CLB Commentaries

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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6th Sunday After Epiphany

Sixth Sunday After Epiphany (Series A) February 12th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 5:21-37 Epistle: 1 Cor 3:1-9 Lesson: Deut 30:15-20 Psalm: Psalm 119:1-8 CLB Commentary – Rev. Gary Witkop   Law, these verses are clearly law. Jesus not only reminds us of the law given to Moses in the ten commandments, specifically about murder, adultery and swearing oaths, but he carries the

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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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