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Author: John Klatt

Simple Words—Great Gifts

Written by John Klatt | March, 2012
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In the Bible we are told how Naaman, the commander of the Syrian army, came to Elisha the prophet to be healed of leprosy (2 Kings 5). Elisha did not even come out of his house to meet Naaman but sent a servant with a set of simple directions. Naaman was to go to the […] Read More

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

Written by John Klatt | June, 2020
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A HYMN OF GLORY LET US SING 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. […] Read More

The Son Exalted Above the Angels

Written by John Klatt | July, 2014
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For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship […] Read More

WS 717 “Bright and Glorious Is the Sky”

Written by John Klatt | February, 2019
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The creation account gives surprisingly little attention to the stars. It tells us that on the fourth day God made lights and placed them in the sky, but it calls our attention mostly to the sun and the moon. The stars almost seem to be just mentioned: “He made the stars also.” Yet the stars, […] Read More

TLH 59, LSB 398 “Hail to the Lord’s Anointed”

Written by John Klatt | December, 2020
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A HYMN OF GLORY LET US SING In the Old Testament, the kings of Israel were anointed to their office. We read of how Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anointed Solomon as king by pouring oil on his head (1 Kings 1:34, 39). This ceremony of anointing publicly identified Solomon as the one […] Read More

Let’s Talk about God’s Program

Written by John Klatt | July, 2015
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In the introduction to his Sunday sermon, a pastor referred to the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city and house divided against itself will not stand.” After the service, he was approached by a visitor who said, “When you began your sermon by […] Read More

A Window to the Unseen World

Written by John Klatt | June, 2017
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STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things […] Read More

The Finger of God

Written by John Klatt | December, 2014
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But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. If Satan also is […] Read More

LOOK TO THE SOURCE

Written by John Klatt | August, 2013
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Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather […] Read More

The Ongoing Conversation

Written by John Klatt | May, 2016
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Lutheran theologian A.L. Graebner wrote of Christ’s ascension into heaven that it was “the glorious termination of His visible conversation with His church on earth” (Outlines of Doctrinal Theology). Writing in 1898, he was using the word conversation in the older sense of interaction. During His time in this world, especially during His three-year public ministry, […] Read More

Comfort For All Penitent Sinners

Written by John Klatt | May, 2012
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Please Read Chapter 21 of John’s Gospel Comfort was surely what Peter needed on the eve of Good Friday when he left the courtyard of the high priest’s palace. He was overwhelmed with guilt and shame at what he had done. Three times he had been identified as a disciple of Jesus and three times […] Read More

WS 782, LSB 726 “Evening and Morning”

Written by John Klatt | August, 2019
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A HYMN OF GLORY LET US SING Our lives consist of periods of work followed by periods of rest. We finish our shift or complete our daily tasks, and then we go home to get a night’s sleep. But all the while that we are sleeping, our God is awake and active. “He who keeps […] Read More

We are Not Alone

Written by John Klatt | January, 2016
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“I think it’s arrogant of us to think that we are alone in the universe.” So said a network television news reporter in a discussion of some new discovery in the universe. That statement is surely one that we would agree with, though not as the reporter intended it. He was not talking about the arrogance of […] Read More

Some Mouths Must Be Stopped

Written by John Klatt | January, 2013
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Freedom of speech is a right that we value highly. It is a blessing to be able to make comments about public officials and their policies without lowering our voices to a whisper or looking around to see who may be listening. Read More

Christ — Our One Mediator

Written by John Klatt | September, 2011
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“Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is […] Read More

“LET US DRAW NEAR…”

Written by John Klatt | April, 2014
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The words “Let us draw near” are probably familiar to us from hearing them many times at the beginning of the liturgy in the Sunday worship service. The pastor invites us to draw near to God to confess our sins and receive the assurance of forgiveness. We may not think much about those words when […] Read More

The Calculation of Faith

Written by John Klatt | December, 2017
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STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather […] Read More

One Sacrifice for Sins

Written by John Klatt | March, 2017
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“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of […] Read More

Resurrection Power

Written by John Klatt | April, 2015
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“. . . that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”  (Philippians 3:10). Before his conversion, Paul was a man who knew power. He knew the power of a sharp mind and a good education, of high social standing, of friends and […] Read More

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Loveland, Colorado

Written by John Klatt | February, 2016
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Snapshots of Congregations from Around the Church of the Lutheran Confession “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2). The imagery employed in this familiar psalm is the kind that is easily grasped by anyone, and it […] Read More