- Created: 13 August 2017 13 August 2017
The same God who laid the foundations of the earth is the Author and Giver of life who governs all things by His Word. His wisdom and power are beyond our understanding, except as He reveals Himself in the incarnate Word, Christ Jesus. In Christ, He draws near to us in mercy. In our mortality and sinful unbelief, we do not always recognize the Lord Jesus. But as we cry out in fear, He speaks, “Do not be afraid,” and He reaches out His hand to save us. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
- Written by Ben Vanderhyde Ben Vanderhyde
- Created: 10 August 2017 10 August 2017
Dear Friends in Christ at Saint John’s Lutheran Church,
Greetings from Saint Louis! The three of us safely arrived at our apartment (about a half-mile from the seminary) on Wednesday, August 2, and have been putting things in order and rearranging some furniture. It’s hard to believe that our summer, for the most part, is over. We were looking forward to being in Fort Collins with you all for what seemed like a long time in the spring. But then summer came and went all too fast.
So, we want you to know how much we appreciated and enjoyed being in worship with you and sharing with you a little bit of your life this past summer. Thank you for the hospitality you showed to us, in welcoming us into your congregation, providing us with a place to live, stocking our pantry and everything else. We loved getting to know you all; you have been so kind and friendly! We thank God for the presence of His Church in Fort Collins, for the ministry that he is carrying out through you!
Finally, thanks for being a part of my education in the ministry. This was not only a great summer job for me, it was also a chance to grow and improve in areas related to my studies at seminary. I will carry with me the things I’ve learned as I continue my studies in the coming years and even as I enter the parish. You all at St. John’s will continue to be a blessing to me in my future studies and ministry, and you will always be special to our family. May God bless and keep you in His grace.
Yours in Christ,
Ben, Grace and Larson
- Created: 06 August 2017 06 August 2017
By the Gospel of Jesus, we have been made the children of God, “not because of works but because of Him who calls.” He has come with divine compassion to save us from sin and death and to feed us with Himself. As our Lord Jesus once fed his disciples and the crowds, He now takes bread, blesses it by His Word to be His very body and distributes it to His Church by the hand of His called and ordained servants. And this bread is also more than enough for His whole Church to eat and to be satisfied.
- Created: 30 July 2017 30 July 2017
God has chosen us to be “His treasured possession” not because of any strength in us, but because He loves us. He has searched for us and found us in love, and He has bestowed on us great value by the great price that He has paid on the cross. Now we are the treasure hidden in a field, covered by the cross and “called according to His purpose.” There is nothing in all creation that can separate us from “the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
- Created: 23 July 2017 23 July 2017
The good Seed, Jesus Himself, brings forth a harvest of faith and bears good fruits. But whatever is sown apart from His Word bears only weeds of unbelief and sin. Thankfully, the Lord lets the weeds grow together with the good plants while He continues to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins. He thus preserves His Church in righteousness. Though we do not yet see it, the Spirit helps us persevere now, confident that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”