Epaphras Letters

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.

Eighth Sunday After Trinity, July 21, 2024

Week of July 15, 2024 | Sunday, July 21, 2024

As Jesus goes on to reveal in the subsequent verses, his name is not a magical talisman to be invoked by those coveting its authority. Those coveting the authority of Jesus’ name might call him Lord, but they had . . .

Seventh Sunday After Trinity, July 14, 2024

Week of July 8, 2024 | Sunday, July 14, 2024

Jesus attracted crowds but especially, he attracted attentive crowds. Three days this particular crowd had been with him and had not left him even to eat. In their common hunger, Jesus declares, “I have compassion on the crowd…” This word . . .

Sixth Sunday After Trinity, July 7, 2024

Week of July 1, 2024 | Sunday, July 7, 2024

Jesus is not much into debt forgiveness. All debt… ALL of it… must be paid.  And so, sinners pay.  They pay the debt incurred in the Garden. They pay because God’s Word… God’s prophecy… as well as God’s promises… are true… “In the day that you eat of it you shall surely die” (Ge. 2:17). Sinners owe the debt of sin, the sin of not taking God at his Word… the sin . . .

Fifth Sunday After Trinity, June 30, 2024

Week of June 24, 2024 | Sunday, June 30, 2024

Simon speaks the truth. He speaks the truth for himself. He speaks the truth for every human being. He rightly discerns Jesus as the presence of the divine… the holy… the righteous. Sin cannot exist alongside such things. For the sinful creature to be face-to-face with the divine, holy, and righteous God means . . .

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