Gracious heavenly Father, you have given us life so that we would spend it in loving service to our neighbor. We thank and praise you for the men and women who have faithfully served our country in the vocation of …
In his most recent comments concerning evolution and the origins of man, Pope Francis reveals himself to be "anti-Christ" by teaching in opposition to the teachings of Jesus, the Lord of the Church.
As our nation remembers, the Christian church upholds her duty and responsibility to pray for our leaders and those in authority and also to pray for our communities, fellow citizens and even our enemies.
As students for of our local high school arrived this morning and prepared for classes, one of their fellow-classmates collapsed and was taken to the emergency room. A short time later, news of his death reached the campus. The following is some thoughts and prayers as our community and our students begin the process of grieving at the loss of their friend.
By establishing and maintaining Lutheran Schools, our churches are bestowing innumerable blessings on their local communities and the world. Motivated by the love of God, our students go forth loving and serving their neighbor as they live this life continuing in what they have learned and have firmly believed, being acquainted with the sacred Scriptures which are able to instruct them for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus and equip them for every good work.
As Christians, our "job" is one of the means that God uses to care for us and one of the means that God uses to care for society through us. As we consider "Labor Day" from a Christian vantage point, we should consider all the the roles that God, Himself, has placed us in and how He desires that we fulfil those "Holy Orders and Places in Life".
What started as a desire to be self-sufficient in the face of adversity has turned into something else - a desire to use my background and skills to assist others who are facing adversities of their own. I'm still pursuing my business plan, but much of the plan and most of the purpose has changed.
If you would be a Christian and be righteous in the sight of God and and obtain eternal salvation, you must build your hope and assurance upon the truth that Man is not justified by God or saved through any work, action or conduct, but only through faith in what Jesus Christ has accomplished for you through his life, death and resurrection.
I'm all for cute, cuddly, warm and fuzzy - but the bear does not bear Jesus. The Word and the Sacraments bear Jesus - for you - for the forgiveness of your sins. And that's a message more comforting and worth more than all the stuffed bears, live kittens, or warm nuzzles from all the K9's in the world. So when you bring the bear to show your own love and concern for your friend or acquaintance bring your pastor along also and let him share the love of God in Christ Jesus for that person and assure them of God's mercy and grace.