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August 22nd, 2006

Posted at 12:46am

"Fully knowing that he might be arrested and killed, John didn’t hesitate to proclaim the truth of the law to Herod. Only through repentance could Herod be prepared for the Christ who was to soon cross his path. John knew that Jesus, whom he had already baptized, was on the scene. John had nothing to fear, not even death. The One whose baptism would grant life, in the Holy Spirit, had already passed through the water when John had baptized him! Alongside John, you may also confess Christ’s truth with confidence. Even if death should threaten you, you needn’t fear, for you have been baptized into Jesus’ death and resurrection. If death couldn’t keep Christ in the grave, it can’t keep you, either. In the name of Jesus. Amen." (Reflection for The Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist)

Our Lord Jesus continues to bring us through the season of Trinity as we go through the second part of St. Lawrence/Martyrs' Tide.   Higher Things would like to thank the Rev. Ryan Fouts for writing this season’s Reflections.  Pastor Fouts is Pastor at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Sugarloaf, IL.

The booklet of the first part of St. Lawrence/Martyrs' Tide is available in pdf-format for download here.  You can receive the Higher Things Reflections in your e-mail box today! Subscribe by sending any e-mail to: Reflections-on@lists.higherthings.org. You can find an RSS Feed and Podcast for the Higher Things Daily Reflections here.  Listening to podcasts requires iTunes.  Our Podcast is updated daily.

In Christ,

Rev. George F. Borghardt III
Internet Services Executive
Asheville FOR YOU Conference Chair
Higher Things, Inc.

August 21st, 2006

Posted at 12:32pm

Ever since the Feast, we've had many request for more information concerning the headquarters of Higher Things, Internet Services.  What exactly goes on in the HT Internet Service "bunker" in Cabot, Pennsylvania?

Here is Stan Lemon, our superstar webmaster, in the bunker with his dog, Ivan.....  Questions abound! 

Is Stan working?  Is he hardly working?  How much of the programming that make this site so wonderful is done by Stan and how much is written by Ivan?  Exactly what type of soda is Stan drinking?  If the bunker is in Cabot, why is Stan wearing a Detroit Tigers cap?

For more information about the great Staff at Higher Things Internet Services, check out the About Us page. Now, we can't let you into the Bunker in Cabot, but if you'd like to volunteer for Internet Services contact me.

Stan, it's time for you to get back to work making the greatest Lutheran youth website on the planet...

August 17th, 2006

Posted at 3:02pm

Dear everyone,

I am pleased to announce that we have recently added six new Christ on Campus Chapters, bringing the Christ on Campus Chapter network to seventeen.

The new Christ on Campus Chapters include:
  • All Saints Lutheran Church & Student Center, Slippery Rock, PA (Slippery Rock University)
  • Christ the King Lutheran Chapel, Mt. Pleasant, MI (Central Michigan University)
  • Lutheran Student Fellowship at Stanford/Trinity Lutheran Church, Palo Alto, CA  (Stanford University)
  • Zion Lutheran Church, Morris, MN (University of Minnesota - Morris)
  • Zion Lutheran Church, Alva, OK (Northwestern Oklahoma State University)
  • Lutheran Student Fellowship of Wright State University, Dayton, OH /Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Fairborn, OH (Wright State University)
The interest in the Christ on Campus network and our Chapter program continues to grow daily. To learn more about the Christ on Campus Chapter program and see the full listing of Chapters go to:

http://higherthings.org/campus/chapters.html.

Rev. Marcus Zill, Executive
Higher Things, Christ on Campus

"Confessing Christ on Campus Since 1517'

August 15th, 2006

Posted at 3:27am

There are two popular views of Jesus. One sees Him only as a towering judge, ready to condemn the world and gleefully watch as it burns in Hell. The other stands in stark contrast, viewing Him as a gentle, loving friend who wants nothing more than the happiness of His followers, so long as they follow Him. I don’t need either of these Jesuses.

I am a sinner, condemned to die. I don’t need a Jesus who will stand on the sidelines. I don’t need a Jesus who will destroy me. I need a Jesus who will become flesh and suffer death for me. I need a Rescuer, a Savior. I need a Jesus who will intervene on my behalf, One who will take all my sins onto Himself and atone for them. I need a Jesus who will not only forgive me, but also heal me and restore me so “that I may be His own, and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.”

I am a saint. I am a redeemed, baptized, forgiven child of God. I don’t need a Jesus who will put limits on that status. I don’t need a Jesus who will motivate me to lead a better life or “set my heart on fire.” I don’t need a Jesus who wants my happiness. I need a Jesus who will place His name on me, regardless of how deserving I am. I need a Jesus who will make me His own, even when I am incapable of following Him with my sinful flesh. I need a Jesus who will give me His Spirit and work good through me, instead of expecting me to do it on my own. I need a Jesus who will come to me since I cannot come to Him. I need a Jesus who wants my salvation, not my happiness. I need a Jesus who will say, “When through fiery trials your pathway will lie, My grace, all sufficient, will be your supply. The flames will not hurt you; I only design your dross to consume and your gold to refine.”

The Jesus I need is “not a tame lion.” He has compassion, but He is also just. He has mercy, but He is also jealous. He does not share the attention of His beloved, the Church. He forgives the repentant and draws them to Him. Yes, He is loving and a friend to sinners – but He is not a friend to sinners by saying, “That’s all right – do better next time.” We cannot do better. We can only do worse. He knows this. Our sinful flesh allows nothing better. But the bride of Christ has been covered with her Husband’s righteousness. As the bride of Christ, we can do better. And that is how Jesus is a friend to sinners – by shedding His blood and cleansing sinners in it. He is not your friend in a way that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling in your heart. He is your friend in a far more intimate sense. He comes to you and gives of Himself. You do nothing but receive His love and cleansing.

The Jesus I need is the Jesus you need. It isn’t hard to get the Jesus we need. The Jesus we need comes to us in Baptism. The Jesus we need is seen and heard in the preaching of the Word. The Jesus we need forgives us in Absolution. The Jesus we need draws near to His bride – us – in Holy Communion. The Jesus we need is always there, for He has put Himself there. We did not decide to come to Him. He will never leave us. That is the Jesus I need.

Miss Rachel Soyk is known on her blog as "TripletThree."  She serves as a copy editor for the Higher Things Reflections.  She is a student at Concordia University in Mequon, WI, where she is majoring in Literary Appreciation and minoring in Philosophy.  She is an invaluable member of the Higher Things Internet Services Staff.

August 14th, 2006

Posted at 4:01am


Meet the Fischers!  This is Nathan Fischer and his beautiful bride, Katie.  They were married on Saturday, August 5, 2006.  Aren't they just a beautiful couple?

Nathan serves as a copy editor for our Reflections and is the writer of the blog, Blood & Water.  We are very proud to have him on our Staff.

Both Katie and Nathan were original MouthHousers. Do you know what that means? This makes for yet another HT wedding!   Is this the third one? Can you name the other two?

August 11th, 2006

Posted at 6:15pm

We know there are a variety of youth gathering events that church youth groups can choose to be a part of, so we at Higher Things would like to thank YOU for making The Feast our most successful conference yet!!!

We love you... 



THIS MUCH!   No, we can do better than that.  We love you....



THIS MUCH!

Thank you for your support in helping Higher Things put the Gospel of Jesus Christ into the ears of youth at the Feast and beyond.   Soli Deo Gloria!

In Christ,

Pastor Borghardt
Internet Services Executive
Higher Things, Inc.

August 10th, 2006

Posted at 11:32pm

August 10th, 2006

Posted at 2:50am

Forty years ago today, one of our beloved founders and the coordinator of our first (“Dying to Live”) and most recent conference (the Feast) was born. To celebrate our Christ on Campus Executive's turning old, we will be unveiling a whole new line of Matrix HT action figures later today.  Look for them very soon!  Until then, we would like to offer this list of things older than Pastor Zill.....


Things we know for sure are older than Pastor Zill..Sporks are older than Pastor Zill!

1. Dirt and everything in the UW Geology Museum is older than Zill.

2. The Spork (1874) - the combination of fork and spoon is older than Zill!

3. Pastor Zill's Favorite Sports – Football (1879), Baseball (1846), and Basketball (1891) - older, older, older than Zill.

4. Indoor Plumbing was created in ancient Egypt (4000 BC).  Zill was born a bit later.

5. Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity in 1752 making it older than Zill.

  6. Elvis – (1935 – 1977?) - Whether the King is alive or dead, he's older than Zill.

  7. University of Wyoming – Founded in 1886.  Yes, the Wyoming Cowboys are older than Zill too!

  8. Pastor Cwirla is older than Pastor Zill - but not by much!

9.  Pastor Zill's favorite drink is Tequila (1656).  Cactus juice is older than Zill.

10.  Crackers (1792) – I don't know why they are in the list, I just like crackers!  But cracker are older than Zill too!

11.  Snakes - Garden of Eden – Adam and Eve's pet gone wild.  Yes, the Fall happened before Zill was born.

12. Where Pastor Zill hikes – Vadauwoo is older than Zill (see Gen 1:1)

13.  Planes (1903), Trains (1550), and Automobiles (1800s) - all existed before Zill.

14.  Ships and Boats (6300 BC) too!

15.  The LC-MS (1847) is older than Pastor Zill.

16.  Book of Concord (1580) is older than Pastor Zill.

17.  Televisions (1928) AND Radio (1902) - both of these pre-date Pastor Zill.

18.  $0.31/gal. gasoline (price of gas in 1965).

19.  Toilet Paper (China – 1391, first roll was made by Scott Paper in 1890).  Yes, Baby Zill used toilet paper.  Shocking, eh?

20.  The Lord God - He's eternal.  That's really older than Zill!

Special thanks to the Pastor Zill's congregation's president for helping us compile this list...

August 8th, 2006

Posted at 5:43pm


Thanks to everyone who has supplied us with pictures from their week at The Feast. Check out the gallery here.

Have fun looking through all of these pics, and please feel free to send us some more to us. Don't worry about file size either. We can handle everything you can send our way.

How are they going to be used? You never really know. They might just end up online, in a magazine post-conference collage or future Higher Things publication or brochure.

Enjoy,

Pastor Zill, Coordinator
The Feast

August 8th, 2006

Posted at 2:45am

Tradition says that Lawrence was bound to a grill and placed over a fire. Yet, even in the face of death, he kept his sense of humor. As Satan gleefully lashed out against Christ’s Church, Lawrence did not love his life more than His Lord. He “hated” this life, anticipating the joy to come. “Turn me over, I’m done on this side!” he joked. And just before he died he declared, “It’s cooked enough now.” (Higher Things Reflections - August 10, 2006)

Our Lord Jesus continues to bring us through the season of Trinity as we go through the first part of St. Lawrence/Martyrs' Tide.   Higher Things would like to thank the Rev. Richard Heinz for writing this season’s Reflections.  Pastor Heinz is Senior Pastor at St. John Lutheran Church, Lanesville, IN.

The booklet of the first part of St. Lawrence/Martyrs' Tide is available in pdf-format for download here.  You can receive the Higher Things Reflections in your e-mail box today! Subscribe by sending any e-mail to: Reflections-on@lists.higherthings.org. You can find an RSS Feed and Podcast for the Higher Things Daily Reflections here.  Listening to podcasts requires iTunes.  Our Podcast is updated daily.

In Christ,

Rev. George F. Borghardt III
Internet Services Executive
Asheville FOR YOU Conference Chair
Higher Things, Inc.
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