Pastor's Update

Building On The Lord

You have heard it said in some form or fashion, “Do it right the first time.” In fact, there are various quotes that use this phrase to stress quality or time management. There is much wisdom in that statement. If you are going to build yourself a house, of course you want it...

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Oh, For A Faith…That Is Willing to Work

As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. John 9:4 Did you use wisely your extra minutes this past week? You know you had more daylight this past week than any other week of the year? Did you take advantage of the light and get...

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Oh, For A Faith!...

Then the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Have seven priests carry trumpets of rams’ horns in front of the ark. On the seventh...

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Let the little children come to me.

I pray you never have to experience this, but what would you say in this scenario: A friend or family member’s child dies. What do you say to them? And before you answer, the child has not been baptized. The child did not know or believe that Jesus is Savior. What do you say to...

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Living Stones

When the whole nation had finished crossing the Jordan, the Lord said to Joshua, 2 “Choose twelve men from among the people, one from each tribe, 3 and tell them to take up twelve stones from the middle of the Jordan from right where the priests stood and to carry them over with you...

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Keeping Christ First 75 Years Ago

It was seventy five years ago that a group of Christians gathered to keep Christ first. Even though yet to be named, on the afternoon of February 15, 1942, this congregation met for the Organization Service to officially be recognized as a Lutheran family of believers in La Crescent,...

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Anniversary Reflections

It was just over seventy five years ago, when on November 16, 1941, a group of Christians gathered for the first time in La Crescent, MN to worship the Lord, hear his Word, and begin a ministry that still thrives today. But why you might ask. Members of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, South...

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Not Ready

“Wait! I’m not ready!” We have heard this phrase many times, in many different scenarios. Maybe it was your young ones who were trying hard to get clothes or coat on as you were going out the door to play. Maybe it was your spouse getting ready for a night out. Maybe it...

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For Such A Time As This

We are living in interesting times. There has never been a presidential election such as this in the history of our nation, and people may be wondering what the future has in store for us. The world and society keeps changing. The values and morals of yesterday are not necessarily the...

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Apple of His Eye

Did you know the Bible talks about apples? No, it’s not the fruit that Eve ate and gave to Adam. In fact, the Book of Genesis doesn’t name the fruit. The Bible mentions apples a handful of times. In fact, Moses writes in Deuteronomy about the Lord watching over Jacob and being...

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