During the sermon on Eph. 1:3-14, I stepped away from the recorder for a couple minutes. During that time I quoted Jesus' words in Matthew 23:37 to make the point that when people reject the Gospel, it is because of their own unwillingness and hardness of heart, not because they were predestined to damnation. On the other hand, for those who are saved, it is solely by the grace of God, and this grace is magnified by the doctrine of predestination. For more on the Lutheran doctrine of predestination or election, watch this video: https://vimeo.com/200854154

First Sunday in Lent. Genesis 22:1-18; Psalm 25:1-10; James 1:12-18; Mark 1:9-15

Ash Wednesday Service. This sermon is part 1 of a series on Repentance & Prayer.

The Transfiguration of Our Lord; OT: Exodus 34:29-35; Epistle: 2 Cor. 3:12-13; 4:1-6; Gospel: Mark 9:2-9

5th Sunday after the Epiphany: OT: Isaiah 40:21-31; Epistle: 1 Cor. 9:16-27; Gospel: Mark 1:29-39

4th Sunday after the Epiphany: OT: Deuteronomy 18:15-20; Epistle: 1 Cor. 8:1-13; Gospel: Mark 1:21-28

1st Sunday after the Epiphany; OT: Isa. 60:1-6; Epistle: Eph. 3:1-12; Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12

3rd Sunday in Advent; OT: Isaiah 61:1-4; Epistle: 1 Thess. 5:16-24; Gospel: John 1:6-8; 19-28
For adult Sunday school notes on 2 Chron. 33:1-17, click here.

2nd Sunday in Advent. OT: Isaiah 40:1-11; Epistle: 2 Peter 3:8-14; Gospel: Mark 1:1-8
The sermon is about how the rule, wisdom, and temple of Solomon all find their fulfillment in Jesus Christ.

Wednesday Evening Advent Service. Text: Ruth 1-4.

1st Sunday in Advent; OT: Isa. 64:1-9; Epistle: 1 Cor. 1:3-9; Gospel: Mark 11:1-10
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Thanksgiving Day (observed); OT: Deut. 8:1-10; Epistle: 1 Tim. 2:1-4; Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
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         23rd Sunday after Pentecost: OT: Amos 5:18-24; Epistle: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13

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Reformation Day (observed); 1st Reading: Rev. 14:6-7; Psalm 46; Epistle: Rom. 3:19-28; Gospel: John 8:31-36
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To see Adult Sunday School notes on "Scripture Alone," click here.

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18th Sunday after Pentecost. OT: Isaiah 5:1-7; Epistle: Phil. 3:4b-14; Gospel: Matthew 21:33-46
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                  6th Sunday after Pentecost; OT: Isaiah 55:10-13; Epistle: Romans 8:12-17; Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23