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The Devil Has a Rolodex of our Sin.

August 22nd, 2014 7 comments

God knows my sin. He knows how corrupt my heart is. God sees the sins that most in the world would deem “little” and the big nasty sins of my past. God knows my sin. God knows my sin so well he sent his son, Jesus Christ to take all my sins to the cross. He does not want me to give into sin but fight against it. The Holy Spirit comes daily to strengthen me and help me fight my sin. The Word of God is my weapon of truth which declares me not guilty because of Jesus Christ. God   More…

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I’m a Great Husband.

August 8th, 2014 4 comments

In the world’s eyes, I’m a great husband. I love my wife; I support her and my children. I don’t cheat on her or beat her. I don’t yell at her or put her down. That being said if I’m honest, when it comes down to it, I’m selfish. I always try to justify the way I spend my free time by telling myself things like “at least I’m not out at the bar all night getting drunk”. Often times I choose hobbies and myself over my wife. Even the many great resources out there for a Confessional Lutheran can   More…

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That “Warm & Fuzzy” Feeling Must Die!

July 12th, 2014 23 comments

Over the past few years I have wanted to experience a special feeling during church. I wanted the sermon to hit me. I wanted to feel true repentance during confession and even wanted the pastor to look directly at me during the absolution. I wanted the readings to be short and sweet and to the point. I wanted that “warm and fuzzy” feeling in every part of the divine service. I wanted to feel it as I walked into the sanctuary. I wanted to see the smiling faces and hear the friendly greetings. I wanted the guy in front of   More…

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No Apologies.

May 19th, 2014 10 comments

It was bound to happen. Someone changes the subject. People unfriend me on Facebook because of my overly churchy posts. Family members avoid my religious conversations. Even I fall into the trap of continually avoiding religious topics that may rub people the wrong way. It’s easy to confess my faith on Sunday morning but not in my everyday life. The world has me convinced that proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ is only allowed in certain situations. My comfort level may be compromised if I attempt to talk to someone about Jesus Christ. They may have questions I can’t answer   More…

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In Name Only.

May 12th, 2014 17 comments

I used to be a diehard Minnesota Twins baseball fan. I used to watch every game on television and even had partial season tickets. I knew all the players names, their strengths and their weaknesses. I wore Twins t-shirts, hats and jackets on a daily basis. I was faithful to them even if they were horrible and an embarrassment to baseball. I dressed my children in Twins apparel and exposed them to the baseball world I loved so much. I was not a fair weather fan. I lived to read the box scores and watched highlights online. I was truly   More…

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I’m still afraid to die.

March 24th, 2014 13 comments

I remember lying in bed as a teenager in complete silence and darkness not being able to fall asleep. My thoughts quickly changed from friends, to school, to sports and all the everyday events of a typical teenager’s life. I can still remember the feeling like it was only yesterday. The first time I realized that someday, I would die.  Lying there in the darkness a feeling of terror came over me. The terror was followed by panic and tears running down my face. I remember having these episodes a number of times. They usually passed as I calmed down   More…

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You’re Not Unique.

March 2nd, 2014 18 comments

In today’s world uniqueness and individuality are praised and encouraged ad nauseam. You can be anything you want to be, do whatever makes you happy, or as the Fleetwood Mac song says “You Can Go Your Own Way.” I really have no problem with being unique, but sometimes I think our hearts aren’t in the right place. What are we really trying to prove by standing out from the crowd? Have our personal preferences and unique personalities become the only thing people see when they see us? Sports, hobbies, games, relationships and everything else we spend time on sure shine   More…

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Grandma and Grandpa’s Church.

January 28th, 2014 36 comments

It took me awhile to get used to it. I look around at my fellow church members and I see an overwhelming numbers of seniors, and not the seniors heading off to college next year. I see widows, men with canes, and sweet couples who have been married over fifty years. Prayers of the church and death announcements consist of names of people who used to sit in my pew. I have watched as they slowly walk up to and painfully kneel at the Lord’s Table to receive the true body and blood of Christ. Many faces have disappeared into   More…

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My First Time — An experience of Private Confession and Absolution

January 13th, 2014 7 comments

I was scared. I wasn’t sure what I would say. Could I really be honest? I wanted to do it but wasn’t sure if I was ready. You may have heard of it, but thought it wasn’t for you. You probably feel like there isn’t anything that really troubles your conscience enough to warrant it. You probably think the confession and absolution in during the divine service is enough, don’t worry it is. For some people that isn’t enough. That general confession of sins isn’t enough to ease a troubled mind. I don’t know about you but the moment of   More…

New Year’s Repentance Resolutions.

December 31st, 2013 5 comments

It’s that time of year again, time for people to set their New Year’s Resolutions. Usually they involve losing weight, quitting a bad habit, spending more time with family or finding that “special someone”. In the past I have had a few resolutions of my own, which I usually break sometime in February. I have tried to exercise more, cut down on my soda intake, and cut down the times I go out to eat to save money. For the record, I think New Year’s Resolutions are kind of silly. If I really wanted to enact a positive change to   More…

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Merry Christmas – My fellow sinners.

December 18th, 2013 3 comments

It was bound to happen. This year it hit me earlier than it usual does.  Christmas songs, decorations, crazy shoppers, Santa Claus and people on Facebook saying how blessed they are. Shouldn’t these things make me happy? Being a Christian during the holidays I should have more love for my neighbor. My problem isn’t people enjoying the things our Father in heaven has given us in this life. My problem is this warped view of Christmas and Christianity that people have.  Unfortunately for me, my sin gets in the way of me taking a simple season’s greetings the right way.   More…

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Our lives as Sinners – An Epic Fail.

November 22nd, 2013 No comments

You may have heard teenagers say it; that was an Epic Fail. I have often uttered the words, I fail at life. I usually say that when I drop something on the floor, run into something, or can’t figure something out. I even enjoy watching those “fail” videos online. Videos of people trying to do things they shouldn’t do or even simple things they should be able to do, only to fail miserably. Everyone has struggles and failures in life all of which in one way or another are a result of the original failure inherited from Adam. It can   More…

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Less is More – Luther’s Small Catechism.

November 19th, 2013 6 comments

Associate Editor’s Note:  What a great way to advertise the new CPH app! It happens like clockwork every three or four months. I get worn down, overwhelmed, you could even say burned out. I’m not a pastor or church worker, but you couldn’t tell by the bulk of my reading and website visiting. Two years ago I couldn’t have given a rip about Confessional Lutheranism. I was Lutheran but didn’t really understand what that meant. Even today with a deeper understanding of Lutheranism; I still get lost, even dazed with all the information that is out there. That’s when I   More…

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Supporting your Pastor

October 9th, 2013 13 comments

For Pastor Appreciation Month, we are reposting this article on Supporting your Pastor.   Have you ever taken someone for granted? As sinners we all have. We take our spouses, parents, children, coworkers, and neighbor for granted on a daily basis.  It’s a sinful trait we can’t get rid of, our self-centeredness. Have you ever taken your pastor for granted? Have you supported him the way you should? Have you supported him outside of his service to you as a pastor? Have you gotten to know the man who proclaims forgiveness to you and your family in the stead and   More…

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What’s Your Identity?

October 2nd, 2013 2 comments

Do you worry about what people think of you? Do you think people see you the way you want them to see you? How do people know what your priorities in life are? Our interactions with people on a daily basis are brief at best. Depending on the situation a quick observation would tell others that I’m a father, a husband, a “Pepsi Guy”. At the end of the day, that’s not what I want people to take away from their encounters with me. I have been blessed with many vocations in life; which I take great pride in. But,   More…

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