Am I Really Good Enough? (Genesis 12:1–9; Romans 4:1-8)

Posted by Pastor Jonathan Blanke on

Am I Really Good Enough?  (Genesis 12:1–9; Romans 4:1-8) March is the month that the season of Lent really starts to get underway. (For an introduction to the season we call Lent, see this video produced by Concordia Publishing House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkqHQGdPwMo)...

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The Gift of Jesus for “All”…and for “Me” Too (1 Corinthians 1:18–31)

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The Gift of Jesus for “All”…and for “Me” Too  (1 Corinthians 1:18–31) When I was a young person, the church I attended at the time had a sign that proclaimed to every car leaving the parking lot, “You are now entering the mission field.” I...

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“Welcome Home” (Romans 15:7)

Posted by Pastor Jonathan Blanke on

With a new month and new year on the calendar begins a new emphasis in our church life together: the season of receiving the revelation of God in the person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ during “Epiphany.” As we reaffirm our baptisms on the weekend of January 12, hear the weekly...

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Blessed New Year!

Posted by Bob Unger on

The Church Year begins with Advent.  Instead of viewing the Church year as linear, as a timeline for example, the Church Year is cyclical. Advent flows out of the recent narrative of the End Times and helps prepare us for Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning coming...

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Attitude of Gratitude

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Luke 17:11-19 is the Gospel reading typically used for Worship Services on Thanksgiving Eve/Day. In this Gospel story, Jesus heals ten lepers, but only one returns to give glory to God by thanking Him. The reason the one man returned to thank God, whereas the other nine did not, is that his...

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Joyfully Hemmed In

Posted by Deb Oesterling on

My oldest daughter was going through a particularly challenging time recently. As I sat down to pray for her early one morning, I remembered her Confirmation verse, Exodus 14:14: “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” (NIV) Powerful words of encouragement to cover...

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Transition Guidance and Prayers

Posted by Jim Knuth on

While it has been a year since I needed to move near my daughters for health reasons, I dearly miss and remember the relationships with RLC people for whom I loved and felt blessed. It was a joy to be a part of a team that served so willingly and fully. You now face a new time and a challenge...

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The Ministry of Music in Worship

Posted by Bob Unger on

All of our lives, everything we do, can be an act of worship in response to God’s Love for us in Christ. For Lutherans, corporate worship is not simply a pleasant option; it is the indispensible and central work of the gathered Christian community from which all other facets of the...

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Seeds of Faith

Posted by Christopher Reed on

While the heat of the day has driven most of us indoors for the better part of the day, my garden is loving it. Last month’s tomato and okra babies are today’s tomato and okra teenagers. A few of them are already beginning to blossom. Hopefully ‘gumbo-thirty’ is just...

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Period of Transition

Posted by Bob Unger on

Psalm 133:1How good and pleasant it is when God’s People live together in unity! The Psalm-writer expresses, in this very clear statement, the desire God has for each of us in our relationships – in our families, and in our church family; and in our spheres of influence in this...

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