Hello there! What are your upcoming plans for the week? Lent is ending, and we get to rejoice in what God has done and continues to do in the lives of His people.
Palm Sunday is March 25 this year. Prophecies are fulfilled. Celebrations ensue. The King comes into Jerusalem, humbly riding a donkey. Our church services are at 8 AM and 10:45 AM, with Bible study in Sunday school at 9:30 AM.
Maundy Thursday is March 29. Our church services are at noon and 6:30 PM.
Good Friday is March 30. Again, our church services are at noon and 6:30 PM.
Saturday Vigil services are at 6:30 PM.
Easter services are at 7 AM and 9:30 AM, with breakfast between the services.
I guess I will never be able to claim that I am a Luddite. I took a selfie on the way to church and in Bible class.
I look so ridiculously stern in the one on the left, but I was trying to figure out how to make my phone work. I always look like that when I use the phone. And no, I do not talk on the phone. I will text and I will take pictures, I will not talk. And no, you can’t have my number.
Here’s what we covered this Sunday in 1 Corinthians. Yes, we really and truly are in chapter 2! We finished verse two and started on verse three. We are galloping along at a breakneck speed, aren’t we?
This weekend, we also celebrated the 90th birthday of She-who-does-not-like-her-name-on-the-Internet. It was nice. I think everybody had a good time. We are all tired. I will dedicate a complete post to her celebration a little bit later.
Bible study was excellent, again. I just don’t remember as much as I want to. We also celebrated Mother’s birthday. Apparently, not as months moved from my mental long-term storage into short-term storage as sometimes happens.
Yes, I have missed updating this for a couple of weeks. I guess you’ll just have to show up to class yourself. You can jump right in, we move slowly! http://ziontomballtx.org/
1 Corinthians 1:30 (ESV)
And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
I don’t remember whether we discussed this note:
Paul traces from God (1) revelation given in His Word, (2) the acquittal won by His Son, (3) the holiness that follows for us, and (4) full salvation from sin and death. “This happens because of the righteousness of another, namely, of Christ” (Ap V 184).
–Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 1948.
We did, however, spend some time trying to figure out whether the Greek phrase at the top of the board meant:
It’s true, we do take our time in studying God’s Word. It’s a treasure. It’s a delight. It’s a joy, well worth our time. We can snicker at ourselves when others tease us, saying things like, “By the time you finish going through I Corinthians, you’ve also read the entire rest of the Bible in that Sunday school class!”
Here’s what we did today:
A Quick Review of Where We’ve Been over the Last Few Weeks? Months?
1 Corinthians 1:20–25 (RSV)
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
A book I’m reading, “Gnostic America” by Peter Burfeind, underscores how similar 1st-century Corinth and 21st-century United States really are. I can’t say that I’m enjoying the book, but I’m glad I’m reading it. How can you NOT get something out of a book when the website for the book uses phrases like “Medieval-Gnostic perversion of Christian theology”?
1 Corinthians 1:26 (RSV)
26 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;