Pictures Lack a Thousand Gatherings
on March 26th, 2020
I took the above picture on my iPhone back on December 24th, 2018. It was Christmas Eve and I was out at St. John’s in Sigel just about to preach their Christmas Eve service. The sky was magnificent. A Brilliant orange that faded to a deep royal blue and the further back behind the photo you see above was nearly black. The nearly cloudless sky allowed for the several pin pricks of light from th...
Our God and His People
on March 19th, 2020
Just before God kickstarts the great salvation action of the Exodus, he tells Moses about what the upcoming plagues and deliverance will accomplish. In the verse quoted above, the Lord tells Moses that he is ransoming the people of Israel so that they can be his people. And when he takes them as his people, they will also ha...
Covid-10 Response: March 17
on March 17th, 2020
It is with a heavy heart that this letter must be written. The following decisions are not made lightly. But we feel as your called workers in Jesus Christ that these are the best decisions that can be made. Perhaps this will give us time to realize how important we are to one another and what a gift our fellowship in Jesus Christ is.
Your Church Needs You!
on March 15th, 2020
Total credit for my article today goes to the website, fervr.net! They exist for Christian teens, Christian students, and youth ministries. I’ll lump myself in the mix there somewhere, since I’m a kid at heart. The reason I’m sharing this blog (or whatever you’d like to call it) is that it raises some important issues that have been percolating in my mind for a while!
on March 12th, 2020
Covid-19 isn’t just in the news. It’s on all our minds one way or another. Already, our lives have been greatly impacted. Above all else we trust in God during times of crisis to help us as no one and nothing else can. Furthermore, we also seek how we may serve God and help those around us who may be in need. The church exists for times such as this.
Nothing but Cookies
on March 8th, 2020
Nothing but Cookies Growing up, I loved being invited to my Great Grandma Neidinger’s house for Christmas dinner. It was fun and exciting. To me it was simply the best meal ever. I am sure just by reading the title of this article that you can guess what my great grandma served at these Christmas dinners. For this one special meal each year we ate nothing but cookies! Grandma Neidinger took g...
From the Librarian
on March 4th, 2020
Dear CLC Members, I’m happy to announce that I am the new volunteer Church Librarian. I am taking over for Linda Toltzman, who actually founded our church library and has managed it for decades. She has been very busy and decided it was the right time to step down. Many thanks to Linda for her awesome commitment to the library and for trusting me with the keys.
Suffering Makes You Look Like Jesus
on March 1st, 2020
“Count it a joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4That is hard. I do not count it a joy when I meet trials of various kinds. Temptations that plague the flesh. Sickness and ailments that rob how I funct...
Eyes on Jesus
on February 23rd, 2020
Oh, how there are misunderstandings! Once a pastor (Lutheran, of course) was preaching on the Sacraments. His topic was their “for-you-ness.” After the service was over, one of the parishioners asked the pastor, “So, who is Eunice?”
Knowing Where to Turn
on February 16th, 2020
The astrologers asked the king to reveal his dream so that they could consult the stars and present their interpretation, but the king did not want to reveal it. In Daniel 2:6 he ordered them, “So tell me the dream and (then) interpret it for me.”
Who Are You?
on February 9th, 2020
“My son, do not forget my teaching...” Proverbs 3:1As a Pastor, I get to witness things that speak to the core of our faith in Christ. Many of these moments give sudden clarity to our task as Christians and to the work that Jesus Christ has for us.These moments also go unseen and unrecorded to all except God and those present. However, I wish many of you could witness these moments. They are hu...
on February 2nd, 2020
I’ve been blessed, but it didn’t always feel like a blessing. Permit me to explain. My Dad, from the first day I laid eyes on him, was a pastor. I also had an uncle that was a pastor in northern Wisconsin. (He sure loved to go ice fishing!) I had another uncle, that was a pastor in England, and, at one point, he was president of the Lutheran Church of England, and I dare not neglect to mention ...