I Can’t Wait!

Christmas is coming, and I can’t wait.  Do you know what you will get for Christmas?  Is it difficult to wait and wait for that special day to arrive?  Our culture makes waiting a challenge, doesn’t it?  After all, we don’t normally have to do much waiting for the things we want.  There is fast food, instant credit, movies on demand, microwave meals, music downloads, more check-out lines open for Christmas shoppers, and so much more to make it possible for us to get what you want when we want it.  No waiting.

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A Family Meal is More Than Just Food for the Body

Life seems so busy sometimes, doesn’t it?  Certainly families with school-age children have their own set of challenges.  Perhaps you or a family you know has so many outside commitments that family members are often going in opposite directions to meet those commitments.  Sometimes, sitting down to a family meal is not easy.  I do not intend to discount the value of being involved in activities outside the home, but  perhaps we underestimate the value of a meal shared as a family and the things that happen during that meal.

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The Joy of the Lord’s Supper

Do you appreciate the grass?  When something is all around us and it is available to look at or use whenever we would like, then we sometimes fail to appreciate it.  Do you appreciate the grass?  Perhaps not so much now, but I think we will all appreciate the nice, green grass of spring after a few months of snow.

Do you appreciate the Lord’s Supper?  God makes this precious gift readily available to us, but perhaps because it is consistently there for us we don’t always think about what God does for us in this sacrament.  Let’s take a few moments as Martin Luther reminds us of the blessings of the Lord’s Supper that bring joy to our soul.  

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Is God Fair?

B.J. Webb, Jr. was a high school junior at Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Milwaukee, WI.  Earlier this year B.J. was in an automobile accident that eventually took his life.  He died on May 23rd.  His principal described him as a good academic student and a talented athlete.  But now this young, christian man has been taken from this world even before he finished high school.  It doesn’t seem fair, does it?   

Several weeks before he died B.J. had an opportunity to talk about what he thought was fair.  As an English class assignment he was asked to respond to the statement “Fair is whatever God wants to do.”  Please read his response.  It is a testimony to his faith and a good reminder for us.

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Flood Legends

Our brief overview of Old Testament history in summer worship and Bible class will bring us next to Noah’s flood.  According to an article in the Answers in Genesis magazine, there are hundreds of ancient stories about a disastrous flood from cultures all over the world.  The stories are not identical to the account in Genesis chapters 6-8, but they do share interesting similarities.  Here are some examples cited in the article:

Hawaiians have a flood story that tells of a time when, long after the death of the first man, the world became a wicked, terrible place. Only one good man was left, and his name was Nu-u. He made a great canoe with a house on it and filled it with animals. In this story, the waters came up over all the earth and killed all the people; only Nu-u and his family were saved.

Another flood story is from China. It records that Fuhi, his wife, three sons, and three daughters escaped a great flood and were the only people alive on earth. After the great flood, they repopulated the world.

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Are You Confident?

What does it mean to be confident?  Webster’s dictionary says it is having a strong belief or a full assurance about something.  Wouldn’t it be nice to live that way, with assurance and a strong belief that your life will go well?  That would be nice.  Of course, the opposite is uncertainty and doubt.  No one wants to live like that. 

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How Well Do You Know Your Salvation History?

History is one of those subjects that some people really seem to love and others . . . well, perhaps that don’t hate it, but they don’t find it all that interesting.  No matter which group you find yourself in I think you will enjoy the “history” we will cover this summer.  We will use several Sundays this summer to take a look at some of the events that led up to the coming of our Savior.  I think you will find it interesting, and – even more important – it will strengthen your faith as you see God use world events to prepare people for the coming Messiah.  Here is our schedule for the summer:

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Fellowship

If you ever had any doubt, pastors do like to get together and talk!  I was recently at a pastors’ conference where pastors of the Minnesota District of the Wisconsin Synod gathered together.  We talked, shared ideas, got to know one another better, and just in general enjoyed the fellowship of Christian brothers in the ministry. 

But fellowship is more than just getting to know one another.  It is more than sitting down with each other over coffee or a meal.  When we talk about fellowship in the church we mean we share the same faith in Jesus, our Savior, the same trust in the sacraments, and more.  In fact, it means we hold to the same faith in everything the Bible tells us because it is God’s Word.  This applies to our members as well as pastors.

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I Believe in Jesus Christ, “Our Lord”

Are you ready for Holy Week?  We celebrate so many wonderful events that week – so many events that Christians cherish because through them, the promise of salvation became reality.  Every time we say the Apostle’s Creed we recall the events of Holy Week as well as the other events in the life of our Savior. Those things that Jesus did to free us from Satan are the same events that made him our Lord.  Martin Luther explains what that word “Lord” means as we use it in the second article of the Apostles’ Creed – “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.” Luther writes in his Large Catechism:

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