Caught by the Net

In this week’s Gospel Jesus says to Peter, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” Spoken in the context of a great and miraculous draught of fish, this will become the work of Christ’s Church—catching men. Imagine you are a fish, and suddenly you are caught in a net.  A… Read more »

Free Safety Resources and Information Library

Effective January 1st, 2019, Church Mutual is no longer sending “Tidbit” articles on specific topics. Instead, we invite you and your member churches, schools, and camps to view and utilize the wide array of safety resources and information available on our website – free of charge! These include: • Risk Reporter Publications – A risk-focused… Read more »

Rightly Revealing Christ’s Identity

Two spirits realized the identity of Jesus:  The spirit who is now working in the sons of disobedience (aka Satan; Ephesians 2:1); and the Holy Spirit, the Spirit with whom the Son of God is united with the Father, the Spirit who enables people to call Jesus “Lord”, the Spirit of truth who accomplishes this… Read more »

Three Questions about Communication

Question 1: What do the Erie Canal, the Wittenberg door, the Pony Express, and the original Wireless (not Bluetooth) have in common?  A few hints: The Erie Canal not only transported goods; the flow of ideas along this channel catalyzed sentiments for the abolitionist movement throughout New England and to the expanding West Martin Luther’s… Read more »

Trinity Lutheran Darmstadt Plans to Open New Parish Hall and Preschool

The Lord is doing great things at Trinity Lutheran Darmstadt in Evansville. By the end of the year, a new parish hall of the church will open, which includes a fellowship hall, kitchen, offices, restrooms, and classrooms. Next fall, they will open an early childhood ministry in their day school building. Lutheran education has had… Read more »

The Christ Revealed

Messiah and Christ, are respectively Hebrew and Greek titles that mean Anointed One. The entire Old Testament predicted the ultimate anointed one, the ultimate appointee chosen by God for the ultimate work of God.  How central to prophetic Scripture did certain Rabbis perceive the Messiah to be? They agreed, “The prophets prophesied not but of… Read more »

Lutheran School Wellness Policy

The following are resources that pertain to the Lutheran School Wellness Policy. Lutheran School Wellness Policy (Editable Word Document) Healthy School Environment Rubric Wellness Policy Evaluation Tool Wellness School Assessment Tool

The Good (Best) Wine

At the wedding at Cana, when Jesus changed water into wine, the master of the feast exclaimed, “But you have kept the good wine until now.”  (John 2:10b) At that wedding they were already drinking decent wine, but now comes the really good wine—ultimately the best wine.  And we’re not just talking about wine. Wine… Read more »


Epiphany:  “revealing”; “shining forth”; “manifestation”.   To the ancients the Greek word epiphany often connoted the revealing or manifestation of a god and was used at times to describe a king as such.  Thus emperors (kings), in their pomp, prestige and power, were worshiped as revealed “gods”. Indeed in Jesus of Nazareth God in man was… Read more »

Check out the Lakeview Ministries Summer 2019 Brochure!

Camp Lakeview has dates for Summer 2019!  You can check them out in their brochure by going to their website at  We know some of you start planning your summer out early.  We hope this helps you find space for camp!   A big thank you to one of our camp supporters, Laura Cox, for her… Read more »