Revelation, Part 2
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by Mark Daniels
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Revelation, Part 2 (Video YouTube Version)
Mark Daniels
by Mark Daniels
1w ago
[This is the second episode of my study of Revelation. It begins as a Facebook Live event and then gets edited into a podcast. Why the opening logo gyrates, I have no idea. I'm still figuring this podcast and iMovie editing out ..read more
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Revelation, Part 1 (Video YouTube Version)
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by Mark Daniels
2w ago
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Revelation, Part 1
Mark Daniels
by Mark Daniels
2w ago
Here's the first episode of my new podcast, 'Route 66: A podcast journey through the Bible.' Naturally, we're starting with the last of the Bible's 66 books, Revelation. Please share the podcast with others ..read more
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Gun Violence in America
Mark Daniels
by Mark Daniels
1M ago
France24 has details on today's school shooting in Iowa. I pray in Jesus’ name that God will give us both the wisdom and the courage to act on the wisdom He gives to end the tragic nonsense of gun violence in our country. No other advanced Western-style democracy deals with gun violence to the extent that we do in America. Is there more mental illness in America than in other countries? The data I’ve seen suggests that’s not the case. What the definitive answers might be, I don’t claim to know. Many of the answers will be rendered in the country's political life and, as a pastor, I stay ou ..read more
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Ready to Die? Ready to Live?
Mark Daniels
by Mark Daniels
1M ago
[Below you'll find the message shared yesterday morning, December 31, 2023, during worship with the people and friends of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio. We celebrated the First Sunday after Christmas. It was also the last day of my call as pastor of Living Water. As of yesterday, I am officially retired. I hope you find both the service and the message helpful. It has been an undeserved blessing and joy for me to have been called by Christ and His Church to the ministry of Word and Sacrament these past thirty-nine years.] Galatians 4:4-7 Luke 2:22-40 Often over the years ..read more
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All God Wants for Christmas
Mark Daniels
by Mark Daniels
2M ago
[Below you'll find the text of this year's Christmas Eve message as well as live stream video of both services from Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio. Because our sanctuary is small, we move these services to our Mission Outreach Center.] Luke 2:1-20 The message and meaning of Christmas can be put simply. The very simple message is this: God is for you.  Now God gives His law–His commands, of course, because He wants you to see that you and I fail to keep His law and, because only perfectly righteous people can live in God’s presence, you are in dire straits. You need t ..read more
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YOU Have Found Grace with God
Mark Daniels
by Mark Daniels
2M ago
[Below is the text and the live stream video of yesterday's Sunday morning worship service with the people and friends of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.] Luke 1:26-38 Our gospel lesson for this morning begins with a virgin named Mary who is visited by an angel. The angel is Gabriel, whose name means God is our strength. Gabriel, as is true whenever God sends an angel, because the word angel means messenger, has a sermon to preach. That’s what angels do: preach. Not all preachers on this earth are angels; but all angels are preachers. Only one part of the sermon is for Ma ..read more
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Jesus is More Than Enough
Mark Daniels
by Mark Daniels
2M ago
[Below is the text of the message shared during today's worship services with the people and friends of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio, as well as live stream video of both services.] John 1:6-8, 19-28 Every Church Year, we listen to an account of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness by Satan. But before that happened, someone else was tempted: John the Baptist. Today’s Gospel lesson written by John the Apostle shows that John the Baptist was also tempted in the wilderness, near Bethany, on the other side of the Jordan. And he endured it in order to point the world to Jesu ..read more
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God Decides and Women in God's Kingdom: Some Thoughts on Luke 15
Mark Daniels
by Mark Daniels
2M ago
As we continue to read the Gospel according to Saint Luke, one chapter a day from December 1 to 24, we come today to Luke 15, linked below. In the three parables Jesus tells in this chapter--the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Lost Son--we see the precise roles played by God and by human beings in salvation from sin and death. Ready? Here it is: GOD DOES EVERYTHING; WE DO NOTHING. Human beings are the passive recipients of God's "amazing grace," His charity, for sinners who deserve nothing but condemnation and death. With loving perseverance, God seeks us out in the same way that the shephe ..read more
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