Teaching Begins at Home

Framing the Day: Home Catechesis Made Simple August 24, 2016 in Lutheran Witness, Web-exclusive Stories! 2 Carl Vogt pages through a Lutheran Service Book during a home devotion on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Menomonee Falls, Wis. LCMS Communications/Erik M. Lunsford by Tim Pauls Open up the Small Catechism, and each section begins with the…

Following Jesus

Jesus was never one to shy away from the truth. At one point He was approached by three men who thought that they wanted to follow Him. The first man wanted to follow Jesus so that he was in an important position and could work against people he didn’t like. Jesus told him, “Foxes have…

Forgiveness and Its Fruit

Jesus was at the house of a prominent member of the community. As He rested at the table a woman, known by the whole community as a sinner, came to Him in tears. Those around Jesus thought that Jesus should have sent her away because she wasn’t fit to be among proper society. It by…

Does God Care About Me?

You can see them walking toward each other on the road. There is a crowd of disciples and curious onlookers following a teacher. This group would probably be loud with answers and laughter. Going the other way there is a funeral procession. A widow who has already buried her husband is now burying her son….

Hosanna in the Highest!

“Hosanna, Hosanna!  Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!  Hosanna in the highest!” “Hosanna” is a Hebrew word of praise meaning, “save us now.” With this in mind, consider again those first hosannas on that first Palm Sunday.  I have no doubt that the people wanted saving, but saving from…

The Vineyard

As Jesus taught the parable of the vineyard found in Luke 20, several facets are very familiar. The idea of a field rented out for a share of the crop is one that is still used by many a landowner today. The idea of sending an agent to collect your rent isn’t an unusual one…

The Prodigal Father

One of those Bible stories that everyone knows is the Parable of the Prodigal Son. We all know the story. Ungrateful son demands his inheritance from his dad. He takes the money and blows it in a foreign land. Then when he has run out of everything He goes home expecting to be a servant…

The Battle

What comes to your mind when you think of a battle? The Gospel of Luke records a great battle. This is a battle between God and the Devil.  What kind of cosmic spiritual powers do the Lord of Life and the lord of death use against each other?  The weapons used in this great battle…

Distractions

Jesus was at the Synagogue in Capernaum. There He had a run in with a man who was possessed by a demon. When this man saw Jesus the demon possessing him cried out, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the…