The Glorious Cross of Jesus

Readings for Palm Sunday Deuteronomy 32:36-39; Philippians 2:5-11; John 12:12-43 “Glorious!” It’s a word commonly used to describe things that are deemed to be very beautiful in appearance. A sunset, a meadow blooming with flowers, a classic...

How Good is Your Vision?

Readings for the Fifth Sunday in Lent Isaiah 43:16-21; Philippians 3:8-14; Luke 20:9-20 Have you ever had trouble seeing something that was right before your eyes – a desired dish of food from the refrigerator or a tool you needed in your shop? “How did I...

All in God’s Family

Readings for the Fourth Sunday in Lent Isaiah 12:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:16-21; Luke 15:1-3,11-32 Few things in life matter more to us than family. It’s where most of us find our deepest bonds of love and loyalty. And it’s for that very reason that a break in...

True Comfort in Troubled Times

Readings for the Third Sunday in Lent Ezekiel 33:7-20; 1 Corinthians 10:1-13; Luke 13:1-9 March has been a rough month for Nebraskans. The blizzards from a few weeks ago have given way to catastrophic flooding, loss of lives and livelihoods. In times like this, there...

God Calls To His Children

Readings for the Second Sunday in Lent Jeremiah 26:8-15; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35 “Give it to me straight. Tell it like it is!” Most people will say they prefer the truth rather than a lie, even if the truth hurts. But in reality there may be...

Jesus, our Champion

Readings for the First Sunday in Lent Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13 Martin Luther’s great hymn, A Mighty Fortress is Our God, describes in frightful detail the Christian’s daily battle against the devil. “No strength of ours can...