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"…the Scriptures cannot be broken." John 10:35

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The recent bombings at the Boston Marathon highlight once again how quickly life can be lost. Even most of the unbelieving world would recognize that this act was wrong. Most would also agree that when the older brother was shot by authorities in a shoot—out, killing him  was not murder. The obvious question then is, Read More

3) God is my Preserver and Provider

Have you ever had a “near death” experience? If so, perhaps it involved a motor vehicle, a medication, an allergic reaction, an illness, or a war. And after your life was preserved, didn’t you have a sense of gratitude and a renewed appreciation for Read More
Introduction & Part One of a Series Let us first give some introductory comments, starting with the basic fact that “A creed is a statement (written or spoken) of what a person believes.” (p. 89, Luther’s Catechism, Sydow ed.) The Apostles' Creed is one of the three ecumenical (general or Read More
Citizens on Earth Ever since Adam and Eve's fall into sin in the Garden of Eden, every human with the exception of Jesus has been conceived and born in sin. Original sin is our ascribed status—in other words, one in which we have no choice. As the Apostle Paul writes to the Romans, “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the Read More

Questions to Ponder

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“How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” (1 Corinthians 15:35) The above text presents us with two special questions to ponder this Easter season. Let's examine the second first: “And with what body do they come?” If you are like me, every year brings with it evidence of bodily deterioration: reading Read More
How many of us recognize the words of the title?. I have often wondered what it must have been like for those who heard Jesus preach directly to them. Their hearts must have burned within them as the Holy Spirit used the Savior’s own words to create and sustain faith. As the risen Savior joined them on a walk to Emmaus, Cleopas and a friend Read More

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

If we were to play a word association game using the word education, what thoughts would first come to our minds? Those who live in Wisconsin as I do, would no doubt have fresh memories involving a Read More
During the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century an insidious philosophy – namely, rationalism — spread throughout Europe and America. Rationalism’s proponents asserted that human reason, unaided by divine revelation, is the sole guide to all attainable religious truth. Read More

The twelfth day of Christmas is January 5th,

the last day of the traditional Christmas season. It serves to usher in the next church season — that of Epiphany. Historically, Epiphany was much more widely celebrated in Christian churches than was Christmas. Read More

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” -- Psalm 100:4-5

I invite you to consider with me two common expressions with the word “thanks” in them, and to Read More