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Martin Luther Bible School

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Editor's note: this article should not be taken as this magazine's approval — tacit or otherwise — of the life and works of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest.
The Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, in his after-war life, became a devout Christian. Many are familiar with the motto attributed to him, Read More
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” (Ephesians 4:11-12 NIV84)
In the summer of 1996, the Lord sent Paul Schaller to teach at Read More
TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006
Date Hymns Reading Comments Jun 1 TLH 456/LSB 545; James 5:7-16 Patience and prayer go well together. Jun 3 TLH 156/LSB 530; Acts 15:1-21 Having considered the Word of God, the council recognized that the Gentiles were also Read More

God Has a Plan for You

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Our lives are constantly changing. Occasionally, those changes feel life-shattering. We move, change jobs, get sick, or lose a friend or family member; the list could go on. We wonder how we can continue, but God knows that His plan for us is not broken. God picks up the pieces of our broken lives Read More

Our Father’s Day

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How difficult is it to get a national holiday started? If one were to look at the history behind Father’s Day, the conclusion would be—quite difficult. It seems as far back as the Middle Ages, Catholic Europe held a Father’s Day of sorts on the Feast of St. Joseph. However, the practice Read More
“The King of kings, and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:15-16
Because God dwells in inapproachable light, the only source of man’s genuine knowledge of Read More
Many prayers in the Psalms are offered by people going through difficult times; but most of them express a measure of confidence and end on a note of hope. That is not the case in Psalm 88. The psalmist feels as if he’s adrift among the dead and in the depths of darkness. It seems that he has Read More

No Substitute

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“Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them. We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.” (Hebrews Read More
UNDERSTANDING THE CULTS In this twelve-part series we are taking a brief look at some of the major cults, past and present, that have found adherents in the United States. Your pastor can help you if you’d like a more in-depth study of a particular group.
Come, return to your place in the pews, And hear our heretical Read More

The Augsburg Confession

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“THIS WE BELIEVE” In ongoing observation of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, we are presenting a brief overview of those confessional documents that make up the Book of Concord.
“I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, And will not be ashamed.” (Psalm 119:46) If asked, most Read More