Visitation is the sacred duty of every pastor. To be sure, the ministry of Jesus, the apostles and St. Paul was not tied to any one place.
The heart of our confession of Christ and the sacred Scriptures is summarized in the Augsburg Confession.
Hymns do more than effect emotion or even devotion. They bear the rich, deep words of Holy Scripture — the very Gospel itself — sung right into our hearts and minds.
“I do not recall any delegate denying any biblical teaching of our Lutheran church. In this day and age, that is, frankly, amazing.”
The Psalms are God’s prayer book especially for us.
First Vice-President Herb Mueller has been a standout among many excellent and gifted servants of Christ throughout his years of service to the LCMS.
Jesus’ peace is “peace on a mission.” “As the Father has sent me,” He told His apostles, “even so I am sending you.”
During Lent, we stare the awful truth of death directly in the face and contemplate anew the depth of our sin and the magnitude of Christ’s salvation.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest” (Matt. 9:36).
Like every other pastor, the Synod president must deal with a variety of situations, trying faithfully and kindly to apply the Word of God in every instance.
From LCMS President Matthew Harrison: “We cannot and must not lose our fundamental, biblical, confessional and (above all) Gospel bearings.”
Cradle to cross, Jesus humbled Himself, serving to the point of death and giving His life as a ransom for many. At Christmas and always, we cling to Him.
“Synod” is not St. Louis. It’s you. It’s your local congregation, it’s your circuit, it’s your district, it’s all of us together. And we are blessed.
Even the greatest of Christians can suffer from mental illness. In this letter from C.F.W. Walther to his congregation, Walther describes his debilitating depression and the beginnings of respite and healing.
The Bible has a shocking plethora of things to say about time, and much of it is of the blessed Gospel! In fact, it lifts the pall on time and reveals Christ in eternity.
How can my love of money and possessions be broken? How can I become generous so that I deeply desire to help my neighbor “improve and protect his possessions and income”? Only Jesus.