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Written by | November, 2011
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Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Read More…

Called To Be Witnesses

Written by | September, 2011
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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
(Acts 1:8)

In the first chapter of Acts we read the account of how Jesus, in the weeks leading up to His ascension, appeared to His disciples on various occasions and confirmed for them His great Easter victory. At this time He also informed them that He would soon bless them with power from on high that would enable them to serve as His gospel witnesses. After His departure to heaven He would use them as His instruments to broadcast far and wide in the world the news of His death-destroying, life-restoring work as mankind’s Savior. Read More…

Reaching Out with the Gospel… “Bragging Rights”

Written by | September, 2011
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Many people like to brag to others about what they have or what they’ve done.

The child on the playground may brag about what his dad can do. He may even get into a “My dad’s better… stronger than your dad” argument with other kids.

As adults we are inclined to brag about our children or grandchildren and their accomplishments. If one proves to be better than others, or has cuter grandkids than others, it might be said that he has the “bragging rights.”

As Christians we are somewhat reluctant to brag about ourselves, for in His Word our God warns about the destructiveness of pride. However, we do have the greatest bragging rights when it comes to our God. We truly have a God and Father who is greater than all.

We can rightfully and proudly brag and boast about our God!! Read More…

An “Open Door” in Australia!

Written by | March, 2011
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For fifty years the Church of the Lutheran Confession (CLC) has existed as a confessional Lutheran Church whose single purpose it is to be a Christian church that proclaims the saving gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible. That such teaching may remain unsullied among us, we are bound by and to the inspired and inerrant Word of God.

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The Stiller family - Standing: Rebekah (15), Tim, Kathy, Jesse (13), Mariah (11) Sitting: Tim’s parents: Wally (86), Jean (80)

With respect to fellowship we believe that all forms of religious fellowship are limited to fellowship between such as are in full agreement with the teachings of Scripture and do not by word or act reject any part of God’s Word. We are encouraged and heartened by every testimony, written or spoken, that confesses and glorifies our Lord Jesus Christ. In the exercise of our ministry as well as in our fellowship practice we are challenged daily by the weakness of our own flesh as well as by the temptations of the world about us.

We thank the gracious Lord of the Church for keeping us steadfast in our faith and confession through many trials over the past fifty years.

We are encouraged in our confessional stand when from time to time inquiries are received from such as wrote to us in September of 2010. Tim Stiller of Tanunda, Australia, inquired about the confessional position and practice of the CLC.

Mr. Stiller wrote, “I on behalf of my… family am seeking a like-minded, faithfully confessional Lutheran fellowship, as we need help and support to form a small congregation to be served with Word and Sacrament.” His family consists of his wife, three children, and his elderly parents. The support being sought is not financial, but moral
and spiritual.

The family took the name “Steadfast Evangelical Lutheran Church.” Tim (who with his father farms a vineyard) is the lay preacher. He uses sound Lutheran sermons, including some by Dr. C.F.W. Walther, as well as sermons provided by some pastors of the CLC. He has also been provided with sermon books of Prof. Egbert Schaller and Dean Norman A. Madson. Mr. Stiller was already acquainted with Luther’s Small Catechism edited by Prof. Michael Sydow. His family is acquainted with and has used CLC Sunday School material. They receive the monthly Lutheran Spokesman, which is an “official organ” of our church body.

Tim completed his daughter Rebekah’s confirmation instruction. For the examination he used questions provided by CLC pastors. Rebekah was confirmed on January 9, 2011. Tim reported that “This was truly a joyous day, for which we give thanks and praise to our Lord, the great Shepherd of His flock.”

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A view of the Stiller farm in Australia

We would also add that old-timers in the CLC would be very comfortable with the liturgical services used at Steadfast Ev. Lutheran Church, both for the regular Sunday services as well as the communion services. They have been supplied, at their request, with liturgical forms for different services — funeral, wedding, baptism, confirmation —  from The Lutheran Agenda.

At this writing Tim has received his passport and is planning on visiting in the States in May. He is anxious to meet members of the CLC, as well as visit our Immanuel Lutheran College in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

The Stiller family has been “Lutheran” since the 1800s and has been active in Lutheran churches in Australia. Tim’s father, Walter, has translated old LC-MS German devotions into English. Much correspondence and exchange of materials as well as phone calls have been exchanged between us and the Stillers. The Board of Doctrine has been kept informed. The Spirit has created between us an understanding. They desire fellowship with the CLC. Synod President John Schierenbeck will seek ratification of fellowship with them at the next Convention (scheduled for June of 2012).

Circumstances within Lutheranism in Australia have to a great extent mirrored the deterioration of Lutheranism in this country. There have been divisions over doctrine within Australian Lutheranism. While the Stillers were still members of the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA), they were disturbed by the “social gospel” preached in their local church, by contemporary worship services as “entertainment,” as well as by Sunday Schools being replaced with “Kid’s Clubs.”

Editors Note:

From the Editor:

* We thank Pastor Em. Daniel Fleischer, Oakdale, Minn. for this report; Pastor Fleischer, who pastored a number of CLC congregations from 1963-2010 (and served as CLC President 1982-2002), has been a primary liaison for the CLC with Mr. Stiller, as well as with many other contacts over the years. [Read More..]

After leaving the LCA for confessional reasons late in 1999, they joined a small local Lutheran congregation in early 2000. Tim writes, however, that “just recently we had to resign” from the congregation, “because of a lack of church discipline over disunity on closed communion…We were no longer speaking the same thing. We have for some time been living a lie to the oneness of mind and judgment. God’s Word is clear in Romans 16:17-18, Titus 3:10, Amos 3:3, etc.”

First of all, we thank the Lord for the encouragement given as He shows us that we are not alone in our concern for the truth and honest fellowship in the Word. Our voice is being heard! We thank Him for the opportunity to encourage people such as the Stillers who feel “very isolated.”

We conclude with recent words from Mr. Stiller: “It is indeed good to ‘visit’ brethren in the faith via the printed medium. It is even better to ‘visit’ the same by phone, real voice-to-real-voice. Even better yet, to in-the-flesh ‘visit.’ But the best for us is still to come — to ‘visit’ at the throne of God for eternity.

Evangelism and the Book of Acts

Written by | January, 2011
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How long has it been since you read the Book of Acts?

This important book is often overlooked by many Christians who prefer to read the Gospel accounts of the life of Jesus or the doctrinal sound-bites of the New Testament epistles (letters).

But the Book of Acts is an invaluable commentary on the message and work of the early New Testament Church. For this reason it serves as a resource for our personal and corporate evangelism.

During the 2010 Epiphany season our congregation considered sections from the Book of Acts as well as the implications for us today. (Dear reader, we have only scratched the surface. Dig into it on your own!)

Here are a few things to look for as you read the  book of Acts:

• The focus of the Book of Acts is on the Holy Spirit’s proclamation of the gospel through many different individuals. While the Book of Acts focuses much attention on the work of the apostles Peter and Paul, it also mentions many others in supporting roles—such as the apostle John, the deacons Stephen and Philip, Barnabas, James (not the apostle) and Apollos.

• Many others who played a smaller role are mentioned as well, such as Mark, Silas, Timothy, Aquila and Priscilla, Aristarchus and others, showing how the Holy Spirit was working through each of them.

• Thus we are assured that the Holy Spirit can and does work through each of us – whatever our role – to bring the knowledge of God’s truth to others!

• We also notice that the Book of Acts is full of examples of preaching and teaching, which present the message of the New Testament Church from the its very beginning.

• In all there are twenty such addresses or parts of addresses recorded in the book of Acts! In these addresses we find being proclaimed the doctrines which form the foundation of the Christian Church: sin and grace (law and gospel), the death and resurrection of Jesus, Jesus’ atonement for our sin, repentance, forgiveness, Jesus is the only way to heaven, and much more. Look for other doctrines as well.

• Reading carefully in the Book of Acts, we will also see how the Holy Spirit was at work using His people to bring the message of the Savior to Jew and Gentile alike!

• Such mission work was carried out in many ways and by many different people, some of whom were “unlikely” candidates for the gospel ministry. Let us be encouraged that the Holy Spirit is able to use each of us for His holy purposes no matter how unsuited we think we might be.

We pray that through our on-going study of God’s Word the Holy Spirit would increase our knowledge and zeal to  “proclaim the praises of Him who called us out of darkness into His marvelous light”  (1 Peter 2:9)!

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