1st Chief Part
on May 9th, 2019
“Was ist dass?” “What is that?” You might be asking as you read those first three words. And I would say back to you: “exactly!” “Was ist dass?” is German for “What is that?” Or as it is translated in the small catechism, “What does this mean?”As the transition to summer approaches, we also transition here at Christ Lutheran. Bible Classes and confirmation pause so we can pursue other valued av...
For the Rest of Your Life
on May 2nd, 2019
A little girl had been trying for months to learn the art of tying her shoes. She finally grasped the knack and was able to do it by herself. Her parents expected the child to be delighted but were surprised by her disappointment. Her father asked why she was crying. She sobbed, "I just learned how to tie my shoes." He said, "That’s wonderful, Honey, but why are you crying?" She replied, "Because ...
Wait a Minute!
on April 23rd, 2019
Wait a minute…I was first! “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 NIVA few days ago I was on my way to an appointment. I had just enough time to drive through the Shopko parking lot and place a letter in the mailbox. Piles of snow from our recent snowfall surrounded the mailbox making it difficult to access. Anoth...
Seven Stanzas at Easter
on April 23rd, 2019
“Make no mistake: if He rose at allit was as His body;if the cells’ dissolution did not reverse, the moleculesreknit, the amino acids rekindle,the Church will fall.” Christ is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Alleluia!The following poem quoted above is titled, “Seven Stanzas at Easter,” written by John Updike. The entire poem is beautiful, and I would recommend looking it up to read the whole thing. ...
on April 10th, 2019
Exiles. That is a good word for us as Christians to understand. Especially since our Lenten focus on Thursday’s is titled, “Singing with the Exiles.”
Airing Some Clean Laundry!
on March 19th, 2019
Airing Some Clean Laundry!You’ve heard of airing dirty laundry—a practice I don’t recommend, and I certainly don’t intend to do that now. However, airing (or drying) clean laundry is good! Part of the process involves the use of a “lint” filter. This crucial, yet simple invention makes dryers possible! It keeps fires from starting, and enables the dryer to safely expel the moist, warm air that ...
on January 22nd, 2019
As I sit and write this article, it’s really dismal outside. Cold. Gray. Freezing rain. Black ice. My thoughts turn to warmer days.Almost two dozen years ago, in the summertime, I took my daughter, Clarissa, fishing. She remembers the exact day. I put aside all notions of looking for “lunkers” and anchored near where I knew the bluegills would be biting. I “perfected” the art of bobber fi...
on January 11th, 2019
You may be quite familiar with Psalm 46:10… “Be still and know that I am God.” (NIV) This beautiful yet simple Bible verse has helped many of us through difficult and distracting times.