Posts with the category “pastorspen”

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Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
November 24th, 2021
This Pastor's Pen article continues Pastor Cowell's "Hymn of the Month" series in which he shares a brief commentary on the theology and history behind some of the hymns we enjoy singing from the Luth...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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Christ is Not in Short Supply
November 23rd, 2021
While electronics, toys, and ugly sweaters might be stuck in a shipping container off the coast of California this December, remember that Christ is never in short supply. In fact, the supply chain b...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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Lift High the Cross
November 3rd, 2021
This Pastor's Pen article continues Pastor Cowell's "Hymn of the Month" series in which he shares a brief commentary on the theology and history behind some of the hymns we enjoy singing from the Luth...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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Rise, My Soul, to Watch and Pray
September 29th, 2021
This Pastor's Pen article continues Pastor Cowell's "Hymn of the Month" series in which he shares a brief commentary on the theology and history behind some of the hymns we enjoy singing from the Luth...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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We Plow the Fields and Scatter
September 23rd, 2021
Harvest is here, and so begins our season of thanksgiving to the Lord of the harvest Himself! Sights of combines, grain trucks, and emptying fields can direct our minds toward God and His love for us...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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O God, My Faithful God
September 1st, 2021
This Pastor's Pen article continues Pastor Cowell's "Hymn of the Month" series in which he shares a brief commentary on the theology and history behind some of the hymns we enjoy singing from the Luth...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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Where Do You Find Truth?
August 27th, 2021
Our world is pretty crazy right now, isn’t it? It seems almost cliché to say that anymore. It used to seem like it was only in specific or unusual times that the world seemed crazy and that it would g...  Read More
by Tom Schlund
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Oh, Blest the House
August 4th, 2021
Our hymn of the month for August is a hymn from the Christian Home and Education section of our hymnal: Oh, Blest the House. ...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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The Church's One Foundation
July 8th, 2021
Our hymn of the month for July is one in a collection of twelve hymns written by Reverend Samuel Stone in 1866. Stone wrote these hymns in order to teach the meaning of the Apostles’ Creed to his par...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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Thank God for our Soldiers
May 18th, 2021
This Memorial Day the Christian Church thanks God for the men and women of our military who have given their lives in service to our nation. Holy Scripture tells us that our soldiers are instruments ...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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Graduation Day According to Ecclesiastes
May 18th, 2021
Graduation day is a day for celebration. It can also, though, be a time for personal reflection: both for the students who are graduating as well as for those of us who are looking back on our own gr...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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Come, Holy Ghost, Creator Blest
April 27th, 2021
Our hymn of the month for May is one of the most significant hymns in the history of the Christian Church. ...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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He's Risen, He's Risen
April 4th, 2021
This Pastor's Pen article continues Pastor Cowell's "Hymn of the Month" series in which he shares a brief commentary on the theology and history behind some of the hymns we enjoy singing from the Luth...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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Sing, My Tongue, the Glorious Battle
March 3rd, 2021
I (Pastor Cowell) love the hymns of our hymnal. I love talking about them, teaching and learning from them, and singing them (not a little out of tune) to the praise and glory of God. It is to this ...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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What Is Shrove Tuesday
February 15th, 2021
Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday), is always the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Most people think of Fat Tuesday as a day of wild debauchery before the drudgery of Lent begins. H...  Read More
by Thomas Cowell
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God Doesn't Give Up
February 3rd, 2020
January is a month of newness. A new year begins and with it comes all sorts of New Years resolutions. Maybe you made some this year or maybe you’ve made them in the past.  As long as you’ve made at l...  Read More
by Tom Schlund