A sermon on Ephesians 2. The blood of Jesus reconciles us with God and with one another. This is quite important with the current race wars in our culture. Thanks to Voddie Bauchum and others for giving me good food for thought for this sermon.
Dr. Peter Scaer joined me to discuss key issues impacting the culture and religious liberty. He has a lot of fantastic insights that you won't want to miss. Here are some links to things he discusses in the interview - https://www.adflegal.org/ and https://www.touchstonemag.com/ You can find Anthony Esolen's books on Amazon.
This devotion is based on Colossians 3:17 and the hymn, With the Lord Begin Your Task. It's a great hymn to start your day and week with. You can listen to the hymn here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVi4KQW1RJg
I broke up the Service of the Word into two parts. Today you will be taken from the Introit through the Collect. You can purchase the book here: https://emmanuelpress.us/books/an-explanation-of-the-common-service/
Pastor Jared Melius of Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado joins me to discuss Pro-Life issues. Including: Are babies always a blessing? Do we as Christians have to constantly fight being desensitized to abortion? Are pro-life marches helpful? Should all Christian seriously consider foster care and adoption? Links to some resources he mentions - http://www.ctsfw.net/media/pdfs/ScaerPLutheranSupportforProLifeMovement.pdf and https://www.lifesitenews.com/ and https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/13/the-foster-care-system-is-a-disaster-thats-why-you-should-join-it/
In this sermon, Gerhard shows how Psalm 42:1-2 applies to Christ in His suffering and death, and how it applies to the believer in their suffering. He also teaches us what we should do when we are anxious and afflicted.
I continue reading through An Explanation of the Common Service. This episode takes us from the Invocation all the way through the Preparation.
You can purchase the book here: https://emmanuelpress.us/books/an-explanation-of-the-common-service/
I focused on the Old Testament reading because I think a section of hope that is from the middle of one of the saddest books of the Bible (even called the tears of the world by one commentary) is exactly what we, and our world, needs right now.
Ed Riojas was kind enough to join me to discuss his art, art in general, art and the church, and art and the Christian, and more. His websites can be found here - https://edriojasartist.com/ and http://theartcurmudgeon.blogspot.com/
Some reflections on the importance of the Lord's Supper and the quote, “You go to the Lord’s Supper as if going to your death, so that you can go to your death as if you are going to the Lord’s Supper.”
I'm reading through the magnificent work An Explanation of the Common Service. I'm going to try to break it down into 10-15 minute sections each week. It's an extremely important and helpful book if you want to understand the worship service and the parts of the liturgy. You can buy a copy here - https://emmanuelpress.us/books/an-explanation-of-the-common-service/