Rev. Yaroslav Boychenko, a pastor of our sister church body, recently shared a report of the Advent and Christmas activities in his congregation. Rev. Boychenko serves LCMS sister church body, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ingria in Russia (ELCIR). The LCMS supports this sister church body through the Ingrian Outreach and Church Development Fund. The report was translated […]
–By Elizabeth Ahlman But that is not the way you learned Christ!—assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the […]
This week’s wonderful guest devotion is based on Luke 5:1-11, the Gospel lesson for Sunday, June 26. It is written by an LCMS missionary serving in Central Asia. For the protection of the worker and worker’s family and the work they do, the person’s name will not be released. However, please pray for this worker […]
But often we do not believe or confess this God like no other. Instead, we make gods of our own. Our sins stack up and up and up. From the sin of gluttony (food becomes god) to the sin of lust (pleasure becomes god) to the sin of anger (self-righteousness becomes god), our sins and the false gods they create pile up, condemning us to the deepest reaches of the true God’s righteous anger. And when faced with our ugly selves and the truth that we are so incredibly outside of God’s perfect will, our self-made gods crumble.