Post by Pastor Stephen In his small catechism, Martin Luther asks “What are the benefits of eating and drinking the body and blood of Jesus in holy communion?” He says, “The words ‘given for you’ and ‘shed for you for the forgiveness of sin’ shows us that forgiveness of sin, life, and salvation are given… Continue reading What are the benefits of such eating and drinking?
Post by Pastor Dave John 6:24-35 About 1300 years before Jesus was born, God led the Jews out of bondage in Egypt and into the desert. The problem with the desert was, there was no food. There wasn’t a Chic-fil-A on every street corner. There wasn’t even a street corner to have a Chic-fil-A on!! … Continue reading The True Bread
Post by Pastor Dave Mark 2:23 – 3:6 “REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY AND KEEP IT HOLY.” It’s the 3rd commandment – Exodus 20:8 Is it ok to pluck grain and heal hands on the Sabbath? How about soccer practice? Trips to the mall? Cleaning the house? Can I work on the Sabbath? …cut my… Continue reading The Gift of the Sabbath
Post by Pastor Stephen I encountered this phrase first in college while I was studying theology at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, NC (one of our fantastic ELCA universities). “Faith is caught more than it’s taught,” rang true with my life and my studies. Yes, I was learning so much in the classroom, though I seemed… Continue reading Faith is caught more than it’s taught!
Post by Pastor Stephen John 15:9-17 is one text which Christians around the world will hear on Sunday, and through which Jesus will speak to us again. These words were spoken originally by Jesus to his disciples just after washing the disciple’s feet and giving them his new commandment, “just as I have loved you,… Continue reading What Does Love Look Like?
Post by Karin S. For those of us blessed to hear the sermon Sunday, life got real. During the gospel we heard about the death of Lazarus and the pain and grief felt by those who loved him, including Jesus. The sermon talked of the death of a much loved sister and daughter which also… Continue reading Life got real
Post by Pastor Stephen “Whoever believes in him…may have eternal life!” Believing is closely tied to faith and both are all about developing a trusting relationship with Jesus. Except the way the trusting relationship develops for us is one of realization of how much God has loved us since before we could even remember. As… Continue reading Faith-filled people!