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Blessed Exchange

By Pastor Voltattorni / July 27, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint Post Is not this a beautiful, glorious exchange, by which Christ, who is wholly innocent and holy, not only takes upon himself another’s sin, that is, my sin and guilt, but also clothes and adorns me, who am nothing but sin, with his own innocence and purity? And then besides dies the…

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3,462 Christians Killed in Nigeria in 200 days, 3000 Abducted, 300 Churches Attacked

By Pastor Voltattorni / July 22, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint Post 07/21/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), a nonprofit based out of Nigeria, has released a report in which they say that roughly 3,462 Christians have been killed already in 2021 by Fulani militants and Boko Haram throughout Nigeria. In addition, 3000…

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The Bare Necks of Courageous Laymen

By Pastor Voltattorni / June 25, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostEarly in the year 1530, Emperor Charles V called for an imperial diet to be held in Augsburg, Germany.  The assembly was to deal with the growing problem of the Turks and the disagreement between the Lutherans and Roman Catholics which was dividing the church.  Martin Luther was unable to attend this…

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The Nativity of St. John The Baptist

By Pastor Voltattorni / June 24, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostToday the church celebrates the birth of the forerunner of Christ. This date, June 24, comes from the Annunciation account, when Mary visited her aunt. Elizabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy, and we are now six months away from Christmas.  Interestingly, this feast in the church year is one of…

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God Loved the What?

By Pastor Voltattorni / May 27, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostWhen St. John uses the word “world,” – in the Greek “κόσμος” (pronounced Cosmos) – he’s not thinking in terms of metaphysics, nor is he referring to the celestial body orbiting the sun. John uses the word to refer to the evil, unbelieving world. This is what makes it all the more…

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Prayer in Time of Drought

By Pastor Voltattorni / May 24, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint Post O faithful, true, and righteous God, who in Your faithful Word have indicated in the most comforting manner how a true, earnest, zealous, believing, and persistent prayer pierces mightily the clouds of heaven and not only comes with certainty before Your presence, but also is capable of much and accomplishes much:…

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The Burden of Confirmation

By Pastor Voltattorni / May 20, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostThis past Sunday we had our confirmands stand before the congregation and confess their willingness to remain steadfast in the Lutheran Faith. How difficult a charge we laid upon their shoulders. Every time we have a confirmation service, I find the seriousness of the confirmation vows to be striking; such as when…

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Why Should I Eat and Drink?

By Pastor Voltattorni / May 18, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint PostDo you ever consider why we Lutherans make such a big deal of the Sacrament of the Altar? Of course, we confess that Jesus’ Body and Blood provide forgiveness, life, and salvation. But since I am baptized, I already have the forgiveness of sins. I pray and read my Bible and even…

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Ascension Day Sermon by Martin Luther

By Pastor Voltattorni / May 13, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint Post God has given us Baptism, the Sacrament of the Altar, and absolution to bring Christ very close to us, so that we can have Him not only in our heart but also on our tongue, so that we can feel Him, grasp Him, and touch Him. God did all this for…

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A Litany For Peace

By Pastor Voltattorni / April 20, 2021 /

Open as PDFPrint Post Good God,gracious Father,creator of us all,have mercy on us. O Jesus,Son of God and Son of Man,our brother,have mercy on us. True Spirit,moving over us,Lord and giver of life,have mercy on us. Look at our world, broken by sin.Look at our hearts, broken in grief.Look at our minds, shaken in confusion.Have…

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