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Author: Michael Eichstadt

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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

Surprise!… Again!

Written by Michael Eichstadt | December, 2016
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Surprises. They make up a big part of Christmas anticipation, don’t they? Packages of all shapes and sizes begin to appear under the tree, and with them the growing expectation of wonderful, exciting surprises. Who knows what might be in that small, square box—perhaps a ring? And it’s not just the presents we give and […] Read More

The Enemy Within

Written by Michael Eichstadt | October, 2021
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FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT They are called “sleeper cells.” Reportedly, they are made up of radicalized militants living within quiet communities all across America. These individuals don’t appear dangerous. They live under the radar of law enforcement and work quietly to recruit more people to their cause. They may not be noticed until […] Read More

What If…?

Written by Michael Eichstadt | March, 2016
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Jesus’ cry:  “It is finished!”  was completely validated by the angel’s declaration: “He is not here; he has risen”  (Matthew 28:6 NIV84). What if . . . ? What if you had been born a hundred years earlier? What if you had chosen a different career path? What if you had never met your spouse? […] Read More

A Wakeup Call

Written by Michael Eichstadt | October, 2019
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FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT Has the Reformation become a victim of its own success? Remember lying in bed suffering from the telltale red rash of measles, burning up with a fever one minute and shivering uncontrollably the next? How about being told not to scratch the itchy chicken pox scabs, but still frantically […] Read More

“Ponder” the Gift

Written by Michael Eichstadt | December, 2021
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“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus . . .” You know the rest. After a lifetime of Christmas Eve services, you may be able to recite Luke 2 from memory. It’s the precious record of God’s eternal plan of salvation coming together in the fullness of time. Who could forget the […] Read More

Who Won?

Written by Michael Eichstadt | October, 2015
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Whether it is believed or not, truth remains truth. “What a game last night! You should have been there!” you breathlessly tell your coworker the next morning. “The lead changed every inning. Did you hear about the bases-loaded home run and the unbelievable catch by the center fielder in the ninth?” But finally, what your […] Read More