Bethel Church hosts college students in the “Big Event” today. The Big Event is a college service day where students give back to the local communities near their campuses by serving in a variety of ways. Pray that these students will be pointed towards Jesus as the Bethel family connects with them through these service projects.
A young woman, accused of several evil deeds, stood before a judge. At the end of her trial, the judge asked if she had a final word to say in her defense. The accused sat battling tears. It was evident that there was something on her mind. With stammering tongue, she was finally able to
What is saving faith? Where does it come from? Scripture tells us that faith is a gift from God. He plants it in people through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through the tending of the Holy Spirit, he makes it grow. And the fruit of faith in our lives brings glory to God. Faith is
What is Christian hope? What is it that we hope for? And what is the basis for such hope? While commenting on Galatians, Martin Luther says this: “Faith and hope are different affections, for faith is not hope nor hope faith; and yet, because of the great affinity that exists between them, it is impossible
At the height of America’s debate in the summer of 2015 I saw a young adult walk into a Burger King wearing a t-shirt that said Love is Love. The statement hit me between the eyes. I couldn’t shake the power of it. The t-shirt was clear and definitive. My stomach rumbled as the smell
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). We call these words the great commission, yet so many people seem to misunderstand them: “Jesus was speaking only to the ‘Eleven’ (disciples) on that mountain.” “Maybe he’s talking to the few who have been specifically gifted as missionaries and evangelists, but not to me.
As a Christian and a Lutheran, I hold near and dear the truth that it is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone that I am saved. Years ago, when my oldest grandson was only five years old, I asked him if he understood what this Bible verse meant: “Abraham believed God and
Here are “word-snapshots” from women sharing God’s mission heart, through short-term teams from Pacific and Central Region churches. Where did you go? For almost twenty years women from Rock of Ages Lutheran Brethren Church in Seattle, Washington have partnered yearly with a church in Mezquital, Mexico, just over the US border. Last April, fifteen women
“He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness” (Job 26:10, ESV). The foyer of Maple Park Church in Lynnwood, Washington is filled with art. Each unique work was inspired by a different passage of Scripture. The individual compositions all began with a circle, and they
Rev. Steven J. Brue, president of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, is stepping down from the President’s Office effective June 30, 2016. “After prayerful consideration, I have submitted my letter of resignation to the HLA Board of Directors as President of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. An opportunity has come to be directly involved with
When I was a young pastor with no seminary education, I once said to my father-in-law, Rev. O.E. Overland, “I think that I’m going to skip going to seminary and just do ministry.” His terse response abruptly ended our conversation: “I think we need lots of seminary.” Why? Why did this seasoned pastor stress the