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Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?

In yesterday's Old Testament lesson the prophet Habakkuk (500 years before Christ) asks this question, "O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So the law is ...

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The 130th Anniversary Of Christ Lutheran Church

Dear Friends and Members of CLC, On September 29, 1889 Christ Lutheran Church conducted its first official act, the baptism of Olga Frantz. Since that time God has ministered to countless souls.He has redeemed sinners, brought them into fellowship with himself, fed them with his Word and with the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion. He has answered their prayers, r...

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Update on the ELCA - Strike 4

Please see this article in which the ELCA repudiates Christ as the only way of salvation. If that action was strike three thenhere is strke four. As stated in my previous post I don't normally comment on what other religions are doing. But because many of our friends and relatives, formerly members of the LCMS, are now members of the ELCA, I think you should know what is...

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Update On ELCA

The ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) is a distant spiritual relative of ours; and becoming more distant every day it seems. For this reason I include this podcast concerning their latest church-wide assembly in which they state that they can no longer affirm that faith in Jesus is the only way of salvation and eternal life. This, though Scripture states that:...

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A Retake On Hebrews Chapter 13 - For Pastors Only

The best way to think of the book of Hebrews is as a transcription of an actual first centry mass from the beginning, and up to the actual Eucharist which, under no circumstances, would have been recorded. Not recorded because it was as private a matter as marital intimacy between husband and wife. The actual eucharistic dialogue begins in 10:22 and runs through the very e...

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A Retake On Hebrews Chapter Thirteen

A Retake On Hebrews Chapter Thirteen It seems to me that this chapter of Scripture is not only mi A Retake On Hebrews Chapter Thirteen sunderstood, but also mistranslated into the English. It is in my reading a Eucharistic admonition and liturgical Preface. Beginning with v. 1 philadelphia (brotherly love) should be understood as Eucharistic admonition. "Brother" shoul...

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A Fundamental Misunderstanding

Today I received an email from an organization dedicated to teaching Christian apologetics. Apologetics seeks to give a rational and reasonable defense of the Christian faith, and benefits believers and unbelievers alike. Apologetics provides believers with an informed faith; and unbelievers who have an open mind with something deep and worthwhile to think about. All to t...

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Introit And Commentary - Pentecost 8 (Series C)

INTROIT(based on Psalm 49) Hear this, all peoples! Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,both low and high rich and poor together!Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life.for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice. This is the path of those who have foolish confidence; yet after them people approve of their boasts.Like...

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What To Do?

One of the verses we sometimes don't know what to do with is Luke 11:13b "how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him." I have heard (and given) various stand alone interpretations to it over the years.One possible answer to the dilemma is found in the epiklesis which has been used from time immemorial as part of the consecration. In it...

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Sunday's Epistle - Pentecost 6

There seems to a great deal going on in Sunday's epistle, you can see my translation below. If we read it ecclesiastically, liturgically and sacramentally it yields much. My assumption is that Colossians is not just an abstract epistle by which Paul deals with particular problems - as in Galatians and Corinthians for example. But that it is either a baptismal rite and / o...

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