Winter 2017

Winter 2017
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Check out all the great articles in the Winter 2017 issue of Higher Things Magazine.

Are the Scriptures ABOUT You or FOR You?

While the Scriptures do indeed include a lot of dos and don'ts, those things aren't central to the Bible's core message. Rev. Borghardt focuses in on what that message is: Jesus doing all that the Law requires perfectly "for you" so that you can be "for others."

Absolution Is the Answer

There isn't a sin that Christ's blood can't cover and Absolution is God's way of making that crystal clear to us. Rev. Fenker reminds us that the forgiveness we are granted covers every thought, word, and deed, and that our pastors are here to deliver the comforts of Absolution to us.

The Two Parts of Repentance

Repentance has been often misunderstood in our modern church era. One popular idea is that repentance means you're getting your life together and following the right path. Rev. Ehrhard clearly defines repentance and explains where the fruit of repentance comes into play.

Loving Your Older Neighbor

Through her own recent experience with a dear friend, Kaitlin opens up our eyes to be more aware of our older brethren in our churches. To foster a relationship with an older believer in the Lord results in a host of Christ-filled blessings.

Resting in Christ in the Midst of Depression's Betrayal

Depression can suck the life out of you-it blinds, weighs down, and torments. Madison, who struggles with depression, sets out to encourage us as she continues to learn that the crucified, resurrected, and forgiving Christ is the one constant upon which we can rely during our lowest times.

The Fruitful Downtime of Divine Service

For many of us, our phones are like extensions of our arms. It seems like we're constantly plugged into something. While technology can be a gift from God it can, if we let it, so easily distract us. Rev. Keith reminds us of the necessity of a little peace and quiet in our lives and how the Divine Service is the perfect opportunity to harness some of that.

All This I Willingly Suffer for You

Rev. Mize dissects a Lenten hymn and expounds on three significant symbols for Christ that date back to the earliest days of the Church.

Catechism: The Gift of Reputation

Because we live in the era of social media it is easier than ever to get caught up in harming or not preserving the reputation of our neighbor. Taking to heart Rev. Cwirla's advice regarding the Eighth Commandment will not only increase your awareness of the pitfalls but will also encourage you with the forgiveness you have in Christ.