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The Apostle Paul has carefully explained how God has acted to bring us justification, redemption and reconciliation through Jesus Christ our Lord. He is only beginning to tell us about the abundance of blessings we have. In Chapter 6 he shares with us the blessings of baptism and the marvelous unity we have with Christ through baptism. The blessing…
 
Paul has brought us all to the place where we are all under God’s wrath and punishment as sinful human beings. Such is the Word of God. However, this is not the last Word. Suddenly, with one word, “but” everything changes. Now God shares with us His Gospel. Wrath and punishment have no place in His Gospel. Now the words are forgiveness, justificati…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for next week’s National Lutheran Schools Week, emphasizing humble servanthood. In Matthew 20, Jesus teaches His disciples that greatness in the Kingdom of God is defined by service, even as He came not to be served, but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many. In Romans 12, Paul urges that tho…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for A Day of Prayer and Supplication. Series B in the Three Year Lectionary. As we break from the standard series B lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday, we instead use the lectionary readings assigned for a service and day of prayer and supplication. In Joel 2 we are reminded that God is mercif…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for Epiphany, Series B in the Three Year Lectionary. These texts emphasize the inclusion of Gentiles in the Kingdom of God. In Isaiah 60, God promises His people that their light has come and that nations (Gentiles) shall stream to them. In Ephesians 3, Paul recounts how he was commissioned by Christ t…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, Series B in the Three Year Lectionary. As we look at the readings for the last Sunday in Advent, we find the covenant God makes with David at the forefront of our pericopes. In the Old Testament lesson from 2 Samuel 7, God makes His covenant with David as a promise of o…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for the Third Sunday in Advent, Series B in the Three Year Lectionary. As we look at the readings for the 3rd Sunday in Advent, traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday, we see an emphasis on Joy. Joy that comes from the peace and pardon found only in Christ. Whom God promised to send in the words of His …
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for the Second Sunday in Advent, Series B in the Three Year Lectionary. In Isaiah 40, God speaks a message of comfort and restoration to His people. In 2 Peter 3, the return of Christ is promised by God Who desires that all should be saved. In Mark 1, John the Baptist is preparing the way for the comin…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for the last Sunday in the Church Year, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary, which is November 22. In Ezekiel, God insists that He Himself will shepherd His people, gathering them with one Shepherd, a prediction of Jesus Christ. In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul states that in fact Christ has been raised fro…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. God’s righteous anger, His wrath, not exactly the first topic we like to focus on when we read God’s word. Yet, it is God’s wrath that both our Old Testament Reading and Psalm of the Day focus on for this upcoming Sund…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for the Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. These readings emphasize the “Day of the Lord” and the Second Coming of Christ. The Amos 5, God informs His people that the “Day of the Lord” will be a day of judgment for them. In the 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul informs us…
 
Today Pastor Kevin Thomson looks at the readings for All Saints' Day, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In preparation for All Saints' Day, God's Word from Revelation, 1 John, and Matthew assure us of the hope and comfort we have in Christ. For all those who believe in Him, there is a blessed promise of an eternal resurrection together with al…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for Reformation Day (observed), Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. As we prepare to celebrate the Reformation this upcoming weekend, the selected pericopes for Reformation Sunday are highlighted for our study. Psalm 46 reminds us that God is our strength and our fortress, Romans 3 reminds us of our…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In Isaiah 45:1-7, God promises a return and restoration of His people from their captivity in Babylon. In 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, Paul cites the Christians in Thessalonica as a great example of Christian living for all the…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. As we look at the lectionary readings for the upcoming Sunday, we find a wealth of comfort in Paul’s words to the Philippians. A reminder in a difficult time that as Christians, as those who know the love of God, we can r…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for September 27, the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. The Old Testament and Gospel lessons emphasize repentance, with God in Ezekiel 18 calling for His people to return to Him and Jesus in the Gospel lesson (Matt. 21) emphasizing the baptism and ministry of Jo…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In the upcoming lessons for the following week, we are given several important reminders in the assigned readings. Our Gospel lesson reminds us to be humble and not envious in the faith, rejoicing rather than being bitter when…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. Forgiveness is the theme for this Sunday’s Old Testament lesson as Joseph forgives his brothers and also for the Gospel lesson as Jesus tells the parable of the unforgiving servant. In the Epistle lesson, Paul describes how Ch…
 
Today Pastor Kevin Thomson looks at the readings for the Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. This week in our study of God's Word we consider the seriousness of sin. Furthermore, we are to consider our role in loving our neighbor by sharing God's Word with them.
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for the Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. Focusing on the Epistle Lesson from Romans 12, we look at the readings for the upcoming week of August 30th. In Romans Paul reminds us as Christians, that in view of God’s mercy we are called to live out the kindness and …
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In the assigned Scripture lessons for Aug. 23, Isaiah predicts a great rescue for God’s people, Paul encourages God’s people to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, and Peter confesses Jesus to b…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In the four lessons assigned for the following week, a consistent theme presents itself throughout the lessons. That God’s plan of Salvation for His people includes those “foreigners” (as Is. 56 says) being joined to those God …
 
Today Glen Thomas looks at the readings for August 9, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In Job 38, God contrasts His power and knowledge with the lack of power and knowledge possessed by Job and his friends. In Romans 10, Paul emphasizes how God creates saving faith through the Word of God, a faith that is bel…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. These assigned Scripture lessons include God’s gracious invitation to His heavenly banquet (Is. 55:1-5), Paul’s lament over his people’s rejection of Jesus as the Messiah (Rom. 9:1-13), and Jesus feeding 5,000 men with just five l…
 
Today Pastor Paul Sieveking looks at the readings for the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. This week’s lessons all proclaim God’s grace, His undeserved love for His people. They assure us that our God has loved us from before time began, in the present, and into the future eternity. He has claimed us as His holy…
 
Today Pastor Glen Thomas looks at the readings for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. In the Old Testament lesson, God testifies that He is the only true God and that there is no other God. In the Epistle, we hear Paul look ahead to the glory that will accompany the Second Coming of Christ and how the sufferi…
 
Today Pastor Thomson looks at the readings for the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary.This week the Scripture readings especially direct us to the power of God’s Word giving life to those who hear and understand. Despite the many changes in this world, God’s Word is the source of our trust because it always accompli…
 
Today Pastor Tanner Wade looks at the readings for The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. We look at the lectionary readings for the weekend of July 4th and 5th, in it we find that though sinful we are a people of hope, a people that has received the gracious gift of a Savior in Christ Jesus. In particular, Zechari…
 
Today Pastor Sieveking looks at the readings for Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, Series A in the Three Year Lectionary. The Lord continues to send laborers into His harvest fields to carry out His mission…to proclaim His Word. His powerful Word always brings a reaction. The prophesy of Jeremiah reveals that false prophets will seek to contradict it.…
 
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