Announcements for the week of November 11, 2018





“Then He said to them in His teaching, ‘Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.’ Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.  So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.'” (Mk. 12:38-44 NKJ)


Luther’s Small Catechism, The First Commandment

Thou shalt have no other gods.

What does this mean?–Answer. We should fear, love, and trust in God above all things.


Luther’s Large Catechism, The First Commandment

28] Let every one, then, see to it that he esteem this commandment great and high above all things, and do not regard it as a joke. Ask and examine your heart diligently, and you will find whether it cleaves to God alone or not. If you have a heart that can expect of Him nothing but what is good, especially in want and distress, and that, moreover, renounces and forsakes everything that is not God, then you have the only true God. If, on the contrary, it cleaves to anything else, of which it expects more good and help than of God, and does not take refuge in Him, but in adversity flees from Him, then you have an idol, another god.


18-11-11, Pentecost 25 , BA-2018B





Announcements for the week of January 24, 2016


I-Believe“When the Christian confesses, ‘I believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,’ he is saying, ‘I believe in that God who is gracious to me, a sinner.’” (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 378).


16-01-24, Epiphany 3, BA-2016C



Announcements for the week of October 18, 2015


15-10-18, Pentecost 21, BA-2015B


“…atheism of all shades—crass atheism, or pantheism, or polytheism, or agnosticism—is neither rational nor scientific.  On the contrary, atheism springs from the suppression and denial of the natural knowledge of God.  And this suppression has its source in  man’s love of immorality.” (F. Pieper,  Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 372-373)

Announcements for the week of March 22, 2015


Bible-Word of God,1“God has given us His Word in order to deliver us from our own perverse thoughts of God and divine matters.  But if we will not give up our own thoughts, but oppose them to God’s thoughts and thus condemn God in His Word, the dread judgment will come upon us: We will look upon God’s Word as obscure and offensive. (Is. 6:9-10; Acts 28:25-27; Rom. 9:31-33; 10:21; 11:7-10; Matt. 13:13 ff.)” (F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, 322)


15-03-22, Lent 5, BA-2015B


Announcements for the Week of June 29, 2014


“The Jews’ rejection of the Word of Christ as not being the Word of God (i.e. John 8) was but a symptom of a deeper-seated disease, namely, that they did not believe in Christ’s vicarious satisfaction . ”

(F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol 1, p300)


14-06-29, Pentecost 3, 2014A, BA

Announcements for the week of October 6, 2013


13-10-06, Pentecost 20, BA-2013C


“The Word of God shall establish articles of faith, and no one else, not even an angel.” (From the Smalcald Articles, II. The Mass, ¶15 in fn. 13; F. Pieper, Christian Dogmatics, Vol I, 204)



Announcements for the week of September 1, 2013


13-09-01, Pentecost 15, BA-2013C


Apology, IV. Justification

 We wonder what our opponents do when they pray, if indeed these profane men ever ask God for anything! If they declare that they are worthy because they have love and good works, and ask for grace as though they had earned it, then they pray like the Pharisee in Luke 18:11 who says, “I am not like other men.” Such prayer, which relies on its own righteousness and not on the mercy of God, insults Christ, who intercedes for us as our high priest.

Therefore prayer relies upon the mercy of God when we believe that we are heard because of Christ the high priest, as he himself says (John 16:23), “If you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name.” “In my name,” he says, because without the high priest we high priest. cannot draw near to the Father. (Tappert, ¶332-333)

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