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GOD’S OBSCURE SAINTS

Written by Paul Koch | March, 2014
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(Fifth in a Series) This edifying series of chapel talks comes from the archives of our Spokesman Assistant Editor, Prof. Em. Paul R. Koch • Eau Claire, Wis. And he [Saul] was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the […] Read More

GOD’S OBSCURE SAINTS

Written by Paul Koch | August, 2013
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(First in a Series) Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, […] Read More

Farewell and God-speed to Pastor Ed Starkey, CLC Missionary

Written by Paul Koch | December, 2013
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Good friends may be parted by the ocean, but not from our hearts and prayers. That holds true as Ed Starkey, pastor of our CLC congregation, St. Peter’s of Stambaugh-Iron River, Mich., became Missionary Starkey for India. The commissioning service was held on September 23 at Messiah church of Eau Claire, and early in October […] Read More

GOD’S OBSCURE SAINTS

Written by Paul Koch | December, 2014
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(Last of Nine in a Series) As this edifying series of chapel talks concludes, we once again heartily thank Prof. emeritus Paul R. Koch for sharing them with us from his archives while he served on the faculty at Immanuel Lutheran College, Eau Claire, Wis. The Spirit of God bless these messages! – Ed. Down […] Read More

Pastor/Professor Roland A. Gurgel 1920-2014

Written by Paul Koch | April, 2014
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“JESUS, Thy blood and righteousness My BEAUTY are, my GLORIOUS dress; Midst flaming worlds, in these arrayed, With JOY shall I lift up my head.” So begins the service folder for the Victory Service of Roland A. Gurgel, celebrated with family and friends at Messiah Lutheran Church, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Feb. 16, 2014. We thank […] Read More

All History is GOD’S STORY!

Written by Paul Koch | February, 2011
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Some twists and turns in His Story Exodus chapters 1 & 2 The inspired book of Exodus brings us to a turning point in history—not just in the history of ancient Mediterranean cultures but in the history of humanity, global. Chapter One (please read it now) starts out with the standard recital of a tribe’s lineage, […] Read More

THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

Written by Paul Koch | May, 2013
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“As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to those of his household.”  (Martin Luther) By way of introduction, isn’t it a remarkable privilege that you were born into a Christian family? From the moment of conception you were swaddled in warm love; for nine months your mother protected you from […] Read More

The Second Commandment

Written by Paul Koch | January, 2013
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It’s short and to the point: “You shall/should not take the name of the LORD your God in vain…” (Exodus 20:7).  Read More

GOD’S OBSCURE SAINTS

Written by Paul Koch | January, 2014
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(Fourth in a Series) This edifying series of chapel talks comes from the archives of our Spokesman Assistant Editor, Prof. Em. Paul R. Koch • Eau Claire, Wis. At Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and charitable deeds which she did. But […] Read More

The Eighth Commandment: Not a big problem?

Written by Paul Koch | January, 2014
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“As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to those of his household.”  (Martin Luther) The Eighth Commandment Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour What does this mean? We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, or say anything […] Read More

GOD’S OBSCURE SAINTS

Written by Paul Koch | September, 2014
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 (Eighth in a Series) This edifying series of chapel talks comes from the archives of our Spokesman Assistant Editor, Prof. Em. Paul R. Koch • Eau Claire, Wis. “The Elder, To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as […] Read More

GOD’S OBSCURE SAINTS

Written by Paul Koch | September, 2013
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IMMANUEL LUTHERAN COLLEGE CHAPEL MEDITATION (Second in a Series) “Therefore, of these men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John to that day when He was taken up from us, one of these must become a witness with us of […] Read More

THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT

Written by Paul Koch | September, 2013
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It’s a short and simple commandment—but it’s another thing to live accordingly. If anyone supposes that he holds the high ground in other commandments, the Sixth Commandment turns us into slinking jackals. Let’s be honest about it—we humans habitually misuse and abuse God’s gift of sex. THE TEN COMMANDMENTS “As the head of the family […] Read More

In memory of Adelgunde Frieda Schaller

Written by Paul Koch | February, 2013
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Adelgunde Frieda Schaller (second child of Pastor John Pieper and Lydia nee’ Hoenecke), born on July 23, 1911, in Yellow Medicine County, Echo, Minn., was blessed with one-hundred-and-one years, three months, and twenty-four days on planet Earth before Jesus took her to Himself on November 16, 2012. Family and friends gathered at Messiah Lutheran Church, […] Read More

THE CONCLUSION TO THE COMMANDMENTS

Written by Paul Koch | May, 2014
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“As the head of the family should teach them in a simple way to those of his household.”  (Martin Luther) The CONCLUSION What does God say about all of these commandments? He says, “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth […] Read More

In memory of James Charles Pelzl

Written by Paul Koch | February, 2013
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Family, friends, and former colleagues of James C. Pelzl gathered on November 19, 2012, at Messiah Lutheran Church of Eau Claire, Wis., to praise the Lord Jesus for bringing this unique person into the world (June 28, 1926), for taking James into His family via the rebirth of Holy Baptism, for fostering his growth in […] Read More

God never loses

Written by Paul Koch | June, 2011
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Only a fool will challenge the Almighty, and the Emperor of Egypt had to learn the hard way that God never loses a contest. While we shudder as God ravaged Egypt’s economic, civil, and religious life, it does our heart good that God’s will gets done on Earth as well as in heaven. We want […] Read More

For many years, O God of grace…

Written by Paul Koch | July, 2012
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It doesn’t take long to get acquainted with Michael Buck, and decades aren’t long enough to cover the territory. Prof. Buck has fascinating stories to tell of his early years in Austin, Minnesota, followed by military service during the late ‘60s, graduate school at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and settling upon microbiology as his chosen field of […] Read More

The Lord Provides

Written by Paul Koch | October, 2020
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A LOOK BACK IN CLC HISTORY It’s worth reminding ourselves that God works in marvelous ways—ways that are mysterious at the time, but later prove to have been in our best interests. Let me illustrate. Back in 1965 the Lord put the CLC through its first austerity program because contributions from our CLC friends fell […] Read More

Storms, Thunder, and Joyous “Hail!”

Written by Paul Koch | July, 2013
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That’s not a weather report, but the theme of the ILC Spring Concert presented on Friday evening, May 17, 2013, at Messiah Lutheran Church of Eau Claire under the direction of Prof. John C. Reim. This theme was right on target, for choir instrumentalists stormed the audience with brass and percussive thunder aplenty. The Church’s […] Read More