Posts with the tag “baptism”

Under the Cross: Brave New World
by Katie Hill on August 10th, 2020
As you read through this column, remember one unchanging truth: By virtue of your Holy Baptism, you are Christ's, and no matter what highs or lows you experience this next year, He is always there for you, in Word and Sacrament. Whatever your struggle is, He has taken care of your biggest challenge ever—having conquered sin, death and the devil on your behalf.  Read More
Foundations: Back to School to Serve Your Neighbor
by Katie Hill on August 7th, 2020
As school begins again this year, ask yourself, "Why bother going to school?" The answer? To serve your neighbor!   Read More
Reflections: August 5, 2020
by HT Content on August 5th, 2020
Through Baptism Jesus pours out the Holy Spirit and makes us children of God.  Read More
Helpful Things: More Than Just Pizza or Lock-Ins
by Katie Hill on August 4th, 2020
Building or sustaining a youth program. Seems like a huge job, right? You have to consider all of the plans that go into each event and make your schedule open to actually be at all of those events, not to mention get to know and invest yourself in the lives of multiple different youth. Big job--but oh, so rewarding. And when you start to break down some of the important things to know about it all, it seems just a little more manageable.   Read More
Foundations: You Don't Have to Go to Church
by Katie Hill on August 3rd, 2020
"Yeah, but isn't Jesus everywhere? Can't I be with Jesus wherever I am?" No, not really. Jesus has not promised to be everywhere with His Gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation. He has only promised to be present with His Gifts in His Holy Word, Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion--and these are found only within His Church.   Read More
Dean's List: Baptized, Ready to Die
by Katie Hill on July 30th, 2020
That's what you’ve been baptized into: God's crucifixion and death--God's resurrection. Those are now your crucifixion and death--your resurrection. They can't be taken from you. There's nothing that the world, the devil, or even your own conscience can say to take that from you.   Read More
Reflections: July 30, 2020
by HT Content on July 30th, 2020
In your Baptism, no matter when it occurred, you have received a wonderful blessing from God.  Read More
Foundations: Cruciflood
by Katie Hill on July 28th, 2020
This cruciflood saves you. It washes you. It drowns your wicked Old Adam and it lifts you up in the ark of the Church. Jesus crucified for you. A cruciflood poured out for you.  Read More
Reflections: July 23, 2020
by HT Content on July 23rd, 2020
You are holy because you have a holy Lord.  Read More
Foundations: The Life You Now Live
by Katie Hill on July 20th, 2020
You died in the flood of blood and water flowing from Jesus' crucified side. You were crucified with Christ. You died with Him. You no longer live--at least not the way you used to live before your Baptism.  Read More
Foundations: Stand by Me
by Katie Hill on July 15th, 2020
Jesus always embraces, welcomes, and forgives sinners. It is His association with, as well as compassion and love towards, sinners that is most scandalous to the world. He runs after the doubters, the unbelievers, the sinners. Jesus goes after the poor, the lost, the sick, and the dead. They are the reason that Jesus came.  Read More
Video Short: July 9, 2020
by Sandra Madden on July 9th, 2020
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Reflections: July 8, 2020
by HT Content on July 8th, 2020
God delivers us from evil at the Cross, and seals it in the water of our Baptism.  Read More
Flex: Christ's Cancel Culture
by Katie Hill on July 7th, 2020
To the world's religion, either you're in or you aren't, in which case you should consider yourself cancelled for all time. Sure, you can try to do penance, you can pay alms and kneel before their altars. But you can't undo what you've done. There's nothing you can do to make it better.  Read More
Debunked: Enough Isn't Enough
by Katie Hill on July 3rd, 2020
"You are enough" is meant to empower you but actually serves to pull the rug out from under you. That's because deep down you know the truth. Any directive that points you toward yourself is going to take you down a road you don't want to follow--a road headed in the wrong direction that was paved a long time ago with good intentions.   Read More
Reflections: July 3, 2020
by Sandra Madden on July 3rd, 2020
We suffer on earth for a little while, but our gracious God will set things right.  Read More
Dean's List: Your Permanent Record
by Katie Hill on July 2nd, 2020
But your name is there, dear saint of God. We're "engraved on the palms of My hands," the Lord says, His nail-scarred hands. You're named with God's own Name--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Your permanent record is the record He won for you.  Read More
Reflections: July 1, 2020
by Sandra Madden on July 1st, 2020
We ask our Father to guard us so the forces of evil cannot deceive or mislead us.  Read More
Foundations: Can, Cannot, and Vocation
by Katie Hill on June 30th, 2020
Because the biggest truth is this: You are forgiven in Christ Jesus, regardless of any chaos you see around you or within you. All that sin and disorder doesn't surprise Jesus. He loves you, forgives you, defends you, and He gives you life--now and for eternity.  Read More
Reflections: June 30, 2020
by Sandra Madden on June 30th, 2020
What would happen if your sins were not recorded forever, but were thrown into the deepest, darkest part of the ocean?  Read More
Under the Cross: The First Time I Died
by Katie Hill on June 29th, 2020
Daily I am drowned. Daily I am repented. Daily I am made righteous. A new life, overflowing with the most extraordinary ordinariness.   Read More
Foundations: Better Than Bulletproof
by Katie Hill on June 23rd, 2020
You think that being a Christian bulletproofs you against sin. Well, maybe not the little ones--we're all sinners, of course; but against those other sins. Christians never do the Big Ones. However, if you think this way you're kidding yourself and the truth is not in you.  Read More
Under the Cross: Hope in Suffering, Not Apart from It
by Katie Hill on June 22nd, 2020
I don’t know if Peter had courage or cowardice upside down on that cross, but I know he’s baptized. I know that afraid or not, God had already saved him.  Read More
Reflections: June 18, 2020
by Sandra Madden on June 18th, 2020
Eternal life is knowing God through His Son, and you are experiencing that right now!  Read More
Helpful Things: Spilling the Tea on Generation Z
by Katie Hill on June 16th, 2020
You don't have to struggle with your identity. You know who you are; you know Whose you are. In your Baptism, God has given you new life. He has forgiven your sins. He has made you who you are by showing you Whose you are. You are one who has been bought by Christ the crucified.   Read More
Reflections: June 14, 2020
by Sandra Madden on June 14th, 2020
You have an imperishable inheritance purchased by the blood of Christ.  Read More
Speaking of Faith: How to Defend Infant Baptism and Have Fun Doing It
by Katie Hill on June 11th, 2020
You might take infant Baptism for granted; and when someone tells you it didn’t count, you might not know what to say. Your memorization of the Small Catechism may vanish in a puff of panic. Fear not! Here are some of the most common arguments against infant Baptism, and how to respond.  Read More
Reflections: June 7, 2020
by Sandra Madden on June 7th, 2020
The Trinitarian God works to bring you into His kingdom.  Read More
Debunked!: The Unreachable Carrot
by Katie Hill on June 5th, 2020
I spent several years of my life trying to chase God in this way so that I would receive the blessings of God that the speakers promised. I tried to pray enough. Tried to read my Bible enough. Tried to go to church enough. Tried to love people enough. But a strange thing happened…I didn’t actually feel any closer to God at all.  Read More
Musica Sacra: "All Christians Who Have Been Baptized"
by Sandra Madden on May 29th, 2020
“All Christians Who Have Been Baptized” is a joyous gift from God, teaching us about original sin and our depravity. Yet it also teaches the absolute joys of living as New Creatures, baptized into Christ! At the same time, because we believe these truths of Holy Scripture, we joy in singing such a hymn.  Read More
Under the Cross: The Surreal Life
by Sandra Madden on May 28th, 2020
When the only good thing we can find in our days and lives is to be able to say, “I am baptized,” rejoice! You have already been given everything. Things aren’t just going to get better one day when we’re in heaven—all of heaven was given to us in Baptism.  Read More
Flex: Coming Down from the Mountaintop
by Sandra Madden on May 28th, 2020
Strangely enough such life-changing, mountaintop experiences aren't the important things. The important things happen in between those moments and during those not-so-dynamic times.  Read More
Foundations: What's Jesus Doing??
by Sandra Madden on May 27th, 2020
Jesus jumps right into that toxic water! Rancid! Putrid! Rotten! Malignant! With nothing at all to protect Him! No sin resistant water suit. No sin protective goggles. He dives in completely unprotected. His Body is covered with it all.  Read More
Foundations: For You and for All
by Sandra Madden on May 27th, 2020
Who is to be baptized? “Every one of you!” What part of “every” don’t you understand? “Every one of you” leaves no one out! Peter doesn’t discriminate and says that Holy Baptism is only for a few. Jesus died for all. Holy Baptism is for all.  Read More
Foundations: Dying and Rising from Above
by Sandra Madden on May 27th, 2020
When you are baptized—born “from above”—you are given the death and resurrection of Jesus as your own. That means the death He died for your sins you have died: at the font! And the life He lives, you now live, having risen to that new life through the waters of Baptism.  Read More



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Reflections: July 1, 2020Digging Deeper: Mixing It Up with Religion and PoliticsLive Bible Study: June 30, 2020Video Short: June 30, 2020Live Bible Study: July 1, 2020Live Bible Study: July 2, 2020Dean's List: Your Permanent RecordReflections: July 2, 2020Video Short: July 2, 2020Debunked: Enough Isn't EnoughReflections: July 3, 2020Reflections: July 4, 2020Reflections: July 5, 2020Reflections: July 6, 2020Video Short: July 6, 2020Under the Cross: Beautiful, Heartbreaking WorldVideo Short: July 7, 2020Live Bible Study: July 6, 2020Flex: Christ's Cancel CultureReflections: July 7, 2020Speaking of Faith: Third Article EvangelismReflections: July 8, 2020Live Bible Study: July 7, 2020Video Short: July 8, 2020Live Bible Study: July 8, 2020Video Short: July 9, 2020Under the Cross: The Sophia Worthy of ReceptionReflections: July 9, 2020Live Bible Study: July 9, 2020Helpful Things: Get Your Youth Talking!Reflections: July 10, 2020Video Short: July 10, 2020Reflections: July 11, 2020Live Bible Study: July 10, 2020Reflections: July 12, 2020Reflections: July 13, 2020Video Short: July 13, 2020Digging Deeper: Approaching Feminism with the Mind of ChristLive Bible Study: July 13, 2020Musica Sacra: Hymns Are for ProclamationReflections: July 14, 2020Video Short: July14,2020Video Short: July 15, 2020Live Bible Study: July 14, 2020Foundations: Stand by MeReflection: July 15, 2020Live Bible Study: July 15, 2020Dean's List: Your Vote Is a Gift for your NeighborReflections: July 16, 2020Video Short: July 16, 2020Live Bible Study: July 16, 2020Debunked: The Truth about Jeremiah 29:11Reflection: July 17, 2020Video Short: July 17, 2020Reflections: July 18, 2020Reflections: July 19, 2020Video Short: July 20, 2020Reflections: July 20, 2020Foundations: The Life You Now LiveReflections: July 21, 2020Video Short: July 21, 2020Foundations: Heaven on Earth TogetherLIVE BIBLE STUDY: July 21, 2020Speaking of Faith: The Curious Case of AgnosticismLive Bible Study: July 22, 2020Reflections: July 22, 2020Live Bible Study: July 20, 2020Video Short: July 22, 2020Video Short: July 23, 2020Reflections: July 23, 2020Under the Cross: Pushing Back with CompassionLive Bible Study: July 23, 2020Video Short: July 24, 2020Digging Deeper: SpiriligiosityReflections: July 24, 2020Live Bible Study: July 24, 2020Reflections: July 25, 2020Live Bible Study: July 25, 2020Reflections: July 26, 2020Live Bible Study: July 27, 2020Flex: Lutherans on FacebookReflections: July 27, 2020Video Short: July 27, 2020Video Short: July 28, 2020Foundations: CrucifloodLive Bible Study: July 28, 2020Reflections: July 28, 2020Video Short: July 29, 2020Speaking of Faith: Campus ChristianReflections: July 29, 2020Live Bible Study: July 29, 2020Dean's List: Baptized, Ready to DieLive Bible Study: July 30, 2020Reflections: July 30, 2020Video Short: July 30, 2020Video Short: July 31, 2020Debunked: The End Times--Still All About JesusReflections: July 31, 2020



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