Summer 2010

Summer 2010
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Spending the Riches of a Reckless Ruler

Suppose somebody plunked ten thousand dollars down in your lap. Would you spend it? save it? donate it? hoard it? The good news is that you’ve been given things far more valuable than money—faith, the Gospel, your Baptism, the Lord’s Supper—and they are all yours in Jesus Christ!

The Lord Gives and the Lord Takes Away

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why is there so much hurt in the world? Why does God allow suffering? Pastor Fritsche wrestles with these questions and reminds us that God’s will is good and best, even when we don’t understand it.

If Salvation Were a Reality Show...

Welcome to Tentatio, the reality show that’s more nerve-wracking than American Idol. Here, we pit your favorite church heroes against each other. Which of our champions will survive the Platform of Salvation? Calvin? Luther? Arminius? Stay tuned to Pastor Pauls’ broadcasting from the sidelines to find out!

Feasting with Our Lord: The Feast of Booths

When was the last time your family took a day off of work or school to celebrate something big, like a birthday or a wedding? Imagine enjoying a celebration like that of epic proportions . . . but for seven days! The Israelites celebrated the Feast of Booths, which reminded them of God’s enduring presence and His gracious activities toward them. Pastor Messer says we get to do the same thing today in the Divine Service! Intrigued? Us too. Read on!

Dropping Dead

Coming to grips with the death of a loved one is never easy. What happens when a person dies? What do the dead do while they await the Resurrection? What will the Last Day be like? Pastor Cwirla wants you to be comforted in your Baptism. Eternal life with Christ is yours!

Didomi: Given Unto Death

Everybody who knows Greek raise your right hand. Hello? Tap tap. Is this thing on? Pastor Borghardt wants to teach you the word didomi. It’s a little Greek verb that means “to give,” and the person who does the giving is our Lord, Jesus Christ.

For Better or Worse: God's Gift of Marriage

For most of you, marriage seems a long way off. You have to get through high school, graduation, college, and finding a job. Who’s thinking about a wife and kids at age 14? Mr. Lemon gives some insight on how marriage works, why you can already be praying for your future spouse, and the gifts Christ gives in marriage.

Given a Way Out

High school and college present plenty of opportunities to do the wrong thing. Parties that get out of hand, smooth talking members of the opposite sex, parents who seem unable to understand . . . so what’s a teen to do when temptation rears its ugly head? Rev. Buetow uses a passage from 1 Corinthians to reassure you in the knowledge that Christ’s death on the cross is your way out.

Given: Service

If you’re headed to college this fall, you’ve probably applied for a scholarship or two, and most of those scholarships probably wanted to know about your leadership qualities in debate or on the soccer field. But what about being a servant-leader in your congregation? Pastor Bakker wants you to know that more important than leadership is your service to others in the name of God, and Christ on Campus is here to help!

Real Belief in a Real Savior

If you’ve heard it once when talking to a non- Christian, you’ve heard it so much that now it’s just getting annoying:“That’s just your belief.” Just my belief? What does that even mean? If you’re looking for a way to talk to your friends about Christianity using just the facts, Mr. Cochran is here to help you give an apology (or defense) for the Christian faith.

Ten Years of Being Given To in Higher Things

Get out your candles and party hats: Higher Things is ten years old this year! Pastor Zill gives a rundown of how Higher Things got started, what it’s about, and how it’s still going strong today.“HT, you look like a monkey, and you smell like one too!”

He Who Has Been Forgiven Much Loves Much

When was the last time your mother said,“Tell your brother you’re sorry, and say it like you mean it!”? Sin, repentance, and forgiveness are hard concepts to grasp. Nevertheless, the vastness of Jesus answering for all your rot, filth, and gunk is really amazing, and Pastor Kuhlman is here to remind you of just that.

Sinners Who Know They Are Saints

A saint is not someone who is holy, someone declared to be holy. You can’t be a saint unless you are a sinner. You can’t be forgiven and declared holy unless you have something for which to be forgiven. Pastor Petersen breaks down what it means to be a saint, what it means to be a sinner, and why salvation is yours in Jesus Christ.