Upcoming Events

Movies, Magic, Mystery, and Means

September 11-12, 2015

We live in a great time, with many movies geared for teen audiences! Films full of mystery and magic, like Harry Potter, Sherlock, The Avengers, and Inception amaze and entertain us. But where can we find miraculous signs that surpass magic, and reveal the true and ultimate mysteries of Christ?

Join Pastor Rich Heinz as we discuss movies and entertainment from our daily lives, comparing and contrasting to Christ, the faith He gives, and His means of grace that delivers His Gifts!

Pastor Heinz serves St. John's Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois and is the Worship Coordinator for Higher Things Conferences.

When: September 11-12, 2015 | 7:00pm Friday to 4:00pm Saturday
Where: Immanuel Lutheran Church | 308 W 5th St, St. Ansgar, IA 50472
Cost: $25 per person
Contact: Lynn Kirchgatter | 641-243-8352 or lynnk@keercutter.com

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Law and Gospel

November 6-7, 2015

LAW & GOSPEL. We will learn that these are God's incredible words TO and FOR YOU! Through each God speaks to you. The law was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. We know the law as the Ten Commandments. God uses the law to show you that you are a sinner and that you deserve nothing but God's temporal and eternal punishment. Consequently, God did not give the law to save you. For that, God gives you the gospel. The gospel is the good news that Jesus died FOR YOU the sinner, that you are totally forgiven and that heaven is yours. God uses the gospel of Jesus Christ to saves sinners. Come and learn the proper distinction between the law and the gospel.

Pastor Brent Kuhlman is the Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in Murdock, Nebraska. Pastor Kuhlman and his wife, Robin, have three children, Allison, Jake, and Carlie.

When: November 6-7, 2015
Where: Faith Lutheran Church | Plano, TX
Cost: $45 per person
Contact: Rev. Steve Kieser | 972-423-7447 or skieser@flsplano.org

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Science, Sex and Secularism: Challenges to the Christian Faith

November 13-14, 2015

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: November 13-14, 2015
Where: Zion Lutheran Church | McHenry, IL
Cost: $50 per person
Contact: Rev. George Borghardt | 815-385-0859 or revborghardt@gmail.com

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The End of the World as We Know It

November 13-14, 2015

As Christians we confess in the creed that Jesus "will come again to judge both the living and the dead." But what do we mean by this? How have Christians thought about the return of Jesus? Do we know when it will happen? Are there ways to predict when the Lord will come back? What in the world is the "rapture," and will I be "left behind"?

This retreat will look at these questions and offer a look at the different ways the church has understood the return of Christ and the end of the world as we know it. While some have seen this as a terrifying matter, what the Bible in fact presents to us is a picture of the comfort and hope centered in the accomplished work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev. Dr. Larry Rast teaches Historical Theology and is President at Concordia Theology Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

When: November 13-14, 2015
Where: St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church | Chatfield, MN
Cost: $40 per person
Contact: Judy Goldsmith | 507-867-4604 or judyg@rochester.lib.mn.us

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