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Give the Gift of Christmas

Written by Michael Eichstadt | December, 2020
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Does it seem harder each year to find just the right Christmas gift for the people on your list? You can’t repeat the great idea you had last year. Everything seems more expensive this time around. Maybe there are a few more grandchildren or other family members to buy for than in years past. And… Read More »Give the Gift of Christmas Read More

Hope for Every Child in the Child of Hope

Written by Michael Eichstadt | December, 2015
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“Would you like to hold her?” Those are some of my favorite words to hear when I visit new parents. So with that invitation I carefully cradled all 6 lbs. 10 oz. of a precious little girl barely seven hours old. I never grow tired of seeing the wonder firsthand of a child “knit together”… Read More »Hope for Every Child in the Child of Hope Read More

We Are People Of The Cross

Written by Michael Eichstadt | September, 1996
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If you were o visit each of our CLC congregations across the country, you would note many differences. There are obvious differences in the size and architecture of church buildings. In some places you might worship in a converted garage with 20 other people; in another location there might be 200 worshipers in a brand… Read More »We Are People Of The Cross Read More

Loving Communication Wondrously Restored

Written by Michael Eichstadt | December, 2014
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No cell phone bars! There we were on the road somewhere in Missouri, completely out of touch with everyone! It doesn’t happen very often, does it? We expect to be able to reach out to almost anyone at any time via voice, text message, or e-mail. We count on these means to stay in touch… Read More »Loving Communication Wondrously Restored Read More

Re-gifting Encouraged!

Written by Michael Eichstadt | December, 2013
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Have you ever re-gifted a present? In recent years the practice of re-gifting has been promoted as a way to deal with unwanted or unneeded gifts. After all, what are you going to do with two identical DVDs? What if you already own three Green Bay Packer caps? You could shove them into the depths… Read More »Re-gifting Encouraged! Read More

Reformation Roots

Written by Michael Eichstadt | October, 2018
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FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT “Your past is waiting to inspire you.” That is the intriguing tagline for a popular service which analyzes a person’s DNA in order to determine his ancestry. Have you tried it? Has a friend excitedly told you the results of her test? Does it really matter? Could the long-ago,… Read More »Reformation Roots Read More

Messiah Lutheran Church Hales Corners, Wisconsin

Written by Michael Eichstadt | January, 2021
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What’s New With YOU? Updates from congregations around the church of the Lutheran Confession 2020 will long be remembered for many things, perhaps most notably the worldwide Coronavirus outbreak. The year also marks the 60th anniversary of Messiah congregation, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. Our history has its share of controversies which strained the fellowship and caused… Read More »Messiah Lutheran Church Hales Corners, Wisconsin Read More

Another devotion (condensed) from last summer’s convention,

Written by Michael Eichstadt | January, 1997
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under the theme: “Who Are We?” People Of God — Diverse, Yet United What if every one of us were just like everyone else? What if we were all cut from the same heavenly cookie cutter? We would look alike, dress alike, and think the same. At this point we might say, “Great! Everyone would… Read More »Another devotion (condensed) from last summer’s convention, Read More

“Reform” Can Go Too Far

Written by Michael Eichstadt | October, 2016
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If two aspirin tablets take the edge off a headache, then four must be even better. If sixty minutes on the treadmill is good for the heart, then logging three hours nonstop will be especially beneficial. At least, that’s the thinking of some. Yet experience and common sense say otherwise. Too much of just about… Read More »“Reform” Can Go Too Far Read More

Who Won?

Written by Michael Eichstadt | December, 2017
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FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT What can a baby do? “Not much!” would seem to be the obvious answer. A newborn cannot walk or speak or send a text. Much of early infancy is spent in eating and sleeping. Yet there is one thing babies can do better than almost anyone else. Without any… Read More »Who Won? Read More

This I Know

Written by Michael Eichstadt | April, 2014
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“Pastor, I don’t know; I just don’t know,” the elderly congregation member told me as I sat down for a visit.  I had heard it before. This long-time believer had plenty of time to think in the nursing home, and he carried a great deal on his heart. He was concerned about children who had… Read More »This I Know Read More

“Turning the World “Upside Down”

Written by Michael Eichstadt | August, 2014
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CLC President’s Report to the 31st Convention Dear saints in Christ and fellow workers in His kingdom: Does it matter? Does what we do here make any real, significant, positive, lasting difference? If it does, we have reason and incentive to get to work; if not, what’s the point? From a human perspective we have… Read More »“Turning the World “Upside Down” Read More

We Are People Who Care

Written by Michael Eichstadt | March, 1997
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(A final devotion by the chaplain of last summer’s CLC Convention at ILC, Eau Claire. The general theme asked the question: “Who Are We?”) When my family and I moved to Phoenix in the late ’80’s, we opened an account with a little bank on the street corner near our home. It was a nice… Read More »We Are People Who Care Read More

Our Future Easter

Written by Michael Eichstadt | April, 2019
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It’s the service no one wants to miss. After forty days of somber Lenten reflection and repentance, everyone is hungry for the exuberant joy of Easter morning. It’s time to put on the best dress and suit. Trumpets, organ, and voices crescendo into one thundering “Alleluia!” after another. In many of our churches the service… Read More »Our Future Easter Read More

Announcements

Written by Michael Eichstadt | March, 2000
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Pacific Coast Pastoral Conference February 22-24, 2000 St. Stephen Lutheran Church Hayward, Calif. Agenda: 1. Encouragement for Discouraged Pastors -- Pastor Rollin A. Reim 2. May We Agree in Principle, but Disagree in Application? -- Pastor Bertram Naumann 3. How Can We Develop 'The Work of Evangelism' (2 Tim. 4:5)? -- Pastor Robert List 4.… Read More »Announcements Read More

POWER FROM ABOVE

Written by Michael Eichstadt | May, 1997
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“More power!” grunts Tim Allen on the set of Home Improvement. The sales person brags, “This new 4X4 has the highest horsepower in its class.” There’s no question that power impresses. But man’s power is puny compared to that of nature. A tornado can pick up a house as though it were a child’s toy.… Read More »POWER FROM ABOVE Read More

REMEMBER IN PRAYER:

Written by Michael Eichstadt | April, 2014
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FROM the Sunday Church Bulletin of Messiah Lutheran Church, Hales Corners (Milwaukee), Wisconsin, January 26, 2014; CLC President Michael Eichstadt is pastor: The following is from Pastor Jyothi Benjamin in India describing the escalating persecution of Christians in the areas of their ministry: Still we have been facing some problem in various places of Andhra Pradesh.… Read More »REMEMBER IN PRAYER: Read More

The Monday After

Written by Michael Eichstadt | April, 2017
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How is your mood on Monday? During the NFL season in the community I call home, the Monday mood of many hinges on what happened the previous Sunday afternoon. If our team won, there are plenty of smiles to go around, and total strangers are eager to talk about what a great game it was.… Read More »The Monday After Read More

Downsizing Christmas

Written by Michael Eichstadt | December, 2018
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FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT Have you thought of downsizing? It might sound a little negative. Advertisers and even our own nature suggest to us that more is better. However, downsizing has become trendy. Baby boomers who no longer need a large house and a garage filled with lawn equipment and sports gear are… Read More »Downsizing Christmas Read More

Announcements

Written by Michael Eichstadt | July, 1999
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Installation In accord with our usage and order, Kevin McKenney, who was called by Peace Thru Christ congregation of Middleton, Wis. and Faith congregation of Cambridge, Wis. to be pastor was installed on May 16, 1999. –Pastor Michael Eichstadt Read More

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