Reflection on the New Year

Dear Members and Friends of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.  I thank God for you and the life we share as disciples of Jesus.  Thank you for the...

January 13

Genesis 31-32; Matthew 9:18-38 I may write more later today, but for now: I preached on Jacob the God Wrestler this fall:...

January 12

Genesis 29-30; Matthew 9:1-17 Jesus has authority to forgive sins.  Through Jesus, we Christians have the power to forgive one another’s sins in Jesus’ name.  That is an awesome privilege and responsibility!   I am not going to blog much today – but you can...

January 11

Genesis 27-28; Matthew 8:18-34   In chapter 27, you see a family conflict.  Isaac prefers his eldest (by a few seconds!) son Esau, the hairy hunter; while his wife Rebekah prefers Jacob, the smooth skinned younger brother.  Rebekah helps Jacob deceive his father...

January 10

Genesis 25-26; Matthew 8:1-17 Isaac does not get to play a big part in the story of Genesis – he does not even get to go and find his wife Rebekah.  But it seems that he loved his mother Sarah very much, and he grows to love Rebekah too.  It is notable that Isaac and...

January 9, 2014

Genesis 23-24; Matthew 7 When Sarah dies, Abraham purchases land to bury her near Hebron.  Then, Abraham sends a trusted servant to find a wife for his son Isaac from among his relatives back in Haran (modern day Harran in southeast Turkey), and with God’s guidance...