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Christmas 2 – Matthew 2:13-23

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit The life of Christ has a twofold purpose. First and foremost, it is substitutionary. Everything that Christ did and suffered happened in our place, for our own good. As a result, we are saved from our sins, reconciled to […]

Christmas 1 – Luke 2:33-40

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit Christmas according to Saint Luke begins in Bethlehem and ends in the temple. The baby Jesus was brought there for the Service of Presentation forty days after His birth. Lord willing, we will celebrate that festival on February 2, […]

Luther: He Had Nothing But Ordinary Swaddling Clothes and Scarcely A Farthing in Mary’s Purse

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

The patriarch Simeon steps up, even though by virtue of age he can scarcely see his way, and with penetrating clarity of discernment recognizes and praises this child as the Savior and Light of the World. All emperors, kings, and sovereigns are mere darkness, but this child is the Light of the World. All the […]

The Circumcision and Name of Jesus – Luke 2:21 & Numbers 6:22-27

Friday, December 30th, 2011

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit             When you say “Happy New Year,” you may be surprised to know what that wish means. Many people think nothing of the greeting, “Happy New Year.” It’s just another year that will bring gladness and sadness in appropriate […]

Christmas Day – John 1:1-14

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit             Once upon a time the devil attended Divine Service in a church where it was customary in either the Lord’s Prayer or in the Creed to sing: Et homo factus est, that is, “God’s Son has become man.” […]