Tuesday, July 29, 2014

North American Lutheran Church Convocation: How Water Missions International's Living Water Treatment System works

One of the NALC's mission partners is Water Missions International, a nonprofit Christian engineering organization providing sustainable safe water and sanitation solutions for people in developing countries and disaster areas. WMI is based in Charleston, South Carolina.

In communities without safe water, or in a disaster area, Living Water Treatment Systems (TM) such as this one can be flown to the area to provide safe drinking water. A Living Water Treatment System was on display at the NALC Convocation in Charleston last week. Here is a staff member, Kevin Herr, explaining how the system works.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Website of the North American Lutheran Seminary

Take some time today to visit the website of the North American Lutheran Seminary. Learn about its mission and vision, and read a message from its President, The Rev. Dr. Amy Schifrin, STS.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Your Questions Please 2

Your Questions Please!

Remember, if you have a question that you would like answered, please submit it under the  Your Questions Please tab!

How do you retire an old Bible?

A GREAT question, to which there is no one answer. However, it gives rise to opportunity to talk about some other things.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sermon July 13, 2014

Proper 9A (5th Sunday after Pentecost)
Isaiah 55:10-13; Psalm 65:1-13; Romans 8:1-11; Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
St Stephen Lutheran Church
July 13, 2014

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Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s the day of the big game.
You have the snack food and the beverages of choice.
The whole neighborhood is coming over to watch the game at your place.
Because you’ve got a brand-new 64” HD 1080p flatscreen TV
equipped with screen-in-screen and surround sound.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Your Questions Please! Episode One - Luke 14:25-35

You can now submit your own questions, and also see the latest answered questions in a new section of our websit, 'Your Questions Please!'.
‘Help me to understand Luke 14:25-35.’

25 Now great crowds accompanied [Jesus], and he turned and said to them, 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”                                        Luke 14:25-35 ESV

Jesus is not telling us to actively hate anyone, least of all those whom we are taught in Scripture to love, honor and cherish. We should not hate ourselves, but love ourselves, for God loves us. Jesus teaches us to love even our enemies. But we are to be ready to let relationships go, if necessary, for the sake of following Jesus.  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sermon Proper 9 Pentecost 4 - July 6, 2014

That American prophet Bob Dylan,
hero of the counterculture of the 1960s,
went through a born-again phase in the late 1970s,
and some people insist that a biblical spirituality pervades almost all his music.
He wrote the following verses,
which I am not going to attempt to sing.
But maybe you’ve heard the song:

You may be an ambassador to England or France
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls.
But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
It may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

Now, how depressing is this?

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CAMP FROG coming this month

Camp Frog at St. Stephen Lutheran Church is Monday, July 28 - Friday, August 1, 2014 for children entering 1st through 6th grade.  Camp is from 9:00-3:00 daily.  We will have our closing program on Thursday at 7:00 PM.  The day camp is free, although offerings will be accepted. The camp is run by staff members of Lutherlyn, an ACA accredited camp in Prospect, PA. 

Please call Amy Luzader at (412) 965-6315 if you have questions or would like to register. Space is limited so register now!