Stop Trying to Make the Bible Relevant

Psalm 78:4, …tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and His might, and the wonders that He has done. Churches today are struggling to reach out to my generation—Millennials. My generation is full of cultural relativistic narcissists. In the attempt to bring more youth into the church, churches often try to make…

“Deliver Us From Evil”

Before I started my Lutheran confirmation classes, I read the entire Book of Concord and one of the things that really struck me was what Luther said about the last petition of the Lord’s Prayer. In this petition, many English translations read, “but deliver us from evil.” For those who can read Greek, this is…

Rooted in the Faith: Self-Control (Conclusion)

Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control; against such things there is no law.” This last fruit of the Spirit can cover a wide area of things. I could preach about self-control over anger, sorrow, and any number of temptations. “…for God gave us a spirit…

Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Pure in Heart

Matthew 5:8, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” This is not a conditional statement in that if we have pure actions and intentions, we will be saved and therefore see God, because we are not saved by works. Christ alone makes us pure. “And everyone who thus hopes in Him purifies himself…

Facing Trials: Only For A Season

1 Peter 1:6-7, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of…

Facing Trials: Faith Tested with Fire

1 Peter 1:6-7, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of…

Facing Trials: Heaviness, Part 3

1 Peter 1:6-7, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of…