on August 12th, 2021
To come into the presence of a king, let alone THE King, is no small thing. Esther’s point above is this, “Ask anyone who is alive, and they will tell you that you cannot just come into the King’s presence without being called by Him. That is a death sentence to approach the king without his permission.”
August 2021 Library Update
on August 5th, 2021
Dear CLC Members,Thank you to anyone who purchased a Christmas ornament or magnet from our recent Church Library fundraiser or made a donation! Altogether, the fundraiser raised $239! Any remaining items will be on sale again in December just in time for Christmas.As volunteer church librarian I will use these funds to keep on top of exciting new Concordia Publishing House releases on great topics...
July Newsletter 2021
on July 12th, 2021
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your doing, it is the gift of God, not a result of works so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8 The verse quoted above is but a mere sample of what is in those 6 chapters. Out of Paul’s letters it is my favorite, and arguably, perhaps my favorite book in the entire Bible. The jury is still out on that one because it is hard to settle for just one.
June Newsletter 2021
on June 23rd, 2021
The word blessing in the book of Genesis is a key word that flows through the entire book. Used more than a dozen times in Genesis alone, it is placed at key moments between God and his chosen people. God blesses his creatures in creation. God blesses Noah after the flood. God blesses Abraham and through him, all nations will be blessed. God blesses Jacob. Each time the blessing is tied to a promise from God.
May Newsletter 2021
on May 21st, 2021
How important is unity in the Church? I could give a theological paper on it. I could give a list of synonyms with unity in the bible: community, harmony, concord, oneness, & fellowship. Here are just a few passages talking about unity with God and with one another:
Decisive Moments - Sermon on Acts 10:34-48
on May 10th, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ. Grace, mercy, and peace are yours from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who has poured out his Spirit now on us. Amen. If you were given a chance to answer, what would you say is the greatest event in human history? What moment in time forever changed the trajectory of mankind’s destiny here on earth?
Pastor Belt Has Covid
on May 7th, 2021
This is Pastor Andrew. I woke up on 5/6 with some covid symptoms. I went and got tested yesterday and found out this morning (5/7) that I am positive for Covid-19. I am overall doing well, and so is my family, and I am also a bit surprised it hasn’t happened to me sooner.
April Newsletter Update
on April 14th, 2021
Gah! I just love the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. They are fraught with tension and excitement. There are the women, the disciples in the boat, and the men on the road to Emmaus just going about their way and their lives when Jesus unexpectedly arrives. We are outside looking in and eagerly waiting for the people in the narrative to make the realization that we have:
Lent 2021 - Holy Communion (Anderson)
on April 1st, 2021
There is so much to talk about with this Sacrament of the Lord’s body and blood that I am afraid one little daily devotion is not sufficient. This miracle deserves our constant amazement and attention. The Lord Jesus Christ has joined His body and blood to simple bread and wine by the power of His Word. Even more so, this bread and wine grant us forgiveness, life, and eternal salvation. What an amazing Sacrament.
Lent 2021 - Holy Communion (Belt)
on March 29th, 2021
This is it. The climax of the Catechism. Everything has led to here. If there was one reason only to come to Church, it would be because of the Lord’s Supper.
Lent 2021 - Confession (Anderson)
on March 25th, 2021
When we go through corporate confession on Sunday mornings, what goes through your mind? Are you thinking about the words that we are saying or just parroting them back like some penitential robot? When we say that we have sinned in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone, are you thinking of specific instances or is your mind considering what you’re having for lunch afterwards? Our minds are prone to wander during confession.
Lent 2021 - Confession (Belt)
on March 22nd, 2021
Yes. Lutherans should do confession and absolution. Even private confession and absolution. This is a gift and not a mandate. Christians who are Christian and want to be, will confess their sins. They know that sin kills us, our faith and our love for God and each other, and so to hear a word of absolution is how we kill sin.