Christ Lutheran Church - Marshfield, WI
5th Chief Part
on August 15th, 2019
Baptism is not just a singular event in the life of the Christian.  Baptism is a way of life.  Luther put it this way, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”That is the life of baptism: a life of repentance.  Repentance is hearing the word of God and believing what it says, namely, that we are sinners in nee...  Read More
When Life is Wild... God is Good!
on August 15th, 2019
When Life is Wild…God is Good! “The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes.”- Nahum 1:7Just a few hours ago we finished up our first day at Vacation Bible School.  The VBS theme this year is – “Roar:  When Life is Wild…God is Good!” What a privilege it is to share the goodness of our God with young children eager to believe and ready to learn.  It is wonderful to see the joy on their fac...  Read More
The Five Settings
on August 15th, 2019
THE FIVE SETTINGS!If you ever looked in the front of the hymnal, in addition to the other services, such as Matins, Vespers, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, etc. You’ll notice that there are five different settings of the Divine Service!  To understand these services, the basic pattern of worship is that it has both sacramental and sacrificial parts. Sacramental means that in these parts of the se...  Read More
But God
on July 18th, 2019
“But God”Lessons from LiFest 2019Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21One of the most powerful lessons I learned at LiFest 2019 happened during the Danny Gokey concert.  He spoke about how he ...  Read More
on July 16th, 2019
What does Matthew 28:16-20, Acts 2:36-41, Romans 6:1-11, Galatians 3:24-29, Ephesians 5:25-26, Colossians 2:6-15, Titus 3:4-8 and 1 Peter 3:18-22 have in common? Baptism! Baptism is the next part in my summer newsletter articles about the Small Catechism.  To begin, we need to ask an important question:Whose work is baptism?  There are two ways to answer that question:Our Work for God.God’s Work d...  Read More
Emergency Response
on July 4th, 2019
What Can Worshippers Do in Case of a Violent Attack?What would you do if someone entered your church and began shooting? Hit the floor? Run? Try to reach your children? How quickly could you devise a plan for survival? “Your first option is to escape,” according to John Nicoletti, a security consultant who has co-written books on preventing workplace and school violence. Nicoletti, a police psycho...  Read More
Shelter Through the Storms
on July 1st, 2019
Shelter Through the Storms “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  (John 16:33 NIV) Just a few days ago I decided to pick up and read an old devotional book I hadn’t looked at in years.  The description of peace given by the author, Alvin Rogness, caught my attention.  Here’s what he wrote...  Read More
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.   Read More
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...  Read More
Book Review
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...  Read More
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...  Read More
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...  Read More