Monthly Archives: October 2014

Matthew 23:1-12

Matthew 23:1-12 Ford Crouch, CFO of the Sioux Line Railroad, was a surprise. For about five years I worked every weekend and holiday as a day-guard at the First National Bank/Sioux Line Building. Criminals did not fear me, for I ran the freight elevator, opened… Continue reading




1 Thessalonians 2:9-13

1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 As you know, we dealt with each of you like a father with his children, urging and encouraging you and pleading that you lead a life worthy of God. The first week that I arrived as a freshman at Augsburg College I… Continue reading




“But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.” Luke 24:16

“But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.” Luke 24:16 The disciples ought to have known Jesus, they had heard his voice so often, and gazed upon that marred face so frequently, that it is wonderful they did not discover him. Yet… Continue reading




Psalm 43

Psalm 43 Hope in God, for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. A few days ago I attended a seminar featuring Richard J. Leider. I bought his latest book, Life Re-imagined: Discovering Your New Life Possibilities. Richard and his book were… Continue reading




Micah 3:5-12

Micah 3:5-12 It is hard to wake up to the words of Micah. Micah is crying out in the darkness of a world torn by war and mothers crying out for food for starving children. He brings a word from God who is not only… Continue reading




“It is a faithful saying.” 2 Timothy 2:11

“It is a faithful saying.” 2 Timothy 2:11 Paul has four of these “faithful sayings.” The first occurs in 1 Timothy 1:15, “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” The next is… Continue reading




Matthew 23:1-12

Matthew 23:1-12 This is the week of preparing for the celebration of All Saints Sunday. The alternate lessons assigned for this festival will be mined for what they say about the characteristics of a saint. Jesus, in Matthew’s gospel, describes what a saint is not:… Continue reading




There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy

There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in God’s justice which is more than liberty. There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heav’n. There is… Continue reading




Peace to Soothe Our Bitter Woes

Peace to Soothe Our Bitter Woes Peace, to soothe our bitter woes, God in Christ on us bestows; Jesus bought our peace with God with his holy, precious blood; peace in him for sinners found is the gospel’s joyful sound. Peace within the church still… Continue reading




“He began to wash the disciples’ feet.” John 13:5

“He began to wash the disciples’ feet.” John 13:5 The Lord Jesus loves his people so much, that every day he is still doing for them much that is analogous to washing their soiled feet. Their poorest actions he accepts; their deepest sorrow he feels;… Continue reading