CLB Commentaries

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

  Fourth Sunday after Pentecost (Series C) June 12th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 7:36-8:3 Epistle: Galatians 2:15-21; 3:10-14 Lesson: 2 Samuel 11:26-12:10, 13-14 Psalm: Psalm 32:1-7 CLB Commentary – Pastor Bill Helland 4th Sunday after Pentecost Luke 7:36-8:3 This text provides us the opportunity to address one of the great sins of the church – pride. I’m talking about self-righteous pride that says

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3rd Sunday After Pentecost

  Third Sunday after Pentecost (Series C) June 5th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 7:11-17 Epistle: Galatians 1:11-24 Lesson: 1 Kings 17:17-24 Psalm: Psalm 30 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen Picture the scene—it’s a hot day in northern Galilee, the sun glaring overhead as a large funeral procession gathers outside the home of a now doubly-grieved widow. As per the custom,

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2nd Sunday after Pentecost

  2nd Sunday after Pentecost (Series C) May 29th, 2016 Gospel: Luke 7:1-10 Epistle: Galatians 1:1-12 Lesson: 1 Kings 8:22-24, 27-29, 41-43 Psalm: Psalm 96:1-9 CLB Commentary – Pastor Ken Narvesen Pericope Commentary on Luke 7:1—10 Subordinate Issue #1: Parallel texts Bul in his notes states: Matthew 8:5-13 is a parallel passage. Everyone agrees with this. But John 4:46-52 ought be placed

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1st Sunday after Pentecost

  1st Sunday after Pentecost (Series C) May 22nd, 2016 Gospel: John 8:48-59 Epistle: Acts 2:14a, 22-36 Lesson: Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31 Psalm: Psalm 8 CLB Commentary – Pastor Gary Witkop John 8:48 – 59 Sometimes from the pulpit you explain life as a Christian, sometimes you get to talk about coming to faith and sometimes you need to deal with the deeper

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The Day of Pentecost

  The Day of Pentecost (Series C) May 15th, 2016 Gospel: John 14:23-31 Epistle: Acts 2:1-21 Lesson: Genesis 11:1-9 Psalm: Psalm 143 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen John 14:23-31 Love’s Eternal Fruit The deep and loving fellowship that the believer has with God through Christ and His indwelling Holy Spirit manifests itself in several kinds of wonderful fruit! One of

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7th Sunday of Easter

  Seventh Sunday of Easter (Series C) May 8th, 2016 Gospel: John 17:20-26 Epistle: Revelation 22:1-6 (7-11) Lesson: Acts 1:12-26 Psalm: Psalm 133 CLB Commentary – Rev. Gary Witkop (Originally printed May 12th, 2013) The end of the High Priestly Prayer of Jesus is where these verses are found. That shows how important they were to Jesus and so should

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5th Sunday of Easter

  Fifth Sunday of Easter (Series C) April 24, 2016 Gospel: John 13:31-35 (Or John 16:12-22) Epistle: Revelation 21:1-7 Lesson: Acts 11:1-18 Psalm: Psalm 148 CLB Commentary – Dr. Eugene Boe (On John 13:31-35) (Originally printed April 28th, 2013) This text brings us back to the farewell discourses of Jesus where in private he teaches his disciples. Frederick Dale Bruner suggests that

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4th Sunday of Easter

  Fourth Sunday of Easter (Series C) April 17th, 2016 Gospel: John 10:22-30 Epistle: Revelation 7:9-11 Lesson: Acts 20:17-35 Psalm: Psalm 23 CLB Commentary – Rev. Omar Gjerness (Originally printed April 21st, 2013) Preachers often take on part of a suggested text and preach on it.  This can easily be done with this text in the following three ways. First, you

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3rd Sunday of Easter

3rd Sunday of Easter April 10, 2016 Gospel: John 21:1-14 (15-19) Epistle: Rev 5:(1-7) 8-14 Lesson: Acts 9:1-22 Psalm: Psalm 30 CLB Commentary by Pastor David Rinden John 21:1-14 Some observations: Note that this Sunday is called “Third Sunday of Easter,” not “Third Sunday after Easter.” The message of Easter is appropriate for any Sunday, however, it is especially

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Easter Sunday

  Easter Sunday March 27, 2016 Gospel: Luke 24:1-12 Epistle: 1 Cor 15:19-26 Lesson: Isaiah 65:17-25 Psalm: Psalm 16 CLB Commentary by Dr. David Veum Luke 24:1-12 The familiarity of Christmas and Easter texts can present a real challenge for preachers. How do we preach on such a well-known story? The angel’s question in this text for Easter Sunday 15 years

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