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“Behold Your God!”

COVER STORY – CONVENTION REPORT

The thirty-third Convention of the Church of the Lutheran Confession
was held at Immanuel Lutheran College, Eau Claire, Wisconsin on
June 21-24, 2018. The theme of the convention was “Behold Your God!”

Pastor David Pfeiffer served as chaplain to the convention, opening and closing each session with the Word of God—where we most clearly “Behold Our God!”

President Michael Eichstadt addressed the convention with his biennial report centered on that same theme, reminding us to recognize and proclaim the power of God in our homes, in our fellowship, in all the world, and in our testimony to the Truth.

The two essays that were presented further divided the convention theme into two parts:

1) “The LORD GOD came with a strong hand!” and 

2) “The LORD GOD comes with a gentle embrace!”

The first essay was delivered by Professor John Ude. 

The essay was based on Isaiah 40:9-10 (NIV):

“You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, ‘Here is your God.’ See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him.”  Read More…

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“BREAD OF LIFE” READINGS September 2018

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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006

Date Verse Reading Comments

Sept 1TLH 141 John 11:45-53Caiaphas was right that one man needed to die for the people, but not in the way he thought. Jesus needed to die for the sins of all people.

Sept 3 TLH 502/LSB 830; 2 Timothy 1:8-14 Even if it brings us suffering and trouble, we need not be ashamed to testify about our Lord.  The Spirit will help us in this.

Sept 4TLH 488 Numbers 12:1-15Miriam and Aaron should have thought twice before speaking rashly against God’s called servant. We should respect our called servants, too.

Sept 5 TLH 633/LSB 610; 1 Chronicles 22:2-16 David (who made his reputation by fighting) was not to build the temple because it was  supposed to remind the people of the peace and rest God gives. Read More…

Labor Day Thanksgiving

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DEVOTION – THE BLESSINGS OF LABOR

“Here is what I have seen:
It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good
of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God.” 

(Ecclesiastes 5:18-19).

Labor Day—what does it mean to you?

The last big weekend of summer and the beginning of the school year are perhaps the two most common answers. But it also has to do with recognizing those who labor, and what they contribute to our society. Many feel that working men and women are the fabric of our society. They make, build, sell, or service many of those things that we take for granted as part of our daily lives. At the same time, they are working to support their families so that their dependents have a roof over their heads, food on the table, and clothes on their bodies. Perhaps it’s a good thing to have a special day on which those who labor are recognized for the blessings they bring to others around them.  Read More…