A 16th Century Lutheran Pastor writes about pastoral care for the sick.
A Christian response to Yuval Noah Harari and artificial intelligence.
I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!
Are fleshly or pietistic expectations from the hearers only ever to blame when a sermon is not heard well? How can pastors improve their preaching skills?
Mercy and judgment are not always at odds. Mercy, which sees need and acts in compassion, may even be served by judgment.
Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Christ reigns and will reign over all the nations of the earth, because He is the King of Kings without peer or rival.
To meditate on the Law means to be in the Scriptures.
How to wait when no one knows how anymore?
Biblical piety expresses itself by loving the neighbor for the Lord's sake.
Awake, you who sleep!
For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.
But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
The psalm of the week for Trinity XIV is Psalm 119:9-16. The crucial question asked and answered: How can a young man keep his way pure?
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened."
Pray without ceasing, because piety expresses itself in prayer.
They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”
While Paul doesn’t tell Timothy to, “love his people,” in those exact words, he shows what the minister’s love of the elect people of God consists in.
What are we supposed to be planting?
Biblical piety lives in the Word of God.
The foundations of Biblical piety consist in right knowledge.
Biblical piety is God centered.
Fulfill your calling - preach the Word.
The Lord will do as He pleases, but it is for your good.
But having been set free from sin, you have been enslaved to righteousness.
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.
So take heart, sons of the prophets. Your time is short and your calling is urgent. But the Lord who is faithful has called you, and He will sustain you for the work.
The Lord calls us away from worldly concerns to worship Him in Spirit and in truth.
The pastoral ministry requires a spirit of power, love, and soundness of mind. God gives such a Spirit and urges us to put this gift to use.