Hephatha Lutheran Church Pastor's Weekly Letter
Pastor's Weekly Letter
Below you will find an archive of Pastor's Weekly Letter for Hephatha Lutheran Church and School. Browse through the issues below, or follow the link located at the bottom of this page to subscribe.

April 24 2017 Email (Apr 2017)
April 24, 2017 Greetings! Greetings in Christ! Personally speaking, perhaps one of the most discouraging aspects of sharing the Gospel is knowing full well that many people will reject the message, and yes, even at times reject the messenger…you. At times, we might think that if we could just be a bit more like Jesus then everyone would believe this life-giving message of the Messiah because we would minister the way He wants us to minister. We would share the exact words they need to hea

April 17 2017 Email (Apr 2017)
April 17, 2017 Greetings! Greetings in the wonderful Name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! I trust you are enjoying living in light of the great news of Easter, and that our God is richly blessing your life. Personally speaking, I am excited about all that God is doing here at Hepahtha Lutheran Church and am looking forward to the great things He has in store for each us. We have a number of upcoming events taking place in the Hephatha family. First of all, we have secured the E

April 10 2017 Email (Apr 2017)
April 10, 2017 Greetings! In Luke’s Gospel, we read these words: “6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ” (Luke 24:6-7). Can you imagine what it must have been like for Mary and Martha along with certain other women to hear those words from the Angel at the tomb of Jesus? The range of emotions went from the lowest of

April 3 2017 Email (Apr 2017)
April 3, 2017 Greetings! Well, the words of the confession in The Lutheran Service Book say, “I a poor miserable sinner.” Some people will be offended, as these words seem rude and unworthy of creatures created in God’s image. In fact, one TV preacher said she “was not a poor miserable sinner.” Other people will be pleased, as these long-standing words seem to capture a spirit of repentance. So, which is it: Sinner or not? When our liturgies tell us we are “miserable” sinners, they are re

March 27 2017 Email (Mar 2017)
March 27, 2017 Dear Lenten Pilgrims, As many of you already know, the preparatory season of Lent often includes 40 days of fasting connected to Christ’s fasting in the wilderness. But, if you were to take a closer look at the liturgical calendar you will see that the actual season is a bit longer. Why is that the case? The reason for this is because within those 40 days we have excluded each and every Sunday. And it is for this very reason that Sundays are labeled as “Sundays in Lent” rather

March 20 2017 Email (Mar 2017)
March 20, 2017 Greetings! As of today, my social media newsfeeds are filled with posts about Lent. To me, it seems that there are many differing views and/or misunderstandings about the nature of the Lent. For instance, some people write about Lent being “Roman Catholic” or that there is no need for Lent because “Jesus already paid for my sins.” I think it might be helpful to better understand Lent for those who are unsure about this important penitential season. I think that we need to see L

March 13 2017 Email (Mar 2017)
March 13, 2017 Greetings! In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus uttered these words: “when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have for

March 6 2017 Email (Mar 2017)
March 6, 2017 [Greeting:] As I begin to write this weekly letter, I grab another handful of gummy bears, when I have already eaten my limit. This is a clear description of my discipline when it comes to candy—I have none. In some ways, this, in my opinion, would be a perfect thing to focus on during Lent. To be honest, when I think about candy I sometimes think I should give up candy for Lent. As an aside, in the past, I’ve done this as a Lenten discipline. A positive result is that I mig

Feb 27 2017 Email (Feb 2017)
February 27, 2017 Greetings! To be perfectly honest, I don't know much about how the first-centuryChristians treated the forty days before Resurrection Sunday known today as the season of Lent. But by the second century, the church was starting to use that season as a time for training new believers about how to rightly think, live, and believe as Christ-followers. This was done, in part, by reliving the Scriptural accounts of Christ's final days before He was killed. It was done with the

Feb 20 2017 Email (Feb 2017)
February 20, 2017 [Greeting:] Well, over the years, I’ve been asked the question: “Why should I join a church?” At times, it’s said with genuine curiosity-“So explain to me what membership is all about?” But, at other times, it’s said with a tinge of suspicion-“So tell me again, why do you think I should become a member?” For many Christians, membership sounds, well, a bit too rigid, something you have at your country club, but too formal for the church. Even if it’s agreed that Christianit

Feb 13 2017 Email (Feb 2017)
February 13, 2017 Valentines Greetings! This is the month so many people do their best to share their love with one another in so many ways as we celebrate Valentine's Day. Yet, let me just take a moment to remind you of the amazing love of our Lord Jesus Christ whose example of perfect love should be held up for all to see and emulate in our lives. God’s Word reminds us in John 15:12-13: "This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no

Feb 07 2017 Email (Feb 2017)
February 7, 2017 Dear friends in Christ When the Bible speaks of God, it speaks of Him as being all-powerful or “omnipotent.” The word omnipotent comes from two Latin words, omnis, meaning “all,” and poetntia or potens which means “power.” Hence, the God of the Bible is the God of all-power. The Bible says it this way: And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent re

Jan 31 2017 Email (Jan 2017)
January 31, 2017 [Greeting:] The universe that God created finds the Creator everywhere. In fact, there is no place that a person can hide from God. He is everywhere present in His works. This does not mean that God is the same as the universe – merely that His presence is everywhere in the universe. The truth of God's omnipresence is, in my opinion, incredibly comforting for the believer for no one can escape God's notice. However, as a pastor, I have seen how the concept of the omnipresen

Jan 23 2017 Pastor's Weekly Letter (Jan 2017)
January 23, 2017 [Greeting:], Yesterday was a great way to kick off National Lutheran Schools Week! As you know, across the nation thousands of Lutheran congregations and schools celebrated the ministry of Christian education. A special word of thanks goes to all our students who performed. This last Sunday we had some of our students sing. The 3-5 grades sang at 11:00 a.m. and an accomplished choir of singers from both the beginning and advanced choir at the 9:30 a.m service. A few stude

Jan 16 2017 Pastor's Weekly Letter (Jan 2017)
January 16, 2017 Dear Friends, , We need to understand that many men, even Christian men, do not always know their spiritual purpose and, if they are going to be honest, struggle with the notion of being a “spiritual leader” in their homes. And yet, Paul in the book of Ephesians encourages men to be a spiritual “head of the household” (Ephesians 5:22-33). In the thought-provoking book Why Men Hate Going to Church, the author gives some staggering thoughts about men and the church that shed

Jan 9 2017 Pastor's Weekly Letter (Jan 2017)
January 9, 2017 Dear Friends, , As I look at the New Year, I’m reminded of St. Paul’s words to the first-century church in Corinth, “… anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons!” (II Corinthians 5:17, MSG). God gives us a “fresh start.” What great news that is for each of us as we reflect on the New Year. It is a blessing to serve as a pastor at Hephatha Lutheran Church where we are blessed as a community to have such a gr

Jan 3 2017 Pastor's Weekly Letter (Jan 2017)
January 3, 2017 Friends, New Year’s resolutions are probably the least reliable promises. They turn, often times, to be half-hearted, expressing more a wish than an actual resolution. Odd, don’t you think, that promises to ourselves should have so little credibility. But, why? Promises are often made in times of distress, duress, desperation, or simply to gain some advantage for oneself. And, sadly, many of these promises turn out to be unreliable, too. When reminded of them, one can feign

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