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Luther on the Book of James

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In Episode 18, we look at the recent violence in Dayton and El Paso. Beyond turning to God in prayer and having knowledge of evil, what is God telling us to do? Are we being faithful servants before the act is even committed? How do we find or react to those who are lost and considering violence? Is there anything the church can do better? That a Christian can do better?

What about punishment? In the kingdom of the left hand, should there be more deterrence of evil within the law? Does that even matter?

 A listener also asked us to look into Luther's thoughts on the Book of James. Luther once said:

“Therefore St James’ epistle is really an epistle of straw, compared to these others, for it has nothing of the nature of the Gospel about it.” 

“We should throw the epistle of James out of this school, for it doesn’t amount to much. It contains not a syllable about Christ. Not once does it mention Christ, except at the beginning.”

 But Luther also called it “a good book, because it sets up no doctrine of men,” (AE 35:362, 395-97).

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God's devil

Episode #17 of The TLC Show reviews the synodical convention of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod in Tampa, Fla. No drama – just sticking to Biblical truth. In “Pastor’s Questions”, we look at the devil being “God’s devil” – a deep question that gives us the chance to look at the story of Job and remind ourselves that while philosophy asks “why”, you won’t get many answers doing that with God. #tlcnorfolk



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God Rules

Episode #16 of The TLC Show discusses what is a "synod", the purpose of its president, and how the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod goes about electing the president. Additionally, we talk about God's role in elections, Ephesians 6:12 and how government's can be evil even though instituted by God, and "cheap" v. "costly" grace. #tlcnorfolk




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God in Three Persons


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Episode #15 wraps up our look at the church season. We also share the news regarding the re-election of Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison to his fourth term as president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on religious liberty and symbols.

Specifically, we discuss:

  • Ascension Day
  • Pentecost. Why does Pentecost, Reformation Day, and Confirmation Day share the color red?
  • Holy Trinity. What is the Athanasian Creed? What is the "catholic" faith?
  • Stump the Pastor: What is the meaning of this phrase in the Athansian Creed: "And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire"? If Jesus conquered death and the devil, how come we still face demons?
  • News: 
    • Supreme Court rules on religious symbols. 100-year old Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial, along with memorials like it bearing religious symbols across the country, are permitted based on the ruling in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association. What's the broader meaning? Does it really matter?
    • Harrison's reelection

Recognizing evil


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Episode #14 addresses the tragedy that happened in Virginia Beach May 31, 2019, with the murder of 12 innocent people who merely went to work. In this podcast, Pastor Meraz calls it what it is: evil.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Our continuing prayers for all affected by what happened in Virginia Beach and our community
  • The recognition of evil for what it is
  • Recognition of our sin and the need for a Savior
  • Importance of faith and Baptism
  • Importance of “feeling” your faith at church
  • The need for forgiveness
  • Stewardship – it’s a Christian life activity; it’s talents, abilities, time and more
  • The endurance of the church

Note: Gov. Northam said in his speech, "We lost 1,028 Virginians due to gun violence in 2017.", not 1,800.

Photo by John-Henry Doucette, Princess Anne Independent News

Fish and Sheep


Episode 13 of the #TLCShow looks at the scripture lessons in this year's lectionary between Easter and Pentecost - particularly the Gospel of John where Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd in Ch. 10 and reveals himself again to disciples following the resurrection in Ch. 21.

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Easter and Vicarious Satisfaction

Episode 12 of the #TLCShow looks at the importance of Easter, "vicarious satisfaction", when do the faithful go to Heaven, and staying energized for Christ and His church after Christmas and Easter.

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