Lynne Eifert Farewell
We thank God for Lynne Eifert! On June 11, the congregation gathered to acknowledge Lynne’s service as organist at Zion for 18 years. She received letters from past members and pastors, and our heartfelt gratitude and reminiscence of her wonderful talents, vast knowledge of liturgical music, and terrific sense of humor. A lovely cake in the shape of a piano was a highlight for her, created by Sandy Wehrbein. Lynne is leaving Omaha to live near family in Ft. Wayne. We know she will continue to bless the church with her amazing gifts.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.Colossians 3:16
Photos from Lynne's card shower can be seen below.
Photos courtesy of Richard Thies
- Published: 14 June 2017
- Last Updated: 15 June 2017
Steadfast Dads - The First Duty of a Dad
I would like to thank Pastor Scheer for this opportunity to contribute to Steadfast Lutherans. The topic of Christian fatherhood is always a vital one, and this is so especially today in the midst of confusion – also among Christians – about what fathers, mothers, and families are.
The first duty of Dad is to know who is boss. No, it’s not you. And it’s not your children. It’s God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth. “I believe that God has made me.” In making you he has defined for you what you are all about. The fatherhood of God determines for us Christian fathers what fatherhood is all about.
- Published: 06 June 2017
- Last Updated: 07 June 2017
7 Reasons to Rejoice on Ascension Day
The following article The Forgotten Festival: 7 Reasons to Rejoice on Ascension Day" was orginally posted on the website The Word Endures - The CPH blog (Concordia Publishing House) on 05/12/2015 by Dr. Joel Bierman.
There are no decorated evergreens, no greeting cards, no gifts, no poinsettias or lilies, no colored eggs, no chocolate bunnies, and no responsive salutation. There’s just a Thursday with an extra name: Ascension. It’s not just the world that has ignored the festival. The Church seems to have lost interest as well. Most congregations have elected to forgo a worship service on Ascension and those that cling to the tradition count on few to attend. Apparently, Ascension Day doesn’t matter.
But it does matter. In fact, it matters every bit as much as Good Friday, Easter, and Christmas. It deserves to be celebrated. For those still unconvinced, here are seven reasons to rejoice on Ascension Day:
- Published: 26 May 2017
- Last Updated: 26 May 2017
Why Belong to a Church?
Dear Fellow Redeemed:
There is something that frequently weighs heavily on pastors and elders as they strive to care for the spiritual well-being of the people God has entrusted to us and who call our congregation their church home. It stems from the seeming avoidance, reluctance or refusal of many members to make regular worship a high priority in their lives. In response, let’s answer the question, “Why belong to a church?”
The Bible verses you could consider would be:
“So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:5
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household.” Ephesians 2:19
- Published: 21 June 2015
- Last Updated: 26 May 2017
Reformation 2017: What’s at Stake? The Same Thing as Always
What’s at stake in the 500th year of the Lutheran Reformation? The same thing as always: The Gospel. It’s attacked everywhere. But if we lose Christ, we lose everything. That’s why we risk everything to defend the doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith in Christ alone.
How is this battle fought? On what front do we find the false doctrine of works-righteousness seeking to replace the doctrine of salvation freely offered in the obedience of Christ? Where does this error first begin to creep into the Christian mind and congregation?
- Published: 20 May 2017
- Last Updated: 20 May 2017
Who Was Martin Luther? Part 3
This is part three of a series written by Rev. Donavon Riley that orginally appeared on the HIgher Things - Dare To be Lutheran website.
Martin Luther, like most people during the sixteenth century, lived during a time of both earthly and spiritual insecurity. Frequent wars, plagues, peasant revolts, and famine meant people had to struggle to secure daily bread. And, at the same time that they were worried about sustenance, the church taught that sins could be atoned for by praying to the saints, making pilgrimages, worshipping holy relics, and the like.
The world Luther grew up in was an apocalyptic time. Death could overcome a person at any moment. The Grim Reaper, Four Horsemen, and other end times figures were popular in literature, art, and music. Images of fire and brimstone occupied the church's imagination, too. Jesus wasn't pictured as a merciful shepherd or suffering servant, but as a judge seated on a rainbow throne, a two-edged sword coming out one side of his mouth and a lily the other. They symbolized judgment and mercy, death and resurrection. This meant that the primary question on Christian's minds was: "What must I do to avoid the sword and receive the lily?"
- Published: 22 April 2017
- Last Updated: 23 April 2017
LCMS Military Chaplains Needed More Than Ever
Who better to deliver the Gospel to our nation’s troops on the front lines of conflict — while also caring for their families — than an LCMS chaplain?
Could that chaplain be you or someone you know?
As our nation approaches three decades of constant armed conflict in the Middle East and elsewhere, our troops need LCMS chaplains more than ever.
From Word and Sacrament ministry to suicide prevention to advising commanders on ethical issues, you could deliver God’s Word to those in need in these tumultuous times
Visit lcms.org/ministry-to-the-armed-forces for more information.
- Published: 21 April 2017
- Last Updated: 21 April 2017
Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
- Published: 16 April 2017
- Last Updated: 16 April 2017
Who Was Martin Luther? Part 2
This is part one of a series written by Rev. Donavon Riley that orginally appeared on the HIgher Things - Dare To be Lutheran website.
When Martin was sent to school in Eisenach, his mother's relatives helped him settle in. However, they were poor people, so life for him stayed pretty much the same as it had been in Magdeburg. He focused on his studies and sang in children's choirs for food and a few coins. At some point, however, he met a woman named Schalbe. She was from a family of wealthy merchants. She arranged for Martin to stay in the home of a relative and eat his meals with another. This meant that after 1498, life became a bit better for Luther.
Another change that happened at Eisenach was that Martin caught the attention of the school's headmaster, John Trebonius. He took Luther under his wing and stirred up the young student's imagination. Trebonius, as Luther later recalled, was a gifted teacher. At the same time, Martin began a friendship with another teacher, Weigand Geldennupf. This friendship lasted up to Geldennupf's death.
- Published: 02 April 2017
- Last Updated: 22 April 2017
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