Summer 2019

Volume 19/Number 2

It’s clear that summer isn’t going away without a fight, which is why we’re inviting you to take some time to cool off and dive into the summer issue of Higher Things Magazine. As you sip your lemonade and hopefully hunker down in some good air conditioning, you’ll notice something all these articles have in common: God’s overwhelming mercy for us in Christ Jesus. It’s in these various reminders of mercy you’ll find lasting spiritual refreshment even if the high temperatures are weighing you down.

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Your Cross Is His Cross

Rev. George F. Borghardt

Rev. Borghardt dispels the notion that carrying one’s cross is some burden or care you must choose to endure in this life for the sake of Christ. To be sure, we do contend with those things this side of Heaven but this is not what Christ means in Matthew 16. The real focus is on His Cross, rather than ours.

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The Immeasurable Mercy of God

Rev. Aaron T. Fenker

Judge not, and you will not be judged… so verse so often quoted in an effort to point fingers or defend ourselves that we miss the Good News of God’s boundless mercy in the very next verse. Discover this delightful truth for yourself!

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70 x 7: Not Your Average Math Fact

Rev. Eric Brown

It may seem daunting beyond belief to imagine forgiving someone 70 x 7 times. And if were up to us, that would be the reality. Rev. Brown shows how the ever-flowing fountain of God’s love and mercy toward us is exactly what He pours into us for others through by the work of the Holy Spirit.

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Hi, It’s Your New Pastor

Rev. Harrison Goodman

A newly installed pastor himself, Rev. Goodman gives us insight into what it feels like to be the new pastor on the block and how we as parishioners can bless our new pastors as well as encourage those long-time pastors God has gifted to us.

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5 Compelling Reasons to Check Out the Psalms

Rev. Joshua Ulm

Our liturgical worship is steeped in the Psalms and not without reason. There are 150 of them, each one unique and packed with powerful prayer language. Rev. Ulm persuasively explains why delving into them daily is so spiritually edifying.

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Our Neediest Neighbors

Timothy Sheridan

If you’re not quite sure how to handle an encounter with a homeless person, Timothy helps to put it all in perspective and points us, as always, to Jesus.

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Teach Me Your Way, O Lord

Stephen Brynestad

Stephen asserts that learning is a natural part of the Christian life and encourages us to have teachable hearts through receiving God’s Word and Gifts.

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Catechism: Liturgical Catechesis: The Creeds: Faithfully Passing the Baton

Rev. William M. Cwirla

God has promised that the gates of Hell will not prevail against the Church and Creeds are an integral part of that. Rev. Cwirla explains that, just like in a relay race, each generation of Christians is privileged to pass on the faith to the next one.

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Bible Study: Hi, It’s Your New Pastor

Higher Things

Be sure to check out this sample of one of our student Bible studies which links up with Rev. Harrison Goodman’s article on P. 10.

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God’s Got You Covered

Katie Hill

Did you know you have a more clothes in your wardrobe than you thought? Remember, you’re baptized and so you wear Christ each day. Katie walks you through some of the clothing references in the Bible in the hopes of reminding you that in Christ you are always properly dressed before your Father in Heaven.

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