23 John 15:9-17– THL 37 We hold each other close while Jesus is away. 24 John 16:5-15 – 227 Oh, Friend from heaven, keep… Read More »May 23- 28
Respectfully submitted • Jim Fillmore • Member of Luther Memorial Church
It started out like any January Sunday in Wisconsin. It was cold. But it was the first Sunday in the month so that meant that we would share Communion in our morning service. It was January 2, 2011, and we were going to install our new pastor that afternoon.Read More »New Pastor at Luther Memorial Church
“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
Please read 2 Timothy 2:1-13
In the final letter to his spiritual son and young assistant Timothy, the apostle Paul encouraged: “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6).Read More »Strong In Grace We Shall Prevail!
My wife and I were privileged to visit the Hawaiian islands for the first time recently—in fact, just a week or so before the Japan catastrophies. The islands give abundant evidence of volcanic eruptions and lands formed at least to a degree by lava flows (yes, on one calm day a tour-guide warned of the danger of tsunamis!).
But one surely comes away from such a trip with great admiration for the beauty of creation, on the one hand, and with considerable respect for the destruction that “nature” can cause, on the other.Read More »The Japan Disaster — “What is Man…?”
In this world we can expect tribulation. So Jesus informed all His followers.
As the world seeks to celebrate Mother’s Day with flowers and sweet candy, we remember that troubles and bitter sorrow also come with the job. Blessed are all godly mothers who bear their cross with faithful patience.
If we were to ask, ‘Who is the most notable example of this in Scripture?’, who would not think of Mary, the mother of Jesus?Read More »Two Mothers Beneath the Cross
At the age of forty years Moses was ready to solve Israel’s problems his way. He saw an Egyptian taskmaster beating an Israelite and killed the Egyptian (Exodus 2:11ff)…and then had to flee for his life!
At the age of eighty a humbled Moses was a shepherd working for his father-in-law when a day came that would once again change the course of his life.Read More »Prepared, Called, and Equipped
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you…” 1 Peter 3:15
I was in a discussion with an atheist and we both realized that the conversation seemed to be going nowhere. I had my beliefs and he had his.
To further the conversation, he suggested that we should both become neutral to our respective beliefs as our starting point for finding the truth.Read More »Christian Apologetics
Juan Ponce de Leon (whether he actually searched for the Fountain of Youth or not) will be forever remembered as the man who went on a futile mission. The search for eternal youth, whether in water or in an elixir of life, can seem pretty silly to us. Even the ancient Egyptians practiced the art of mummification in order to supposedly preserve the body for the after-life.
Today people are surely much more sophisticated and far too educated as to believe that such things could be found or thought to work, aren’t they?Read More »Fountain of Eternity