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 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the […]
This week’s devotion is based on a portion of the Old Testament reading for the Second Sunday in Advent in the One-Year Lectionary. –By Elizabeth Ahlman “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, […]
And that's how simple it is. Even my nearly three-year old knows the joy of "Baby Jesus" for us. When all of the other words and concepts are too hard, "Baby Jesus" is sure ground on which to land. But that's not how Herod felt. When Herod heard about Baby Jesus, he was troubled. This Baby King would ruin all his power and well-laid plans. And to be honest, this Baby Jesus is trouble for me, too.