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4th Sunday in Advent

Fourth Sunday In Advent (Series A) December 18th, 2016 Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25 Epistle: Romans 1:1-7 Lesson: Isaiah 7:10-17 Psalm: Psalm 24 CLB Commentary – Rev. Kenneth Narvesen The verses of our Gospel text for this Fourth Sunday in Advent provide a peek into one of the deepest mysteries we humans have ever encountered. Yes, the text provides some snippets

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3rd Sunday in Advent

Third Sunday In Advent December 11th, 2016 Gospel: Matthew 11:2-15 Epistle: James 5:7-11 Lesson: Isaiah 35:1-10 Psalm: Psalm 146 CLB Commentary – Rev. David Rinden The Gospel of Matthew answers the question, “Who Is Jesus?” Matthew’s answer is plain. Jesus is the promised Messiah of the Old Testament; and He is the King of Israel. Questions, however persisted.  Was

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2nd Sunday in Advent

Second Sunday In Advent (Series A) December 4th, 2016 Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12 Epistle: Romans 15:4-13 Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm: Psalm 72:1-7   CLB Commentary – Dr. David Veum “Prepare to be redeemed!” Although this passage shouts the call for repentance and sounds the warning to the obstinate, we must remember that the quote from Isaiah was in the context

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1st Sunday in Advent

First Sunday In Advent (Series A) November 27th, 2016 Gospel: Matthew 21:1-11 or Matthew 24:36-44 Epistle: Romans 13:(8-10) 11-14 Lesson: Isaiah 2:1-5 Psalm: Psalm 122 CLB Commentary Matthew 21:1-11 (by Rev. Gary Witkop) The world is used to military parades where a victorious general, or king, or other leader marches into his home city as a great hero. We have seen

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Last Sunday of the Church Year

  Last Sunday of the Church Year (Series C) November 20th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 23:27-43 Epistle: Colossians 1:13-20 Lesson: Malachi 3:13-18 Psalm: Psalm 46 CLB Commentary – Rev. Dale Hanson Old Testament Lesson – Malachi 3:13-18 God addresses the issue that believers often notice and even complain about. He states that their words have been hard against him. They complain

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26th Sunday After Pentecost

  Twenty-Sixth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) November 13th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 21:5–28 (29–36) Epistle: 2 Thessalonians 3:(1–5) 6–13 Lesson: Malachi 4:1–6 Psalm: Psalm 98 CLB Commentary – Prof. Brad Pribbenow The Sermon Studies on the Gospels (ILCW Series C)1 provides a very helpful outline of this fuller pericope text (Lk 21:5–36). They note the similarities of Jesus’ description of the

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25th Sunday After Pentecost

  Twenty-Fifth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) November 6th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 20:27-40 Epistle: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-8, 13-17 Lesson: Exodus 3:1-15 Psalm: Psalm 149 CLB Commentary – Rev. Bill Helland Many Christians look to this text to answer the question; “Will I know my spouse in heaven, and will we still be married?” That was not the question the

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24th Sunday After Pentecost

Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) October 30th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 Epistle: 2 Thessalonians 1:1-12 Lesson: Isaiah 1:10-18 Psalm: Psalm 130 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen This story happens on Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem. While on this journey Jesus has repeatedly warned his followers of what is to come, and He has been giving them many

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23rd Sunday After Pentecost

  Twenty-Third Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) October 23rd, 2016 Gospel: John 8:31-36 Epistle: Romans 3:19-28 Lesson: Revelation 14:6-7 Psalm: Psalm 46 CLB Commentary – Dr. Rich Erickson Remarkably, Mark’s Gospel and John’s Gospel are quite similar in their broad strokes. Both devote their first “halves” (roughly, Mark 1–8; John 1–12) to revealing Jesus’ character as divinely glorious and

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22nd Sunday After Pentecost

  Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) October 16th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 18:1-8 Epistle: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Lesson: Genesis 32:22-30 Psalm: Psalm 121 CLB Commentary – Rev. Ken Narvesen All four texts of this week’s pericope, Old Testament Lesson, Epistle, Psalm, and Gospel, work together to teach us the need to continue in faith through all of life. The

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21st Sunday After Pentecost

  Twenty-First Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) October 9th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 17:11-19 Epistle: 2 Timothy 2:1-13 Lesson: Ruth 1:1-19a Psalm: Psalm 111 CLB Commentary – Rev. David Rinden The gospels often record Jesus going from Galilee to Jerusalem. The one in our text today was his last. Jesus was very much aware of how this trip would end.

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20th Sunday After Pentecost

  Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) October 2nd, 2016 Gospel: Luke 17:1-10 Epistle: 2 Timothy 1:1-14 Lesson: Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 Psalm: Psalm 62 CLB Commentary – Dr. David Veum This pericope addresses head-on the need for Christians to both confront sin in other Christians and to forgive sin even when committed against them by another believer. The gospel

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