CLB Commentaries

3rd Sunday After the Epiphany

  Third Sunday After The Epiphany (Series A) January 22, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 4:12-25 Epistle: 1 Cor 1:10-18 Lesson: Isaiah 9:1-4 Psalm: Psalm 27:1-9 (10-14) CLB Commentary – Rev. Omar Gjerness In a Bible class, it was announced that the topic for the next section would be “Preparing for difficult days.” I thought that describes this text. It could be

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2nd Sunday After the Epiphany

  Second Sunday After Epiphany (Series A) January 15th, 2017 Gospel: John 1:29-42a Epistle: 1 Cor 1:1-9 Lesson: Isa 49:1-7 Psalm: Psalm 40:1-12 CLB Commentary – Prof. Brad Pribbenow “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” The story has been told of Charles H. Spurgeon who once entered London’s expansive Agricultural Hall ahead of

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1st Sunday After the Epiphany

  First Sunday After The Epiphany (Series A) January 18th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 Epistle: Romans 1:3-14 Lesson: Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm: Psalm 29 CLB Commentary – Rev. Bill Helland This gospel text, for the first Sunday in Epiphany, is a perfect representation of what Epiphany is all about. Webster’s dictionary defines epiphany as an appearance or manifestation especially of

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Sunday After Christmas

  Second Sunday After Christmas (Series A) January 1st, 2017 Gospel: Luke 2:40-52 Epistle: Ephesians 1:3-14 Lesson: 1 Kings 3:4-15 Psalm: Psalm 119:97-104 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen This is the only place in the Bible where we read of Jesus’ childhood. In the coming year he enters young adulthood, becoming a “son of the law” and thus

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Christmas Day

  First Sunday After Christmas (Series A) December 25th, 2016 Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23 Epistle: Galatians 4:4-7 Lesson: Isaiah 63:7-14 Psalm: Psalm 111 CLB Commentary – Dr. Richard Erickson Matthew “book-ends” his Gospel by emphasizing, both at the beginning and at the end, God’s presence with his people in the person of Jesus (1:23; 28:20). He then divides his story

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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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