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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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19th Sunday After Pentecost

  Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) September 25th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 16:19-31 Epistle: 1 Timothy 3:1-13 or 6:6-19 Lesson: Amos 6:1-7 Psalm: Psalm 146 CLB Commentary – Rev. Gary Witkop The rich man and Lazarus is a familiar story but also one with all kinds of various interpretations and thoughts. How much a person believes this is literal is one

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18th Sunday After Pentecost

  Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) September 18th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 16:1-15 Epistle: 1 Timothy 2:1-15 Lesson: Amos 8:4-7 Psalm: Psalm 113 CLB Commentary – Rev. Dale Hanson The scripture lessons today speak about living a Godly life with each of the lessons making significant and necessary points for our day. We are reminded in our Epistle lesson

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17th Sunday After Pentecost

  Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) September 11th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 15:1-10 Epistle: 1 Timothy 1:(5-11)12-17 Lesson: Ezekiel 34:11-24 Psalm: Psalm 119:168-176 CLB Commentary – Dr. Eugene Boe Luke starts off this passage with Jesus as the one who draws tax collectors and sinners. What was it about Jesus that would draw such people? They had a need

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16th Sunday After Pentecost

  Sixteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) September 4th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 14:25-35 Epistle: Philemon 1-21 Lesson: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Psalm: Psalm 1 CLB Commentary – Rev. Omar Gjerness There are three texts in Luke that speak of the cost of discipleship: 9:23, 9:57-62 and this week’s text 14:25-35. By coincidence, the last time I was asked to comment on

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Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

  Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) September 28th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 14:1-14 Epistle: Hebrews 13:1-17 Lesson: Proverbs 25:2-10 Psalm: Psalm 131 CLB Commentary – Prof. Brad Pribbenow Perhaps one of the biggest challenges to preaching a Gospel text like Luke 14:1-14 is avoiding the pitfall of moralizing. Many may study this pericope and come to the conclusion that the

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Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost

  Fourteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) August 21st, 2016 Gospel: Luke 13:22-30 Epistle: Hebrews 12:4-24 (25-29) Lesson: Isaiah 66:18-23 Psalm: Psalm 50:1-15 CLB Commentary – Rev. Bill Helland It’s an interesting question that Jesus was asked – one which resulted in him teaching about the danger of people trying to get into the kingdom of heaven after it’s

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13th Sunday After Pentecost

Thirteenth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) August 14th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 12:49-53 (54-56) Epistle: Hebrews 11:17-40; 12:1-3 Lesson: Jeremiah 23:16-29 Psalm: Psalm 119:81-88 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen The word that strikes the reader in the opening sentence of this passage is the word “fire.” Jesus said “I have come to bring fire on the earth…” and he wishes

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12th Sunday After Pentecost

  Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) August 7th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 12:22-34 (35-40) Epistle: Hebrews 11:1-16 Lesson: Genesis 15:1-6 Psalm: Psalm 33:12-22 CLB Commentary – Dr. Richard Erickson Luke’s larger context for this pericope includes (a) the way he arranges the Gospel and (b) the way Luke and Acts operate together as one work. The season of Pentecost focuses

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11th Sunday After Pentecost

  Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) July 31st, 2016 Gospel: Luke 12:13-21 Epistle: Colossians 3:1-11 Lesson: Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26 Psalm: Psalm 100 CLB Commentary – Rev. David Rinden The Gospel of Luke may be divided into three major parts: Jesus’ Galilean ministry, Luke 4:14-9:50; Jesus’ ministry in Judea and Perea, Luke 9:51-19:27; Jesus’ final week in Jerusalem, Luke

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10th Sunday After Pentecost

  Tenth Sunday After Pentecost (Series C) July 24th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 11:1-13 Epistle: Colossians 2:6-15 (16-19) Lesson: Genesis 18:(17-19) 20-33 Psalm: Psalm 138 CLB Commentary – Dr. David Veum CLICK HERE to download Dr. Veum’s sermon on this text After the request of the disciples to be taught to pray and the giving of the model prayer, this

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