Pastor's Update

First Things - August 3, 2020

Great Morning   If you're a "morning person" - and I know some of you aren't - this morning was picture perfect:  57 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.     90% of our mornings were crystal clear when we lived in Malawi, with the...

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Special Announcement - March 17, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, A lot has happened in the last 96 hours: On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Health recommended cancelling all events with more that 250 people.  On Sunday, the US Centers for Disease Control recommended that no gatherings with more than 50...

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March 4, 2020 - A Lot Of Announcements

First Steps Early Learning Center Director   Ms. Anne Marquardt recently declined our call to serve as the director of our early learning center (ELC).    The ELC Business Team will meet next week to discuss the situation and make a recommendation concerning the...

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First Things - March 4, 2020 - A Little Lesson

This Sunday, we will use The Conclusion of the Ten Commandments as our Confession of Faith.  Can you still recite it?   THE CONCLUSION   What does God say about all these commandments?  He says, "I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for...

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First Things January 29, 2020

Devotion The following devotion was written by WELS Pastor Andrew Schroer and appeared on his Facebook page 364 Days of Thanksgiving.    When I got home from church on Sunday, I sat down and turned on my phone.  Facebook was blowing up.  Kobe Bryant, one of the...

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First Things January 23, 2020

Devotion I trust that we all realize that none of us are perfect.  In every aspect of our life, a battle wages – a battle between what the Bible calls our “sinful nature” or “flesh” (see Romans 7:18) and our “new self” (see Ephesians...

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First Things January 16, 2020

Devotion 30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him.  31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you...

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First Things December 18, 2019

Devotion Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. (Zechariah 9:9)   What causes you to rejoice? Is it when your sports team wins a close game, or...

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First Things - December 5, 2019

Devotion Joni (pronounced “Johnny”) Eareckson was an active American teenager, growing up in a Christian family.  At age 17, she dove off a boat into the Chesapeake Bay, not realizing that the water was less than three feet deep.  Her spinal cord was injured in the dive and...

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First Things November 27, 2019

Devotion   Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.  His love endures forever.  Psalm 136:1   Many of us speak these words at meal time, right after Come Lord Jesus…although we may substitute mercy for love.    Psalm 136 is an unusual...

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