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Wednesday of the 14th Week after Trinity

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Would you want your friends to do drugs? Drive while drunk? Let them cheat if they didn't get caught? If you knew something would hurt someone, would you warn them? Of course you would try to help them. This is one of the reasons that Lutheran pastors practice "closed Communion" or "altar fellowship." The Catechism reminds us that being "worthy" to receive the Supper isn't about how good we are but whether we believe it's really the Body and Blood of Jesus that we receive for the forgiveness of sins.  [ read more ]

In Reflections // July 26, 2016

Being a CCV Is All About Jesus

I guess what being a CCV boils down to is the chance to serve our neighbor and we relish the opportunity! It's because the experience is not about us or about what we do, it's about the Gospel and Jesus given and shed for you in the Sacrament. This is what truly draws us to become CCVs year after year.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 31, 2016

The Largely Catechized Life: What is a God?

This week on the Largely Catechized Life, Pr. Harrison Goodman takes us into the Large Catechisms explanation of the First Commandment.  [ read more ]

In The Largely Catechized Life // August 31, 2016

HT Conferences: Exceeding Expectations

I absolutely loved the services we had throughout the day! It was great to have a service in the morning and in the afternoon—they really helped me touch base with Christ amidst all of the learning sessions, games, and other various activities. The services flowed well and the music was absolutely beautiful.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 29, 2016

Who Was Martin Luther? Part 4

After Luther's success with the Master of Arts exam, his father, Hans, gifted his son with a sum of money so Martin could buy the necessary books to continue his law studies. However, several weeks later, young Martin returned the books unused to the bookseller in Gotha. He didn't need them anymore, he said. He'd made a decision not to pursue a law degree. Martin had decided to enter the monastery instead, stunning both family and friends.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 29, 2016

O Lord, Open My Lips

A church musician's prayer is as simple as "O Lord, open my lips," because without faith, we would have no joy in the Gospel. We would have no words to sing of this life won for us. Our music would have no meaning, and it would be empty of the "pure voices" belonging to God's people that join together in Christ to sing the New Song of salvation. My prayer throughout this week of Higher Things was to strengthen our faith, and so our voices, to the proclamation and praise of God's Holy Word.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 29, 2016

What Nebraskans Loved About Bread of Life 2016

What is it like to be at a Higher Things Conference? In this article we hear from three members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Winside, NE. They attended Bread of Life 2016 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 29, 2016

Episode 44: A is for Absurdity

I don't know what happened in this episode. It's about the Law, the Gospel, the Liturgy, the Sacraments, ministry to people with disabilities, babies, baptism, Genesis, sleeping...even a basement sink. Listen in as Pastor Riley and Sandra Ostapowich follow this week's rabbit trails.
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In Simulcast // August 25, 2016

Church Is All About You

Church is all about you... but not how you think. Pr. Borghardt teaches us that church really is all about us receiving the gifts of God.  [ read more ]

In Video Shorts // August 25, 2016

Stand by Me

The promise of baptism is a Jesus who stands by me. The promise is that Jesus will always be faithful though I am faithless (2 Timothy 2:13). He wrapped Himself around me in the waters of my baptism and took my sins from me giving me His righteousness. The promise is that "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6). He has promised He will never leave me and God cannot lie.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 24, 2016

Who Was Martin Luther? Part 3

Young Martin Luther came of age in a religious culture that mirrored the world. If he worked hard enough, maybe he received his just desserts. In the same way, if he was devout and earnest about his eternal salvation, he might receive grace and be allowed to walk through heaven's gates at the time of death.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 23, 2016

Moving On: A Letter from Father to Son

I hope this letter is a gift to you, Son. I hope it's a gift to the rest of you who read it, too. Your parents love you. They are proud of you. They will be proud of whatever and wherever the Lord leads you. And if you ever&mdashand I mean ever&mdashneed any help in your journey, know that your parents will be there for you, to pick you up, to remind you are forgiven, and to tell you that you that they love you.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 23, 2016