CLB Commentaries

Fifth Sunday of Easter

5th Sunday of Easter (Series B) April 29, 2018 Gospel: John 15:1-8 Epistle: 1 John 4:1-11 (12-21) Lesson: Acts 8:26-40 Psalm: Psalm 150 CLB Commentary – Prof. Brad Pribbenow It is important to remember in studying the gospel of John that: The Gospel text for this Sunday falls within a series of readings from the

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Third Sunday of Easter

3rd Sunday of Easter (Series B) April 15, 2018 Gospel: Luke 24:36-49 Epistle: 1 John 3:1-7 Lesson: Acts 3:11-21 Psalm: Psalm 4 CLB Commentary – Rev. Gary Witkop We live post resurrection. Praise God. We understand what the disciples were only beginning to understand. In this account Jesus appeared in the flesh to his followers

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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday (Series B) April 1, 2018 Gospel: Mark 16:1-8 Epistle: 1 Cor. 15:1-11 Lesson: Is. 25:6-9 Psalm: Psalm 16 CLB Commentary – Dr. Eugene Boe The verses that precede our pericope provide details that emphasize the certainty of Jesus’ death and burial. Mark 16 begins with the women, who are specifically named, coming to

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Good Friday

Good Friday (Series B) March 30, 2018 Gospel: John 19:17-30 or John 18:1-19:42 Epistle: Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9 Lesson: Is. 52:13-53:12 Psalm: Psalm 22 or 31 CLB Commentary – Rev. Ken Narvesen (originally published April 3, 2015) “Jesus, the Lamb of God, is led to the slaughter of His cross as the Sacrifice of Atonement for

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Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday (Series B) March 25, 2018 Gospel: Mark 14:1-15:47 or John 12:20-43 Epistle: Phil. 2:5-11 Lesson: Zech 9:9-12 Psalm: Psalm 118:19-29 or Psalm 31:9-16 CLB Commentary – Rev. Ed Nugent Key words/phrases: The hour has come – Repeatedly in the gospel of John, Jesus has said that his hour or time had not yet

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

5th Sunday in Lent (Series B) March 18, 2018 Gospel: Mark 10:32-45 Epistle: Heb 5:1-10 Lesson: Jer 31:31-34 Psalm: Psalm 119:9-16 CLB Commentary – Prof. Brad Pribbenow If the Gospel of Mark were designed as an hourglass, one might say that this part of Mark’s Gospel represents the center funnel-section—it’s the place where much of

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

4th Sunday in Lent (Series B) March 11, 2017 Gospel: John 3:14-21 Epistle: Eph. 2:1-10 Lesson: Num. 21:4-9 Psalm: Psalm 107:1-9 CLB Commentary – Rev. Bill Helland Our text is our Lord’s response to Nicodemus’ question back in 3:4 and a follow-up question in 3:9. Nicodemus was totally stumped when it came to grasping the

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Third Sunday in Lent

3rd Sunday in Lent (Series B) March 4, 2018 Gospel: John 2:13-22 (23-25) Epistle: 1 Cor. 1:18-31 Lesson: Ex. 20: 1-17 Psalm: Psalm 19 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen Each of the four Gospels includes an account of Jesus cleansing the Temple. John’s account appears at the outset of his Gospel, while synoptic accounts

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Second Sunday in Lent

Second Sunday in Lent (Series B) February 25, 2018 Gospel: Mark 8:27-38 Epistle: Rom. 5:1-11 Lesson: Gen. 17:1-7, 15-16 Psalm: Psalm 22:23-31 CLB Commentary – Rev. David Rinden The coming of the kingdom of God was central to the testimony of Jesus. Eagerly awaited by the people of Israel, many prophesies of the Old Testament

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First Sunday in Lent

First Sunday in Lent (Series B) February 18, 2018 Gospel: Mark 1:9-15 Epistle: James 1:12-18 Lesson: Gen. 22:1-18 Psalm: Psalm 25:1-10 CLB Commentary – Dr. David Veum “Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s promise through Isaiah. He is the Servant who will comfort those who have been exiled because of their sin, bring good

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