CLB Commentaries

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

  Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) September 17th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 18:21-35 Epistle: Romans 14:1-12 Lesson: Genesis 50:15-21 Psalm: Psalm 103:1-12 CLB Commentary – Rev. Ken Narvesen The major exegetical issue to solve regarding this text is to understand its relationship to the preceding verses. Among the commentators on this passage we find two very different

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Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost

  Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) August 27th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20 Epistle: Romans 11:33-12:8 Lesson: Isaiah 51:1-6 Psalm: Psalm 138 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen Since Matthew’s gospel appears to be directed to the Jewish people, Matthew introduces Jesus to us as the new Moses leading a new Israel—the Church. With this primary

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Eleventh Sunday After Pentecost

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) August 20th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 15:21-28 Epistle: Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32 Lesson: Isaiah 56:1, 6-8 Psalm: Psalm 67 CLB Commentary – Dr. Rich Erickson Matthew treats us to a very strange episode in 15:21-28. Many readers find this passage puzzling at best and offensive at worst. How could the loving

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Tenth Sunday After Pentecost

  Tenth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) August 10th, 2014 Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33 Epistle: Romans 10:5-17 Lesson: Job 38:4-18 Psalm: Psalm 18:1-9 (10-16) CLB Commentary – Rev. Ken Narvesen About the feeding of the 5000, which immediately preceded the events of our text, John Fahling wrote, “The effect of this miracle upon the minds of those

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Ninth Sunday After Pentecost

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) August 6th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21 Epistle: Romans 9:1-5 (6-13) Lesson: Isaiah 55:1-5 Psalm: Psalm 136:1-9 (23-26) CLB Commentary – Rev. David Rinden The text before us today must have an important message for us since it is included in all four Gospels: Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:32-44; Luke 9:10-17; John

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Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) July 30th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 13:44-52 Epistle: Romans 8:28-39 Lesson: Deuteronomy 7:6-9 Psalm: Psalm 125 CLB Commentary – Dr. David Veum In this pericope our Lord asserts the immense value of being his disciple, i.e., believing the Gospel with its call to follow Him. He does this in order to

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Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

  Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) July 23rd, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 Epistle: Romans 8:18-27 Lesson: Isaiah 44:6-8 Psalm: Psalm 119:57-64 CLB Commentary – Rev. Gary Witkop An interesting parable that can be looked at from several points of view: First is the evangelistic way in which we are brought to understand that we

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Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost (Series A) July 16th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Epistle: Romans 8:12-17 Lesson: Isaiah 55:10-13 Psalm: Psalm 65:(1-8) 9-13 CLB Commentary – Rev. Dale Hanson The scripture lessons for this 6th Sunday after Pentecost show us how the Spirit of God uses His Word. The first lesson from Isaiah 55:10-13 assures

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Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Fifth Sunday after Pentecost(Series A) July 9th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 11:25-30 Epistle: Romans 7:14-25a Lesson: Zechariah 9:9-12 Psalm: Psalm 145:1-14 CLB Commentary – Dr. Eugene Boe The text for this Sunday follows the rejection of Jesus by those who lived in Chorazin, Bethsaida, and Capernaum. They had no use for Jesus. They were not impressed

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