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Category: Opening Devotion

We are Not Alone

Written by John Klatt | January, 2016
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“I think it’s arrogant of us to think that we are alone in the universe.” So said a network television news reporter in a discussion of some new discovery in the universe. That statement is surely one that we would agree with, though not as the reporter intended it. He was not talking about the arrogance of […] Read More

Refreshingly Uncomplicated

Written by Richard Kanzenbach | August, 2015
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I remember the summer I was a tour-bus driver in Glacier National Park. Drivers were taught park history, information, and geological features. It wasn’t any surprise to me that the “geological features” section was full of terms, time frames, and explanations from evolutionary geology. It got old in a hurry. How absolutely refreshing one evening, in […] Read More

Let’s Talk about God’s Program

Written by John Klatt | July, 2015
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In the introduction to his Sunday sermon, a pastor referred to the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:25, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city and house divided against itself will not stand.” After the service, he was approached by a visitor who said, “When you began your sermon by […] Read More

The Reformation Blessing Above All Others

Written by Nathan Pfeiffer | October, 2014
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“Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made […] Read More

Happy New Year!

Written by David Reim | January, 2014
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Do you ever wonder what is so new about “New Year”? Oh sure, we add another number to the counting of years. We will call it 2014 instead of 2013, but does that really make it new? The world still has the same problems. Our flesh is still plagued with the same sins. A succession […] Read More

Using the Reformation

Written by David Reim | October, 2013
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Using a gift is a fine way to express appreciation and gratitude. The sixteenth century Lutheran Reformation was a great gift from God, for through it God restored to us His greatest gifts. Our full and free Salvation in and through Jesus Christ had been put on the shelf by the Roman Catholic Church, which […] Read More

Baptism: Mere Ceremony or a Sacrament?

Written by Jay Hartmann | July, 2013
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 Our title may seem at first to be a silly question, but assuredly it is not.  In the religious world of our day doctrine is no longer a matter of Scriptural integrity but is rather a matter of popular vote. We have seen this for some time and understand well that our Lord says: “For […] Read More

Our Spiritual Life Comes From Christ

Written by Theodore Barthels | May, 2013
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“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 Each spring many of our congregations enjoy the special blessing of observing a new class of confirmands witness to the truth of Christ which abides within their hearts. […] Read More

Noah, Daniel, and Job can’t save!

Written by Paul Krause | March, 2013
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“…Even though Noah, Daniel, and Job were in [the land], as I live, says the Lord God, they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.” (Ezekiel 14:20) What do Noah, Daniel, and Job have in common? Each was well known for his righteousness. We read that “Noah was a […] Read More