CLB Commentaries

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Series A) May 7th, 2017 Gospel: John 10:1-10 Epistle: 1 Peter 2:19-25 Lesson: Acts 2:42-47 Psalm: Psalm 23 CLB Commentary – Dr. David Veum The proclamation that Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd has encouraged God’s children through the centuries. The metaphor brings to mind the Psalmist’s testimony who said, “The

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Third Sunday of Easter

Third Sunday of Easter (Series A) April 30th, 2017 Gospel: Luke 24:13-35 Epistle: 1 Peter 1:17-25 Lesson: Acts 2:14a, 36-41 Psalm: Psalm 116:1-14 CLB Commentary – Rev. Gary Witkop The walk with Jesus on the road to Emmaus contains much that is helpful for Christians of every age. Some places to focus on in this

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Second Sunday of Easter

  Second Sunday of Easter (Series A) April 23rd, 2017 Gospel: John 20:19-31 Epistle: 1 Peter 1:3-9 Lesson: Acts 5:29-42 Psalm: Psalm 148 CLB Commentary – Rev. Dale Hanson That first Easter Sunday had been a bewildering day for the disciples as they met, minus Judas and Thomas, that evening. They were both confused and

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Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday (Series A) April 16th, 2017 Gospel: John 20:1-18 Epistle: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 Lesson: Exodus 14:10-15:1 Psalm: Psalm 118:15-29 CLB Commentary – Dr. Eugene Boe John begins this account, which establishes the resurrection of Jesus with picturesque details: “early”, “first day of the week”, “still dark”. The first person on the scene is a

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Palm Sunday

  Palm Sunday (Series A) April 9th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 26:1-27:66 or John 12:20-43 Epistle: Philippians 2:5-11 Lesson: Isaiah 50:4-9a Psalm: Psalm 118:19-29 or Psalm 31:9-16 CLB Commentary – Rev. Kenneth Narvesen The sheer length of this text makes it all but impossible to preach on the entirety. It seems to me the pastor’s task

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Fifth Sunday in Lent

  Fifth Sunday in Lent (Series A) April 2nd, 2017 Gospel: John 11:1-45 (46-53) or John 11:17-27, 38-53 Epistle: Rom 8:1-11 Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Psalm: Psalm 130 CLB Commentary – Prof. Brad Pribbenow This pericope appears less than half way through John’s Gospel, but records events which take place merely days before Christ’s suffering, death

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Fourth Sunday in Lent

Fourth Sunday in Lent (Series A) March 26th, 2017 Gospel: John 9:1-41 Epistle: Ephesians 5:8-14 Lesson: Isaiah 42:14-21 Psalm: Psalm 142 CLB Commentary – Rev. Bill Helland I believe the heart of this text (John 9:1-41) is the contrast between night and day, in the first five verses, and sight and blindness, in the last

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Third Sunday in Lent

  Third Sunday in Lent (Series A) March 19th, 2017 Gospel: John 4:5-26 (27-30, 39-42) Epistle: Romans 5:1-8 Lesson: Exodus 17:1-7 Psalm: Psalm 95:1-9 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen This passage has been preached in numerous ways—as a “how to” for witnessing, as an example of a new start in life, as instruction for

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2nd Sunday in Lent

  Second Sunday in Lent (Series A) March 12th, 2017 Gospel: John 3:1-17 Epistle: Romans 4:1-8, 13-17 Lesson: Genesis 12:1-9 Psalm: Psalm 121 CLB Commentary – Dr. Richard Erickson Two years ago, for the fourth Sunday in Lent, the text was John 3:14-21, overlapping a bit with this Sunday’s text. If we consider the natural

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First Sunday in Lent

First Sunday in Lent (Series A) March 5th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11 Epistle: Romans 5:12-19 Lesson: Genesis 3:1-21 Psalm: Psalm 32:1-7 CLB Commentary – Rev. Omar Gjerness Christians are not freed from temptation. We may have a new nature, but we also continue to have an old nature capable of sin. It would seem that

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