Posts Posted in October 2021

 

Commend It to God

Reading the Word with Luther

Scripture Text: Psalm 2:1–7

Some people are preoccupied with harassing Christians. Yet they are really bent against the Lord. So, commend them to the Lord, then live your life faithfully, doing those things God has given you to do each day. And today, may you have a blessed Reformation Day!

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Be Careful of Your Way

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Scripture Text: Psalm 1

Just because you go to church or serve on a committee does not mean that you highly regarded by God. Many is the pastor or council president or bishop whom God does not regard. God regards those who walk by faith in Christ's virtue, not those who display their station or deeds.

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It Had to Be

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Scripture Text: Matthew 22:41–46

God has given us the perfect gift, one which we can never purchase for ourselves. There isn't enough money, virtue, or merit to make us able to walk with God in glory. So, God sent himself to make satisfaction for our sin. God has appeased himself, for Christ's sake, so that we may walk with him in his glory. God has given us the perfect gift; let us be thankful.

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Christian Unity

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Scripture Text: Romans 15:1–6

To what lengths should we go to keep Christian unity? Squabbling over music, translations, and other stylistic matters can divide a church. We do not have to be right—but we do have to be forbearing. There is always discord but we are called to patient and gracious, as Jesus was...and is.

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Johan Glidden

In Concert

Johan Glidden and Ian Martin were passing through the area, promoting Johan's new album, "Unprepared." They brought some great music to St. Paul's on October 22, 2021, featuring music from the album.  Thanks to all who came out and supported them. Special thanks to the Outreach Committee for organizing a great spread of snacks, Yummy! You may still listen to Johan's music here.

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The Sin of Ingratitude

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Scripture Text: Proverbs 17:13–14

We get pretty upset with people who repay our kindnesses with silence, with indifference, with ingratitude. Yet God has given us the ultimate gift—for which we cannot give enough thanks. Are we grateful?

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How to Correct the Problem

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Scripture Text: 1 Corinthians 1:3–9

We are all aware of people who have been ungrateful for things we have done for them. Children have to be reminded to say "thank you," but adults can suffer from the same lack of gratitude. But we too may be ungrateful to God for what he has given us. One of the ways this ingratitude is expressed is when we do do accept his forgiveness and salvation, instead trying to do things that earn his favor

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The Unity of the Spirit

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Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:1–6

The unity of the Church does not consist in what we do. Certainly, we must do all we can to maintain "the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" but in the end, it is up to that same Spirit of God. In those matters we cannot fix, we should commend any discord, disharmony, and even anger to God. He alone can fix what we might only make worse.

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Let It Shine

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Scripture Text: Matthew 5:14–16

Showiness has nothing to do with Christianity. But showing Christ in what we do and say is an important aspect of Christianity. This display does not save us, but serves as a witness to others. Let his light shine!

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Faultlessly in Faith

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Scripture Text: Philippians 1:3–6

The newest convert can go forward faultlessly in faith. This does not mean that they do not sin, any more than seasoned Christians are sinless. But all we sinners go forth with faith in Christ, that he will will preserve us to himself until that Day—in spite of ourselves.

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A Contrary Doctrine

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Scripture Text: Psalm 1:1–6

What greater prosperity can you have than to keep your faith? The person who keeps faith until the end, prospers most, for she receives eternal life.

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You cannot pay your debt.

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Scripture Text: Matthew 18:23–27

Sin leaves us in debt to God. We cannot pay our debt to him, yet he sent his Son to pay our debt in full.

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He's tricky.

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Scripture Text: Ephesians 6:10–13

The attack comes from a level we do not expect. The devil urges us to depend upon ourselves; the temptation is to rely upon ourselves.

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