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Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter

"But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant, then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. (Leviticus 26:14-16).  [ read more ]

In Reflections // March 17, 2016

Sing for Your Neighbor

So, sing! Love your neighbor by singing for them. Sing hymns throughout the week with your neighbor and for yourself! Sing the hymns that talk about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for you—and for your neighbor, too! Then, when you go through trials and temptations, when you get sick and are near death remember that the church is there singing with you, singing to you, and singing on your behalf.  [ read more ]

In Articles // April 22, 2016

The Catechized Life: Amen

At the end of the Lord's Prayer comes the short word, "Amen." It's not a signal that the prayer is over. It is a solid word that affirms that everything we have just said is true and that the Lord has actually heard us.  [ read more ]

In The Catechized Life // April 19, 2016

Upcoming Deadline For Bread of Life 2016

The 2016 Bread of Life Conferences are getting closer. Take note of some of our upcoming deadlines.  [ read more ]

In News // April 15, 2016

Episode 31: Jesus is risen from the dead...what's the point?

The power of the resurrection is the power of freedom to hope all things, forgive all things, believe all things...to point everyone to Christ, to say, "There's our God, there's our Lord. This is what he's done for you too. Receive it, believe it, enjoy it, be satisfied by it...because it's everything."
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In Simulcast // April 14, 2016

Sadie

Kaitlin Jandereski shares a poem that she wrote for her college poetry class. The poem deals with life of the unborn and why it matters.  [ read more ]

In Articles // April 13, 2016

What Is Church?

The Holy Spirit works exclusively through the Word and the Word in the Sacraments to give faith and salvation as we see in Romans 10:17 "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ."  [ read more ]

In Articles // April 12, 2016

Bones in the Bottom of the Basin

And now, having had my bones laid at the bottom of the font, I have been raised to new life. How could water do such wonderful things? But that's just it; it wasn't the water alone, but the water with the Word of God and the faith now granted to me that I could trust the very Word and water that put me to death.  [ read more ]

In Articles // April 11, 2016

The Catechized Life: Temptation and Evil

Pr. Matt Richard teaches us the sixth and seventh petitions of the Lord's Prayer. We have three enemies as Christians: our sinful flesh, the world, and the devil.  [ read more ]

In The Catechized Life // April 19, 2016

Amen

So, you see, that little word "amen" is not a throw away word. It is not a word that is simply the way we signal the end of a sentence. No! It is a bold word of confidence and trust. It is THE word of faith. Saying "amen" is like shouting "I trust what Jesus says is true! I believe this!"  [ read more ]

In Articles // April 09, 2016

Jesu Juva: Theological Competence Makes Musical Genius

While it certainly is true that Johann Sebastian Bach stands as a giant in the musical world, it is also true that he stands on the shoulders of the theologians from the German Reformation church. For Bach, Christ's atonement on his behalf filled his work and his heart. So, from Jesu Juva to Soli Deo Gloria, Christ was proclaimed by Bach. May our hallowed halls of worship be filled with the proclamation of Christ that was dug out from the Reformation and painted most beautifully on the pages of the competent theologian and musical genius that is the work of Johann Sebastian Bach.  [ read more ]

In Articles // April 08, 2016

The Second Temptation

"Lead us not into temptation." This is the prayer Jesus gives us to pray. May we continue to pray this prayer and always look for the escape God has provided from the temptations we face. Lord, in Your mercy forgive, strengthen, save, and deliver us from all evil and when we fall prey to temptation, may Your Spirit lead us to turn from our sins to the forgiveness Your cross delivers to sinners.  [ read more ]

In Articles // April 07, 2016