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June 2020


TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Hymns Reading Comments
Jun 1 TLH 148 John 18:1-11 Jesus demonstrates His willingness to suffer for our sins.
Jun 2 TLH 150 John 18:12-24 We see the contrast between Jesus’ words and Peter’s—Peter’s that He didn’t know
the Lord, and Jesus’ that He was the Lord.
Jun 3 TLH 159 (LSB 436) John 18:25-27 Peter eventually recognized His sins of denial. May the Spirit grant us to see any sins of denial in ourselves and repent of them.Read More »“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS June 2020

Stand in Awe of Our Triune God


“Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” (Psalm 33:8)
When we contemplate the greatness and glory of God, how can we do anything but stand in awe of Him? We stand in awe of His power when we see how He created the whole universe and everything in it simply with His Word. We stand in awe of His love when we consider all the good things He has created for us to use, and how He takes care of us daily. We stand in awe of His grace and mercy when we ponder how He gave His only-begotten Son into death for us rather than condemning us forever for our sins.

There is much to stand in awe of when we consider all the qualities of God, not the least of which is His triune nature.

A couple of Jehovah’s Witnesses came to our door, and I talked to them about the Trinity. They pulled out a pamphlet to show me how artists have crudely tried to visualize the Trinity. There were pictures of three headed statues and other ridiculous things. They suggested that the very idea of the Trinity was ludicrous because there is nothing in all the world like it. How can we believe in something we cannot comprehend? How foolish to think that because human beings can’t relate to the Trinity or comprehend it, it can’t be true. We all believe in light. We know it is real, our lives depend on it, yet the greatest scientists still do not fully understand the nature of light. There are many things we know about it, but we can’t fully explain what it is.
God is so vastly greater than we are that we should not expect to be able to comprehend Him. King David writes, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; And His greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145:3)Read More »Stand in Awe of Our Triune God

God-Given Rights and Responsibilities During the Pandemic

The following was written by Pastor Bruce Naumann as a response
to a request posted on an online forum frequented by CLC members.

Dear Christian Friends,
I’ve been asked to provide some brief comments concerning our government’s instructions, during this time of preventing the spread of Covid-19, to refrain from public gatherings. How are we to respond to this, when our Lord instructs us to gather regularly for Christian fellowship?Read More »God-Given Rights and Responsibilities During the Pandemic

TLH 245, LSB 571 “God Loved the World So That He Gave”


Jesus ended His Sermon on the Mount with an illustration involving two men who built houses; one built on rock, the other on sand. The house built on rock withstood the onslaught of rain, flood, and winds and remained standing, while the one built on sand was destroyed. Whoever hears His Word and takes it to heart, Jesus says, is like the wise man who built on rock (Matthew 7:24-27).
The unknown author of our hymn used the same picture of faith and trust in Jesus Christ, describing Him as the “Ground of faith,” (stanza 2) and again, “the firmest ground of faith” (stanza 5). When our trust for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life is in Jesus, it is founded on ground that is rock solid, that will never give way. He is such firm ground for our trust because He is the only Son of God, sent by the Father to save the lost.Read More »TLH 245, LSB 571 “God Loved the World So That He Gave”