Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

12th Sunday After Pentecost (Series B) August 12, 2018 Gospel: John 6:35-51 Epistle: Eph 4:17-5:2 Lesson: 1 Kings 19:1-8 Psalm: Psalm 34:1-8 CLB Commentary: Rev. Ed Nugent Key words and phrases – ἄρτος – bread/loaf; 21 of 24 uses in the Gospel of John occur in John 6....

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Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

11th Sunday After Pentecost (Series B) August 5, 2018 Gospel: John 6:22-35 Epistle: Eph 4:1-16 Lesson: Ex 16:2-15 Psalm: Psalm 145:10-21 CLB Commentary: Rev. David Rinden There is no doubt that the people, and the disciples, were awed by the signs and teaching of...

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Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

10th Sunday After Pentecost (Series B) July 29, 2018 Gospel: Mark 6:45-56 Epistle: Eph 3:14-21 Lesson: Gen 9:8-17 Psalm: Psalm 136:1-9 CLB Commentary: Rev. Bill Helland I read something recently where the author was reflecting on the popular phrase; “God will never...

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Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

9th Sunday After Pentecost (Series B) July 22, 2018 Gospel: Mark 6:30-44 Epistle: Eph 2:11-22 Lesson: Jer 23:1-6 Psalm: Psalm 23 CLB Commentary: Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen Mark 6:30-34 (Parallel in Luke 9) This passage is a follow-up to Jesus sending out the twelve, two by...

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King me!

King me!

If you have ever played Checkers, then you’ve probably been frustrated by the limited movement of the stones (the pieces). The stones move in one direction. They cannot move to the left or to the right, nor can they turn back. Their only option is straight across the...

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BC18: Revisited

BC18: Revisited

True confession: Driving up Interstate 94 on June 8, I was having second thoughts, or at least a powerful sense of “non-excitement.” As a veteran of nearly thirty Church of the Lutheran Brethren Annual (and now Biennial) Conventions, I wondered whether this was really...

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The Glorious Engrained in the Small

May I introduce you to Methuselah? Methuselah, the Judean date palm tree? He’s only thirteen years old. The thing is: we thought he didn’t exist. We thought he was extinct. I love this title of an article about Methuselah: “Extinct Tree Resurrected from Ancient Seeds...

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The Price of the Pearl

The Price of the Pearl

Not so long ago I wrapped up my devotional reading in the book of Judges. The story of the Judges is preceded by a 400-year span of amazing leadership—Moses, this incredible servant-prophet of God. Then the baton is passed to Joshua, who leads Israel into the Promised...

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The Day of the Dragnet

The Day of the Dragnet

Much of the material in the kingdom parables of Matthew 13 revolves around farming. But the last parable references fishing, instead. However, it is not the fishing reference that we are accustomed to. In Matthew 4:18 we read, “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of...

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A Legacy of Generosity

A Legacy of Generosity

Have you thought about how you will feel about God’s mission on earth after you have died? Do you think that God’s will that all people be saved will no longer matter to you? Do you think that the joy of being in Heaven and being completely united with Jesus will mean...

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WMCLB 2018 Convention Recap

WMCLB 2018 Convention Recap

Saturday, June 9, 2018 was memorable! It was the first day of the CLB Biennial Convention—a “Day of Equipping”—and 120 women attended our WMCLB convention day, as other training events were taking place simultaneously. Here’s how we were equipped: We worshiped our...

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Called to Taiwan

Called to Taiwan

Dan Venberg: Ben and Sara Hosch, you have been called and commissioned to serve as LBIM missionaries in Taiwan. Jesus Christ promises to be with you in this. We as the Church of the Lutheran Brethren want you to know that we are also with you, and are blessed to have...

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BC18: King Me

BC18: King Me

The expression “King me!” is as worn as middle-aged memories of earlier days spent round a checker board. Yet, it is arresting and explosively current. Because, said this way, it is not the typical way in which we commonly use and hear the noun “king.” Here, “King...

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Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

8th Sunday After Pentecost (Series B) July 15, 2018 Gospel: Mark 6:14-29 Epistle: Eph 1:3-14 Lesson: Amos 7:7-15 Psalm: Psalm 85:(1-7) 8-13 CLB Commentary: Prof. Brad Pribbenow This pericope in Mark comes as somewhat of a parenthesis in the events of chapter six. It...

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Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

7th Sunday After Pentecost (Series B) July 8, 2018 Gospel: Mark 6:1-13 Epistle: 2 Cor. 12:1-10 Lesson: Ezek. 2:1-5 Psalm: Psalm 123 CLB Commentary: Dr. David Veum In the previous couple of chapters Mark has written of both the teaching and the miracles of Jesus. Here...

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Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

6th Sunday After Pentecost (Series B) July 1, 2018 Gospel: Mark 5:21-43 Epistle: 2 Cor. 8:1-9, 13-15 Lesson: Lam. 3:22-33 Psalm: Psalm 30 CLB Commentary: Regional Pastor Gary Witkop Two healings which follow another healing. The point, Jesus heals people. Jesus healed...

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Editor’s Note: Created in His Image

Editor’s Note: Created in His Image

I was 28 years old when I came to faith in Jesus Christ. It’s not the path I would choose if I could do it all again. I would prefer to live my entire life as a follower of Christ, yet I can see how coming to faith as an adult has given me a unique perspective on my...

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Life After Attempting Suicide

Life After Attempting Suicide

I vividly remember the night I made an attempt on my own life. My mind flashes back to March, three years ago. I had just gulped down several bottles of cough syrup and taken a wide array of painkillers straight up my nose. I was numb. I was bored with life, and...

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