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Tuesday of the 14th Week after Trinity

For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:17)  [ read more ]

In Reflections // July 26, 2016

HT Conferences: Exceeding Expectations

I absolutely loved the services we had throughout the day! It was great to have a service in the morning and in the afternoon—they really helped me touch base with Christ amidst all of the learning sessions, games, and other various activities. The services flowed well and the music was absolutely beautiful.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 29, 2016

Who Was Martin Luther? Part 4

After Luther's success with the Master of Arts exam, his father, Hans, gifted his son with a sum of money so Martin could buy the necessary books to continue his law studies. However, several weeks later, young Martin returned the books unused to the bookseller in Gotha. He didn't need them anymore, he said. He'd made a decision not to pursue a law degree. Martin had decided to enter the monastery instead, stunning both family and friends.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 29, 2016

O Lord, Open My Lips

A church musician's prayer is as simple as "O Lord, open my lips," because without faith, we would have no joy in the Gospel. We would have no words to sing of this life won for us. Our music would have no meaning, and it would be empty of the "pure voices" belonging to God's people that join together in Christ to sing the New Song of salvation. My prayer throughout this week of Higher Things was to strengthen our faith, and so our voices, to the proclamation and praise of God's Holy Word.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 29, 2016

What Nebraskans Loved About Bread of Life 2016

What is it like to be at a Higher Things Conference? In this article we hear from three members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Winside, NE. They attended Bread of Life 2016 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 29, 2016

Episode 44: A is for Absurdity

I don't know what happened in this episode. It's about the Law, the Gospel, the Liturgy, the Sacraments, ministry to people with disabilities, babies, baptism, Genesis, sleeping...even a basement sink. Listen in as Pastor Riley and Sandra Ostapowich follow this week's rabbit trails.
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In Simulcast // August 25, 2016

Church Is All About You

Church is all about you... but not how you think. Pr. Borghardt teaches us that church really is all about us receiving the gifts of God.  [ read more ]

In Video Shorts // August 25, 2016

Stand by Me

The promise of baptism is a Jesus who stands by me. The promise is that Jesus will always be faithful though I am faithless (2 Timothy 2:13). He wrapped Himself around me in the waters of my baptism and took my sins from me giving me His righteousness. The promise is that "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6). He has promised He will never leave me and God cannot lie.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 24, 2016

Who Was Martin Luther? Part 3

Young Martin Luther came of age in a religious culture that mirrored the world. If he worked hard enough, maybe he received his just desserts. In the same way, if he was devout and earnest about his eternal salvation, he might receive grace and be allowed to walk through heaven's gates at the time of death.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 23, 2016

Moving On: A Letter from Father to Son

I hope this letter is a gift to you, Son. I hope it's a gift to the rest of you who read it, too. Your parents love you. They are proud of you. They will be proud of whatever and wherever the Lord leads you. And if you ever&mdashand I mean ever&mdashneed any help in your journey, know that your parents will be there for you, to pick you up, to remind you are forgiven, and to tell you that you that they love you.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 23, 2016

Two Kinds of Eating

Two kinds of eating. Both of them are necessary for the Sacrament. Because of the Word of Christ, the bread is the body, the body is in the bread; the cup is the blood, the blood is in the cup. Everyone who eats and drinks eats and drinks Body and Blood. But by faith and the Holy Spirit we receive this Body and Blood for a benefit—eternal life now and on the Last Day.  [ read more ]

In Articles // August 22, 2016

Special Episode: Philemon

So, you think a book about a runaway slave headed home doesn't have anything to say to us today? WRONG! Join pastors Riley and Brown as they ruminate on a great little churchy book on Love — Philemon.
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In Simulcast // August 21, 2016