Congregational Life

500th Anniversary of the Reformation Worship

It was an awesome privilege to join with 13,000 other believers in Jesus Christ to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation this past Sunday in East Lansing, Michigan. Below is a summary article about the event. I thank God that Martin Luther kept our focus “up” on Jesus. I thank God that this same focus has continued down to our day in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. I thank God for the privilege to...

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Stories of Hope!

Hope is elusive for many people. It will ALWAYS be out of reach if we rely on the promises and power of men. However, in Jesus Christ there is ALWAYS the sure and certain hope of wonderful things ahead. We KNOW we will be with Jesus in heaven for eternity. His death and resurrection guarantee it. The gift of faith received in Baptism and the Word of God assures us that Jesus’ gift IS ours for free. We also have certain hope that Jesus will...

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VBS Waves

This week has been awesome! I’ve been able to celebrate the love of God, our Maker, along with nearly 400 children and staff members in Faith Lutheran, Grand Blanc’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) program. The excitement has been palpable as the Holy Spirit has filled this place to overflowing. It certainly wasn’t the numbers that made this week so powerful, but it was the unbridled faith that was so evident. The children were...

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AWESOME Baptismal Memories

On July 7th I received the following picture and email … Hi Pastor, Amber and I just wanted to say thank you for baptizing Joshua four years ago today! Here’s a nice picture of the moment where the water, Word, and Holy Spirit came together to bless Joshua with that precious gift. Thanks for always being there for our family! God bless you! HOW AWESOME it is to have families who are clearly giving the “Thumbs Up” to...

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My New Friend, Ryan

I just spent 3 days on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan with 24 youth and chaperones from my congregation, along with almost 1000 other youth. We had a great time learning more about God as our mighty fortress. We focused in on 2 Samuel 22:2, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer….” It was great to be able to gather in the fort built on the rock of Mackinac Island for a group event one evening. It...

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The Great Deceiver

“The Great Deceiver” is the name of a Bible study that several other men and I started this week. It focuses on how the devil, Satan, Lucifer…is VERY real and is an expert at deception. His greatest trick is to lure people into the deception that there is NO devil, NO punishment for sin, NO hell and NO Savior (since there’s no need for one). Jesus, as our Savior, is pointless. We can do what we want. When we die, we...

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Life in God’s Way

How Marriage in God’s Way Shapes a Complete Christian Worldview