Category: CL2016

A Thanksgiving Meditation

“Forget not all His benefits.” —Psalm 103:2 Once a man asked me this question: “At your church I noticed that, besides receiving instruction in the sermon and Scripture readings, the people also sing, praise, glorify, and thank God. I was

The Second Commandment

“Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” —Exodus 20:7 This Second of the Ten Commandments (as we traditionally number them — since the numbers were not assigned to them by God Himself), belongs to

What is a Truly Godpleasing Engagement

As we hear during the holy Christmas season of the chaste relationship of Mary and Joseph of Nazareth “before they came together” (Matthew 1:18), namely, that they were “espoused” or solemnly committed to one another in Holy Marriage but had

Old Testament Prophecies Regarding Christ’s First Advent

“To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.” —Acts 10:43 The coming of the only-begotten Son of God into the world as a true human being in order

Luther’s Lament – Excerpt from Preface to the Smalcald Articles

Even before Luther’s death, false “Lutherans” were perverting the true teachings of the Lutheran church. How might Martin Luther react to the perversions in Lutheranism today? We suspect with the same type of indignation that we see below. Excerpt taken

Straddling the Fence: The Admission of Defeat

“He that is not with Me is against Me; and he that gathereth not with Me scattereth abroad.” —Matthew 12:30 On October 31st we celebrate the four-hundred ninety-ninth anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation; and we offer praise and thanks to

Dangers in Dating for a Consistent Christian

“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.” —Colossians 3:17 Dating: A Modern Practice Although opinions vary greatly among social historians, most

The First Commandment

“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” –Exodus 20:3 This series on the Ten Commandments, beginning with a timely review of the First Commandment, is for you and for me. Let us not think that we have outgrown such

Sermon Delivered at the Convention Sunday Service

Sermon Delivered at the Convention Sunday Service by the Rev. Paul E. Bloedel — Lebanon, Oregon Romans 12:1-2 The Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus is the most comforting message that a penitent sinner can hear—that on the basis

Keynote Sermon for the 65th Annual Convention

Keynote Sermon for the 65th Annual Convention of the Concordia Lutheran Conference Delivered at the Service of Convocation Friday, June 24, 2016, by President David T. Mensing Text: II Timothy 3:16-17 In the Name of Jesus Christ, the Chief Cornerstone