Dec 1, 2019
Get Ready, Get Set… Wait
Advent is a gracious time of preparation for Jesus’ coming, once in history, to us in Word and Sacrament today, and at the end of time. When our Lord returns, it will be to usher in the kingdom of God, which Isaiah says will be so peaceful they will “beat their swords into plowshares.” Before that day, preparing means leading loving lives, Paul tells us, for “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” Look out! The King comes!
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  • Dec 1, 2019Get Ready, Get Set… Wait
    Dec 1, 2019
    Get Ready, Get Set… Wait
    Advent is a gracious time of preparation for Jesus’ coming, once in history, to us in Word and Sacrament today, and at the end of time. When our Lord returns, it will be to usher in the kingdom of God, which Isaiah says will be so peaceful they will “beat their swords into plowshares.” Before that day, preparing means leading loving lives, Paul tells us, for “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.” Look out! The King comes!
  • Nov 24, 2019Crown Him with Many Crowns
    Nov 24, 2019
    Crown Him with Many Crowns
    The disciples on Good Friday could not understand how God could let Jesus the Messiah be cruelly executed. And we wonder about the world’s state of affairs today. The people calling for Jesus’ death thought they knew what they were doing, but we know what was going on: God was bringing about the forgiveness that our Lord promised the thief on the cross next to Him, the paradise He was opening for us and all believers. Christ “is the image of the invisible God.” Seeing Him, we understand God’s eternal love. And one of these days, it will be our “today” to be with Him in paradise.
  • Nov 17, 2019Generosity is the Hallmark
    Nov 17, 2019
    Generosity is the Hallmark
    As people of God, we know that everything we are and everything we have comes from God. The apostle Paul wrote, “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Cor. 9:11). As stewards of the gifts of God, we willingly, joyfully, and generously share them with others. Through your faithful giving, God blesses others, He blesses you, the giver, and He receives praise and glory.
  • Nov 10, 2019Discipleship is the Path
    Nov 10, 2019
    Discipleship is the Path
    If we want to “Live a God-Pleasing Life,” our lives are no longer our own. We live them in complete obedience to Christ! “I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). Today we consider what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and to follow Him with our lives.
  • Nov 3, 2019Faith Is the Foundation
    Nov 3, 2019
    Faith Is the Foundation
    Through Word and Sacrament and by the power of the Holy Spirit, God has worked faith in our hearts. We believe and trust in Jesus as our Savior and Redeemer. In response to the gift of faith that God has given, we do the works that He has sent us to do. “Show me your faith without deeds,” says James, “and I will show you my faith by what I do” (James 2:18). Stewardship is faith in action. It is an expression of our personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Oct 27, 2019The Heat Is On!
    Oct 27, 2019
    The Heat Is On!
    In speaking of the message of the Reformation, Martin Luther stated: “All I have written and taught has been according to my conscience and sworn duty as a humble teacher of the Holy Scripture, for the praise of God, for the benefit and salvation of all Christendom, and for the good of the entire German nation” (WLS § 3775). He knew the message was much more than the man. He wanted his hearers to be assured of their salvation, which is alone in Christ, the Messiah. Through his sermons and hymn texts and writings, he presented the Gospel simply and directly. Today we honor and celebrate his faithful rediscovery of that Good News!
  • Oct 20, 2019Giving Thanks Before Thanksgiving
    Oct 20, 2019
    Giving Thanks Before Thanksgiving
    In the Gospel lesson for today, Jesus heals ten lepers, but only one of the men comes back to thank Jesus. Do we thank God every day for His goodness and blessing? Or do we take for granted all the gifts and blessings the Lord has granted to us. We have received much more than healing from a physical ailment. We have received in Jesus Christ cleansing from sin and a restored life that will never end. For that we owe Him our never-ending thanks and praise!
  • Oct 13, 2019Joint Choral Service – The Power of the Word
    Oct 13, 2019
    Joint Choral Service – The Power of the Word
    Today the Word of God and our Christian faith are under attack from every direction. How are we to respond? Rather than retreating from the world in which we live, we are called to stand firm in the faith and to boldly share our Christian values and beliefs with others. We confidently share our risen Lord Jesus as the world’s only Savior and, through word and action, show forth His abiding love.
  • Oct 6, 2019Moving Mulberry Trees
    Oct 6, 2019
    Moving Mulberry Trees
    The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) is the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman’s identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ. Lutheran Women in Mission are encouraged and equipped to live out their lives in active mission ministries and to support missions around the world through their sacrificial gifts of Mite Box offerings and tireless service. As Christians, our faith propels us all into God’s mission and gives us confidence that God’s amazing grace will supply our needs and move His mission forward.
  • Sep 29, 2019The Haves and the Have-Nots
    Sep 29, 2019
    The Haves and the Have-Nots
    Jesus tells a story about a rich man and a poor man. The rich man had an earthly life filled with abundance, and he ignored the poor man who was in misery outside his gate. This story gives us pause and causes us to think about how we are treating our neighbors in need. It also reminds us never to trust in our earthly wealth and possessions, but rather to trust always in our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.