Category Archives: Pastor’s Corner

Bible Timeline Video

Have you tried to study the Bible, but found it confusing?  Ever started to read, but then gave up?  Maybe you know the stories, but don’t understand how they all fit together.  This is the video for you!  In about 30 minutes, Pastor Schult gives an overview of God’s Word using the Bible timeline.  You can print out the timeline and follow along.  The Word of God has the power to reveal God’s truth, convict sinners, inspire repentance, reveal the Gospel, create faith, and guide your life.  So dig into God’s Word and listen for His voice!  This video gives you a foundation to get started.

Sunday Morning Bible Study with Pastor Matzat

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Pastor Don Matzat kicked off a new 6 week study on Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the square.  A crowd of ~ 70 people soaked in the introduction as Pastor Matzat explained the meaning of Apologetics.

View the week one outline.

Join Us This Sunday, November 10!  Pastor Matzat will address:

  • Rational arguments for the existence of God
  • The abortion issue
  • The problem of evil:  If God is good, why is there evil in the world?

Did you attend this past Sunday?  Let us know what you think of this topic!  Make a comment on this post or email Laura Fleetwood (lfleetwood@messiahnetwork.org).

Action Steps: October 6 Message

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Article #1: Tim Keller’s 10 Evangelism Tips

Article #2: The Missional Church

Share your thoughts by leaving a comment!

Beyond The Message: Additional Resources

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Today Sunday Pastor Schult shared why worship is such an important part of the Christian life. Here are two resources that provide further information and illustration.

LCMS Response to Supreme Court Ruling

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Upholding Marriage: God’s Plan and Gift
A statement by the Rev. Bart Day,
executive director,
Office of National Mission

 

Today the Supreme Court issued its ruling, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and allowing for gay marriage in California by virtue of Proposition 8. Though the ruling is not a surprise, we are saddened for our nation, even as we call our fellow Christians to faithfulness and prayer.

As Christians, we believe and confess that God Himself instituted marriage as the life-long union of one man and one woman. Same-sex unions are contrary to God’s will, and gay marriage is, in the eyes of God, no marriage at all. As Christians, we proclaim this truth, no matter what the courts or legislatures may say. We are called not to popularity but to truth. Therefore, we call on our fellow Christians to be faithful first to God’s Word, knowing that another court is ultimately supreme.

Marriage is a fundamental building block of society, binding parents to their offspring. Every child benefits from the nurture of a mother and the leadership of a father. While having one mother is a blessing, having two mothers or two fathers is confusing for the child and detrimental to her well-being. The divorce culture has done great harm to the institution of marriage as well, and The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) has and will continue to respond to that heartache with Christ’s comfort while simultaneously working to restore a culture where marriage is upheld.

While this occasion reminds us that Scripture calls homosexuality sinful (see Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:24–27), the Bible also says plainly that those who “hunger and thirst for righteousness,” that is to say, those who repent and show genuine sorrow over their sin, are forgiven and loved by Christ.

And so as Christ’s Church, we forgive and love too, following His lead with compassion and humility. We forgive and love because we are all sinners in need of His grace and mercy; because no matter the sin, we have all rebelled against our Creator and fallen prey to unbelief; because He has justified us by grace through faith, freely given and joyfully received (Rom. 3:23–24); because Christ has reconciled us to the Father; because He has declared us righteous and we are.

Please consider sharing this email with your congregation, family and friends, reminding them that the LCMS will continue to teach marriage according to God’s plan and gift. We will continue to proclaim marriage as a picture of Christ’s love for His bride, the church. And we will continue to be a place of forgiveness, mercy and healing for all people, even as we will continue to proclaim God’s truth in love. As we move forward, we offer up our prayers for the nation and particularly for marriage, family and children.

Rev. Bart Day, executive director
LCMS Office of National Mission

Click here to download a marriage toolkit, including a Bible study, FAQs and worship resources, including prayers, related to marriage.

 

 

 

Lutherans and Culture: An Article by Gene Edward Veith

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The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod web site (lcms.org) posted an article this past week by Gene Edward Veith that addresses the topic of Pastor Schult’s sermon last Sunday {Betting the Farm}.  It provides useful information about being a Christian in our current day and culture.  It really is a must-read…check it out!

New Year Greetings from Pastor Chuck

Pastor Chuck shares about his Christmas break and gives an update on the Christmas Mission Project!

Final Three Advent Devotions From Pastor Schlie

Enjoy these final three advent videos for the week before Christmas!

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