Experience is the best teacher
Forward in Christ Magazine
by Nicole Balza
2w ago
Young people can serve their congregations, schools, and communities right now. Clark Schultz, author of 5-Minute Bible Studies for Teens, shares his perspective on the value of getting teens involved in the church as young people: It is 1982 and Pastor Richard Pagels asks me, a fifth grader, to read the Gospel lesson for church. The following Sunday, 11-year-old Clark reads the prologue to John’s gospel. Fast-forward to my vicar year at the seminary. It is my first week serving at St. Mark in Green Bay, Wis., a 1,000-plus-member church. My supervising pastor, John Parlow, lets me know he’s l ..read more
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Q&A: What comfort can be given to those who experience miscarriage?
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by David Scharf
2w ago
My Christian friend was two months pregnant and miscarried. This question is nagging her: “Is my baby in heaven?” What comfort can I give her? This is one of the most challenging questions to answer for others—and even more for yourself if you have experienced the loss of a child. Pray with your friend and focus on what we know from Scripture. Focus on what we know What do we know about this miscarried child? We know that the child was sinful from conception (Psalm 51:5) and in need of a Savior. We know that Jesus loved the world (including that child!) so much that he died on the cross for al ..read more
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Examined and confirmed
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by James F. Pope
2w ago
If you were confirmed as a youth, what stands out about that day? Excitement? Nervousness? Relief? What about Examination Sunday? More nervousness? Suspense? What would you think of going through six Examination Sundays? That was the experience of a man with whom I once spoke. He had an Examination Sunday for each of the six chief parts of the catechism. Rev. James Pope, executive editor of Forward in Christ I think of my own Examination Sunday. My dad was my pastor. His practice was to instruct the catechism class students to prepare for the examination by reviewing the catechism—all of it ..read more
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Confessions of faith: Linda Sherman
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by Alicia A. Neumann
2w ago
After many years, a woman finds true happiness, hope, and peace in God’s Word. Linda Sherman says she has been searching for something her entire life. She didn’t find it in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Episcopal church, or Buddhism. But when she attended Trinity, Temple, Texas, she learned that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life—and she knew she had finally found what she was looking for. Linda was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon church. Shortly after graduating high school, she started dating a man who was als ..read more
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Parent conversations: How can parents reinforce the importance of confirmation in their child’s life?
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by Laura Schaefer
2w ago
Confirmation is a rite of passage for many confessional Lutheran young people. Yet as important as their confirmation day is, most would agree that it’s the years leading up to that day that really mattered—and all the days that follow as they live out their confirmation promises. So how can parents impress upon their children that the importance of confirmation goes beyond the ceremony and the party afterward? Nicole Balza On my dresser sits a wooden plaque, painted purple, with the words of my confirmation verse inscribed in permanent marker. My youngest child made it for my birthday years ..read more
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Please explain: Is everything in the Bible true?
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by Paul E. Zell
2w ago
Is everything in the Bible true? “Is everything in the Bible true?” Is your friend asking that question because his Bible is open to the first chapter? “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day” (Genesis 1:31). Is he wondering whether there really was a six-day creation? Are you asking that question because your Bible is open to the last chapter? “I am coming soon!” (Revelation 22:7,12,20). Are you wondering whether the return of Christ is genuinely imminent? Or is the Bible open somewhere in between? Devilish suspicions Ada ..read more
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What if it’s true . . . that you are a child of God
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by Greg Lyon
2w ago
We live in a world that is having an identity crisis. We tie our identities to political parties, to work, to relationships, to popularity, to finances (or lack thereof), to gender, or to marital status. We tie our identities to anything we think might get us ahead in life. We are fighting for people to recognize us and approve of us. The biggest problem, though, is that everyone else is doing the same thing. We are all fighting for approval. As one author put it, “Because everyone else is also working frantically to craft and express their own identity, society becomes a space of vicious com ..read more
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My Christian life: God reunites a mother and her daughter
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by Julie Wietzke
2w ago
A story of how God brought together a mother and the baby she gave up for adoption. “I’ve been mulling this story for 52 years, so I know it pretty well.” Karen Smith’s story is one of love—a love for a baby she didn’t keep. But it’s not only Karen’s story. It’s also the story of Becca Backhaus, the baby Karen gave up for adoption. And it’s their story together, a story of the unusual circumstances that allowed them eventually to find each other and become part of each other’s lives. “We think we’re in charge, but we’re not,” says Becca. “Who could have come up with all of this? God works thin ..read more
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God is still building his church
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by Mark Schroeder
2w ago
The apostle Paul had been called by God to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in many places and to many people. He watched as God caused the seed of the gospel that he planted to sprout and grow wherever he proclaimed it. He was not overstating it when he wrote to the Colossians, “The gospel is bearing fruit and growing in the entire world, just as it also has been doing among you from the day you heard it and came to know the grace of God in truth” (1:6 Evangelical Heritage Version). In the face of unrelenting opposition from the unbelieving world and despite the continuing threats by false ..read more
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Free in Christ: Youth confirmation practices
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by Stephen Geiger
2w ago
“We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD” (Psalm 78:4). Read how congregations are helping equip young adults for lives of faith and love. Family-centered catechism “As the head of the family should teach in the simplest way to those in his household” (Luther’s Catechism, 2017, p. 1). Several years into ministry, the frustration got to me. My frustration involved catechism class and the lack of involvement from parents . . . other than dropping off and picking up their child. There was little parental follow-up with assignments or memory work. Truth be told, I had s ..read more
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