CLB Commentaries

Ash Wednesday

        Ash Wednesday (Series B) February 14, 2018 Gospel: Matthew 6:1-21 Epistle: 2 Cor. 5:20-6:10 Lesson: Joel 2:12-19 Psalm: Psalm 119:33-40 CLB Commentary – Rev. Gary Witkop Where your treasure is, there your heart shall be. Prayer, fasting, giving, doing good works… Is the core of your heart in the things of

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Second Sunday After the Epiphany

  Second Sunday After Epiphany (Series B) January 14, 2018 Gospel: John 1:43–51 Epistle: 1 Cor 6:12–20 Lesson: 1 Sam 3:1–10 (11-20) Psalm: Psalm 67 CLB Commentary – Prof. Brad Pribbenow The church season of Epiphany, meaning manifestation, traditionally begins with the visit of the Magi (Matt 2:1-12) and ends with the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9;

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Second Sunday After Christmas

  Second Sunday After Christmas (Series B) January 7, 2017 Gospel: Luke 2:40-52 Epistle: Eph. 1:3-14 Lesson: 1 Kings 3:4-15 Psalm: Psalm 119:97-104 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen It is interesting how the idea of physical growth (ηὔξανεν) and spiritual growth (ἐκραταιοῦτο) in v. 40, and progression (προέκοπτεν) in v. 52, serve like bookends

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Christmas Eve

  Christmas Eve (Series B) December 24, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25 Epistle: 1 John 4:7-16 Lesson: Is. 7:10-14 Psalm: Psalm 110:1-4 CLB Commentary – Dr. David Veum That God is with us—Emmanuel—means that God has forgiven our sin. “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” The

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Third Sunday in Advent

  Third Sunday in Advent (Series B) December 17, 2017 Gospel: John 1:6-8, 19-28 Epistle: 1 Thess. 5:16-24 Lesson: Is. 61:1-4, 8-11 Psalm: Psalm 89:1-4, 14-18 CLB Commentary – Rev. Dale Hanson At a preaching seminar so many years ago I heard this suggestion for Advent – “give your congregation an Advent gift of short,

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