When God Blocks Your Way

There is a fascinating text in Acts 16:6-10 — “Now when [Paul and his travelling companions] had gone through Phrygia and the region of Galatia, they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit to preach the word in Asia. After they had come to Mysia, they tried to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit did not

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A History of Church Bells

Here at Holy Trinity we have just begun a fundraiser to begin raising money to put digital bells in our steeple. We can’t put a real bell up there because the steeple can’t handle a real bell — but we can put a digital bell up there. So that’s what we’re doing. Every contribution will

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To Plow a Straight Furrow

A farmer was once trying to teach his son how to plow a straight furrow. He told the boy, “Don’t look at the ground as you are plowing. Raise your eyes from the ground and look at some object on the horizon. Make sure you plow straight toward that object. Then your furrows will always

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Don’t follow me … I’m lost too!

“Don’t follow me … I’m lost too” said the sticker on the bumper of the car ahead of me. That reminded me that the crowd may not always know where they are going. Harry Truman once commented: “I wonder how far Moses would have gotten if he’d taken a poll in Egypt? What would Jesus

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Resistance to Change

(I was astonished to learn that the following was a letter actually sent by Martin Van Buren [then Governor of New York] to President Andrew Jackson. It was cited in the January 1984 issue of The American Spectator, in an article entitled “no Growth.”.) January 31, 1829 President Jackson, The canal system of this country

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Those Passages of Scripture I Cannot Understand

There is a story of a frontier settlement in the West whose people were engaged in the lumbering business. The town wanted a church, so they built one and called a minister. The preacher was well received until one day he happened to see some of his parishioners clawing onto the bank some logs that

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Daily Bible Reading Guide from NALC

It is often said that the Bible is a special communication to us from God Himself. We believe that here at Holy Trinity. And so we do many things to encourage Bible reading during private devotions. This year, the NALC, the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and the Lutheran Church-Canada have jointly prepared a daily Bible

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A True Blue Christmas Story

When Anne Keegan was a writer for the Chicago Tribune, she wrote an article “Blue Christmas” that was a collection of Christmas stories told by Chicago Police officers. The police officers spent Christmas Eve trying to be as amicable as possible to anyone who might consider breaking the law. Give ’em a break. Give ’em

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Christmas Eve at Holy Trinity (Guest Blog by Mrs. Jacqueline Smith, Director of Music)

Christmas Eve at Holy Trinity Guest Blog by Mrs. Jacqueline Smith, Director of Music In December, along with other Christians around the world, we celebrate two seasons: Advent and Christmas. While department stores and radio stations and everywhere else imaginable are saturated with Christmas carols during the entire Advent season, we reserve these for the

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Hymns and Lessons for Advent 4 (Cycle B) — December 24, 2017

The hymns for Advent 4 seem very “Christmassy”! Of course they do! First of all we are on the other side of Gaudete Sunday, which means our rejoicing is now constant. Second of all, take a look at the lessons for this week, the fourth Sunday in Advent: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 (God’s promise to

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