As of this writing, I have not made a decision between the call Zion issued to me over 13 years ago and the part-time call that Atonement Lutheran of Omaha issued the end of August. When I reach a decision, I will announce it at the beginning of our Divine Services. Because they were issued by congregations of our Lord’s people, both calls are divine and I must prayerfully decide — trusting the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Please keep me and my family in your prayers.

The month of September has brought some sad changes. We lost 3 members from this physical life in a week.  St. John Lutheran, Adair, had their last Divine Service on Sunday, September 23.  Also, Immanuel Lutheran, Adair, and Holy Trinity Lutheran, Atlantic, both decided to close on Sunday, September 16 (Immanuel hasn’t set a closing date at this time). While sad, those who leave this physical life while trusting in our Lord Jesus now live with our Lord Jesus. Also, congregations serve to share Christ’s Gospel and build up disciples for our Lord as long as they share the pure God’s Word and properly administer His Sacraments. We are all only here for a time, indeed such a short time. The seven churches of Asia Minor with whom John first shared his Revelation no longer exist; however, the message of Revelation that we have the victory in Christ even though it appears that Satan and his forces are winning is still true! What we believers, guided by the Holy Spirit, accomplish through Jesus is crystal clear in Revelation 7: “9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’”

Rejoicing in our victory in Christ, see you in Divine Service,