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Author: Bruce Naumann

God-Given Rights and Responsibilities During the Pandemic

Written by Bruce Naumann | June, 2020
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FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS ­­— COVID-19 PANDEMIC The following was written by Pastor Bruce Naumann as a response to a request posted on an online forum frequented by CLC members. Dear Christian Friends, I’ve been asked to provide some brief comments concerning our government’s instructions, during this time of preventing the spread of […] Read More

A Six-Step Engagement Plan

Written by Bruce Naumann | July, 2019
Post Categories: Christian Marriage,Devotions,
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Life is full of choices—some of little consequence, and some that can change the entire course of your future. There is perhaps no other decision that has more far-reaching implications than selecting a spouse. Here are some time-tested scriptural principles, as well as practical advice on how to go about making this choice in a […] Read More

God’s Advent TIMING

Written by Bruce Naumann | December, 2020
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COVER STORY – ADVENT “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5) There is, perhaps, nothing in this life that is more anticipated […] Read More

Christian Service to One Another

Written by Bruce Naumann | August, 2011
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(first written for the pastor’s column of a local newspaper) When someone speaks of menial labor, he’s probably talking about the kind of work that hardly anybody wants to do. The word menial originally meant household, which brings to mind all the chores that get done because, well, somebody has to do them. Who, after […] Read More

“WHY?”

Written by Bruce Naumann | January, 2020
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GOD SPEAKS TO THE SUFFERING CHRISTIAN Personal tragedy – whether your own, or that of someone close to you—has a way of making an anguished person ask this question: “If there really is a God, WHY?” • If God is really good, why is there so much evil? • If God really has all power, […] Read More

Semper Paratus

Written by Bruce Naumann | November, 2017
Post Categories: Devotions,End Times,
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DEVOTION – SECOND COMING “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so […] Read More

“Hat in Hand”

Written by Bruce Naumann | March, 2019
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DEVOTION – ASH WEDNESDAY An office worker named Bill had had just about enough. He was tired of the management’s incompetence. Most of all, he was tired of his immediate supervisor, Mr. Sanders. He had to vent about it somewhere, so he walked over to his co-worker’s desk and said “Sylvia, can you believe that […] Read More

The Holy Spirit’s Christmas

Written by Bruce Naumann | May, 2013
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Wouldn’t it be nice to have Christmas twice each year? We all love the traditional food, carols, and decorations that go with the season. Giving and receiving gifts is nice too, and remind us of the greatest Gift which God gave when the Christ Child was born. Still, even if the Father had given His […] Read More

The Shepherd Kindly Calls

Written by Bruce Naumann | July, 2017
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“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade […] Read More

“Welcome Back to Church!”

Written by Bruce Naumann | August, 2021
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COVER STORY – RETURN TO CHURCH During the past year of pandemic isolation, we all have been very thankful to God that He has provided us with the means to share His Word through live streaming and other venues. Thanks be to God that He has spared the large majority of our members from severe […] Read More

Wedding Address

Written by Bruce Naumann | September, 2011
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Dear family and friends of the bride and groom, and especially today, dear Jackie and Mac: The text you’ve chosen is a most appropriate one for your wedding day. The setting is Old Testament Israel, where the people had recently conquered the Canaanites under the leadership of Joshua. The Lord, going before them, had won […] Read More

Our “New Wine” Reformation Heritage

Written by Bruce Naumann | October, 2016
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“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.  Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed.  But new wine is put […] Read More

Joy to the World, The Spirit’s Come

Written by Bruce Naumann | May, 2013
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(Text: Pastor Bruce Naumann; sung to the tune of TLH #87; see devotion, The Holy Spirit’s Christmas) 1. Joy to the world, the Spirit’s come! Thus we receive our Lord. His pow’rful Word prepares Him room, For His great gifts outpoured, For His great gifts outpoured, For His, for His great gifts outpoured. Read More

“We Are Beggars. This is True.”

Written by Bruce Naumann | February, 2020
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DEVOTION – DEATH OF LUTHER February 18, 2020 will mark 474 years since the death of Dr. Martin Luther in 1546. His tireless efforts and bravery, born from a heart set free by the Gospel of full and free forgiveness in Christ, were God’s instruments to shine this same Gospel on countless hearts and lives, […] Read More

Messiah Lutheran Church—Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Written by Bruce Naumann | January, 2015
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A SLICE OF LIFE IN THE CLC (First in a Series) Snapshots of Congregations from Around the Church of the Lutheran Confession Like many CLC congregations, Messiah Lutheran Church was born when the Lord moved a number of His people to leave their former fellowships in order to be faithful to His inspired Word. The […] Read More

A Care Package from Jesus

Written by Bruce Naumann | March, 2017
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DEVOTION – THE LORD’S SUPPER “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:18) Who is the most popular person in the dormitory at Immanuel, Eau Claire? On any given day, that would be the one who has received a care package from home. When I was in high school […] Read More

Firstfruits for Life

Written by Bruce Naumann | November, 2010
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A drive through the countryside shows that this year’s long harvest season is finally drawing to a close. After a very wet October and long backups at the grain elevators in November, the crops are finally in. Perhaps it’s no coincidence that our annual Thanksgiving celebration comes at this time of year, at the close […] Read More

Frequently Asked Questions about HEAVEN

Written by Bruce Naumann | November, 2018
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DEVOTION – HEAVEN The promise of life in glory, forever in heaven, is the Christian’s most cherished hope. We would like to know more, of course, about the wonderful place which will be our home for all eternity. Many of our questions can only be answered when we arrive, but here are some answers God […] Read More

Put on Your Resurrection Glasses!

Written by Bruce Naumann | April, 2021
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COVER STORY – EASTER ” . . . the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the […] Read More

Practice Makes Perfect

Written by Bruce Naumann | July, 2012
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Do you remember what it was like in grade school when it was time for a fire drill? “Line up, quickly and quietly,” the teacher would say. “No talking in line.” Out you go with your classmates onto the playground, where you wait for what seems like a long time. Finally, after the principal gets […] Read More