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Due to the cold weather and icy roads, the Trondhjem Women will not gather this evening. Stay home, warm & safe!
John Kottke died this morning, May 1, at the age of 45. Plans for his funeral are being developed. We will keep the Trondhjem family informed of those plans.
John’s activities at Trondhjem were many, including teaching dozens of young people beginning in the fall of 2004. He last taught his class on Wednesday, April 18. John will be greatly missed by many within Trondhjem and beyond.
I thank my God every time I remember you. Philippians 1:3
We have had many baptisms in the past several weeks, and I expect that will continue. We have members who are pregnant and expecting new additions to their families in the new year. We know these newborns will bring a change in these families’ lives. We anticipate a great deal of joy. We pray that the challenges and the difficulties will be few.
It is now hard for me to remember the final months before my children were born. With my firstborn, my wife was in Chicago finishing seminary, and I was in Montana in my first call. I made it back for her graduation, and just a few days later came the birth of our son on June 8. I never dreamed at that time that he would become a pilot for an airline flying jet planes. We just wanted a healthy baby, and we did not know whether we would have a boy or a girl. (more…)
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority; and the earth was made bright with his splendor. 2He called out with a mighty voice,
“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
It has become a dwelling place of demons,
a haunt of every foul spirit,
a haunt of every foul bird,
a haunt of every foul and hateful beast.
The first readers of the book of Revelation would have understood that Babylon was really the Roman Empire. Just as Egypt, Assyria, and the historical Babylon lost their power over God’s people, so would Rome. During the time of the early church there were persecutions of the Christians by Roman emperors such as Nero and Diocletian. The whole book of Revelation is focused on giving people confidence that God would win the day, and the evil empire would be overthrown. (more…)
Luke 1:1–4: Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, 2just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, 3I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed.
Today is the minor festival in the Lutheran church honoring Luke, the gospel writer. Even Lutherans have festivals and commemorations that remember and honor the famous saints of old. This is Luke’s day and the text above is one of those appointed for the day. It explains why Luke is writing his gospel and the book of Acts, too. (more…)
3 John 1:9–13
9I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church. 11Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. 12Everyone has testified favorably about Demetrius, and so has the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.
These words are attributed to the apostle, John. It seems clear that the apostles did have authority over the fledging mission churches. It is also clear that there quickly arose challenges to their authority. (more…)
I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God — what is good and acceptable and perfect.
When I think of my life as a Christian, there are two scripture passages that are deeply etched in my heart. This passage is one of them, and the other is Micah 6:6-8. Both speak of what is our true worship. As much as I like to sing hymns in worship or enjoy a well-organized and spiritually uplifting worship service, the truest worship is what we do with our lives. (more…)
The 55+ group would like to invite you to a very special event on July 14th at 6:30PM at Trondhjem Church. Carrie Smisek, who is on summer break from Wartburg College in Iowa, spent three weeks this spring doing a study trip to Israel. During this trip she kept a blog and took many photos. She was able to go to an archeological dig, see Bethlehem and many other places where Jesus walked. We will be able to see her photos on a large screen. and Carrie will share some of her experiences with us. The 55+ group felt that this was just too good to keep to ourselves, so we want to invite you all to come and spend this exciting night with Carrie. We will have coffee and bars for your enjoyment also.