When we think of this story in the Gospels we often think of it as Jesus walking on the water – or Peter walking on the water – or Peter sinking – or the disciples being afraid. But what is the real center of the story? It’s really about Jesus overcoming all things for us. […]
Last week Jesus only healed one person in a crowd, but in today’s text Jesus expects his disciples to feed a crowd of more than 5,000! “YOU give them something to eat,” he says. But that’s impossible! And yet, that’s the greatest Gospel good news in our text. Jesus invites us to share in his […]
When we think about Joining Jesus on his mission, we think of the Great Commission to reach “all nations.” That’s an impossible task! And yet, when Jesus comes to the Pool of Bethesda where crowds of sick people are waiting, he makes his way past many desperate people to heal just one man. Is there […]
Jesus calms a storm, but the message is not just about his power. It is about his presence. Here is the gospel, that Jesus is present with us in the storm.
Using the theme for this academic year at Concordia, Rev. John Rathje will talk about how God calls us to serve together as One Family in the new year – and at the same time to be Set Apart, to be different from the world around us.
God gave us gifts at Christmas. He gave us hope, life, love, and peace. And he gave us glory, a gift we don’t often think about.
Jesus spoke in parables – and not everyone heard the same thing. Those who believed in him understood, but those who rejected him received his message very differently. Are you ears open to the good news?
Here we are, in the middle of Jesus’ earthly ministry, and he sends his disciples off on a road trip. It’s not a long one. It’s not a dangerous one. In fact, it’s sort of a simplified one. It’s like a vicarage – a first chance to try out what they have learned. After all […]
When you pray, do you expect that God *wants* to help you? Do you believe that he *can* help you? Here are two different men with two different ways of praying. Being a follower of Jesus means that we know he is both – strong enough to save us, and that this is what he […]
We’ve often talked about the Sermon on the Mount in bits and pieces. But listening to Jesus teach would have been very different. All of these stories and illustrations and topics flowed together. Today, let’s consider the entire sermon, just as Jesus preached it.
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