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                                                      Pastor's Blog

You Are The Body Of Christ “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – 1 Cor. 12:27 Let’s face it, we are a nation of consumers. We love our products and services. We buy what we want, when we want it and just the exact way we want it. And if we aren’t satisfied, we won’t be back. We value the freedom to choose, or not to choose. One thing is certain about all of this, I am in control and I make the decisions. In a sense, consumerism is all about me. [Read More...]


Who Do You Serve? “The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” –I Thessalonians 1:8-9 The Bible reminds us that we all serve someone or something in our lives. God created us to seek Him and find wholeness, meaning, and purpose in Him alone. Yet, some of us try to find all these things in other places or other people, which can never satisfy. [Read More...]


The Character of Christ “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” –Galatians 5:22-25 This past weekend at church, we talked about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to make us holy and how the Holy Spirit manifests His fruit in each of our lives as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:21-22). This got me thinking about what God’s goal is for our lives as believers. Obviously, the first is that we would be saved through faith in Christ, but what about after that? [Read More...]


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Luther's Tower Experience “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith.’” –Romans 1:17 This is the famous verse that led Martin Luther to rediscover the true nature of the Gospel; that we are declared righteous before God by faith in the completed work of Jesus Christ, which He won for us in His perfect life, sacrificial death and victorious resurrection on our behalf. [Read More...]


The Foundation Of Our Faith The reality of the historical, physical and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith as Christians. Jesus’ resurrection is our great hope and promise of our own physical, bodily resurrection on the Last Day, when Christ will return and restore His creation to the perfection before mankind’s fall into sin. We have this guarantee now through our faith in Jesus, yet we wait to see its fulfillment in the world to come. [Read More...]


2015 Camp Discovery VBS Thank you to everyone who made VBS so wonderful this year! We couldn’t do it without you! As the body of Christ, we really can do great things for God’s Kingdom together! This year we had an average of about 85 children attend regularly throughout the week. Continue to keep these children in your prayers; that God would continue to increase their faith and keep them connected to Jesus. The mission of the Church has always been to pass on the Christian Faith to the next generation. May God continue to bless Immanuel and work through all of us to accomplish this divine work. [Read More...]


Our Citizenship Is In Heaven St. Paul wrote these words from prison in Rome. We know this from Philippians 1:13-14, where Paul writes, “As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.” These are powerful words and more prescient after last week’s Supreme Court ruling. [Read More...]


Finding Peace When We Loose A Loved One If you have ever lost a loved one to death, then you have experienced tremendous feelings of grief and sadness at the loss of their physical presence in your life. As Christians, where can we go to find peace and an answer to our sorrow? [Read More...]


2015 Confirmation Class This weekend, seven of our eighth graders were confirmed in the Christian faith here at Immanuel Lutheran Church. I am proud of everyone of them! They have worked hard to learn the theology of the Bible and have expressed their faith in an essay. They also took a vow and made a promise to walk in the faith of their baptisms for the duration of their earthly life on Confirmation Sunday. Yes, a sacred commitment has begun! Essentially, they have decided that the faith that they were baptized into as a child is the faith that they now want to live by into adulthood. Confirmation is a milestone because these seven confirmation students have assumed the responsibility of the faith for themselves. To read their confirmation verses and watch/listen to their essays Click Here.


Six Days Of Creation: Twenty-four Hours Or Billions Of Years One of the questions I routinely get asked as a pastor is; are the six days of creation literal twenty-four hour days or billions of years (modern science suggests the earth is 4.6 billion years old)? I am not even going to pretend that I am an expert in the science and physics behind the beginning of the universe and the beautiful planet we call home. However, I am trained in the exegesis of the Bible, which is the understanding of what the Bible seeks to convey in its original meaning of the Hebrew and context of Genesis 1. It is this question that I will attempt to answer; what does the Hebrew language of Genesis tell us about how long it took for God to create the universe and the earth? [Read More...]


How Can a Loving God Send Someone to Hell? This question is asked a lot in our culture today. The Bible does say that God is love. How then can a loving God send someone to Hell? Obviously God’s modus operandi is to forgive repentant sinners and to show love, which is the message of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. [Read More...]


Where are the Millennials? Many of Immanuel’s members have read the Washington Post article by Rachel Evans, “Want Millennials Back In The Pews? Stop Trying To Make Church ‘Cool.’” If you haven’t yet, you can find the article [HERE]. Some have asked what the pastor thinks about it, so here is my two cents, for what it is worth! I am the “young” pastor here at Immanuel and am in the millennial camp (Born between 1980 and 2000) that Rachel Evans is speaking about. If you haven’t noticed, there aren't too many of us in church these days. Immanuel, for being as large as we are, only has about a handful of active millennial members. The question I receive at many a meeting is, “you’re the young pastor, how can we get young people like you to come to church?” The answer is complicated and there isn't a silver bullet, quick fix solution. No one wants to hear the words, be patient!  [Read More]


Which Religion Is True...Continued? In the article I wrote last week, we discussed how history is helpful in weeding out the religion that is true and the ones that are not. If a religion's history is false, then one cannot trust that religion's doctrine either. Another helpful measure of religion is the philosophical worldview that is taught in its doctrine. In other words, does a religion's teachings line up with the reality of life? A religion that is true, must teach what is true about human nature, life, purpose, ethics and so forth. The true religion will have the right worldview that aligns with reality. [Read More...]


Which Religion Is True? One of the questions I am routinely asked as a pastor is; there are so many religions in the world today, which one is the right one? They can't all be true because they all contradict each other.You may have heard some people say that all religions are the same. They are all paths to the same God. The problem with this statement is that all religions actually contradict each other. Hinduism believes that there are millions of different gods, but Muslims believe there is only one. Which is it? Islam believes that there are five pillars that a follower must do to earn salvation, while Christianity states that no one can earn salvation by works because it is a free gift of faith in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Which one is right? In fact, when you study religions closely, you begin to notice that all religions cannot be the same. These contradictions actually help us test them to see which one is true. [Read More...]


The Holy Spirit: How To Follow God's Voice How do we know when God is speaking? Life is full of many voices. How do we know if we're following God's will? Our world is also full of competing view points. How do we know what God wants us to do? Life is full of many decisions. God speaks to us through the Bible very clearly what His will is for our lives. There are many specific commands in the book of life. But God also speaks to us through His Holy Spirit. However, it is more difficult to discern God's will through the leading of His Spirit than reading the Scriptures. How do you follow God's voice? [Read More...]


Putting Pen To Papyrus! There have always been people who didn’t accept the Bible. Perhaps they wanted to live their life their own way, without God’s commandments interfering. Perhaps they didn’t buy the Biblical Worldview. Perhaps they even rejected the existence of God. For one reason or another the Bible has been under assault for a long time. Come to think of it, the Word of God was first assaulted by Satan in the Garden, when our adversary started with the words, “Did God really say…?” Today, an increasingly popular attack on Scripture is to say, “We don’t even know what the Bible says in the first place.” These critics are pointing out that there are variations between the many ancient manuscripts of biblical books. [Read More...]


Is The Church Going To Pot? Marijuana is a hot topic in America today. As I write this article twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, Connecticut included, and four states have legalized recreational marijuana. The millennial generation, those born between 1980 and 2000, seem to find no problem with marijuana use. There is a certain attitude that my father's generation likes their alcohol and we like our marijuana, and there is no difference between the two. A big question we should ask ourselves as followers of Jesus Christ is, is it wrong for Christians to use marijuana? The Bible never mentions specific marijuana use. However, there are some Biblical principles that do speak to using substances that harm our bodies. [Read More...]



Why The Bible Is Reliable: Part III of III There are some who even today propagate the theory that Jesus' disciples didn't really see a physically resurrected and living Jesus after his crucifixion and burial. Some believe that the disciples just made everything up. This isn't a new theory. The Jewish leaders said basically the same thing to cover up the empty tomb in Matthew 28:13. It sounds logical. Even as a pastor, I have been to many funerals and never once witnessed a body get up out of a casket and walk off! The problem is that those who believe the disciples made up Jesus' resurrection have a worldview that doesn't allow for miracles. Instead of being close minded, we should examine the facts and allow them to lead us where they may, to the truth. [Read More...]


Why The Bible Is Reliable: Part II of III The Bible is a unique book because it predicts future events with great accuracy. This can be a difficult idea in our modern age because we also know that no human being can know the future. The best we can do as human beings is create complicated models that predict outcomes, but even those are educated guesses based on probability and not certainty. And we all know how wonderful weathermen are at predicting the weather with those models! The Bible makes modern people feel uncomfortable because it does claim divine inspiration. If this is true, which it is, there should be evidence of God's knowledge of future events. [Read More...]


Why The Bible Is Reliable: Part I of III The Bible is the most scrutinized book in the world. Many have set out to prove it isn't true. Thankfully, the Bible is reliable and has withstood the test of time. A modern day example is Lee Strobel, an atheist who set out to disprove the Bible and ended up converting to Christianity. The following is the first part of a three part series: the three reasons why the Bible is true. And no, the first reason isn't because God or the pastor said so! [Read More...]


Haiti Mission Trip January 2016 If there is one word that I would use to describe Immanuel and its members, it would be MISSION. Our congregation has a passion for serving and reaching people with the love of Jesus Christ! We support missionaries around the world and we send mission teams from our congregation every year to share Jesus Christ. I am excited that our congregation will once again send a team to the orphanage we support in Haiti in January 2016. [Read More...]