Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
14205 Ida Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68142
Rev. Lance D. Berndt and Rev. Philip Hale
Church Office (402) 493-1744
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Sunday School 9:15 AM and Bible Study 9:30 AM
Welcome To Zion Lutheran Church
The Mission of Zion Lutheran Church is to reach out to the community as we embrace our fellow members, building on the strength of our heritage in the true Word of God. To this end, Zion's members see themselves as loving Christians called by God to serve Him according to His purpose.
You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. Heb. 12:22-23
- Published: 07 August 2014
- Last Updated: 05 November 2015
Pastor's Pen 09/21/2016
A message from Pastor Berndt
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. (Romans 13)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. When it comes to your righteousness before God, it does not come by works or merits. You are righteous by faith in Jesus Christ. Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11) Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” (Galatians 3)
The Scriptures teach the doctrine of the two Kingdoms. The Lord is at work in both for your good.
God’s Right and Left Hand Kingdoms
With the left hand, God uses temporal authority – authority which He establishes for the sake of restraining evil in society. This temporal authority is given the tool of the sword to restrain evil. Rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad... he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. (Romans 13) This authority is exercised in rulers, public servants, judges, law enforcement, and the military. God’s left hand is used for the punishment against law-breakers and evil doers.
- Published: 24 September 2016
- Last Updated: 25 September 2016
- Published: 10 September 2016
- Last Updated: 22 September 2016
Several members of our youth along with Suzie Allen and Pastor Berndt attended the Higher Things, Bread of Life Conference July 26-29. They shared with the congregation this past Sunday their experiences from the conference.
The mission of Higher Things is to assist parents, pastors, and congregations in cultivating, encouraging, and promoting a distinctively Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults.
More information about Higher Things can be found on their web site www.higherthings.org.
- Published: 12 September 2016
- Last Updated: 12 September 2016
Forgiveness Is for You
A Message from Pastor Hale
Forgiveness is the center of the Christian faith, its proclamation, and our lives in Christ. Without it, no doctrine or teaching is complete or truly Christian. All other teachings support or preserve this teaching of justification — which is the biblical word for the forgiveness of sins.
The world thinks that it knows about forgiveness, but it does not. Since it butchers forgiveness, the special word “justification” is very useful. In the Greek New Testament it is related to “righteousness.” An expert in the law, desiring to justify himself, told Jesus how great he was and all the good things that he had done. But true justification comes only from the true God. What we do or think or say is not the basis for justification, since we are not good. Our sinfulness can only bring condemnation and wrath from God. His Law gives us that verdict, so we cannot live by our own deeds. But justification is God's own verdict of righteousness, not reasons we use to excuse our sinful ways. We can only get in the way of biblical justification — make it less than a gift from God.
- Published: 27 August 2016
- Last Updated: 27 August 2016
In 2007, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod’s Ministry to the Armed Forces began project Operation Barnabas. You may ask: “Why is it called Operation Barnabas?” Barnabas was Paul’s companion, who helped him in his missionary journey. His name means “son of encouragement.” We hope to encourage our military and their families with the Gospel in action.
You can read more about Operation Barnabas on the LCMS Operation Barnabas website.
- Published: 25 August 2016
- Last Updated: 25 August 2016
Book Review: Confessing the Scriptural Christ against Modern Idolatry
This book review was orgionally posted to The Brothers of John The Steadfast website by Pastor Clint Stark (07/20/2016)
Rev. Philip Hale’s new book, “CONFESSING THE SCRIPTURAL CHRIST AGAINST MODERN IDOLATRY: Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Truth in Scientific and Biblical Conflict” is a must read for every serious LCMS theologian, whether pastor, professor, synodical official or layman.
Rev. Hale exposes how the “battle for the bible” in our Synod is far from over, by citing alarming statements made by current professors at both our seminaries, especially in the exegetical departments. If you think that man asserting himself as the authority over God’s Word was a problem resolved after the “walk-out”, think again. Destructive higher and lower criticism of God’s authoritative Word abound in our Synod today, both in the seminaries and in the parishes served by men trained by them. You will be scandalized, or should be, by hearing exactly how God’s words are being treated within our Synod.
- Published: 20 August 2016
- Last Updated: 20 August 2016
Computers for Christ's Care for Children: Kenya
Through the generous and gracious gifts of past WeRaise donors, the libraries at Christ's Care for Children: Kenya facilities will be furnished with books and Christian materials for the use of students and the community at-large.
- Published: 20 August 2016
- Last Updated: 20 August 2016
Higher Things Conference
Higher Things Bread of Life Conference
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."
Please pray for our youth as they go to Ft. Collins, Colorado and participate in this conference. If you would like more information or would like to view live streaming of the worship services, click here.
- Published: 24 July 2016
- Last Updated: 24 July 2016
Hong Kong Mission Trip
The Hong Kong Mission Team (Jessica Bertshinger, Karis Waller, Susie Deardoff, Bob Deardoff, Tyler Stansberry) is leaving on July 7th and returning on July 16th. Please keep them in your prayers. They have a facebook page you can follow for pictures and daily updates.
- Published: 03 July 2016
- Last Updated: 06 July 2016
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