Epaphras Prayer Letter

The Epaphras Prayer Letter encourages people to support the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT) through their prayers. The Apostle Paul named Epaphras, saying of him, "He is always wrestling in prayer for you..." (Col.4:12). The letter comes out every week. ILT makes it available on its website and through email subscription. Each letter contains an inspirational thought and several prayer concerns for you to pray in support of ILT and its mission—to raise up faithful preachers and teachers of Jesus Christ and him crucified.

Monday Morsels

Twenty-third Sunday After Pentecost

Week of October 25, 2021 | Sunday, Reformation Sunday, October 31, 2021

Jesus is not saying anything new here. “If you dwell in… if you remain in… if you live from… my word…” Jesus is simply rephrasing the Old Testament quote with which he rebuffed Satan, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Mt. 4:4). With that rebuff, Jesus is practicing what he has commended to his disciples, “abide in my word.” This is an ancient word, coming as it does directly from Deuteronomy 8:3 where Moses is instructing the Israelites prior to their entry into the

Twenty-second Sunday After Pentecost

Week of October 18, 2021 | Sunday, October 24, 2021

Those in the crowd demanded Bartimaeus to shut up. Perhaps he was an embarrassment to them. After all, a blind beggar sitting in the dust of the roadside isn’t the pinnacle of the social graces. Perhaps his pleas, shrill and insistent, competed with their more sober and dulcet requests or praise. Perhaps they were trying to protect the important personage, Jesus, from the interference of this unimportant beggar. Such a practice, protecting the VIP . . .

Twenty-first Sunday After Pentecost

Week of October 11, 2021 | Sunday, October 17, 2021

The disciples are astonished at Jesus’ announcement that camels can go through the eye of a needle easier than a rich man can get into heaven. The surprise of it delivers a blow that knocks them out of themselves and relieves them of their self-possession. A common cultural assumption considered wealth as a blessing bestowed by God upon those  . . .

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Week of October 4, 2021 | Sunday, October 10, 2021

“…go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” Indeed, what shall we say about the poor? Shall we do as Jesus advises here, sell off everything, impoverish ourselves in exchange for treasure in heaven? Or shall we adopt Jesus’ attitude in his response to Judas and his objection: “…for you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me” (John 12:4-7). Or, shall we tell the poor to be content with having good news preached to them (Mt. 11:15). Maybe we must resort to saying there are different kinds of poor, e.g., poor in spirit, poor in wealth, or poor in righteousness; we must admit deficiencies . . .

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