Rev. Jeremy Klaustermeier from St. John Lutheran Church in Warrenton, Missouri, speaks about the upcoming 14th Annual T-3 Men’s Retreat, happening September 23-25, 2016. The theme for this year is “The Courage of Jesus.” For more information or to register, visit the T-3 Men’s Retreat website.
2. Witness Wednesday
With Rev. Mark Wood, Director of Witness and Outreach in the LCMS Office of National Mission on how to motivate people to witness.
3. Daily Lectionary
Rev. Ralph Tausz from Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Apostles in Melrose Park, Illinois studies Acts 13:1-12.
4. Matins Sermonette
Today’s sermonette is by Rev. Ralph Tausz from Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Apostles in Melrose Park, Illinois.
Barnabas and Saul Sent Off
13 Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers,Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger,[a] Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
Barnabas and Saul on Cyprus
4 So, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus. 5 When they arrived at Salamis, they proclaimed the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews. And they had John to assist them. 6 When they had gone through the whole island as far as Paphos, they came upon a certain magician, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus. 7 He was with the proconsul, Sergius Paulus, a man of intelligence, who summoned Barnabas and Saul and sought to hear the word of God. 8 But Elymas the magician (for that is the meaning of his name) opposed them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. 9 But Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him 10 and said, “You son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, full of all deceit and villainy, will you not stop making crooked the straight paths of the Lord? 11 And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you will be blind and unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately mist and darkness fell upon him, and he went about seeking people to lead him by the hand. 12 Then the proconsul believed, when he saw what had occurred, for he was astonished at the teaching of the Lord.
- Acts 13:1 Niger is a Latin word meaning black, or dark