Touching Christ’s Death and Resurrection

Thomas is our twin.  We, like him, need something tangible, something to touch through which to realize the risen Savior.  For Thomas, Jesus invited him not only to touch the marks left by the nails of crucifixion, but additionally Thomas was invited to thrust his hand into the spear-opened side of Jesus.  At the cross… Read more »

The Climactic Third Day, Predicted?

In describing the resurrection of our Lord the Apostle Paul was inspired to write:…he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures ( 1 Cor. 15:4b).   Obviously there must be some place in the Old Testament where Christ’s resurrection on the third day is predicted.  Not only does Paul mention this third… Read more »

The Lowly Donkey

As I was privileged to teach in Ethiopia I observed the numerous and common beasts of burden, the donkeys.  The Lord of the universe rode such a beast of burden into Jerusalem on that Sunday before His crucifixion. Zechariah, often called the prophet of Holy Week, was inspired to predict:  Behold, your king is coming… Read more »

2019 Pastor and Deaconess Anniversaries

Good morning Please review the this list of anniversaries we will be recognizing at the annual Fall Pastors Conference scheduled for Oct. 21-22 to be held at the Embassy Suites in Noblesville.  If there are omissions please let Jan Koenig know so we can correct our records. Click here for the list.    

Rejection Became Salvation

God is able to take that which is horrible and turn it into something spectacularly good!  Yes, in our own lives He performs this wonder, taking that which is horrible and working it for good, often for the good of others.  He demonstrates this miraculous reversal in His eternal Son.  The heavenly Father takes the… Read more »

District Welcomes New Executive for Finance

God’s Blessings to you all.  My name is Cody Dodson and it is a blessing to have this wonderful opportunity to serve the Indiana District in the capacity of Executive for Finance.  I am humbled and honored to join such a wonderful staff and incredible District of the LC-MS.  I have served as the Practice… Read more »

Learn How You Can Get Involved with Prison Ministry

“. . . I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:36). Tears rolled down the cheeks of “Beth”* as she heard the Gospel for the first time during Bible study in the women’s cell block at the Whitley County, Ind. jail. We had just read: “But God demonstrates his own love… Read more »

The Prodigal Father

You who are using the one-year lectionary must have rejoiced last week as I inadvertently based the Cross Words essay on that Gospel reading (Luke 11).  I wish I could say I did it on purpose, and maybe in the future I will purposely write on the one-year lectionary Gospel so you one-year people don’t… Read more »

Mary-like Blessedness

To be “blessed” is to receive a good thing from God.  How wonderfully blessed is the mother of Jesus!  Elizabeth, encountering the Christ in utero, was inspired to declare to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:42)   The humble virgin was then moved by the Spirit… Read more »

The Lord’s: Temptation and Prayer

Thank God that the Lord Jesus would be tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.  (Heb. 4:15).  He accomplished this for us, that we would know that His victory over temptation is our victory.  Be encouraged in this victory of Jesus as you now consider the relationship of our Lord’s temptation to… Read more »