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A Little Book on Joy Book Review

A Little Book on Joy: The Secret of Living a Good News Life in a Bad News World is a cumbersome title, however the book is not. It is written by Matthew Harrison, current president of the LCMS. I appreciate that the chapters aren’t very long. Most of the chapters can be read in 10-20 minutes. … Read more

Sanctity of Life- IVF

I’ve been thinking about in vitro fertilization (IVF) lately. IVF is where fertilization of an egg is done in the lab. I’ve had friends grow up in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and continue to proclaim the LCMS faith who have either gone through IVF or lamented the health plans of the LCMS don’t cover … Read more

Psalm 6

We confess in Psalm 6 that we are deserving of God’s wrath and anger. Knowing that we deserve God’s wrath, we do not then give up and give in to our selfish thoughts or desires, as the world teaches us to. No, we know God does not desire the death of us sinners, but that … Read more

Risen Motherhood Book Review

                Risen Motherhood is a book and podcast a member of Concordia and a few friends recommended to me. I listened to the Risen Motherhood podcast and it was a nice change of pace. Most episodes are less than 30 minutes. The intro music was upbeat and my little one liked to bounce to it. … Read more

Imperfection

We traveled to St. Louis to see my family for Christmas. Packing to take two under two anywhere is exhausting. We needed two pack and plays, one suitcase for me, one suitcase for my husband, and one suitcase for the kids. Also multiple changes of clothes for each child because who knows when it will … Read more

1/3/2021 – The Epiphany of Our Lord (observed)

Epiphany 2021 (observed) There is no one Holiday in the Church that is big enough to celebrate our Lord Jesus entirely. The two biggest feast days, Christmas and Easter, in a way celebrate the beginning and the end of Jesus’ earthly work. But there’s so much more depth to the Gospel than we can possibly … Read more

Yearly Hope

I wouldn’t say this has been the best year ever. I know many people would say it has been the worst. Google would suggest 2020 is a contender with 536, 1520, 1918, and 1933. I don’t need to name everything people experienced or had loved ones experience in 2020. Despite all the heartache I can … Read more

Sticky Faith Summary

Everyone Can Help People By: Read and/or gift Sticky Faith or Sticky Faith for Families Role Model a life saving faith in Jesus outside of church Connect with people of all ages Celebrate and affirm character development Have faith conversations; conversation is a dialogue, not one sided questions Share who you are in Christ and … Read more

Sticky Transitions and Love

The next chapters of Sticky Faith talk about the transition to college and “ups and downs” of faith. It’s easy to discount the first topic, but reading the chapter it’s easier to find things to relate to. Fewer than forty percent of kids feel prepared to find their own church. How hard is it to … Read more

11/29/2020 – First Sunday in Advent

Delivered by Seminarian Mark Gaschler. Grace and mercy be to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. Today is the first Sunday in Advent, the season of the church year where we await the coming, the advent, of our Lord Jesus Christ. And today’s reading from the Gospel of Mark is … Read more