A ghost does not have flesh and bones!

disciplesThey (the two disciples in Emmaus) got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” ~ Luke 24:33-49

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Quarterly Meeting & Potluck ~ April 23

Sunday, April 23, 12:00 – 1:30


This is a working lunch. We try to keep these gatherings to 90 minutes. All of our members and their families are invited.  Find out what’s going on at Living Hope!

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What’s on your calendar?


  • April 22 LWMS NE/IA Spring Mission Rally at Good Shepherd
  • April 23: Living Hope’s quarterly meeting and potluck at noon
  • May 14: Mother’s Day
  • May 17: OPL Graduation
  • May 29: Memorial Day


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The road to Emmaus

What was Jesus doing on that first Easter afternoon?

lhjes8eNow that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you only a visitor to Jerusalem and do not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

“What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.”

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus acted as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

Luke 24:13-35

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Blessed Easter…He has risen!

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

Angel at the Tomb of Jesus Matthew 28:1-3The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.

Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”  ~ Matthew 28:1-10

Come, let us join our cheerful songs
With angels round the throne.
Ten thousand thousand are their tongues,
But all their joys are one.

2015_04_01 Star Magnolia 1who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. ~ Romans 1:4

Easter Sunday at Living Hope

6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
9:15-10:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:00-10:15 a.m.  Children’s Egg Hunt
10:30 a.m. Easter Festival Worship Service

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Easter Sunday at Living Hope

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Easter Sunday at Living Hope, April 16, 2017

6:00 a.m. Sunrise Service
9:15-10:00 a.m. Easter Breakfast
10:00-10:15 a.m.  Children’s Egg Hunt
10:30 a.m. Easter Festival Worship Service

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Remember your baptism on Holy Saturday… “died with Christ”

tombMark 15:42-46 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached, Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died. When he learned from the centurion that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph. So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

Romans 6:3-11 …don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

If we have been united with him like this in his death, we will certainly also be united with him in his resurrection. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—because anyone who has died has been freed from sin.

Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 1:4-6 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

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Darkness, then Light


View WELS President Mark Schoeder’s Easter Message

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Three Holy Days

We join hearts and voices not only with our own congregation, but with fellow Christians around the world and throughout history during these three holy days.  We gather to celebrate God’s great acts of rescue, which culminated in our Savior’s suffering, death and resurrection nearly 2,000 years ago.

lord's supperMaundy Thursday, we recall the night Jesus was betrayed when he instituted the Lord’s Supper. Be assured that his broken body is for you and his blood shed is for your personal forgiveness.

3CrossesGood Friday is our solemn remembrance of Christ’s death on the cross. In a special Good Friday tone we remember the horrible cost for our forgiveness… and rejoice that it is offered to us free of charge by God’s grace and mercy.


Easter Sunday we gather to celebrate our Savior’s glorious resurrection. We recall God’s promises to earth’s people and the fulfillment of those promises. In the early church, Easter was the day for baptisms and confirmation. We recall God’s promise to us that in baptism we are connected to Christ in his death and resurrection. Christ’s resurrection is announced: He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Come and worship our God who went to incredible lengths to save us, his wayward children. Invite a friend to observe the events at the very heart of Christianity.

Holy week and Easter schedule at Living Hope >>

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