Sermon for December 10, 2017

Waiting in Peace — 2 Peter 3:8-14

Preacher: Pastor Alex Klages

Recorded at Zion, Morden

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Daily Bible Readings – Week 63

Daily Bible Readings
Week 63: December 11-16, 2017

❏ Monday Isaiah 13:1-16:14
❏ Tuesday Isaiah 17:1-20:6
❏ Wednesday Isaiah 21:1-23:18
❏ Thursday Isaiah 24:1-25:12
❏ Friday Isaiah 26:1-27:13
❏ Saturday Isaiah 28:1-29:24

Note that the readings are assigned from Monday to Saturday, leaving Sunday as the day to catch up, and also indicating that we will be corporately hearing the Word at church. The following questions are optional, for your personal growth.

Study Questions: Week 63

1. Chapters 13 to 23 of Isaiah are a series of oracles against various nations. An oracle is a prophecy which was spoken aloud by the prophet as a result of direct revelation from God.

2. What nation does Isaiah prophesy against in chapter 13?

3. The description of the fall of the king of Babylon in chapter 14 is where the term “Lucifer” (Latin for “Day Star”) comes from. How would the fall of Sargon II be similar in type to the devil’s fall from heaven?

4. What does Isaiah prophesy against Assyria?

5. What does he prophesy against Philistia?

6. What might be a reason for the different tone taken when prophesying the fall of Moab? Consider Genesis 19 and the book of Ruth.

7. What does Isaiah prophesy against Damascus, capital of Aram (later Syria)?

8. What does he prophesy against Cush (Ethiopia)?

9. What does Isaiah prophesy about Egypt?

10. There is reference in Isaiah 19:19 to an altar to the Lord in the midst of Egypt. Hundreds of years later, a temple, which was a copy of the temple in Jerusalem, was built in Elephantine, which is an island in the Nile River. It was to the Jewish community here, possibly started in the days of King Manasseh, that many Jews fled in the days of the Babylonian captivity.

11. What strange physical sign does Isaiah do in chapter 20? Why?

12. What does Isaiah prophesy against Babylon, Dumah, and Arabia?

13. How is Eliakim a picture of Jesus in Isaiah 22?

14. What is prophesied against the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon?

15. Isaiah 24-27 give a picture of the Lord’s final judgment. What will that great day of the Lord be like?

16. How does Isaiah 26 look forward to the final resurrection?

17. What judgment does the Lord pass on Israel (Ephraim) and Judah (Jerusalem)?

18. Lutheran theology speaks of God’s graciousness as being His proper work and His judgment as being His alien work based on Isaiah 28:21.

19. What name is Jerusalem called in Isaiah 29? Ariel means “hearth of God”–how is this an appropriate name?

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Things to do

COME AND GO TEA In thankfulness for your love and care, Pastor Alex and Kelly would like to invite everyone to stop by their house on December 16 between 2-4 pm. They`ll have tea and coffee and goodies to share. As they don’t have any family in the region, this is their “family gathering”, so to speak!

TRINITY INVITES BOTH CONGREGATIONS to their annual Games Night on January 12th at Trinity at 6:30pm. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Bring your favorite game, and come for a fun evening!

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Daily Bible Readings – Week 62

Daily Bible Readings
Week 62: December 4-9, 2017

❏ Monday Isaiah 1:1-2:22
❏ Tuesday Isaiah 3:1-4:6
❏ Wednesday Isaiah 5:1-6:13
❏ Thursday Isaiah 7:1-8:22
❏ Friday Isaiah 9:1-10:34
❏ Saturday Isaiah 11:1-12:6

Note that the readings are assigned from Monday to Saturday, leaving Sunday as the day to catch up, and also indicating that we will be corporately hearing the Word at church. The following questions are optional, for your personal growth.

Study Questions: Week 62

1. The book of Isaiah locates itself by means of the very first verse.
Who were the kings of Judah in Isaiah’s day?

2. This list allows us to pinpoint Isaiah’s career as a prophet from roughly 740-681 BC. Isaiah’s lengthy career as a prophet meant that he had many opportunities to hear the Word from the Lord and to convey it to His people—partly why Isaiah is the longest prophetic book in the Old Testament by number of chapters (though Jeremiah is a little longer by word count).

3. Isaiah 1 shows the basic themes of the entire book of prophecy; Judah has sinned against the Lord and He will bring both judgment and redemption to His people. Watch for these themes throughout the remainder of the book.

4. How is Isaiah 2:1-5 a prophecy of heaven?

5. How does Isaiah 2:12-22 depict the day of the Lord?

6. What does the Lord’s denouncing of the women of Zion in chapter 3 demonstrate about the attitude of the people of Judah toward God and the poor?

7. Compare Isaiah 5:1-7 to Mark 12:1-12. How does Jesus use this prophecy of Isaiah to demonstrate who He is?

8. How does Isaiah respond to seeing the glory of the Lord in Isaiah 6?

9. What prophecy of Jesus is given to king Ahaz in Isaiah 7?

10. What name does Isaiah give his son in chapter 8 and why?

11. How is chapter 9:1-7 a prophecy of Jesus?

12. The Lord is using Assyria as a tool to judge Israel, but will have to also deal with Assyria. Why, according to chapter 10?

13. How does chapter 11 prophesy Jesus’ coming and also the perfect world of the new heavens and the new earth?

14. Where do we use Isaiah 12 in our regular worship?

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Sermon for December 3, 2017

The Return of the King of Kings – 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Preacher: Vicar Lief Mauricio

Recorded at Trinity, Winkler

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Daily Bible Readings, Week 61

Daily Bible Readings
Week 61: November 27-December 2, 2017

❏ Monday Ecclesiastes 7:1-8:17
❏ Tuesday Ecclesiastes 9:1-10:20
❏ Wednesday Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14
❏ Thursday Song of Solomon 1:1-3:11
❏ Friday Song of Solomon 4:1-6:13
❏ Saturday Song of Solomon 7:1-8:14

Note that the readings are assigned from Monday to Saturday, leaving Sunday as the day to catch up, and also indicating that we will be corporately hearing the Word at church. The following questions are optional, for your personal growth.

Study Questions: Week 61

1. Ecclesiastes 7 is summarized in its final verse; how does this verse reflect Genesis 3?

2. Ecclesiastes 8 ends with an observation that people cannot uncover all that God does. How is this reassuring? How does this help keep our human limits in context?

3. How does Ecclesiastes 9 speak of death?

4. Ecclesiastes 10 and 11 consist of various observations of wisdom, much like the bulk of the Proverbs. Are there any repeated themes or observations in these chapters?

5. Ecclesiastes 12 talks about the importance of remembering your Creator and fearing God. How does this summarize the entire book, and help you avoid your life being just ‘vanity’?

6. The Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs, SS for short) is a love poem in style and substance. It is at once the poem of a man to his bride (Solomon himself to one of his many wives) and yet also can be read as a picture of the love of Christ for His church (as Ephesians 5 notes all earthly marriages are a picture of this greater, divine marriage!). As you read the Song, keep these dual layers in mind.

7. The bride is well-tanned; in Solomon’s day, this was generally seen as detracting from beauty (as opposed to our modern tanning-salon culture!). Does this detract from the love the groom has for his bride’s beauty?

8. The “Come away” speech in SS 2 is a beautiful picture of Christ calling His church at the end of time.

9. List some of the metaphors and similes used to describe the bride or the groom which strike you as unusual (eg: your eyes are doves). What do the metaphors show, rather than being a physical description?

9. How is Solomon’s arrival to claim his bride described?

10. One of the themes throughout the book is the longing of the bride for her groom. How does this depict the current state of the Church as we await our Lord Jesus’ return?

11. How does SS 8:6-7 describe the great strength and power of both earthly love and God’s love?

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Sermon for November 26, 2017

Vicar Lief and Pastor Toms pinch-hit for me at the last minute when I was too ill to do service. Much thanks to them. -Pastor Alex Klages


Sheep and Goats – Matthew 25:31-46

Preacher: Vicar Lief Mauricio (sermon by Pastor Alex)

Recorded at Trinity, Winkler

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Daily Bible Readings, Week 60

Daily Bible Readings
Week 60: November 20-25, 2017

❏ Monday Proverbs 26:1-27:27
❏ Tuesday Proverbs 28:1-29:27
❏ Wednesday Proverbs 30:1-31:31
❏ Thursday Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:26
❏ Friday Ecclesiastes 3:1-4:16
❏ Saturday Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:12

Note that the readings are assigned from Monday to Saturday, leaving Sunday as the day to catch up, and also indicating that we will be corporately hearing the Word at church. The following questions are optional, for your personal growth.

Study Questions: Week 60

1. The proverbs in Proverbs 26:4-5 seem to contradict each other at first glance; but how are they both true?

2. How have you experienced the truth of Proverbs 27:6?

3. Chapters 28-29 seem to be proverbs addressed primarily toward kings. How do the proverbs here apply to kings? How do they apply to commoners like us?

4. Agur’s words, despite his protestation of being ignorant or stupid, show great wisdom; what does Agur say about the Word of God and about contentment in Proverbs 30:5-9?

5. King Lemuel of Proverbs 31 is otherwise unknown. He might be a wise king from the surrounding nations of Israel and Judah, or this might be a pseudonym for Josiah or Hezekiah. The proverbs associated with him are only the first few of chapter 31. What is his concern?

6. The poem about the woman who fears the LORD is a Hebrew alphabet poem; in other words, like Psalm 119, it tries to convey all there is to say about the topic. The whole poem is summarized in the final two verses. What does this poet say is most praiseworthy?

7. Ecclesiastes is one of the darkest books in the Bible in tone and theme. It is about futility, emptiness, and the ways of the world. Yet it is also a book of hope. It was most likely written by Solomon toward the end of his life, as he looks back at both his successes and failures and considers what the end of things is in this world.

8. What does the Preacher call all things that are done under the sun? Why?

9. What is the great equalizer of the wise and the foolish alike?

10. The “Time” poem at the start of chapter 3 is very familiar, in no small part due to the folk song written about this text by Pete Seeger, and popularized by the Byrds in the 1960s. What does this poem indicate about this life?

11. Why is it good to have companionship in this world, according to Ecclesiastes 4?

12. Chapter 5 begins with a recalling of God and His Word. What is the right approach to going to God’s house?

13. What is the right attitude toward the material blessings you have received from the Lord’s hand?

13. The Preacher seems especially upset by considering death in chapter 6. Why?

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Sermon for November 19, 2017

Faithful Servants, Faithful Master — Matthew 25:14-30

Preacher: Vicar Lief Mauricio

Recorded at Trinity, Winkler

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Council Positions

† IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN There are 6 council positions coming up for election at Trinity. Please consider the following positions that need to be filled: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Elder (2), Trustee. The following 4 positions are up for election at Zion: President, Secretary, 1 Elder and 1 Trustee.

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