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.
Lent 2021 - Holy Baptism (Anderson)
on March 18th, 2021
What is your identity? We sinful humans are prone to find our identities in a lot of flimsy, worthless things. Some find identity in their great piles of wealth. Some find identity in their popularity or group of friends. Some find identity in their work. If you meet somebody new, one of the first questions you will ask them is: “So, what do you do?” Work is identity, especially for many in rural Wisconsin.
Lent 2021 - Holy Baptism (Belt)
on March 15th, 2021
Having seen our lack, seen God’s giving, asked for what God gives in prayer. The rest of the catechism shows us how we receive what we ask for what God gives in order to fill our lack.
March Newsletter Update
on March 11th, 2021
You know the well beloved and cherished story of Zacchaeus. So well known that I can never read the account without bursting into the song that accompanies it. “Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he…” The point of that entire account is the conclusion that I have quoted above. Everyone is grumbling at what Jesus has done. He has chosen, of all people, this Zacchaeus, who is of short stature and character, and has dined with him. “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” That is what they say.
Lent 2021 - Lord\'s Prayer (Anderson)
on March 11th, 2021
What is prayer? I’ve been talking about this a lot in the Bible studies I lead recently. Simply put, prayer is having a conversation with God. When Paul urges us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), he is exhorting us to keep a constant conversation with our God. This includes both speaking and listening.