Martin Luther says that you have been “called, gathered, enlightened, and sanctified” along with the whole Christian Church on earth. You have received the perfect gift for a person who is waiting – as we are all waiting – for the Lord to come again! How will you use that gift?
Jesus tells a parable about two groups of women, one wise, one foolish. They were different because some of them really believed that the Bridegroom would come… and some did not really believe it. We are the same. What we anticipate in the future changes how we live in the present. If you really believe […]
We’re familiar with the “Four Solas” (Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone, Christ alone). But could there be a fifth? Is the Christian Church just ONE church, or is it all broken into many tiny pieces? The picture that John gives us of the Church in his revelation doesn’t look much like the church we […]
What ought to be the very best news of all, that our salvation is through Jesus alone, turns out to be offensive to many people. What are we to do?
The theme “Stand Firm” was chosen for our schools for this academic year. It coincides with the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, in which Martin Luther said, “Here I stand, I can do no other.” He stood up for what he believed, and that’s a good thing, right? We want our children to have the […]
We seldom want to receive a gift just for the object itself. Instead, we value what that gift will DO or how it will change our lives. We often call Pentecost “the birthday of the Church”, but the gift that the Church received that day was not just the gift of languages or some other […]
Just like our moms, Jesus offers us these three things: comfort, hope, and purpose. “Here’s what you’re going to do,” Jesus says to his disciples. Whoever believes in Jesus would do the things that Jesus did. How is that possible? Our experience with our moms gives us a hint. He gave his disciples comfort when […]
We’re all impressed by people with great skills. Some can sing. Others can play an instrument. In the church we sometimes think that if we just got the right people with the right amazing skills, THEN the church would grow! But Jesus has given to us – to YOU – one tool that is more […]
We watch sad movies. We read sad books. We listen to sad songs. But we don’t like the ending to be sad. Although there might be pain in the beginning and struggle in the middle, we stay with the story because we hope there will be joy in the end. That is what makes Easter […]
“Zacchaeus was a wee little man…” Children love to sing that song. It sounds like it’s about a nice, funny, little man. Unfortunately, Zacchaeus was probably not a very nice man. He worked for the Roman government and oppressed his own people. No doubt it seemed to the people around that he didn’t care, that he […]
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