Independence Day Prayer ~ July 4th

Gracious Lord, wonderful God, we praise you for the blessings of living in a free country. Help us to acknowledge that the greatness and prosperity of the United States are gifts from you. Help us use these gifts to lead people everywhere to the knowledge of true freedom: unconditional forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus Christ.  Thank you that we have the liberty to worship you, the Creator of the Universe, in our homes and churches. Where people in the world are not free to worship you openly and without persecution, give them strength of faith to persevere, knowing they will attain life everlasting with you in heaven. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen

…Christ Jesus our Lord. In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. ~ Ephesians 3:11b-12 (NIV)

Please consider donating to the Lutheran Military Support Group

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Encouraging Words for Today

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
~ Colossians 1:15-17 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

The Lord will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
~ Psalm 121:7-8 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

The Lord watches over you—the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
~ Pslam 121:5-6 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
~ Psalm 121:3-4 (NIV)

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Bible Study at Living Hope

We have recently begun an outdoor, socially-distanced Bible Study at 9 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Join us as we sit on folding chairs in the shade of some huge trees and study from the book of Nehemiah: “What One Rich Heart Can Do in Poor Circumstances”.

Our Worship Service begins at 10 a.m.

Beginning in July, video devotions for kids will be available on YouTube.

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August 14, 2011: A Little Taste of Heaven for 25 Years

Pastor Kurt Ebert: A little taste of Heaven for 25 years
August 14, 2011
Living Hope’s 25th Anniversary

I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
~ Revelation 21:2-3 (NIV)

We are happy to share this very special sermon from August 14, 2011 — the day Living Hope Church celebrated it’s 25th Anniversary.

(We will post today’s Worship Service when it becomes available.)

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Encouraging Words for Today

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
~ Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

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WELS Online Mission Event ~ Taste and See

Opening service on LiveStream

“Taste and See” begins this Saturday, June 27, at 11 a.m. with the opening Worship Service, immediately followed by the LWMS flag presentation. Presentations and events have been scheduled for the next two weeks (Saturdays and Wednesdays, except July 4th), as well as daily devotions during those two weeks.

Taste and See home page

Taste and See events

Taste and See devotions

WELS = Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

LWMS = Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society


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Tremble not

God demonstrates his own love for us in this:
While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8 (NIV)

doi sigs

On the website of the National Archives in Washington, DC, there is a page where you can examine the Declaration of Independence. The document is faded, but you can still make out many of the signatures. The signature of John Hancock, of course, is famous. Zoom in, however, on the right-hand column. Find the signature of John Adams. Then look at the third name below his. There you will find the signature of Stephen Hopkins. In that signature there is a story.

The signature of Stephen Hopkins is unusually shaky. If you had been signing your name on that day, your signature may have been shaky too. In the same week that independence from England was declared, a British force landed—a force so massive that it was larger than the entire population of the largest American city. In signing this parchment, Stephen Hopkins knew that if the British military captured him, he would face the hangman’s noose.

His shaky signature, however, was not from fear. Rather, it was from a physical condition known as palsy. And Stephen Hopkins wanted everyone to understand this. For after writing his name, he declared to those present, “My hand trembles. But my heart does not.” And so in the signature of Stephen Hopkins—there is the story of his devotion to his new country.

Nevertheless, even this kind of devotion pales in comparison to God’s devotion to us.

There are all kinds of moments when we feel tempted to question whether God truly cares. When there is too much month left at the end of the paycheck, when there is a health crisis, when someone we love is breaking our heart, when it seems as though loneliness is so thick we could suffocate—these and other episodes just like them can get us to wonder if God thinks about us at all.

It is for such moments, however, that the Word of God speaks. When the dark episodes arise, the apostle Paul reminds us how devoted to us our God really is. He says in Romans chapter 5, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

God’s personal devotion to us is so passionate, so complete, so pure, that even when you and I cared nothing at all about God and cared only about ourselves—it was then that God chose to sacrifice his own Son to wash us clean, to make us family, to rescue us from hell.

His devotion for you is beyond question.  Tremble not.

Heavenly Father, sometimes I tremble in worry and fear. When I do, remind me of your devotion and love.  Remind me what you did to make me your own.  Amen.

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Encouraging Words for Today

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
~ Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ~ Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

Praise the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. ~ Psalm 150 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. ~ Psalm 19:8 (NIV)

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Encouraging Words for Today

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
~ 2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV)

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