Construction Near the Church
Douglas County will be grading the hill just west of 144th and Ida Street and placing traffic lights at that corner. This construction is planned to begin on April 3rd and will last for approximately 90 days. The 144th & Ida intersection may be closed at different times. More information can be found here.
- Published: 27 March 2017
- Last Updated: 27 March 2017
Who Was Martin Luther? Part 1
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 Luther died on February 18, 1546 some people said they'd heard a rumor that demons flew out of his body. Others said witnesses at his death bed saw Martin carried into heaven by Elijah and the chariots of Israel.
But who was Martin Luther really? Was he a prophet like Elijah? A demon? A hero of the faith? A revolutionary? The man responsible for splitting Christendom once and for all?
Unlike his death, Luther's birth wasn't such a big deal. His dad, Hans Luder, was a peasant, meaning he was poor and of no importance to anyone who mattered. But Hans had plans, and he'd decided he wasn't going to be a peasant his whole life.
- Published: 21 March 2017
- Last Updated: 21 March 2017
The LCMS at the 2017 March for Life
- Published: 17 March 2017
- Last Updated: 17 March 2017
Closed Communion: Repentance and Faith
The following article was orginally posted on The Brothers of John the Steadfast website September 28, 2016 by Pastor Rojas of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Winter Garden, FL.
When a pastor practices Closed Communion, he is simply teaching repentance.
In the FL/GA District, I’ve often heard pastors say, “We [the LC–MS] practice ‘close’ communion.” When I ask, “What do you mean by that?” They typically respond along the lines, “It means that anyone who confesses Jesus is Lord, and is baptized, can receive the Lord’s Supper.” I’ve heard that we practice “close communion” because other Christian denominations are “close” or “close enough” to the LC–MS. Furthermore, I’ve heard that this is simply a “policy” of the LC–MS, and that it’s not really biblical. It sounds pretty convincing, doesn’t it?
I must admit, I heard this a lot growing up; it was so simple I believed it! However, after reading the Bible, I quickly realized that the Bible never actually says this. Indeed, Scripture teaches “confessing Jesus as Lord,” (Romans 10:9) and it certainly gives the mandate to be Baptized (Acts 2:38). But, it never says that these are the only requirements. The context of those verses is about salvation, not about receiving the Lord’s Supper worthily.
- Published: 27 January 2017
- Last Updated: 15 March 2017