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Unwrapping the Gifts – Advent Season Devotions


With the coming of Thanksgiving this week, we also look forward to the Advent season. Advent is where we, as Christians, prepare for the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a joyous time and one that we very much look forward to each year. This year, we would like to offer the following guide for devotions for your family this Advent season. This is from the Lutheran Church – Missouri SynodRead More

Thankful Stewardship

Stewardship November has come and with it brings cold weather, Thanksgiving, and Trinity’s stewardship focus. I am truly excited about stewardship this year because we will be visited by sons from our congregation who have moved into the office of Holy Ministry. This month we will have the Reverend Richard Kelm, the Reverend Mark Schulz, and the Reverend Jon Niebuhr leading us in our understanding of how God wants us to use our time, treasures,Read More

We Belong to God


God is OUR Father! Our Father in heaven has claimed us as His own. By the shedding of His Son’s blood, by the His death for our sins and His resurrection for our justification, God the Father has received us back into His family. By water combined with His Word, promise, and name, the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in us. We belong to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is in us, andRead More

Faces of the Reformation – Pastor Johannes Bugenhagen


Who Is Johannes Bugenhagen? Our final Face of the Reformation is Johannes Bugenhagen, who is famous for two reasons: he was Martin Luther’s pastor and confessor in Wittenberg, and he helped to spread the Reformation truths throughout Northern Germany and Scandinavia. Bugenhagen was born in 1485 in the city of Wolin in the district of Pomerania. He studied at the University of Greifswald and eventually was ordained as a priest for St. Mary’s Church inRead More

500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation (1517-2017)


Celebrating the Reformation For much of the month of October, we will be commemorating and celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation of the Christian church, begun by Martin Luther, the German priest and theologian in the early 14th century. Recognizing the mercy and grace of our Lord God in bringing to light again the truths of Holy Scripture, we will schedule and use the final four weekend worship services for the emphasis of theRead More

The Importance of Repentance


What is Repentance? “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’(Matthew 4:17), He willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance,” so wrote Martin Luther in the first of the 95 Theses which he posted on the door of the castle church at Wittenberg in regards to Repentance. Repentance is probably something to which we do not pay a lot of attention in our everyday life. Yet it is something thatRead More

Faces of the Reformation – Johann Tetzel


Who Was Johannes Tetzel? For our next installment of our Reformation history, dear readers, you will read about one of the most well known people in the Reformation story and also one of the most unpopular people in the Reformation story! You will read about Johann or Johannes Tetzel. Johann Tetzel was born in 1465 in Pirna, in Saxony, Germany. He attended the University of Leipzig and when he graduated with a bachelor of artsRead More

A Life of Learning


The School Year Starts! Again, a new school year starts. That leads me to think about education and wonder what we’re doing for education. So what are you doing for education? Do you read constantly? Do you watch videos online? Do you find new hobbies to learn new skills? It’s generally a good idea for us to constantly seek to improve ourselves, through learning new skills and the like. So what are you doing toRead More

Faces of the Reformation – Luther’s Children

Luther's Children

Luther’s Children In our series, Faces of the Reformation, you have read about several people who are important to the Reformation history. God used these men in different ways to spread the message that Martin Luther wanted people to know – that it is only through grace alone and faith alone, learned through the scriptures alone, that we may be sure of our salvation. In this post you will learn about a more personal sideRead More

We, the People of God

Family at Church

Strength and Peace In Psalm 29:11 David says, “The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” Two things are promised the people of God in this verse, strength and peace, and both are very much what people of God need. We do need to note that these two things are promised specifically to those who are the people of God. We also need to note that itRead More

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