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    Farewell to Alleluia, and Fixing our Eyes on the Cross

    On the liturgical calendar, the Christian church is drawing closer to the season of Lent. On February 26th, the church will celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord. There on the mountain top, Jesus was revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John, while conversing with Moses and Elijah.   Read More...

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    Leo, Luther, and a Loving God

    It’s February 14th, which, of course, means we are one month away from the 500th  Anniversary of Pope Leo X’s decree offering a special sale of indulgences! (What’d you expect—a devotional about Valentine’s Day?)It happened on March 15, 1517. Pope Leo X was facing depleting finances.   Read More...

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    The Small Catechism

    Near the time of His death Martin Luther was speaking to some of his close followers, knowing that the end was near Luther offered something of a last will concerning his writings. Luther requested that upon his death those who survived him would gather up everything he had written and burn it all, except for two documents. The first was his Small Catechism and the second Bondage of the Will. Thankfully Luther’s desires were not respected in this matter, but the desire of the reformer does ...  Read More...

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    The Grass is Greener on the Other Side

    Since the fall, humanity has been on a journey. Sin created a gap between man and Godwith no easy way for us to reach the other side. Over time, man strove to create a bridge in order to reach God.   Read More...

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    A New Job

    We have moved deeper into this New Year of 2017. The January theme for the sermons has been “Starting Something New.” On this past Sunday I focused on the theme of “Starting a New Job.” Politically speaking this was somewhat appropriate as we observed last Friday the inauguration of Donald Trump beginning his new job as President of the United States. His new job is a very big job, and I pray that God will give him the wisdom and ability to effectively fulfill the demands of this new j...  Read More...

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    A New Identity in Christ

    “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’” –Matthew 3:16-17These words from our Gospel reading this past Sunday are not unfamiliar. We hear them each year at about this time, at the beginning ...  Read More...

  • New Year, New Hope

    A new year is once again upon us! Collectively as a nation, and perhaps even as a world people begin to look back over the past year; what went well, what would we have changed? What do we wish we could simply forget?   Read More...

  • Lifelong Learning

    Most people wouldn’t argue with you if you said that education is important. The number of high school graduates has jumped to 82% in America1 with intent to continue the trend (which is why groups like 90%by2020 exist). College attendance directly after high school sits at about 66%2 and there has been an increase in older college attendees who delayed their college education for whatever reason3.   Read More...

  • Counting Down

    The final countdown to Christmas is upon us! These days move forward so slowly for a child, and so quickly for an adult. These countdown days may suck the joy out of Christmas for some people and work to overwhelm them.   Read More...

  • Christmas in the Hymns- True Peace, Joy, and Beauty

    If you come to the school Christmas program on December 14th, you will get to hear the children tell you, through scripture, song, and drama, just who was in that manger over 2,000 years ago, on the first Christmas. You will also hear them say why His incarnation was so important for the world.The program is based on the text from the famous German Christmas carol, Away in a Manger. It is an anonymous text that has been attributed to Martin Luther; whether that’s true or not, we are unsure...  Read More...

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