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Patriarchs, Pharaohs, and Philistines

January 22-23, 2016

The Old Testament is the Word of God. It is also a collection of books that often deal with people, places and events from history. But how well do the historical claims of the Old Testament stack up against the evidence of modern archeology and historical inquiry? You'll be surprised to discover just how accurate the Old Testament is as a history book as we examine the extra-biblical evidence for those people, places and events the Bible talks about. Join Pastor Kind at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church for their second annual Higher Things Junior Youth Retreat!

Rev. David Kind is the campus Pastor at University Lutheran Chapel at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He and his wife, Dana, have a son named Andrew..

When: January 22-23, 2016
Where: St. Johnl Ev. Lutheran Church | Corcoran, MN
Cost: $30 per person
Contact: Jayme Kruse | 612-807-6526 or jayme.kruse@gmail.com

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Branded In Baptism

February 13-14, 2016

It only takes a few minutes for baptismal water to evaporate from the skin of a newborn baby, but the gift that it leaves behind is eternal. Upon your forehead and upon your heart, written in spiritual ink, is God's own handwriting. He marks you as one redeemed by Christ the crucified. This weekend you'll return to the catechism on Holy Baptism to find the baptismal benefits that are stamped on you. First, the thing that differentiates baptismal water from all other water -- the Name that is above every other name -- is placed on to you to set you apart as God's own child. Second, the cross of Christ brands you as one who has died to sin and now lives to Christ. Though Invisible to the naked eye, you can read these marks by faith that holds fast to the promises of Christ given in and with this baptismal water. Come join us at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, WI for our 9th annual Higher Things® Retreat! Rev. Jacob Ehrhard will act as the main speaker.

Rev. Jacob Ehrhard is the pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in New Haven, MO. He and his wife Gretal have one dog, Gus, and are in the process of adopting a baby though Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri.

When: February 13-14, 2016
Where: Trinity Lutheran Church | Sheboygan, WI
Cost: $50 per person
Contact: Rev. John Berg | 920-458-8246 or berg@trinitysheboygan.org
or email Patrick Sturdivant - Higher Things Retreat Coordinator.

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Science, Sex and Secularism: Challenges to the Christian Faith

March 4-5, 2016

There are lots of ways the devil, the world, and our sinful natures try to derail our faith in Jesus. We'll look at three broad categories of challenges to the Christian faith: Science and the belief in a universe that doesn't need God; Sex and the lifestyles that say we can do whatever we want; and Secularism, the idea that the world doesn't need religion at all. We'll hear the challenges they present and we'll answer each one with Jesus and His Word, and see how he rescues us from all these and keeps us in the faith through His holy gifts.

Join us in McHenry to hear from Rev. Mark Buetow on how to handle these challenges to our Christian Faith. Pastor Buetow serves Bethel Lutheran Church in DuQuoin, IL and is the Media Executive for Higher Things, Inc.

When: March 4-5, 2016
Where: Zion Lutheran Church | McHenry, IL
Cost: $50 per person
Contact: Rev. George Borghardt | 815-385-0859 or revborghardt@gmail.com
Or Patrick Sturdivant | Higher Things Retreat Coordinator | retreats@higherthings.org | (888) 482-6630

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