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“Silent Night”

by firstlutheran

“Silent Night” Read: St. Matthew 2:1-2; St. Luke 2:11, 16-18  In their village high in the Austrian Alp Mountains, a Catholic priest and his organist often talked about the hymns their church sang. They agreed that the perfect Christmas hymn had not yet been written. Then, just before Christmas in 1818, the church organ broke […]

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

by firstlutheran

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” Read: St. Luke 1:34-35; St. Luke 2:9-11; Galatians 4:4 Charles Wesley and his brother John Wesley were co-founders of the Methodist Church. Charles wrote more than 6,000 hymns, but “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” is considered by many to be the best. In singing this hymn we join not only […]

Stewardship

by firstlutheran

We are God’s managers Read: St. Matthew 25:14-21 Text – Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.  I Corinthians 4:2 In its context these words of the text are applied to the Gospel ministry. It is, however, in perfect accord with many Bible passages to apply them […]

Christian Stewardship

by firstlutheran

Read: I Corinthians 4:1-8 Text – For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?  I Corinthians 4:7 Closely connected to the concept of thanksgiving is that of stewardship. God is the owner […]

Martin Luther and Our Generation – Luther and Family Life

by firstlutheran

Luther and Family Life Read: Proverbs 31:10-31 Text – A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Proverbs 31:10 When Dr. Martin Luther left the monastery he advised monks and nuns to become married. He hesitated for a long time to take such a step himself. In 1525, […]

Martin Luther and Our Generation – Luther and Friendship

by firstlutheran

Luther and Friendship Read: I Samuel 18:1-4 Text – After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.   -I Samuel 18:1 What Jonathan was to David, Phillip Melanchthon, Luther’s co-worker, was to Luther. They taught together, they labored to find and give others […]

Martin Luther and Our Generation – Luther and Serenity

by firstlutheran

Luther and Serenity Read: Isaiah 26 Text – You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast; because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 It is not easy in these days to feel secure, especially when the future is so uncertain and full of danger as it is now. We cannot plan ahead so […]

Martin Luther and Our Generation – Luther and Prayer

by firstlutheran

Luther and Prayer Read: Psalm 4 Text – What am I to do? I will pay with the spirit and I will pay with the mind also… I Cor. 14:15 True prayer is conversation with God. The desire to pray is the best evidence of a reborn soul. When there was a question as to […]

Martin Luther and Our Generation – Luther and Courage

by firstlutheran

Luther and Courage Read: Acts 28:11-31 What a hero was the Apostle Paul! Though he knew that death awaited him in Rome, “he thanked God and took courage.” (Acts 8:25) How would you like to be a hero? The world honors heroes today. Heroism demands courage; it requires that we stand up for our convictions. […]

Martin Luther and Our Generation – Luther & Truth

by firstlutheran

Luther and Truth Read: St. John 8:12-32 Text: “…and you will know the truth and the truth will make you free.” Martin Luther was undoubtedly the greatest man in his generation. He is known as the Great Reformer of the sixteenth century. What made him great was his ability to distinguish truth from error; this […]