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Trinity 1 – 2024

One question that always accompanies this text is whether Jesus is portraying a historic event here or is telling a parable. Usually the gospel writer led the parable with words like, “He spoke a parable to them…”, or begin the parable itself with words like, “The kingdom of heaven is like…”. You do not have either of those in this account. Furthermore, parables don’t name any of the people in the story. But here we have a man named “Lazarus.” However, the account begins, “There was a certain rich man,” and this is similar to some parables, though this language isn’t exclusively used for parables. Also, there are strange things in this account. Could the rich man in reality see Lazarus at Abraham’s bosom? Could there be conversation between those in heaven and hell?

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Trinity Sunday – 2024

Naaman was the Commander of the army of Syria. He was highly regarded in Syria, and was very mighty. However, he had leprosy. Naaman had a wife, who had an Israelite servant girl that had been captured in a raid of Israel. Of all the people you could think of that could possibly help Naaman, it was this servant girl that helped him. She told Naaman’s wife that there is a prophet in Samaria that could help Naaman. This prophet was Elisha.

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Pentecost 2024

Without the Holy Spirit, Christ’s work of salvation would have benefitted no one. Christ’s treasure of forgiveness and eternal life which He established by His perfect life, innocent death, and triumphant resurrection, would have been like one infinitely huge check uncashed. But the Holy Spirit distributes this treasure to the world. Through the gospel, the good news of Christ, He creates the holy Christian Church, and establishes it on Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. And this Christian Church, all believers are called holy, because their sins are forgiven and they have Christ as their righteousness! This is the Holy Spirit’s Work.

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Easter 4 – 2024

On a podcast I was listening to, the hosts read an email sent in by a woman who listens to the show. It was a difficulty that she and her family was experiencing.. Her husband’s income wasn’t sufficient to support the family. Their savings were dwindling away. So she was looking for jobs. She interviewed for jobs in the medical field, and what she found was that if she were to be a candidate for a job in her area, she had to be willing to encourage people dealing with gender dysphoria to harm and mutilate their bodies. She would not agree to this. And so she was wondering, what she should do? Should she just put her head down and go along with it, even if it were only lip-service so that she could help her husband support her family? Or should she refuse to go along with it even as their savings disappear.

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Easter 3 4/14/24

“I know of him, but I don’t know him.” You’ve probably said something like that. There’s a difference there isn’t there? Bob Backlund was a state high school wrestling finalist from my hometown of Princeton, MN and he went on to become one of the most successful professional wrestlers of all time. And I didn’t know it until a couple days ago, but he was an All-American wrestler at Waldorf. So I know of him, I know who he is and some information about him, but I don’t know him in that I have had interactions with him.

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Easter 2 4/7/24

Simon Greenleaf who lived from 1783 to 1853 was a key figure in the early development of the Harvard Law School. He is considered to have been one of the greatest legal minds of our country. He is well known for his classic work in the field of Law, Treatise on the Law of Evidence. But there is another book that he wrote entitled, The Testimony of the Evangelists, Examined by the Rules of Evidence Administered in Courts of Justice. Using his expertise in evidence, he examined the evidence of Christ’s resurrection given in Holy Scripture. He concluded that “according to the laws of legal evidence used in courts of law, there is more evidence for the historical fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ than for just about any other event in history.”

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