Excerpt from Martin Luther’s sermon on Matthew 8:23-27:
When I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
The Gospel (of the stilling of the tempest) consoles and emboldens us in two ways. When we encounter persecution for the sake of God’s Word, we may say, “Christ is in the ship, and therefore the sea and the wind rage and the waves fall on the ship and try to sink us. But let them rage! God’s purposes stand fast: the wind and the sea owe Him obedience. Persecution will last no longer than He wills it. Even if persecutions come upon us, they must still be subject to Him. He is Lord of all things, and hence nothing can really harm us. O that He would help us, so that we do not become faint-hearted in unbelief! Amen.”
The fact that the men marveled and praised the Lord because wind and sea were subject to Him, indicates that the Gospel, God’s Word, spreads further and further and becomes stronger through persecution. Faith also increases under such conditions.
This seems very strange when we compare this situation with secular benefits. These decline when misfortune strikes and opposition is encountered; they increase under good fortune and peaceful conditions. Christ’s kingdom is strengthened in tribulation and declines under peace and comfortable conditions as St. Paul says in his letter to the Corinthians: “My power is made perfect in weakness”. 2 Corinthians 12.9. [SL,XI.504, 16-17]
Prayer: Lord God, our loving heavenly Father, make true the assurances of help and support which you have so often given us in your Word so that in every need we cling to these assurances in and through Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.
[From page 82 of Luther for the Busy Man, translated by Dr. P.D. Paul, Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide, South Australia, 1974.]
Dad went home to be with Jesus on Wednesday, January 25th. The funeral service is at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in West Bend, Wisconsin on January 31 at 11 am.
The “Africa Mission Work” tab on our website rockrohr.net has been updated to include more information of Carl and Deborah’s work in South Africa and Ethiopia. Besides a brief synopsis, each page includes links to newsletter issues of that time. Photo essays, such as on the Ghana mission work page, will be added to each page later. Carl
Congrats to Cadets Football for 56-14 State Championship Victory. 8 records broken, 4 records tied. For example: 614 total offensive yards breaks old 3A Division Championship Game record of 465 yards. Go Cadets!
There are many good articles online about the win, click here for one:
Congrats to Cadets Football for the 62-27 win for the Regional Championship! Carl
Live streams of Concordia Lutheran High School Cadet football post-seasons games will be on my YouTube Channel at game time, 7:pm EST. (Search “Carl Rockrohr” on Youtube.com)
Next game: Concordia Lutheran High School Cadets vs. Belmont Braves, October 28, 7 pm EST.
The live streams will be archived for watching later.
Last week’s game:
We have great players and coaches on our Concordia Lutheran High School football team. Great, historic win Friday night! The newspaper article mentions our school’s faith in Jesus Christ and faith in one another. Ted plays backup defensive end on the team and Deborah teaches freshmen Old Testament at the high school. Great news article in Ft Wayne News Sentinel – Click Here.
Watch the Friday night report of the News-Sentinel below. The report on the Concordia Lutheran High School football game and the football program is from 2:44 – 7:19 minutes. Carl