March 2013 Newsletter - LCMS in the news!

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The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod was in the news!  What do you suppose happened among us that was newsworthy? Perhaps the headlines were as follows: “God Bestows Forgiveness of Sins through Pastor” or “Water and Word Wash Away Sins” or “Flesh and Blood of Christ distributed in, with, and under Bread and Wine” or “Law and Gospel Rightly Divided”.

 Those are the things that happen among us richly and daily. But they’re not what got us in the news. What were the headlines that put the LCMS in the news? “Church Leader Reprimands Pastor for Prayer Service”. And then the next week: “Church Leader Apologizes for Reprimand”.

 In a nutshell, here’s what happened...

Sermon: 2nd Sunday in Lent - Tears for Enemies of the Cross

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

Text: Phil 3:17-4:1 (emph 3:18) 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ.

Dear friends in Christ Jesus,

My wife and I went to see the movie “Les Miserables” the

other night.  And let me tell you, that movie is a tear-jerker. I

February 2013 Newsletter

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            This February marks an anniversary of sorts for me. On February 7, 2010 I was installed as pastor of Zion. That was three years ago. I still feel like I’m new around here, but the fact is that three years is a pretty significant amount of time.

Dec 2012 Newsletter - Who Does God Want Me to Vote For?

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Is that the question that runs through your mind as you consider which candidates you’ll be voting for, and what issues you’ll be voting for or against in this upcoming election? Does God want you to vote for a particular candidate? Does He want you to vote for or against a certain issue? Or should politics be totally divorced from our faith?