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February 2015

The Transfiguration of Jesus Is Your Glory!

The Transfiguration: 

The last painting by the Italian High Renaissance master Raphael. Commissioned by Cardinal Giulio de Medici (the later Pope Clement VII [1523-1534]) and conceived as an altarpiece for the Narbonne Cathedral in France, Raphael worked on it until his death in 1520.

He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light” (Matthew 17:2).

Suddenly Jesus was dazzling—His face, His clothes! Then, He was speaking with Moses and Elijah, prophets of long ago! Astounding! Why was this happening?

I. Was it for Jesus’ benefit? Yes. Did not angels minister to Him after Satan tempted Him? Did not an angel strengthen Him in the Garden of Gethsemane while He earnestly prayed to His Father? Surely it was for Jesus’ benefit that Moses and Elijah came to speak with Him about His “decease,” His departure, His end. Moses and Elijah had labored among God’s people many years earlier to point them to God’s merciful and gracious atonement through the Messiah to come. Salvation through Christ was their “work.”

II. Was the transfiguration of Jesus for the benefit of the disciples (Peter, James, and John) who were with Him? Yes. They had heard Jesus speak wonderful words of forgiveness and compassion. They had seen Him work miracles of love and of might. They had heard Him soundly refute the Pharisees. Jesus was their Messiah, the “Christ,” the “Anointed One!”Read More »The Transfiguration of Jesus Is Your Glory!

B R E A T H O F G O D

If God truly gave us His Word
in written form, as He has in
the Bible, then what do
we have with which
to compare it? 

In a certain sense, we have all been inspired at one time or another. A moving poem, the birth of a child, a once-in-a-lifetime beautiful sunset, or a heartfelt sermon could all serve to inspire us. This is generally the world’s view of inspiration. Inspiration is viewed as merely a strong feeling or emotional tug, an intellectual movement to action—whether through song, painting, writing, or activism.
This is why it is so essential that we remember to define the doctrine of verbal inspiration as being of divine origin rather than being a product of the emotions or minds of men. Our Bible Read More »B R E A T H O F G O D

“God Is Able—He Always Lives!”

“O all-embracing Mercy,
O ever-open Door,

What should we do without Thee
When heart and eye run o’er?

When all things seem against us,
To drive us to despair,

We know one gate is open,
One ear will hear our prayer.”
 

TLH 279:4

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

There is a commercial that has made the rounds over the last months on both local TV and radio. It begins with a computer voice answering a phone call, and continues with the caller giving the reason for his call, which is usually a request for some kind of help. The computer then “talks” to another computer, wondering what to do, because it is completely unable to give the required help. The caller is then forwarded “for an answer” to a pay phone somewhere that no one ever answers, or he is left with the dial-up modem noise. The commercial is then resolved by the sponsor touting itself as the place to which you can successfully go to get actual help.Read More »“God Is Able—He Always Lives!”

A Roller Coaster in the Wilderness

…the same potential for disaster that faced the Israelites in the wilderness also faces us today.

Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’” Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: “Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Hebrews 3:7-15).Read More »A Roller Coaster in the Wilderness

Bread Of Life February 2015

February 2015

TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941;
WS  = Worship Supplement 2000;
SC  = Martin Luther’s Small Catechism;
[  ] = Minor Festivals or commemorations in the Christian Church Year

Feb 2 Luke 2:22-40 TLH 137 

[The Presentation of Christ]

Joseph, Mary, and Jesus heed the Law of Moses, and Simeon and Anna get to see their Savior close up.

Feb 3 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 WS 713:1, 3

May our lives help bring others to Christ rather than lead people away from Him.

Feb 4 1 Corinthians 3:1-11 TLH 493

We are God’s field-workers, but it is He who makes things grow. We are thankful that’s His responsibility!Read More »Bread Of Life February 2015