν Ἰωάννου τοῦ βαπτιστοῦ ἕως ἄρτι ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν βιάζεται, καὶ βιασταὶ ἁρπάζουσιν αὐτήν.

13 πάντες γὰρ οἱ προφῆται καὶ ὁ νόμος ἕως Ἰωάννου ἐπροφήτευσαν·

14 καὶ εἰ θέλετε δέξασθαι, αὐτός ἐστιν Ἠλίας ὁ μέλλων ἔρχεσθαι.

15 ὁ ἔχων ⸀ὦτα ἀκουέτω.

16 Τίνι δὲ ὁμοιώσω τὴν γενεὰν ταύτην; ὁμοία ἐστὶν παιδίοις ⸂καθημένοις ἐν ταῖς ἀγοραῖς ἃ προσφωνοῦντα τοῖς ἑτέροις⸃

17 ⸀λέγουσιν· Ηὐλήσαμεν ὑμῖν καὶ οὐκ ὠρχήσασθε· ⸀ἐθρηνήσαμεν καὶ οὐκ ἐκόψασθε·

18 ἦλθεν γὰρ Ἰωάννης μήτε ἐσθίων μήτε πίνων, καὶ λέγουσιν· Δαιμόνιον ἔχει·

19 ἦλθεν ὁ υἱὸς τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐσθίων καὶ πίνων, καὶ λέγουσιν· Ἰδοὺ ἄνθρωπος φάγος καὶ οἰνοπότης, τελωνῶν φίλος καὶ ἁμαρτωλῶν. καὶ ἐδικαιώθη ἡ σοφία ἀπὸ τῶν ⸀ἔργων αὐτῆς.


Literal Translation

Matthew 11:12-19

(12) But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent seize it.

(13) For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

(14) And if you are willing to receive, he is Elijah, the one going to come.

(15) The one having ears to hear, let him hear.

(16) But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like little children sitting in the markets, and calling to their mates,

(17) and saying, We piped to you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not wail.

(18) For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He has a demon.

(19) The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold, a gluttonous man and a wine drinker, and a friend of tax collectors, and of sinners. And wisdom was justified by her children.


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.



Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 24B)

(21 October 2018)

Ecclesiastes 5:10–20; Ps. 119:9-16; Hebrews 4:1–13, 14–16; Mark 10:23–31

Entrance: LSB 906 O Day of Rest and Gladness

Of the Day: LSB 690 Hope of the World

Offertory: LSB 736 Consider How the Birds Above

Distribution: LSB 770 What A Friend We Have in Jesus;

LSB 753 All for Christ I Have Forsaken

Closing: LSB 850 God of Grace and God of Glory

Hymn video has five verses -- see: Chalice Hymnal

By the Voluntary Poverty of Christ, We Enter the Kingdom of God

To love and trust in earthly wealth is vanity. For nothing of this earth will last forever, nor can any of it grant eternal life (Eccl. 5:10). But the one who trusts in God is “occupied with joy in his heart” and is able to sleep in peace, “whether he eats little or much,” because he knows that the “days of his life” are “the gift of God” (Eccl. 5:12, 18–20). The person who trusts in riches cannot sleep, because he “shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand” (Eccl. 5:15). Therefore, it is difficult “for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God” (Mark 20:23). Indeed, it is impossible for man, yet “all things are possible with God” (Mark 20:27). Thus, the Rich Man, Jesus Christ, has made Himself poor and has gone through “the eye of a needle,” through death and the grave, “to enter the kingdom of God” on our behalf (Mark 20:24–25). He is the “great high priest who has passed through the heavens” (Heb. 4:14), so that we may now enter His Sabbath rest by faith in His forgiveness (Heb. 4:3–9).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - It's All About Camels (Mark 10:23-31)

Worldview Everlasting Greek Tuesday takes on Mark 10:23-31 (but really all of chapter 9-10).


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): “Earthly Riches and the Kingdom of Heaven” — 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, 57:19, 23.1 MB, 2015-Oct-14)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 22 - Proper 24 - Series B - Mark 10:23–31 with Dr. John G. Nordling

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


Mark 10:23-31 (SBLGNT)

23 Καὶ περιβλεψάμενος ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγει τοῖς μαθηταῖς αὐτοῦ· Πῶς δυσκόλως οἱ τὰ χρήματα ἔχοντες εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰσελεύσονται.

24 οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ἐθαμβοῦντο ἐπὶ τοῖς λόγοις αὐτοῦ. ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς πάλιν ἀποκριθεὶς λέγει αὐτοῖς· Τέκνα, πῶς δύσκολόν ⸀ἐστιν εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν·

25 εὐκοπώτερόν ἐστιν κάμηλον διὰ ⸂τῆς τρυμαλιᾶς τῆς⸃ ῥαφίδος ⸀διελθεῖν ἢ πλούσιον εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ εἰσελθεῖν.

26 οἱ δὲ περισσῶς ἐξεπλήσσοντο λέγοντες πρὸς ⸀ἑαυτούς· Καὶ τίς δύναται σωθῆναι;

27 ⸀ἐμβλέψας αὐτοῖς ὁ Ἰησοῦς λέγει· Παρὰ ἀνθρώποις ἀδύνατον ἀλλʼ οὐ παρὰ θεῷ, πάντα γὰρ ⸀δυνατὰ παρὰ τῷ θεῷ.

28 Ἤρξατο ⸂λέγειν ὁ Πέτρος⸃ αὐτῷ· Ἰδοὺ ἡμεῖς ἀφήκαμεν πάντα καὶ ⸀ἠκολουθήκαμέν σοι.

29 ⸂ἔφη ὁ Ἰησοῦς⸃· Ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, οὐδείς ἐστιν ὃς ἀφῆκεν οἰκίαν ἢ ἀδελφοὺς ἢ ἀδελφὰς ἢ ⸂μητέρα ἢ πατέρα⸃ ἢ τέκνα ἢ ἀγροὺς ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ καὶ ἕνεκεν τοῦ εὐαγγελίου,

30 ἐὰν μὴ λάβῃ ἑκατονταπλασίονα νῦν ἐν τῷ καιρῷ τούτῳ οἰκίας καὶ ἀδελφοὺς καὶ ἀδελφὰς καὶ ⸀μητέρας καὶ τέκνα καὶ ἀγροὺς μετὰ διωγμῶν, καὶ ἐν τῷ αἰῶνι τῷ ἐρχομένῳ ζωὴν αἰώνιον.

31 πολλοὶ δὲ ἔσονται πρῶτοι ἔσχατοι καὶ ⸀οἱ ἔσχατοι πρῶτοι.


Literal Translation

Mark 10:23-31

(23) And having looked around, Jesus said to His disciples, How hardly those having riches will enter into the kingdom of God!

(24) And the disciples were astonished at His Words. And answering again, Jesus said to them, Children, how hard it is for those trusting on riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

(25) It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle, than for a rich one to enter into the kingdom of God.

(26) And they were exceedingly astonished, saying to themselves, And who is able to be saved?

(27) But looking at them, Jesus said, From men it is impossible, but not from God. For all things are possible from God.

(28) And Peter began to say to Him, Behold, we left all and followed You.

(29) But answering, Jesus said, Truly I say to you, There is no one who forsook house, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My sake and the gospel,

(30) that will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the coming age, eternal life.

(31) But many first shall be last, and the last shall be first.


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.



Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 23B)

(14 October 2018)

Amos 5:6–7, 10–15; Ps. 90:12-17; Hebrews 3:12–19; Mark 10:17–22

Entrance: LSB 700 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

Of the Day: LSB 694 Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower

Offertory: LSB 736 Consider How the Birds Above

Distribution: LSB 788 Forgive Us, Lord, for Shallow Thankfulness;

 

LSB 565 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

Closing: LSB 707 Oh, That the Lord Would Guide My Ways

Christ Jesus Is the One and Only Good by Whom You Inherit Eternal Life

The Lord is the Author and Giver of life, as well as a consuming fire of judgment against all “who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate” (Amos 5:12). “Seek the Lord and live,” therefore, by hating what is evil, loving what is good and doing what is just and right, according to His Word. “And so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you” (Amos 5:6, 14–15). Understand that “no one is good except God alone” (Mark 10:18). The life that you are called to live is found neither in your “great possessions,” nor in your good works, but only in Christ Jesus. Let go of “all that you have” and follow Him, even unto death, and “you will have treasure in heaven” (Mark 10:21–22). Do not harden your heart against His voice, nor turn away from Him, lest you “fall away from the living God.” Rather, hear and heed His call, cling to His Word and “exhort one another every day,” that you may remain steadfast in Christ and “firm to the end” (Heb. 3:12–15).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - We're All Camels Eyeing Needles (Mark 10:17-31)

No one gets it. The disciples don’t. The crowds don’t. And we don’t. We always ask the same question - “What must I do to be saved?” And it’s always the wrong question. But often when people read today’s text, Mark 10:17-31, they think they have finally found an answer. Sell everything! Give it all the poor! Follow Jesus!! But is that what Jesus actually said? Or did his words mean something entirely different?


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): “Jesus and the Rich Young Man” — 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, 57:11, 23.1 MB, 2015-Oct-07)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 21 - Proper 23 - Series B - Mark 10:17–22 with Dr. John G. Nordling

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


Mark 10:17–22 (SBLGNT)

17 Καὶ ἐκπορευομένου αὐτοῦ εἰς ὁδὸν προσδραμὼν εἷς καὶ γονυπετήσας αὐτὸν ἐπηρώτα αὐτόν· Διδάσκαλε ἀγαθέ, τί ποιήσω ἵνα ζωὴν αἰώνιον κληρονομήσω;

18 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Τί με λέγεις ἀγαθόν; οὐδεὶς ἀγαθὸς εἰ μὴ εἷς ὁ θεός.

19 τὰς ἐντολὰς οἶδας· Μὴ ⸂φονεύσῃς, Μὴ μοιχεύσῃς⸃, Μὴ κλέψῃς, Μὴ ψευδομαρτυρήσῃς, Μὴ ἀποστερήσῃς, Τίμα τὸν πατέρα σου καὶ τὴν μητέρα.

20 ὁ δὲ ⸀ἔφη αὐτῷ· Διδάσκαλε, ταῦτα πάντα ἐφυλαξάμην ἐκ νεότητός μου.

21 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς ἐμβλέψας αὐτῷ ἠγάπησεν αὐτὸν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτῷ· Ἕν ⸀σε ὑστερεῖ· ὕπαγε ὅσα ἔχεις πώλησον καὶ δὸς ⸀τοῖς πτωχοῖς, καὶ ἕξεις θησαυρὸν ἐν οὐρανῷ, καὶ δεῦρο ἀκολούθει ⸀μοι.

22 ὁ δὲ στυγνάσας ἐπὶ τῷ λόγῳ ἀπῆλθεν λυπούμενος, ἦν γὰρ ἔχων κτήματα πολλά.


Literal Translation

Mark 10:17–22

(17) And He having gone out into the highway, running up and kneeling down to Him, one questioned Him, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

(18) But Jesus said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One, God.

(19) You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery, do not commit murder, do not steal, do not bear false witness, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.

(20) And answering, he said to Him, Teacher, I observed all these from my youth.

(21) And looking at him, Jesus loved him, and said to him, One thing is lacking to you. Go, sell what things you have, and give to the poor. And you will have treasure in Heaven. And come, follow Me, taking up the cross.

(22) But being sad at the Word, he went away grieving; for he had many possessions.


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.



Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 22B)

(07 October 2018)

Genesis 2:18–25; Ps. 128:1-6; Hebrews 2:1–13 14–18; Mark 10:2–16

Entrance: LSB 532 The Head That Once Was Crowned with Thorns

Of the Day: LSB 863 Our Father, by Whose Name

Offertory: LSB 594 God’s Own Child, I Gladly Say It

Distribution: LSB 529 Since Our Great High Priest, Christ Jesus;

LSB 706 Love in Christ Is Strong and Living

Closing: LSB 862 Oh, Blest the House

Marriage Is a Sign that Manifests the Gospel of Christ and His Church

Humanity is created in the image and likeness of God. “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18). For the Lord Himself is a perfect communion of three Persons — the Father, Son and Holy Spirit — in one God. Therefore, “the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs,” which “he made into a woman” and brought “to the man” (Gen. 2:21–22). It is for this reason that “a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh” (Gen. 2:24; Mark 10:7). This great mystery of holy marriage signifies Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, and His Bride, the Church. Divorce and all manner of adultery contradict and undermine this sign, and in doing so, they confess a false Christ and a false gospel. “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate” (Mark 10:9). In truth, Christ Jesus has atoned for all such sins, and He has perfected marriage in Himself “through suffering,” that He might bring “many sons to glory” in His resurrection (Heb. 2:8–10).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - The Wienermobile Isn't Stupid But Divorce Is (Mark 10:2-16)

Divorce is not a fun topic, and Jesus doesn’t mince words in Mark 10:2-16, our text for today’s Greek Tuesday. This episode condemns us all. No one escapes the Law here. But thankfully, the Gospel is also there to comfort us!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): “Let the Little Children Come to Me” — 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, 57:22, 23.2 MB, 2015-Sept-30)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 20 - Proper 22 - Series B - Mark 10:2–16 with Dr. Peter J. Scaer

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


Mark 10:2–16 (SBLGNT)

2 ⸀Καὶ ⸀ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν εἰ ἔξεστιν ἀνδρὶ γυναῖκα ἀπολῦσαι, πειράζοντες αὐτόν.

3 ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Τί ὑμῖν ἐνετείλατο Μωϋσῆς;

4 οἱ δὲ εἶπαν· ⸂Ἐπέτρεψεν Μωϋσῆς⸃ βιβλίον ἀποστασίου γράψαι καὶ ἀπολῦσαι.

5 ⸂ὁ δὲ⸃ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Πρὸς τὴν σκληροκαρδίαν ὑμῶν ἔγραψεν ὑμῖν τὴν ἐντολὴν ταύτην·

6 ἀπὸ δὲ ἀρχῆς κτίσεως ἄρσεν καὶ θῆλυ ἐποίησεν ⸀αὐτούς·

7 ἕνεκεν τούτου καταλείψει ἄνθρωπος τὸν πατέρα αὐτοῦ καὶ τὴν μητέρα ⸂καὶ προσκολληθήσεται πρὸς τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ⸃,

8 καὶ ἔσονται οἱ δύο εἰς σάρκα μίαν· ὥστε οὐκέτι εἰσὶν δύο ἀλλὰ μία σάρξ·

9 ὃ οὖν ὁ θεὸς συνέζευξεν ἄνθρωπος μὴ χωριζέτω.

10 Καὶ ⸂εἰς τὴν οἰκίαν⸃ πάλιν οἱ μαθηταὶ ⸂περὶ τούτου⸃ ⸀ἐπηρώτων αὐτόν.

11 καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Ὃς ⸀ἂν ἀπολύσῃ τὴν γυναῖκα αὐτοῦ καὶ γαμήσῃ ἄλλην μοιχᾶται ἐπʼ αὐτήν,

12 καὶ ἐὰν ⸂αὐτὴ ἀπολύσασα τὸν ἄνδρα αὐτῆς γαμήσῃ ἄλλον⸃ μοιχᾶται.

13 Καὶ προσέφερον αὐτῷ παιδία ἵνα ⸂αὐτῶν ἅψηται⸃· οἱ δὲ μαθηταὶ ⸂ἐπετίμησαν αὐτοῖς⸃.

14 ἰδὼν δὲ ὁ Ἰησοῦς ἠγανάκτησεν καὶ εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· Ἄφετε τὰ παιδία ἔρχεσθαι πρός με, μὴ κωλύετε αὐτά, τῶν γὰρ τοιούτων ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ.

15 ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν, ὃς ⸀ἂν μὴ δέξηται τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ ὡς παιδίον, οὐ μὴ εἰσέλθῃ εἰς αὐτήν.

16 καὶ ἐναγκαλισάμενος αὐτὰ ⸂κατευλόγει τιθεὶς τὰς χεῖρας ἐπʼ αὐτά⸃.


Literal Translation

Mark 10:2–16

(2) And coming near, the Pharisees asked Him if it is lawful for a man to put away a wife, testing Him.

(3) But answering, He said to them, What did Moses command you?

(4) And they said, Moses allowed "to write a bill of divorce, and to put away." Deut. 24:1

(5) And answering, Jesus said to them, With respect to your hardheartedness he wrote this command to you.

(6) But from the beginning of creation "God made them male and female." Gen. 1:27

(7) "Because of this, a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife,

(8) and the two shall be one flesh;" so that they no longer are two, but one flesh. Gen. 2:24

(9) Therefore, what God yoked together, let not man put apart.

(10) And again, in the house His disciples asked Him about the same.

(11) And He said to them, Whoever may dismiss his wife and marries another commits adultery against her.

(12) And if a woman puts away her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.

(13) And they brought children to Him, that He might touch them. But the disciples rebuked those carrying them.

(14) But seeing, Jesus was indignant. And He said to them, Allow the children to come to Me, and do not hinder them. For of such is the kingdom of God.

(15) Truly I say to you, Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a child may not enter into it, never.

(16) And having taken them in His arms, laying hands on them, He blessed them.


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.



Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21B)

(30 September 2018)

Numbers 11:4–6, 10–16, 24–29; Ps. 104:27-35; James 5:1–12, 13–20; Mark 9:38–50

Entrance: LSB 802 Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Of the Day: LSB 505 Triune God, Be Thou Our Stay

N.B. This version is God the Father, Be Our Stay:

Offertory: LSB 843 Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive

Distribution: LSB 690 Hope of the World;

Begins 3:01

LSB 768 To God the Holy Spirit Let Us Pray

Closing: LSB 854 Forth in Thy Name, O Lord, I Go

Christ Jesus, the Son of God, Cares for Us and Serves Us with the Forgiveness of Sins

When the people of Israel wept, complaining that they had no meat to eat (Num. 11:4), Moses cried out to the Lord that “the burden of all this people” was too heavy for him and that he was “not able to carry all this people alone” (Num. 11:11–14). So the Lord had Moses gather “seventy men of the elders of Israel” (Num. 11:16), and the Lord “took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders” (Num. 11:25), so that Moses would not carry the burden alone. All who thus labor are honored, and all the people are cared for, in the name of the Lord (Mark 9:39–41). Everything is done with reference to Christ Jesus. So we cling to Him, and we flee from all sins that would separate us from Him (Mark 9:42–48). The life of the Church is one of repentant faith in Christ. Christians confess their sins to one another, and they “pray for one another,” that each would be raised up and healed by the Lord Jesus, who covers “a multitude of sins” and saves our souls from death (James 5:15–20).


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Worldview Everlasting - Men Without Hands (Mark 9:38-50)

There are so many transitions going on right now that Greek Tuesday is very late…but it IS here! In our Mark 9:38-50 text for today, the disciples still don’t get that Jesus is going to die. And now things get a bit confusing and context really matters to understand what is going on here!


ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Temptations to Sin — 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, 1:07:40, 27.3 MB, 2015-Sept-23)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 19 - Proper 21 - Series B - Mark 9:38–50 with Dr. Peter J. Scaer

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


Mark 9:38–50 (SBLGNT)

38 ⸂Ἔφη αὐτῷ ὁ Ἰωάννης⸃· Διδάσκαλε, εἴδομέν τινα ⸀ἐν τῷ ὀνόματί σου ἐκβάλλοντα δαιμόνια, ⸂καὶ ἐκωλύομεν αὐτόν, ὅτι οὐκ ἠκολούθει ἡμῖν⸃.

39 ὁ δὲ Ἰησοῦς εἶπεν· Μὴ κωλύετε αὐτόν, οὐδεὶς γάρ ἐστιν ὃς ποιήσει δύναμιν ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματί μου καὶ δυνήσεται ταχὺ κακολογῆσαί με·

40 ὃς γὰρ οὐκ ἔστιν καθʼ ⸂ἡμῶν, ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν⸃ ἐστιν.

41 Ὃς γὰρ ἂν ποτίσῃ ὑμᾶς ποτήριον ὕδατος ἐν ⸀ὀνόματι ὅτι χριστοῦ ἐστε, ἀμὴν λέγω ὑμῖν ⸀ὅτι οὐ μὴ ⸀ἀπολέσῃ τὸν μισθὸν αὐτοῦ.

42 Καὶ ὃς ⸀ἂν σκανδαλίσῃ ἕνα τῶν μικρῶν ⸀τούτων τῶν πιστευόντων ⸂εἰς ἐμέ⸃, καλόν ἐστιν αὐτῷ μᾶλλον εἰ περίκειται ⸂μύλος ὀνικὸς⸃ περὶ τὸν τράχηλον αὐτοῦ καὶ βέβληται εἰς τὴν θάλασσαν.

43 Καὶ ἐὰν ⸀σκανδαλίζῃ σε ἡ χείρ σου, ἀπόκοψον αὐτήν· καλόν ⸂ἐστίν σε⸃ κυλλὸν ⸂εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν⸃ ἢ τὰς δύο χεῖρας ἔχοντα ἀπελθεῖν εἰς τὴν γέενναν, εἰς τὸ πῦρ τὸ ⸀ἄσβεστον.

44

45 καὶ ἐὰν ὁ πούς σου σκανδαλίζῃ σε, ἀπόκοψον αὐτόν· καλόν ἐστίν ⸀σε εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν ζωὴν χωλὸν ἢ τοὺς δύο πόδας ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς τὴν ⸀γέενναν.

46

47 καὶ ἐὰν ὁ ὀφθαλμός σου σκανδαλίζῃ σε, ἔκβαλε αὐτόν· καλόν ⸀σέ ἐστιν μονόφθαλμον εἰσελθεῖν εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ θεοῦ ἢ δύο ὀφθαλμοὺς ἔχοντα βληθῆναι εἰς ⸀τὴν ⸀γέενναν,

48 ὅπου ὁ σκώληξ αὐτῶν οὐ τελευτᾷ καὶ τὸ πῦρ οὐ σβέννυται.

49 Πᾶς γὰρ πυρὶ ⸀ἁλισθήσεται.

50 καλὸν τὸ ἅλας· ἐὰν δὲ τὸ ἅλας ἄναλον γένηται, ἐν τίνι αὐτὸ ἀρτύσετε; ἔχετε ἐν ἑαυτοῖς ⸀ἅλα, καὶ εἰρηνεύετε ἐν ἀλλήλοις.


Literal Translation

Mark 9:38-50

(38) And John answered Him, saying, Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in Your name, who does not follow us. And we forbade him, because he does not follow us.

(39) But Jesus said, Do not forbid him. For there is no one who shall do a work of power in My name, yet be able to speak evil of Me quickly.

(40) For who is not against us is for us.

(41) For whoever gives you a cup of cold water to drink in My name, because you are of Christ, truly I say to you, In no way he will lose his reward.

(42) And whoever causes one of these little ones that believe in Me to offend, it is good for him if rather a millstone be laid about his neck, and he be thrown into the sea.

(43) And if your hand offend you, cut it off. For it is profitable for you to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go away into Hell, into the unquenchable fire,

(44) where their worm does not die, and the fire is not put out.

(45) And if your foot causes you to offend, cut it off, for it is profitable for you to enter into life lame, than having two feet to be thrown into Hell, into the unquenchable fire,

(46) where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

(47) And if your eye offends you, cast it out. For it is profitable for you to enter into the kingdom of God one-eyed, than having two eyes to be thrown into the Hell of fire,

(48) "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched."

(49) For everyone will be salted with fire, and every sacrifice will be salted with salt.

(50) Salt is good, but if the salt becomes saltless, by what will you season? Have salt in yourselves and be at peace with one another.


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.