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Shedding Light on Themes in Daniel
Post Date: 2022-12-15 20:07:48 by Charles_Byrd
Daniel is best known for the story of the fiery furnace and the lion's den, but he is known amongst scholars for different reasons. Putting aside differences in receiving the text, here are three themes that scholars agree are accurate. Read on to see an excerpt from The Lutheran Bible Companion on themes in the book of Daniel. Click for Full Text!

Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-17 (Advent 4: Series A)
Post Date: 2022-12-13 17:50:42 by Charles_Byrd
A sign was given to Ahaz to point him toward the greater sign given in a manger and that Bethlehem’s Messiah is the sign we look forward to seeing in the sky when Jesus, our Emmanuel, comes again. This is a great text to take us one step deeper into trusting God during the season of Advent. First, some background information. The context for this section of scripture can be found in 2 Kings 16 where political and military trouble surrounds Ahaz in the year 735 BC. The Northern Kingdom together with Syria sought an alliance with Judah against Tiglath-Pileser III who was advancing with his Assyrian troops onto their lands. Israel had already suffered defeat from the Assyrians and knew ...

Old Testament: Isaiah 52:7-10 (Christmas: Series A)
Post Date: 2022-12-13 17:44:57 by Charles_Byrd
Christmas is a season of irony and song that helps us to know the sacred past and the truth of the Gospel of our salvation. Our reading from Isaiah for Christmas Day is deep within a context which gives us a great angle into a powerful gospel proclamation. We need to see Isaiah 52:7-10 in the greater framework of Isaiah 49-54. In this new rhetorical unit starting with chapter 49, Isaiah warns Israel concerning their spiritual captivity to sin and the redemption God has for the entire world. The Lord accomplishes this salvation through His “servant” who we know is Jesus. What is striking and important within the context is that in chapter 49 the “servant” is Israel in a ...

Fellowship for Performing Arts Plans for Legacy, Will Continue Going ‘Further Up & Further In’
Post Date: 2022-12-13 17:37:48 by Charles_Byrd
Award-winning actor Max McLean founded Fellowship for Performing Arts to “produce theatre, film and online events from a Christian worldview designed to engage a diverse, worldwide audience,” and his aim is that the ministry continue for generations to come. Click for Full Text!

Malachi Prepares the Way for Jesus
Post Date: 2022-12-13 17:32:57 by Charles_Byrd
The lesson of Malachi reveals God’s love for his people. When the people ask for proof of God’s love, he reminds them of their election. The Jews had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon. They had listened to God’s prophets, Haggai and Zechariah. They rebuilt God’s temple. And then nothing happened. No Messiah. No great divine war against Israel’s enemies. No worldwide kingdom of God. None of the good things Haggai and Zechariah said would happen, happened. Click for Full Text!

Advent Rest
Post Date: 2022-12-13 17:01:05 by Charles_Byrd
“At that time, declares the Lord, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people. Thus says the Lord: The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel sought for rest, the Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you” (Jer. 31:1-3). What a scene! Those words – dripping with promise – begin a chapter with hardly a parallel in all Scripture. And to hear them in their context! After so much rebuke from the “iron prophet of the LORD” (Jeremiah 1:18), for a people who would lose their homeland, their daily life, and their ...

The Trial
Post Date: 2022-12-11 22:15:07 by Charles_Byrd
One of these is not like the other. The home Synod of Constantinople in 448 condemned Eutyches as a heretic. The issues involved were directly relevant to subsequent councils at Chalcedon and beyond. Eutyches was not a theologian of any standing. He was a monk who held some standing in the monastic circles around Constantinople, having directed more than 300 monks over thirty years. He was a friend of Cyril, and an indefatigable supporter of the Alexandrine cause at the capitol. He had direct access to the emperor’s court. Click for Full Text!

‘A way to serve’: Organist honored for 70 years at same congregation
Post Date: 2022-12-08 20:50:17 by Charles_Byrd
On May 22, the congregation of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Britton, Mich., honored Eileen Jones for 70 years of service as Emmanuel’s organist. The Rev. David McCarty, pastor of Emmanuel, has worked with Jones for the last eight of those years. “Eileen is the epitome of a faithful servant of the Lord,” McCarty said. “This was my first congregational call, and Eileen’s support and encouragement, along with that of so many others, has helped enormously. Click for Full Text!

Prestonwood Baptist Flying Drummers Video Elicits Mixed Responses
Post Date: 2022-12-07 20:11:33 by Charles_Byrd
Prestonwood Baptist Church continues to receive backlash after a TikTok video of flying drummers and a massive LED wall flashing “JESUS” went viral. The video titled “a Casual Worship Service in TX” captured flying drummers traversing the ceiling of the Plano, Texas, megachurch’s worship center suspended on cables. Tony Daussat, not a Prestonwood member, posted the video, which was shared over 34,000 times. Click for Full Text!

Dallas-area Pastor Matt Chandler Reinstated to Pulpit by Church Elders
Post Date: 2022-12-07 20:00:29 by Charles_Byrd
Dallas-area megachurch pastor Matt Chandler returned to the pulpit Sunday (Dec. 4) after a three-month leave of absence. The Village Church’s board of elders reinstated him following disciplinary actions for Chandler’s “inappropriate” social media relationship with a woman who is not his wife. His congregation greeted his return with a standing ovation. In an email to the congregation obtained by Julie Roys, the elders told the church congregation Chandler had been “diligently working through the development plan” they gave him, including “time spent in study and prayer, personal reflection, and multiple intensives with trusted outside experts.” ...

Word and Sacrament: The marks of the church
Post Date: 2022-12-06 20:11:35 by Charles_Byrd
The LCMS seeks church fellowship with churches around the world who clearly confess and hold to the “marks” of the church. Having “faith” or being a pious person is not a sufficient mark upon which the church and its unity depend. Faith is unseen. The appearance of it can be faked, or it can contain errors. The true “marks” of the church are evident to all and provide sufficient grounds to identify the presence of true fellowship. As Luther notes, even when they are present but obscured by false teaching or belief, they still gather Christians. Article VII of the Augsburg Confession defines the marks of the church as the “pure” preaching of the ...

Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-17 (Advent 4: Series A)
Post Date: 2022-12-05 18:01:34 by Charles_Byrd
This is a great text to take us one step deeper into trusting God during the season of Advent. First, some background information. The context for this section of scripture can be found in 2 Kings 16 where political and military trouble surrounds Ahaz in the year 735 BC. The Northern Kingdom together with Syria sought an alliance with Judah against Tiglath-Pileser III who was advancing with his Assyrian troops onto their lands. Israel had already suffered defeat from the Assyrians and knew they needed more help to resist them. So, with threats from the Assyrians and warnings that he had better capitulate to this coalition, Isaiah comes to offer Ahaz the most gracious alternate proposal from ...

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25 (Advent 4: Series A)
Post Date: 2022-12-05 17:55:05 by Charles_Byrd
he Gospel reading for this last Sunday in Advent tells the other version of the Christmas story. “Now the birth of Jesus took place in this way...” (verse 18). Unlike Luke, Matthew makes no mention of a census or shepherds or multitudes of angels. Instead, he tells of a scandalous pregnancy, a quietly planned divorce, and a dream-induced change of plans. This is Christmas from Joseph’s point of view. We do not know much about Joseph. He was a descendent of David (Åἱὸ ”±Å¯´ – son of David) and a good (´¯º±¹¿Â – righteous) man. He also seems to have been thoughtful. He ...

Epistle: Romans 1:1-7 (Advent 4: Series A)
Post Date: 2022-12-05 17:21:26 by Charles_Byrd
t seems as if we are working backwards after hearing the pericope lesson from Romans 15:4-13 during the second week in Advent. We saw how Saint Paul concluded his epistle by revisiting the principle theses laid out in Romans 1:4-5. This week we go to that lesson. Why? Why read the beginning after the end, as it were? Simple: Romans 1:1-6 proclaims the Gospel of Christmas with power to bring to a crescendo our collective anticipation for the Advent of our King and Savior, the Messiah of God, Jesus. Verse 1 introduces Paul, a joyful and willing servant of King Jesus. He is an apostle, which means he has a direct commissioning, a calling from the King to speak with the authority of the King, ...

Church Fathers on Christmas: St. Augustine
Post Date: 2022-12-05 16:59:27 by Charles_Byrd
That day, Christmas, is called the birthday of the Lord on which the Wisdom of God manifested himself as a speechless Child and the Word of God wordlessly uttered the sound of a human voice. His divinity, although hidden, was revealed by heavenly witness to the Magi and was announced to the shepherds by angelic voices. With yearly ceremony, therefore, we celebrate this day which saw the fulfillment of the prophecy: “Truth is sprung out of the earth: and justice hath looked down from heaven” (Ps. 84:12). Truth, eternally existing in the bosom of the Father, has sprung from the earth so that he might exist also in the bosom of a mother. Truth, holding the world in place, has sprung ...

SBC President Bart Barber Says Predecessor Johnny Hunt is Unfit to Return to Ministry
Post Date: 2022-12-03 06:27:29 by Charles_Byrd
(RNS) — Bart Barber, a country pastor who also happens to be the sitting president of the Southern Baptist Convention, began his Tuesday (Nov. 29) as he does most days, with prayer and feeding his cows. Before the day was out he would take the rare step of denouncing one of his predecessors. Click for Full Text!

MinistryWatch’s 2022 Shining Light Awards
Post Date: 2022-12-03 06:20:38 by Charles_Byrd
Each month, MinistryWatch.com publishes lists of interest to donors and non-profit executives. But once each year we publish a very special list, a list of what we call our “Shining Lights.” The Bible says we are to let our lights shine so that others may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16) These ministries do just that. Click for Full Text!

Bethel Members Now Have Majority on Redding City Council
Post Date: 2022-12-03 06:06:38 by Charles_Byrd
Members of Bethel, the 11,000-member northern California megachurch famous for elaborate healing services, Bethel Music, and musician Sean Feucht’s nationwide worship protests against COVID restrictions, now hold the majority on the Redding City Council after November’s elections, according to nearly complete vote counts. Bethel members Tenessa Audette, 45, a first-time candidate, and Jack Munns, 64, who first ran two years ago, will now join Bethel elder Julie Winter on the 5-member council. Click for Full Text!

Aaron Judge ... Thanks His AdopTive ParenTs AfTer HiTTing Home Run #62 --- “I’m Blessed”
Post Date: 2022-10-06 13:50:46 by BorisY
Aaron Judge Thanks His Adoptive Parents After Hitting Home Run #62: “I’m Blessed” Micaiah Bilger Oct 5, 2022 New York Yankees star player Aaron Judge credits his success to the lessons that his adopted parents taught him growing up. On Tuesday, the 30-year-old athlete, who was adopted as a newborn, broke a six-decades-old record when he hit his 62nd home run in a game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, NJ Advance Media reports. Judge is the right fielder for the Yankees, and has received numerous awards, including Rookie of the Year, Silver Slugger and MLB All-Star. After the game, Judge told reporters that his family was at the front of his mind as he ran ...

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