In the Book of Acts, we see the Church—the organized, formal gathering of believers—begin to form. The Holy Spirit fills the apostles, doctrine is solidified, and missionary journeys begin.
We live in a culture that is apathetic toward religion. In America, most people at least know of Jesus, but many don’t identify as being a Christian.
“Love is patient, love is kind. . .”
What is it about death that scares us? What causes us to ignore it, for the most part, until death stares us in the face? Our culture tells us death is just part of life, or that it is natural, but that is not how the Bible speaks about death.
It’s a known fact: most Christians have “Read the Bible every day” (or some variation thereof) on their New Year’s Resolution list.
The Book of 1 Peter, nestled between James and (you guessed it) 2 Peter toward the back of the New Testament, is perhaps not as widely read as some of the Pauline epistles, like Romans. But this five-chapter book is packed full of applicable and practical advice for Christians today, whether church members, pastors, husbands, or wives.
We took a look at six popular verses in the Book of Matthew, and did some digging in the three volumes on Matthew in the Concordia Commentary series to get some greater context and understanding of them!
Reminder: Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Ack. Just like everyone forgot to buy canned pumpkin and will be frantically rushing to the store Wednesday afternoon, you might also be desperately trying to think of ways to give thanks this week.
Christianity, a religion that begins and ends with the person and work of Jesus Christ, is the only religion of the world to regard man’s eternal salvation as a pure gift of God, without any human merit, work, or worthiness.
Pastor Monte Meyer, the facilitator of parish life for the Minnesota North District, had an ambitious goal:
To get families in the Minnesota North District to read the Bible together every week.
He knew this was easier said than done. “Church leaders have tried to introduce Bible reading plans to their congregations without a lot of success,” he said. “It just gets tough to wade through all the material, some of which is difficult to understand.”