How does the Messiah resist temptation?
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Libby Krahling
22h ago
by Pastor Glenn Crouch Click here to download your printable verse to carry with you today.   Jesus answered, ‘It is written: “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only”’ (Luke 4:8). Read Luke 3:15–22 The end of verse two always brings a smile to my face. I have no doubt that Jesus was hungry after 40 days of not eating. What an understatement! The purpose of fasting is to draw one closer to their Heavenly Father, but we see that the evil one sees this as a perfect time to wreck God’s plan. The Word has become flesh (John 1:14), so his hunger and weariness are very real, and the evil o ..read more
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Why is the Messiah being baptised?
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Libby Krahling
2d ago
by Pastor Glenn Crouch Click here to download your printable verse to carry with you today.   When all the people were being baptised, Jesus was baptised too (Luke 3:21). Read Luke 3:15–22 Our passage starts off with John proclaiming the good news. He continues to prepare the way for the Messiah. It is not surprising that the question arises as to whether John might be the Messiah. He points people away from himself to the Messiah, as the one who is to come is far greater. John’s preaching includes holding the leadership to account, and thus, we see this faithful prophet thrown in prison ..read more
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Preparing the way for the Messiah
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Libby Krahling
3d ago
by Pastor Glenn Crouch Click here to download your printable verse to carry with you today.   He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). Read Luke 3:1–14 How do you prepare the way for the coming Messiah? John does it by calling for repentance – turning back to the Lord God. He realises that some will say that they are sons of Abraham, are circumcised and have no need to repent because they have never turned away from God. John challenges this stand. Their actions do not match their claims. Note how others not ..read more
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New ALC principal installed
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Elise Mattiske
3d ago
Staff, students and directors of Australian Lutheran College (ALC) on Sunday (18 February) joined LCANZ representatives and members of St Michael’s congregation at Hahndorf in South Australia to welcome Rev Dr Tim Stringer as the college’s new principal. LCANZ Bishop Paul Smith conducted the installation during the regular 9.30am St Michael’s service led by Pastor Fin Klein. During the rite of installation, Pastor Stringer pledged with God’s help to undertake the duties associated with the role of ALC Principal; set a good example by his willing service and holy living; uphold and promote the ..read more
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Explore free Grow Ministries resources for Lent and confirmation
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Elise Mattiske
3d ago
Are you looking for high-quality, free resources for Lent or a confirmation program? Look no further than Grow Ministries! GIFT Lent (Growing in Faith Together) Passing on the Christian faith involves a partnership of generations, individuals and families. Grow Ministries’ GIFT Lent is a great resource for congregations, schools and homes to share the rituals and traditions of Lent and Easter in a fun and interactive way. You can use it to encourage families to share their faith with activities for all ages. Full of activities, craft, worship ideas and dramas, GIFT Lent is also an excellent re ..read more
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New Zealand Lutheran’s service honoured
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Elise Mattiske
3d ago
New Zealand Lutheran Dr Johanna Wood has been awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit ‘for services to football governance’. Dr Wood, who is a member of the Manawatu Parsh in the Lutheran Church of New Zealand (LCNZ) and is a former LCNZ Council of Synod Chair, having served in that role from 2016 to 2019, has contributed to women’s and men’s football (soccer) in New Zealand since 2010. She said she was ‘humbled and honoured’ by the award announced earlier this year and believed her recognition ‘was an acknowledgement of not just my work but the many people who volunteer and wo ..read more
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Midweek Lenten services resources available now
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Elise Mattiske
3d ago
Lent is a significant season of the Church Year as we prepare for Easter. During this season, we may practise spiritual disciplines like fasting, prayer and giving, with a special focus on repentance. Midweek Lenten services are held in many congregations as a time for special study and meditation on the suffering and death of our Lord, while Sunday services focus more on the themes of repentance and discipleship. Congregations wishing to hold midweek devotional services throughout Lent will find everything they need on the Seasonal Resources section of the Worship Planning Page ..read more
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Being the parents of the Messiah
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Libby Krahling
4d ago
by Pastor Glenn Crouch Click here to download your printable verse to carry with you today.   Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers (Luke 2:47). Read Luke 2:41–52 Jesus’ miraculous inception and birth involved angels and shepherds. In those early days, not only was he prophesied over (see yesterday’s reading), but wise men came bearing gifts. Wow – and, of course, this was followed by a hasty escape to Egypt so that the mad king couldn’t kill Jesus. Being the parents of the Messiah was no easy mission! Luke tells us that even though Jesus’ parents lived in ..read more
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Lutheran nurses award nominations close soon
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Elise Mattiske
4d ago
Nominations close next month (March) for the Lutheran Nurse of the Year award for 2024 – so get your nominations in now.  The annual award recognises faithful and outstanding service during the preceding calendar year by a registered or enrolled nurse who is an active member of a Lutheran congregation in Australia or New Zealand. Nominations may be submitted by congregations, schools, aged-care facilities or other bodies or agencies within the LCANZ. More information and nomination forms are available from Pastor Bob Wiebusch via email at revbob@ozemail.com.au or from the LCA website ..read more
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Never too old to meet the Messiah
Lutheran Church of Australia
by Libby Krahling
5d ago
by Pastor Glenn Crouch Click here to download your printable verse to carry with you today.   It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah (Luke 2:26). Read Luke 2:22–40 Our passage today includes the wonderful story of Simeon. A man who loved and trusted the Lord God of Israel and had been promised by the Spirit that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. While we often picture him as quite an old man, please note that the passage does not give us any indication of his age. However, given that upon seeing the i ..read more
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