An excerpt from Thy Kingdom Come: “Thou art the Christ”

“That is the right answer in all difficulties, sorrow, and temptation: ‘I believe that Thou art the Christ.’ That is the right answer in confion as well. ‘Do you believe that Lazar, who is dead, is not dead? Do you believe that these evil things are for the glory of God, that it is good that Lazar was not spared this pain, or you your grief?’ He asks. And she says, ‘I believe that Thou art the Christ.’

“Jes is the Christ. He is the resurrection and the life. That is the answer becae it is the only thing that matters, the only thing that endures, the only thing that is trtworthy. Jes is the Christ.

“Yes, we can speculate and make up exces and find ways that death is good or cancer is a gift, but it is pretty thin, and it rarely brings comfort. We do well to learn from St. Martha not to exce the evil in this world, but to simply say, ‘I believe that Thou art the Christ. Somehow this will be good. I don’t know how. I can’t see it. But Thou art the Christ. I have a Savior. God loves me. Death itself will come to an end. Thou wilt bring it together and bring me home.’

“May God in His mercy keep this clearly in our hearts and minds, that whatever afflicts —fear of death, despair of our sins, deep sadness and loneliness—we might be kept safe in this Word and faith until the end. Yes, I believe that Thou art the Christ.”

This is an excerpt from the sermon for Friday of Laetare (the fourth week in Lent) based on John 11:1-45. Thy Kingdom Come (which is currently 20% off!) is a collection of Lent and Easter sermons by Rev. David H. Petersen. With over sixty sermons spanning Pre-Lent, all forty days of Lent, and the Sundays after Easter, this book is an excellent daily devotion for both pastors and parishioners.

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Writing Contest: He Remembers the Barren

Emmanuel Press is joining with Katie Schuermann and the hosts of He Remembers the Barren blog?to sponsor a writing contest. To enter, submit a?reflection (no more than 800 words) on the following prompt: “I waited patiently for the LORD; He inclined to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1) by Monday, March 25. While you can read all of the details here, we do want to point out that the prize is a 14.7″ x 18″ giclee print of the cover art (left) from the second edition of He Remembers the Barren.?We commissioned this beautiful painting from Edward Riojas; learn more about him at

In a recent interview on KFUO’s The Coffee Hour, Katie Schuermann discsed the symbolism in the painting, the theme for the writing contest, and why the season of Lent is an appropriate time for such a contest. And the scope of submissions is not limited to barrenness, as Katie explains in the interview. How has the Lord inclined to you and heard your cry? We look forward to your submissions, dear readers!

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Bulk discounts for He Restores My Soul

As?He Restores My Soul?nears its six-month anniversary, we look back at this half year with much thankfulness. We are honored to have worked with such talented authors whose writing beautifully and continually points to Jes Christ. And we are humbled and grateful for the eager response from our ctomers and the reviews on Amazon?and Goodreads?(see excerpts below).

Did you know that we structured He Restores My Soul to work well for either individual reading or for groups to read together? Study questions accompany every chapter, and?each of the 14 chapters functions independently from the others, making it easy to read straight through or in parts. We also?offer bulk discounts for larger orders. Save?15% on orders of 10-19 books, 20% on 20-29 books, and 25% on 30+ books. To take advantage of the savings,?contact ?for a ctomized invoice.

“How often do we look at the Christians around , marveling at their “put-together” lives, and secretly tuck our own struggle and insufficiency away? This book reminds that living in this world is hard, and the effects of sin and our brokenness is something that we all share….Their stories do not prescribe a formula for temporal victory. They do not leave praising each writer for her courage, faith, and strength. They are not given as a self-help digest. They simply remind that, in all things, as God’s children living under the cross, we mt look to Jes for help and rest and restoration.”
-St. Louis Lutheran on Amazon

“I read this book in a single sitting, staying up late into the evening to finish. Every woman’s chapter was beautifully written, and each one left me with a deeper appreciation of the human condition, and a greater awareness of the struggles in life we know nothing about.” -Rebekah Theilen on Goodreads

“They share their tragedies but there is always triumph through Jes. They suffer and are yet rejoicing in the cross of Christ. This book is filled with encouragement for the daily Christian life but also hope and wisdom for those extra rough seasons of life. Well worth your time and a great gift for those who may need a word of encouragement.”
-Jamie Lynn on Goodreads

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Easter greeting cards

Lent has jt begun, but now is the time to plan ahead for Easter greeting cards. This theologically-rich card, “Eastertide,” features art by Edward Riojas. It depicts Jes’ victory over the grave, for Jes is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). The inside verse proclaims:

For the sheep the Lamb has bled,
Sinless in the sinner’s stead.
Christ the Lord is ris’n on high;
Now He lives, no more to die.

This particular card is limited-edition and not available on our website. Instead, you’ll need to?contact ?with the details of your order. Prices are as follows (shipping included): 5 cards for $9.95; 15 cards for $18.95. Once you email with your order, we’ll send you a ctomized Paypal invoice for payment.?*Not available for international shipment. Card dimensions are 6.25″ x 4.5″.

Available for regular purchase is our “Resurrection” greeting card.?Through His death and resurrection, Christ has broken the gates of hell and conquered death. He raises Adam and Eve from their tombs, grasping their wrists as they passively obey. His victory over death redeems all mankind, even back to the Fall. This scene foreshadows the resurrection of the body on the last day. Find more details here.

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Thy Kingdom Come: An Excerpt from Ash Wednesday

“Your ashes are smeared today. There is no beauty in them. The world cannot see anything in them but an ugly smudge of dirt and death. But for those with the eyes of faith, they are in the form of a cross, that most lovely and dear of all symbols, that emblem of our hope.

“We set our faces toward Jeralem today. We turn our backs on sin. We look through the gallows on Golgotha and see the glory of the cross enlightening the empty tomb. He has been lifted up from the earth to draw to Him, to drain the Law’s accing power, to empty hell’s claim, to crh the devil’s head, to bestow peace upon the meek.

“You are a holy people, anointed with ashes. You belong to the Lord. His mark and name are upon you. This is what it is to be sanctified, to be holy. You are forgiven, to be sure, but there is more than that. You are not only forgiven, or jt made even with God, as though you never did anything wrong, and that is that. There is more. For not only has your debt been wiped out, but there is a credit to your account. You aren’t jt even; you are holy. You belong to Him. You have the superabundance of His good works counting as your own, and the earth, indeed all of the universe, if your inheritance.

“So remember that you are dt and that you will return to dt. But remember also that God is a man, dt like you, joined to your temptations and sorrow, welded to your death, who was roasted to death in the Father’s wrath, reduced to ashes, and laid to rest in God’s good acre as a ransom, a whole burnt offering. That man is risen again from the dead and has come forth from the earth like a plant in the spring, that He would be your God. Turn your back on sin. Turn toward the Lord and His mercy. For here is peace and joy. Here is hope and faith.”

-David H. Petersen?in?Thy Kingdom Comesave 20% on this title during Lent

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Thy Kingdom Come: 20% off during Lent

“[The Lord] sows where no reasonable sower would sow: on the trodden path, in rocky and thorny ground. And His Word does what no ordinary sower could expect of his seed. It transforms the ground. It bears fruit in the unlikely hearts of rebellio men. He sows becae He is good and His seed is good and we need it.

“He is no respecter or persons and does not discriminate. He sows His seed lavishly, inviting all those with ears to hear. No one comes to this kingdom worthily. There are no good people, no plowed and ready ground. There are only sinners. Some are stubborn and deny that they are sinners or deny that Jes is the Lord’s Christ. But some – by grace, not becae they are good or smart, but becae He is good – are transformed and acknowledge their need for grace and the lordship of Jes Christ. He who has gets more. The kingdom is not built on jtice, but on grace.”

This is an excerpt from the sermon for Sexagesima in?Thy Kingdom Come by David H. Petersen. Sexagesima is the second Sunday in Pre-Lent, which falls on February 24 this year. The readings for this particular Sunday according to the historic lectionary are Isaiah 55:10-13, 2 Corinthians 11:19-12:9, and Luke 8:4-15. Thy Kingdom Come is 20% off during Lent.

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Thy Kingdom Come: An Excerpt from Septuagesima

“The main point of the parable is that entrance into the kingdom?comes by grace. The workers are rewarded for work they did not?perform. This is hardly a surprise to ; in fact, we practically?expect it.

“G.K. Chesterton once said, ‘Do not be proud of the fact that your?grandmother was shocked at something which you are acctomed to?seeing or hearing without being shocked…It may be that your grandmother?was an extremely lively and vital animal and that you are a paralytic.’

“Chesterton has in mind immoral things. He means, ‘Don’t think?you are more sophisticated than your grandmother becae you watch?television shows full of vulgarities and aren’t bothered by them. It could?be that she was highly intelligent and sensitive and you have been?paralyzed by evil so much that you don’t even notice it.’

“The same sort of numbness applies to the Gospel as well. I fear?that it is even worse. We’re not jt numb, but we’ve crossed over the?line drawn by Bonhoeffer into ‘cheap grace.’ I fear we’re now guilty?of thinking grace is worse than cheap; it is a right, an entitlement, as?though God owed salvation. Repent.”

These are the first 4 paragraphs?from the sermon for Septuagesima, based on Matthew 20:1-16.

With Ash Wednesday nearing on March 6, now is the time to order your copy of Thy Kingdom Come. This book of sixty sermons begins with Septuagesima (February 17)?and continues with Pre-Lent, all forty days of Lent, and the Sundays after Easter. Pastors and parishioners alike find it to be an excellent daily devotion during Lent. Click on the Reviews tab above for links to interviews and reviews, have a look at the Table of Contents here, or e the word cloud in the right sidebar (“Thy Kingdom Come” or “Petersen”) to find a variety of excerpts.

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Special offer! Eternal Treasures: Teaching Your Child at Home

Emmanuel Press is partnering with Cheryl Swope (one of the authors in?He Restores My Soul) to offer a limited number of copies of?Eternal Treasures: Teaching Your Child at Home. This comprehensive handbook, co-written by Swope and Rachel Whiting, is unique in that it aims to support home education specifically for Lutheran families. Swope writes that the book provides “recommended reading, curriculum suggestions, and doctrinal underpinnings to help families who seek strong academics alongside steadfast instruction in the Christian faith.” This book is the product of hours of correspondence and conversations with homeschooling parents as well as pastors, congregations, and?schools?who encourage and strive alongside these families in the education of their children.

In addition to their own keen insight about home education, Swope and Whiting intersperse an?abundant?variety?of quotes and brief essays from others, demonstrating that reasons and methods for home education?range?widely. As Dr. Thomas Korcok notes on the back cover, “Eternal Treasures?includes numero testimonials from parents, pastors, and homeschooled children, providing ample proof that homeschooling is not solely the purview of the economically privileged or educational elite. With access to the many resources listed in the book, homeschooling is within the reach of most Christian parents who enjoy learning and have a love for the truth.”

Whether you are curio about teaching your children at home, jt beginning, or are well into the process,?Eternal Treasures?will encourage you as you educate, instruct, enjoy, and work together with your children.

To purchase Eternal Treasures for $15.00 (free shipping!), please email emmanuelpress(at)gmail(dot)com for a ctomized Paypal invoice. Please supply your mailing address and number of books desired. Invoices mt be paid within 24 hours. Indiana residents mt pay 7% sales tax.

Table of Contents:
The Foundations of Home Education
1. Where Do I Begin? (the whats, whys, and hows, including special needs)
2. Nuts and Bolts: The Logistics of Home Education (schedules, routines, and family culture, including the Church Year)
3. Vocation: Serving Our Children Through Home Education (the role of the parent as teacher and a look at home education for vario ages)

Delving Deeper: Learning Together
4. Our Christian Faith (teaching the faith and integrating prayer and hymns into family life)
5. Our Heritage (examining Christian education, building character, memory work, learning Latin/Greek)
6. Our Unity (working together in home, church and school; finding support)
7. Peace in Parenting (learning and living together in Christ’s forgiveness)

Appendices: Home education laws, Homeschooling supplies, Resources for teaching the Christian Faith, Curriculum recommendations, Favorite children’s literature, Further reading, Lutheran resources

*This book was published by The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 2015.

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The Advent Wreath: An Excerpt

brighter and brighter, so the nearer we come in the church year to the feast of His nativity, the greater the amount of light from the Advent wreath. This ceremony is helpful for recalling, discsing, and teaching the significance of Advent.”

-An excerpt from?Ceremony and Celebration, in which Rev. Paul H.D. Lang?describes the theological significance and historic, confessional Lutheran position on liturgy, ritual, and ceremony.

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November 30: St. Andrew’s Day

The First Sunday in Advent is that Sunday closest to St. Andrew’s day (November 30). But who was St. Andrew? Even though he was one of the twelve apostles, he doesn’t seem very well known to .

Pr. David Petersen writes in his sermon for this day in God With : “He was a fisherman, which is why they like him in Malta, and the brother of St. Peter, which is why they like him in Scotland. He was also something of a missionary, bringing Peter to Christ and bringing the Greeks to Christ.” ?Regarding the disciples, Petersen continues:

“Hearing John, they followed Jes. By grace, they stayed with the Lamb. They stayed even unto their own martyrdoms, even if Andrew never gets much honor of his own. But such is the way of the Advent disciples of John. Such is the way of the kingdom: its honor belongs to Christ, even as does its righteoness, but both—the kingdom of Christ and His righteoness—are declared to belong to the saints.

“What Andrew gets, you get as well.

“Behold, the Lamb of God, the coming one, who has come into the world.”
A blessed St. Andrew’s Day to you.

*God With is comprised of fifty-nine sermons, beginning with Thanksgiving and St. Andrew’s Day, then continuing on through Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany (including daily readings for all of Advent).?

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