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For or Against the Christ

"For the one who is not against us is for us."  - Mark 9:40 We are born as creatures who are dead-set against the Christ.  From the Fall of Adam onward, we are born to trouble as sparks fly upward [Job 5:7].  We born to trouble in so many ways, and there is no greater...

Up Becomes Down, and Down Up

But they did not understand the saying, and were afraid to ask him. Mark 9:32 In God’s kingdom, up becomes down and down becomes up; but this is the only way salvation can occur.  We who are down in sin and death can only be saved if we are brought up in forgiveness...

Fall Pastors Conference – REMINDER – October 18-19, 2021

The 2021 Fall Pastors Conference is scheduled for October 18-19 at the Embassy Suites in Noblesville, Indiana.  The keynote speaker for the event will be Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, Executive Director for the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.  We...

The Changeless Word in a Changing World One Day Workshop

The Changeless Word in a Changing World: Post-Pandemic Ministry is scheduled for Monday, October 25, 2021 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. This single-day conference, funded by The Lutheran Foundation and hosted on...

Where is the Prayer?

And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” Mark 9:29 In this Sunday’s Gospel Jesus informs us that certain kinds of evil spirits cannot be driven out, except by prayer.  Seeming to contradict his own statement Jesus did not pray when...

Astonished Beyond Measure

And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” Mark 7:37 To say they were astonished was not a sufficient description.  The people were astonished beyond measure; they had immeasurable...

Vaccine, Masks and Religious Exemption

Some are questioning whether they can claim a religious exemption when it comes to getting a vaccine, wearing masks and the like. This message is NOT giving any LCMS legal advice.  We have no official stance on these issues.  However, the link below connects you with...

Traditions of Men

…all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders… Mark 7:3 Is tradition good or is it bad?  Actually it can be very good. It can also be very bad. And sometimes, I believe, it can be neither good nor bad…almost...

Fall Pastors Conference – October 18-19, 2021

The 2021 Fall Pastors Conference is scheduled for October 18-19 at the Embassy Suites in Noblesville, Indiana.  The keynote speaker for the event will be Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, Executive Director for the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C.  We...

Eating Christ’s Flesh and Blood

Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  John 6:54-55 Christ explained in John 6 that by eating His flesh and drinking His blood, a person possesses...