CLB Commentaries

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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1st Sunday After the Epiphany

  First Sunday After The Epiphany (Series A) January 18th, 2017 Gospel: Matthew 3:13-17 Epistle: Romans 1:3-14 Lesson: Isaiah 42:1-9 Psalm: Psalm 29 CLB Commentary – Rev. Bill Helland This gospel text, for the first Sunday in Epiphany, is a perfect representation of what Epiphany is all about. Webster’s dictionary defines epiphany as an appearance or manifestation especially of

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Sunday After Christmas

  Second Sunday After Christmas (Series A) January 1st, 2017 Gospel: Luke 2:40-52 Epistle: Ephesians 1:3-14 Lesson: 1 Kings 3:4-15 Psalm: Psalm 119:97-104 CLB Commentary – Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen This is the only place in the Bible where we read of Jesus’ childhood. In the coming year he enters young adulthood, becoming a “son of the law” and thus

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Christmas Day

  First Sunday After Christmas (Series A) December 25th, 2016 Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23 Epistle: Galatians 4:4-7 Lesson: Isaiah 63:7-14 Psalm: Psalm 111 CLB Commentary – Dr. Richard Erickson Matthew “book-ends” his Gospel by emphasizing, both at the beginning and at the end, God’s presence with his people in the person of Jesus (1:23; 28:20). He then divides his story

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