Together in the Word

February 2018

Together in the Word - February 25, 2018

  For centuries Christians have spent Lent meditating on Jesus’ suffering and death, which atoned for our guilt. Lent is the “serious season” of the church year in which we put extra emphasis on recognizing and confessing our own sins. Congregations with special mid-week services usually keep a somber, reflective tone. The Sundays in Lent, however, serve as “mini Easters”; their readings and hymns bring comfort to the believer who is reflecting on his/her...

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Together in the Word - February 18, 2018

  To follow Jesus we must carry our cross. This means our faith will bring us severe burdens and shame. But through Jesus’ cross we have such good news: Heaven is open! We can rejoice in our sufferings! By losing our lives for Jesus, we will find them!  Here is this week's "Together in the Word" for your personal and/or family devotional use.   God bless you, as you hear and read his Word and grow in faith this week! Your Brother in Christ, Pastor...

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Together in the Word - February 11, 2018

  In Lent we see Jesus go to the cross to suffer and die for us. This week's lessons show that, when God tests us and the devil tempts us (every day!), Jesus is our holiness before God. He is also our strength and our example. We do not live on bread alone, Jesus says. We live on God’s promises. They come to us in holy baptism, in holy communion, and straight from the Bible--the book in which every word is from the mouth of God..  Here is this week's "Together...

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Together in the Word - February 4, 2018

  Scripture only records one time when Jesus shone with divine glory. That was on a hilltop in northern Israel. On the Mount of Transfiguration Peter, James and John got a firsthand (and terrifying) look at Jesus’ perfect glory. Why did Jesus do this? He did it, among many reasons, to give his disciples a glimpse of what the future holds for all believers. They were about to enter a difficult time as disciples. They would see their Messiah crucified. But future glory would follow,...

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