The Lord's Prayer
on June 21st, 2019
“We are all beggars, this is true…” Those words were crumpled on a piece of paper in Luther’s hand as he died. This becomes the starting point and realization of all prayer and for the 3rd chief part of the Catechism: prayer must come from beggars. Want to have a better prayer life? Learn to first be a beggar who needs everything.
Praising the LORD with PUPPETS
on June 6th, 2019
Praising the LORD with P.U.P.P.E.T.S.!!Let all that I am praise the Lord;with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.Let all that I am praise the Lord;may I never forget the good things he does for me. Psalm 103:1-2 (NLT)What a joy it is to celebrate 25 years of praising the Lord through our P.U.P.P.E.T.S. minist...
on May 28th, 2019
A BIT OF A BOOK REVIEW FOR YOUIt seems that in current political (and other) discourse, the name, Hitler, is thrown around a little too frequently. Non-Christians point to him supposedly being a Christian, and Christians point to him supposedly being an atheist. What is a person supposed to think of all this? Rather than just make assumptions, I am in the middle of reading a book by Richard Wei...
God\'s Word Works
on May 28th, 2019
God’s Word Works! “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”Isaiah 55:11I have found these words from Isaiah to be a great comfort as I have prepared Bible studies and confirmation lessons over the years. Here is how I grasp this simple, yet powerful message: God is in control. His W...
1st Chief Part
on May 9th, 2019
“Was ist dass?” “What is that?” You might be asking as you read those first three words. And I would say back to you: “exactly!” “Was ist dass?” is German for “What is that?” Or as it is translated in the small catechism, “What does this mean?”As the transition to summer approaches, we also transition here at Christ Lutheran. Bible Classes and confirmation pause so we can pursue other valued av...
For the Rest of Your Life
on May 2nd, 2019
A little girl had been trying for months to learn the art of tying her shoes. She finally grasped the knack and was able to do it by herself. Her parents expected the child to be delighted but were surprised by her disappointment. Her father asked why she was crying. She sobbed, "I just learned how to tie my shoes." He said, "That’s wonderful, Honey, but why are you crying?" She replied, "Because ...
Wait a Minute!
on April 23rd, 2019
Wait a minute…I was first! “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 NIVA few days ago I was on my way to an appointment. I had just enough time to drive through the Shopko parking lot and place a letter in the mailbox. Piles of snow from our recent snowfall surrounded the mailbox making it difficult to access. Anoth...
Seven Stanzas at Easter
on April 23rd, 2019
“Make no mistake: if He rose at allit was as His body;if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the moleculesreknit, the amino acids rekindle,the Church will fall.” Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!The following poem quoted above is titled, “Seven Stanzas at Easter,” written by John Updike. The entire poem is beautiful, and I would recommend looking it up to read the whole thing. ...
on April 10th, 2019
Exiles. That is a good word for us as Christians to understand. Especially since our Lenten focus on Thursday’s is titled, “Singing with the Exiles.”
Airing Some Clean Laundry!
on March 19th, 2019
Airing Some Clean Laundry!You’ve heard of airing dirty laundry—a practice I don’t recommend, and I certainly don’t intend to do that now. However, airing (or drying) clean laundry is good! Part of the process involves the use of a “lint” filter. This crucial, yet simple invention makes dryers possible! It keeps fires from starting, and enables the dryer to safely expel the moist, warm air that ...
on January 22nd, 2019
As I sit and write this article, it’s really dismal outside. Cold. Gray. Freezing rain. Black ice. My thoughts turn to warmer days.Almost two dozen years ago, in the summertime, I took my daughter, Clarissa, fishing. She remembers the exact day. I put aside all notions of looking for “lunkers” and anchored near where I knew the bluegills would be biting. I “perfected” the art of bobber fi...
on January 11th, 2019
You may be quite familiar with Psalm 46:10… “Be still and know that I am God.” (NIV) This beautiful yet simple Bible verse has helped many of us through difficult and distracting times.