Lent 2021 - Lord\'s Prayer (Belt)
on March 8th, 2021
Because we learned in the Creed that God gives and does everything, we need to learn how to ask him to give those things. Prayer is us learning to ask what God has promised to give. Prayer is only done by beggars and children. Well off or satisfied people do not pray, they are just blind to their own need. So prayer is the result of people who know what they need from God.
Lent 2021 - Apostle's Creed (Anderson)
on March 4th, 2021
If I were to walk up to you on the street and ask, “What is it that Christians believe?”, how would you answer me? People flounder at this sort of question, but the answer has been simply given in the Apostles’ Creed. Its history is deep, since it dates back to at least 390 AD.
Lent 2021 - Apostle's Creed (Belt)
on March 1st, 2021
The commandments of God show us our lack and deficiency. It reveals that we are not right before God. The law reveals that I have not been loving, that I lack God, that I lack his gifts, that I lack being human. Sin makes me less than human.
Lent 2021 - Second Table of the Law (Anderson)
on February 25th, 2021
“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:39–40). The second table of the Law deals with the question of how to love your neighbor as yourself.
Lent 2021 - Second Table of the Law (Belt)
on February 22nd, 2021
The Fourth Commandment: Honor your Father and Mother. There is enough work to do in this commandment that it would take all our lives. The work that is given to children is the most God pleasing work in all the universe. Why honor, love, listen, obey and cherish your parents?
Lent 2021 - First Table of the Law (Anderson)
on February 18th, 2021
“‘Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment’” (Matthew 22:36–38). All of us know that idolatry is explicitly forbidden by God’s Law. Thus, the first three commandments are directed toward our relationship with our Creator. How shall we love the Lord our God? “You shall have no other gods.” “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.” “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.” All of these commandments show us how to love the Lord our God rightly.
Lent 2021 - First Table of the Law (Belt)
on February 15th, 2021
The First Commandment: You shall have no other gods. This brings up several thoughts. What is a god? Who has a god? Who is the true God that we should have?
on February 11th, 2021
How often do you get a devotional thought from 2 John? It was tempting to just write the entire book down because it is only 13 verses. Here I have emphasized the words, “walking.” When the word “walk” is used in the Bible, both Old Testament and New, the visual that always goes with it is walking along a path, a road, a way.
Lent Devotional Introduction
on February 11th, 2021
The Small Catechism again? That is the topic that we will focus on for Lent? You bet. My argument is that none of us know it well enough. I myself read it monthly, I have it read and sung in my car radio about 4 times a week (it takes about an hour to play through), I teach it in confirmation, and run through it cover to cover with about a dozen people every year, and I still don’t know it as well as I would like. So, if I do not know my small catechism as well as I should as a pastor and teacher of it, how much more worried am I about you?
January Library Update
on February 8th, 2021
There were many great additions to the Church Library to close out the year — especially thanks to a surprise donation which I’m excited to share more about before I reveal the grand total for 2020.
Grief Resources at the Church Library
on December 16th, 2020
Grief Resources at the Church LibraryDear CLC Members,Advent is a season of hope. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, we anticipate the coming of the long-awaited King into the world who was sent to redeem it from the power of sin and death. Whatever we face, our ultimate hope is in Christ, who already has the victory and will one day come again.In the meantime, we deal with the realities of dea...
November Library Update
on November 17th, 2020
Dear CLC Members, Our church library collection has greatly increased this year — In fact, 130 new titles have been added!! Many of these are modern resources that were purchased through Concordia Publishing House, our Synod’s publisher, and are up-to-date and relevant (In fact, we even have a book addressing the pandemic!).