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"…the Scriptures cannot be broken." John 10:35


Author: Jay Hartmann

The Beginning or the End?

Written by Jay Hartmann | November, 2014
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THE END TIMES The end times seem to hold a great fascination for many, and our Lord Jesus has much to say about this Scriptural matter. He tells us, “…When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) In so speaking our Lord teaches us that faith will […] Read More

Easter Customs or Jesus?

Written by Jay Hartmann | April, 2013
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One gets concerned with all the baskets, eggs, and candy displayed before the eyes of our children this time of year. Long ago I tired of this blatant attempt to dishonor and discredit the most important day in the Christian church year, so my children and I used an old shoebox to make a replica […] Read More

Jesus’s Baptism

Written by Jay Hartmann | January, 2013
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Seeing Our Lord’s Glory Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it […] Read More

When God Gave His Oath

Written by Jay Hartmann | December, 2015
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“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’ And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for […] Read More

They Did Not Enter In

Written by Jay Hartmann | March, 2015
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Written by: Jay Hartmann pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Coloma, Michigan. “For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He […] Read More

From Triumph to Travesty—to Triumph!

Written by Jay Hartmann | April, 2014
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On that first Palm Sunday Jesus rode into Jerusalem as a hero, but He would go out in a much different manner. From triumph to travesty may well describe our Savior’s entry into the city—until He triumphed for us on the cross. Yes, our Savior rode into Jerusalem to die the death of the cross. […] Read More

The Holiest of All

Written by Jay Hartmann | June, 2016
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“Then indeed, even the first covenant had ordinances of divine service and the earthly sanctuary. For a tabernacle was prepared: the first part, in which was the lampstand, the table, and the showbread, which is called the sanctuary; and behind the second veil, the part of the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of All, […] Read More

Moving On to Solid Food

Written by Jay Hartmann | September, 2015
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“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. […] Read More

The Reason for the Season

Written by Jay Hartmann | January, 2014
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The word Epiphany means to show forth or make known. The Epiphany season of the church year affords us an opportunity to see Jesus as He truly is: “our great God and Savior” (Titus 2:13), the One “in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:9). We see Jesus’ glory as the […] Read More

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church Coloma, Michigan

Written by Jay Hartmann | May, 2019
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Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church of Coloma, Michigan, came into existence when forces of religious liberalism challenged the truth of God’s eternal Word. By God’s grace, about eighty communicants and their pastor, Ralph Schaller, chose to remain faithful to God’s Word and separated from their former congregation. Armed with the Sword of the Spirit and faith […] Read More

LOVE: Valentine’s Day or Every Day?

Written by Jay Hartmann | February, 2013
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On the day when the world celebrates “love” with flowers, cards, candy, and various other trinkets, what part does it play in the Christian life? Actually, the love celebrated on Valentine’s Day by the world is not the love that the Christ-believer celebrates every day. Valentine’s Day is a day in which sensuality, materialism, and […] Read More

Salvation Guaranteed!

Written by Jay Hartmann | March, 2016
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And inasmuch as He was not made priest without an oath  (for they have become priests without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said to Him: “The LORD has sworn And will not relent, `You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek’”), by so much more Jesus has […] Read More

Membership Has Its Privileges

Written by Jay Hartmann | October, 2013
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We understand and appreciate the difference between a church denomination or congregation and the Church—the spiritual Israel, “the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints” (The Apostles’ Creed). Through membership in our local congregations the Spirit strengthens us in the Christian faith through His Word and Sacraments; there we praise and worship Him together; there […] Read More

“Let Us Hold Fast Our Confession”

Written by Jay Hartmann | June, 2015
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STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT “Let Us Hold Fast Our Confession” “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all […] 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