1 Peter 5:6-11
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Confession: What is the Office of the Keys?
The Office of the Keys is that special authority which Christ has given to His church on earth to forgive the sins of repentant sinners, but to withhold forgiveness from the unrepentant as long as they do not repent.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Frequently heard in churches that faithfully observe the Lord's Supper is reference to that Sacrament as "the medicine of immortality." These words are a quotation from a letter written by St. Ignatius (30-107 AD), a disciple of St. John the evangelist. Because he is in the generation of pastors immediately after the Apostles, writings such as those of Ignatius provide a detailed look at the life and practice of the earliest Christians. The following is Chapter 20 in "The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians." Note the Trinitarian language (God the Father, Jesus Christ His Son, and the Comforter), the emphasis on unity in the congregation under the bishop, and the benefit of the breaking of bread (i.e., holy communion) - the antidote against death!
Posted by Christopher Esget at Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Confession: “Which are these [sins that we should confess]?”
Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments: Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker? Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy? Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome? Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?
1 John 3:13-18
Monday, May 19, 2008
May 25: Trinity I- From this point until Advent, all the Sundays are counted as "Sundays after Trinity." The first half of the Christian Year centered around the birth, manifestation, suffering, death, resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, culminating in His gift of the Spirit on Pentecost. Now, the focus of the remainder of the year is on the teachings of Jesus and how we live as His disciples. The color switches to green, representing our growth as children of God. On this first Sunday after Trinity, we hear the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, inviting us to reflect on how we treat the poor in our midst, and also where our hope lies. Lazarus the beggar is carried to Abraham's bosom (heaven), while the rich man, appearing to be godly, is sent to hell. Kyrie, eleison!
Posted by Christopher Esget at Monday, May 19, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Confession: What sins should we confess?
Before God we should plead guilty of all sins, even those we are not aware of, as we do in the Lord’s Prayer; but before the pastor we should confess only those sins which we know and feel in our hearts.
“Most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5-6)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Body and Blood most holy,
be the delight and pleasure of my soul,
my strength and salvation
Posted by Christopher Esget at Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
May 18: Trinity- "Blessed be the Holy Trinity and the undivided Unity. Let us give glory to Him because He has shown His mercy to us." Trinity Sunday is one of the latest festivals to come into the church year. Not universally celebrated until the fourteenth century, it began to be observed in various places in the Western Church to combat the spread of Arianism, a heresy that denies the divinity of Jesus. This is the one Sunday devoted to a doctrine: that God has revealed Himself to us as One God in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. To reinforce this teaching, on this day the church confesses the Athanasian Creed (which is the third ecumenical creed, along with the Apostles' and Nicene).
Posted by Christopher Esget at Monday, May 12, 2008
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Confession: What is Confession?
Confession has two parts. First, that we confess our sins, and second, that we receive absolution, that is, forgiveness, from the pastor as from God Himself, not doubting, but firmly believing that by it our sins are forgiven before God in heaven.
Posted by Kassie Esget at Saturday, May 10, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Immanuel member Mollie Hemingway is interviewed on the radio program "Way of the Master" regarding the Issues, Etc. debacle. You can listen to it here. (Mollie's part starts about 3/4 of the way through.)
Posted by Christopher Esget at Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
May 11: Pentecost- Pentecost is, together with Epiphany and Easter, one of the three great festivals of the Christian year. Fortunately, it has not been coopted by Hallmark and the shopping malls! On this day we rejoice in God's gift of the Spirit to the Church. To the Third Person of the Trinity our hymn is addressed: "Teach us to know the Father, Son, / And You, from both, as Three in One / That we Your name may ever bless / And in our lives the truth confess."
Posted by Christopher Esget at Sunday, May 04, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Baptism: Where is this written?
St. Paul writes in Romans chapter six: “We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” (Romans 6:4)