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February 28th, 2006

Posted at 10:50am

We have received several inquiries for a link to the PDF for the 2006 Lenten Reflections, written by Rev. Daniel J. Feusse.  You may find them at:

February 19th, 2006

Posted at 10:00pm

Stricken, smitten, and afflicted, See Him dying on the tree! 'Tis the Christ by man rejected; Yes, my soul, 'tis He! 'tis He! 'Tis the long-expected Prophet, David's Son,yet David's Lord; Proofs I see sufficient of it: 'Tis the true and faithful Word.” (TLH 153, v. 1)

In the name of Jesus. Amen. Jesus deserves better. The Son of God doesn't deserve to be stricken, smitten, and afflicted. He doesn't deserve to die on a tree. He's the Son of the Living God! How could this have happened?

For you. He does what He does for you. He saves you and me from the shame, suffering, and death we deserve. He takes our place. He takes our punishment. He takes our hell and He dies. And while He moves steadily toward the Cross during the season of Lent, we fix our eyes on Him.

Higher Things is pleased to once again provide daily mediations for the penitential season of Lent. This season's reflections are written by the Rev. Daniel J. Feusse, pastor of Concordia Lutheran Church in Clearwater, NE.

You can download the booklet here or receive the Daily Reflections by emailing us at Podcasting of the daily reflections is also available.

Ye who think of sin but lightly Nor suppose the evil great Here may view its nature rightly, Here its guilt may estimate. Mark the Sacrifice appointed, See who bears the awful load; 'Tis the WORD, the LORD'S ANOINTED, Son of Man and Son of God.” (TLH 153, v. 3)

A blessed Lenten Season to you! In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Rev. George F. Borghardt III
Internet Services Executive
Higher Things, Inc.

February 17th, 2006

Posted at 3:56pm

Dear everyone,

As previously announced, there are going to be five Christ on Campus College Retreats this spring and even more to come this fall.

For contact information and materials for each retreat:

A couple of them are coming up in a week or so but there is still time to attend them.

Please check out the Christ on Campus College Retreats page to find a college retreat near you!

Rev. Marcus T. Zill
Christ on Campus Executive

February 16th, 2006

Posted at 7:30pm

The Higher Things Board of Directors has decided to establish a new position at Higher Things, that of Retreat Executive. We are determined to host eight regional weekend retreats next year and increase the number yearly. This requires a part-time Higher Things staff person to oversee the organization of such retreats.

Please note the following job description:

The application process is now open and applications will be received through March 15, 2006.

We invite you to apply, if you are interested. Or perhaps you know a pastor or layperson that you could encourage to apply for the position. Please feel free to advertise this position in your church bulletin or newsletter.

February 14th, 2006

Posted at 4:10am

Do you know who this beautiful little baby is? 

A few hints:

The baby is a Higher Things Board of Director.

This baby grew up in Chicago.

This baby is not Mrs. Lynn Fredericksen.

This baby is married.

This baby likes to wear sandles a lot.

Do you know who this baby is?  Vote on the Higher Things Forums!

February 11th, 2006

Posted at 12:36pm

Dear everyone,

As the campus ministry arm of Higher Things, Christ on Campus seeks to connect high-school and college age youth with faithful Lutheran campus ministries and assist congregations and campus ministries in their faithful service to Lutheran college students.

We are pleased to unveil what we believe will be a key component in doing just that!


Connect with other Lutheran campus ministries committed to providing Biblical and Confessional catechesis, solid liturgical practice, and faithful pastoral care.

Who is eligible to become a Christ on Campus Chapter?

Any Lutheran congregation or campus ministry organization may apply to become a Higher Things Christ on Campus Chapter. Those who might consider joining the Christ on Campus Chapter network include:
  • Full-time campus ministries
  • Congregations committed to part-time campus ministry and outreach at their local college, university, community college, or vocational institute
  • Other campus ministry related organizations
  • Groups desirous of planting a campus outreach where none presently exist
Please go to to learn more about Christ on Campus Chapters and download an application.

Rev. Marcus T. Zill
Christ on Campus Executive

Higher Things: Dare to be Lutheran!
Confessing Christ on Campus since 1517

February 9th, 2006

Posted at 6:57pm

Dear everyone,

You spoke. We listened. The opportunity for college students to serve as conference volunteers is back by popular demand!

There are 15 spots available this year for college students who would like to serve as volunteers at The Feast. While Higher Things conferences are open to all college students this is an opportunity for some college students to participate as volunteers at a reduced rate (50% off of registration).

You can apply as soon as you can fill out the form and send it in. The application is self-explanatory.

To download the College Student Application:

Applications will be received until March 1st and notifications of those college students who have been selected will be made by March 15th. Those who are selected, and who have not yet registered for The Feast, will have the opportunity to do so at that time.

If you have questions about applying as a college student volunteer please feel free contact either of us.


Rev. Adrian Sherrill,
2006 Volunteer Coordinator

Rev. Marcus T. Zill,
2006 Conference Director

February 9th, 2006

Posted at 1:51am

Dear everyone,

The Feast is full!

Wow! This is by far the fastest a Higher Things conference has been filled, some 20 days before the deadline. We have received a landslide of registrations in the last week. As of tonight, we have not only surpassed capacity (1250) but a waiting list is being developed with approximately 130 people.

If you recently sent in your registrations, but have not yet received confirmation as to your group's status, please be patient. You will be notified shortly to either confirm that your group is registered or that you have been placed on the waiting list.

There is a good possibility that several groups on the waiting list will still be able to come to The Feast. We will also, without doubt, have a few cancellations.

If you have not yet registered, you may still do so to get on the waiting list. If you don't get in, your deposits will be returned to you, so there isn't anything to lose. We will maintain the waiting list until June 1.

If your group's registration has already been confirmed, and you know of a cancellation, or if someone decides to give away their spot, please inform us as soon as possible, so that others might attend The Feast.

While we are thrilled with what is already the largest response to any Higher Things Conference to date, we regret that many may not be able to come to The Feast!

If your group is not able to attend, we encourage you to begin making plans to join us in 2007. We are pleased to announce that there will be not one, but two, Higher Things conferences in 2007. An announcement about the dates and locations of next year's conferences will be coming in the next couple of weeks.

More information on the great plans we have for The Feast are coming in the next 4-6 weeks. Please remember to check out all the information at and stay tuned for future announcements. A mailing to all registered groups will be forthcoming in mid/late March.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at:


Mrs. Sue Pellegrini,
2006 Conference Registrar

Rev. Marcus Zill,
2006 Conference Director

February 4th, 2006

Posted at 11:22am

Dear everyone,

Wow! The banquet hall is getting filled!

Just 15 days ago we announced that The Feast was 1/2 Full. Well, it is now 3/4 full, with well over 900 registrants!

Again, registration will remain open until February 28th or until we reach capacity, whichever comes first. However, at this rate, it would not be surprising to have to begin a waiting list around the middle of this month.

If you are planning to still come, we urge you get your materials off to us as soon as possible. When registration is at capacity we will announce the beginning of the waiting list.

Again, please remember that everything you need to register for The Feast is available at

If you can't get your questions answered there, please feel free to contact us at:


Mrs. Sue Pellegrini,
2006 Conference Registrar

Rev. Marcus Zill
2006 Conference Director

February 3rd, 2006

Posted at 6:14pm

I grew up up in South Louisiana where we would let the good times roll until the day before Ash Wednesday (known as "Mardi Gras" or "Shrove Tuesday"). At midnight on Ash Wednesday, all the celebrations would cease and people would start the season of Lent. But, until then, we partied until right before we had to repent.

That's not how it goes in the Christian Church. Ash Wednesday is not a day in which we buckle down and start repentance and faith. The Church has traditionally paused for a period of three weeks before Ash Wednesday to start preparing for the season of Lent.

This year, Higher Things is very excited to provide daily Gospel Reflections written by the Reverend Grant A. Knepper for the season of Pre-Lent. Pastor Knepper is the Director of Congregational Support at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN.

You can down load the booklet here or receive them daily in your email by sending any e-mail to:

May the Lord the fill your Lenten preparation with His Words and promises.

Rev. George F. Borghardt III
Internet Service Executive
Higher Things, Inc.

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