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But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. (Psa 68:3 NIV) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Phi 4:4 NIV). . . Read All
August 14, 2014 Daily Devotion from Lutheran Hour Ministries
+ In Memoriam – Shirley Grober – August 13, 2014 + Isaiah 41:8-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-7 In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend;you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners,saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”;fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will . . . Read All
Hear what Rev. Craig Donofrio has to say today!
Lutherans know that suffering is real, even for Christians. Depression and other mental illnesses can shake us to our core, but we are not alone. Christ is with us in the darkest places, for He is the light of the world, the light no darkness can overc…
Luther emphasized that the Catechisms are meant not just for study by pastors, Church and school, but primarily for the Home. Fathers are to instruct their children and daily to pray the Catechism at home. The Church today cannot make the parents carry…
John 3 “You Must Be Born Again” with guest Rev. John Shank of Trinity Lutheran Church in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Jesus loves young people, and young people love Jesus! The Concordia University System (CUS) and LCMS U are hard at work fostering the study of God’s love in Christ among the Church’s youth. (View Video…)
Of all the college statistics, there is one that affects 100% of students – all of them matter to Jesus. College is tough. You need Jesus.(View Video…)
Faith’n’Family – College Experience for Adults with Developmental Disabilities: Bethesda College of Applied Learning at CUW
With guests Dr. Uden, Dr. Routier, and Dr. Preus.
LCMS Disaster Response is seeking a hymn for the church in times of disaster. For more details please download the contest flyer.(Read more…)
Below are three brief videos by experts, who have helped me recognize why I need to improve how I communicate ideas, explain doctrine, and engage my hearers. It’s not our doctrine that needs to be changed to engage our hearers (our Lutheran doctrine is exciting stuff), instead it’s our method of delivery that often bores our audience so much that they don’t listen or remember what we’ve said. In short, know what you’re going to say, know how to say it, and know when to stop… These have helped me, so I thought I’d share them with you. Enjoy! . . . Read All
(1) Ruminations with Wes Reimnitz. (2) Mark Wood on witnessing. (3) Caller: We are powerless and take a risk with God. (4) Caller: Psalm 37; Psalm 73 and Ephesians 6:18. (5) Caller: Use of the title “Reverend.”
(1) Dr. John Nordling talks about “Lutherans Read History” conference, (2) Rev. Mark Wood talk about Witness Wednesday, and (3) Rev. Scott Porath looks at 1 Cor. 7:1-24 and gives today’s sermonette.
Great Stuff found over on Internet Monk by Miguel Ruiz The Good Samaritan (after Delacroix), Van Gogh If I hear this one more time, I swear I’m gonna snap. “God has a plan.” Wonderful. And I almost thought that, maybe for just a moment, there was a lapse in omnipotence. Of course He has everything under control! That’s the problem: I’m hurting right now, and He’s sitting on His hands. I don’t like His plan right now, and reminding me that what’s going on in my life was, at the very least, passively allowed by the cosmic micromanager, that don’t cheer me up. Oh, but his plan is “not to do me harm,” eh? You’re not listening. I just . . . Read All
Mark Regnerus has done important research on homosexuality using a far more scientifically rigorous methodology than most work than has been done in this field. He has recently presented data that takes in attitudes about sexual morality from the following groups: church going Christians who oppose same-sex marriage; church going Christians who support same-sex marriage; the population average; gay and lesbian Christians; and gay and lesbian non-Christians. It provides a helpful snapshot of where things stand today, and what can be expected in the future.. . . Read All
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Scientists believe the popular Discover Channel series is based more on fear than on science.Science writer and scientist Christie Wilcox is not impressed with “Shark Week,” which is running this week on the Discovery television channel. She writes, “many scientists (myself included) have become critical of Discovery’s beloved television event, criticizing their PR tactics, shark attack fearmongering, and overall lack of facts, science and conservation throughout the week.”While Discovery stands behind the programming, so many scientists and other viewers have protested that major news stations such as CNN have covered the controversy. But Discovery claims it has adequately responded to the backlash. The executive vice president of public relations said concerns over scientific content are unfounded . . . Read All
14 Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, 19 saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” 20. . . Read All
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The family is a blessing. Let’s reclaim it, teach it and celebrate it! (Read more…)
Scripture, Catechesis And Prayer for August 12th, 11th, 10th, 9th, 8th, 7th 6th Psalms Psalms 42:1–11 “As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God….
It was one of those form questions designed to gain a perspective on what was going on in the congregation. “What is or has been the most significant event in the life of your congregation?” Hmmmm…. Well, there was that one year we met our budget and had a surplus…. Or what about that year we decided to build on to the building… Or what about the year we had conflict and some folks left to start another church… Or perhaps it was when our pastor died (or assistant pastor)… the list could go on and on and a good case made for every one of the items listed. Think about the list you would make for your own parish.. . . Read All
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Jeff Hual brings back from a few years ago a piece by Lillian Daniel, in which she expresses her utter boredom with people who claim to be “spiritual but not religious.” She begins by recalling conversations with people on an airplane who go on and on about finding God on the beach and in sunsets [Read More…] . . . Read All
The Texas Monthly ran a feature entitled “13 Famous Texans’ Favorite Places.” When it was Lyle Lovett’s turn, he said that his favorite place was St. Paul Lutheran Church in Serbin, Texas. From Lyle Lovett | Texas Monthly: I have so many favorite places, but I’m picking St. Paul Lutheran Church, in Serbin, because besides [Read More…] . . . Read All
Robin Williams was beloved, wealthy, and acclaimed, always laughing and making others laugh. And yet he took his own life. I don’t mean to moralize or philosophize over such a sad ending with reflections about what we think to be important might not be important at all, but suicides raise the big questions about life. [Read More…] . . . Read All
When the Rolling Stones recorded and released their smash hit “Sympathy for the Devil” an uproar arose from evangelicals unlike any other in musical history. The Rolling Stones were called, “devil worshipers” and “evil.” Alright I get it, but when some lyrics describe the Devil as a man of “wealth and taste” and that we are “puzzled” by the modus operandi of the dark one, one can’t help but to think maybe they got some of it right. Satan has always been the ultimate smooth criminal and we do ourselves harm if we pretend that he is a little fella in a red suit, pitchfork, and pointy tail who is really just up to a little naughtiness. We also do . . . Read All