Being Lutheran…#Whatdoesthismean – New

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone. The new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 Primary to our identity is that we are “new creations” (2 Cor. 5:17). Core to being Lutheran is the absolute certainty that because of what Jesus did, without

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Being Lutheran…#Whatdoesthismean – BOLD

Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.”  Luke 9:23-24 Jesus is certainly

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Being Lutheran…#Whatdoesthismean – Passionate

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.” John 15:16a Being Lutheran means resisting letting God’s grace lead to laziness.  Instead it means letting the rest found in God’s grace fuel the passions God has given you.  God

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Being Lutheran…#Whatdoesthismean – Clear

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”   2 Timothy 3:16 Even in churches across America, people’s perceptions of the Bible have changed. Where do we stand?  Where do you

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Being Lutheran…#Whatdoesthismean – Wise

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  The fear of the LORD [or reverence of the LORD] is the beginning of wisdom . . .  The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  Proverbs 3:5 and 9:10a and Psalm 14:1

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Becoming an Influencer…Who Lives With Infectious Joy

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Joy is infectious, but it is often hard to find.  The circumstances of life frequently lead many to depression, despair and frustration.  Yet as followers of Jesus,

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Counting the Cost of Discipleship

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘I anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'” Matthew 16:24 =What has it cost you to become a Christian?  Salvation is free, the gift of God’s grace, paid for by the precious blood of

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Reckless Mercy

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” – Romans 8:1 God’s mercy displayed and delivered in the person and work of Jesus Christ is not random.  No, His mercy is very intentional and intense; and it is also reckless. He chooses to show mercy on

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