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"…the Scriptures cannot be broken." John 10:35

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Category: Old Testaments

FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS ­­— COVID19 PANDEMIC In the midst of the current global health crisis, we offer the following message of hope, delivered as a morning chapel address by Dr. Daniel Schierenbeck, professor at Immanuel Lutheran College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.” (Psalm 90:1) Moses likely wrote Psalm 90 near the end of his life. As an old man, Moses did what old men do: he reflected. He reflected on his own life. He reflected on the sad history of the Israelites. Ultimately, he reflected Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
Big events have big results. Generally, the bigger the event, the wider its consequences. The bombing of Dresden destroyed that city, impacted Germany, and perhaps intimidated the Soviet Union. But the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima changed our world. So also the Genesis Flood had world-wide Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT Anyone familiar with the DIY Network has heard of Chip and Joanna Gaines. They are the married couple from Waco, Texas who find and “fix up” older houses for clients. The process includes demolition, “demo day”—loved by Chip—followed by renovation and refurnishing. A common response by many of the Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
(Please read Joshua chapter 22.) The Reubenites, Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh fought alongside the rest of Israel to take possession of the land west of the Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands.” (Isaiah 49:15-16a) For nearly seven centuries, from the time of Moses to the time of Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
(For context, please read 1 Kings 17:1-16) Scripture says that Ahab was more evil than the kings before him and that he thought it was a trivial thing to walk in those sins. He overtly promoted the worship of Baal. Ahab’s apostasy signaled dark times ahead for the Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
Any Sunday School student worth his salt knows of the three men in the fiery furnace. They might even remember their names — Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego—and that these three men had refused to worship a huge golden image set up by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (Daniel 3). Read More

(For context, please read Judges 10:6-16)

“Then the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord.” (Judges 10:6)
Again? This cycle continues throughout the book of Judges, but it is not unique to that time and place, is it? In every generation, God’s people Read More
For most of us, the name Moses evokes powerful images. Moses standing before mighty Pharaoh. Moses leading the exodus from Egypt. Moses raising his staff over the Red Sea. Moses ascending Mount Sinai as it quaked and flamed with the presence of God. Moses smashing the tablets on which God Himself had written the Ten Commandments. Moses dying Read More