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Our Avenging Shield (Psalm 3)

Let us pray this Psalm confidently, knowing that the Lord protects us in the midst of all dangers.  The Christian rests safely in His hands, and the Lord will set all things right.
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Working in the Garden

Adam was created to work the ground and keep the Garden. Though his fall brought a curse upon the ground and labor, we still benefit from our work and labor. Understanding Adam's purpose of working and keeping the garden assists us in how we view and carry out our labors.
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Psalm 2, “Why do the nations rage?”

Psalm 2 is the psalm of the week for Trinity XVII. Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot a vain thing? Why do they want to dethrone the Lord's anointed? How does the Lord view all of this? How should we respond?
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Psalm 146: “Praise the Lord, O My Soul”

The 146th psalm is a psalm of praise. But what are we to praise the Lord for? His everlasting kingdom and reign are here contrasted with the kingdoms of man that rise and fall. By praying this psalm, our faith, hope, and love are centered in the Lord's kingdoms and not man's.
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Holy Trinity Sunday – John 3:1-15

The identity of Jesus and his work on the cross are the key to understanding all that Jesus speaks about in this dialog with Nicodemus. Spirit, water, regeneration, rebirth, new creation, Holy Baptism, and the death of Jesus are intimately tied together.
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The Spirit of the Ministry, part 2

The Spirit of power gives the ministers of Christ and His church the power to fulfill their ministry. Following the example of Paul we see this power at work in discipline, preaching, and perseverance.
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Reading Revelation with Goesswein: Part 1

Not knowing and understanding your own past is blindness to your present and your future. We explore how the American Lutheran fathers read Scripture to learn more about Scripture and our own heritage of understanding God's Word.