Matthias and the Glory of Obscurity

Festival of St. Matthias, Apostle February 24 The Lord be with you Matthias is one of the lesser-known apostles. He was appointed to the apostolic band to replace Judas, who betrayed Jesus and committed suicide. His appointment, and the qualifications for being an apostle, is found in Acts 1:15-25. An

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We Remember Polycarp of Smyrna

Commemoration of Polycarp of Smyrna, Pastor and Martyr February 23 Polycarp was born around 69 AD and was a central figure in the Early Church. Having been instructed by the Apostle John himself, Polycarp is a principle link between the Apostolic Age of the Church and Christian life of the

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Encouragement for the Rejected

Encouragement for the Rejected (The Story of Leah and Rachel) Leah was ugly, squint-eyed, and wrinkle-checked. She was despised by her own sister, her husband, and her own servants. She herself frequently thought that God in heaven hated her and was angry with her. Rachel, however, was beautiful, rosy, and

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Lionhearts – a Book Review

The Lord be with you, Ray Keating has published his seventh Pastor Stephen Grant novel named Lionhearts. The books are “thrillers/action” novels along the line of Tom Clancy novels. The protagonist, Stephen Grant, is a Lutheran pastor with an unusual background, he is a former Navy SEALS and CIA analyst/field

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What does the word “Lent” mean?

The Lord be with you If I am honest, I love the meaning behind “liturgical” words. How cool is it to know that “advent” means “coming”? The “Advent Season” is the time prior to Christmas and we anticipate the coming of Jesus in time, in our lives and yet to

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We Remember Philipp Melanchthon

Commemoration of Philipp Melanchthon (birth), Confessor February 16 The Lord be with you Philipp Melanchthon was born February 16, 1497 as Philipp Schwarzerd. Following the practice of many scholars of the day, Philipp translated his last name, which means “black earth,” into its Latin equivalent. He died April 19, 1560.

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