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A Prayer For Our Pastor

In his retirement Pastor Emeritus Arthur Schulz, Black River Falls, Wis.,
has perused archived copies of Lutheran periodicals for hymns and poems and shared them with our pastors. This hymn—which may be sung to the tune of TLH #483—first appeared in the Lutheran Witness of January 29, 1946. It was written by Adela Kretzmann Weber of Canton, Ohio. Read More »A Prayer For Our Pastor

Praise Be to the Paraclete!

“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.” (John 14:16, NIV 1984)

PARACLETE—It’s a name we probably don’t use too often in our prayers. It may ring strange in our ears when we sing it in hymns at church.

What does that name mean and why is it ascribed to the Holy Spirit? “Paraclete” comes from two Greek words: para (“beside”) and kaleo (“call”). Putting these words together yields the word’s basic meaning: “Someone called to be at your side.”Read More »Praise Be to the Paraclete!


“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say that we have not sinned, we make Read More »WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SIN?

In Honor of Grandparents

September 8, 2013, is National Grandparents Day.

Since 1978 our country has officially recognized the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The statute gives the following purpose for the day: “…to honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”Read More »In Honor of Grandparents

A True Christian Love Song

What Wondrous Love Is This—Words: Attributed to Alexander Means. This hymn is often sung during the Lenten season throughout the Church of the Lutheran Confession and the world. It’s found in our Worship Supplement 2000 hymnal (#723), and the melody with its haunting modal or “mountain minor” character surely enhances its
powerful words (verses 1 and 4 are listed below). This timeless Amercan folk hymn expresses God’s agape love and makes a “sweet” meditation on Christ’s wonderful love (st. 1) which brought about our salvation—to which believers respond with praise now Read More »A True Christian Love Song

Draw Comfort from Your Lord’s Unbreakable Promises!

Change and decay in all around I see.” So wrote Henry Lyte in his well-known hymn “Abide with Me” (TLH #552:2).

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you”  (Isaiah 54:10, NIV)Read More »Draw Comfort from Your Lord’s Unbreakable Promises!