As a parent, God has entrusted you with the care and upbringing of your children. This task has not changed throughout all time. We are called to bring them to the life-giving water of Holy Baptism, to teach them the faith, and to protect them from all harm and evil. No pressure, Mom and Dad. Every age has had things …
This year was the first time that I had ever been to an Easter Vigil service, and I took my preschool daughter with me. I was worried about how late it was; the service started about fifteen minutes before her normal bedtime, and it would go on for an hour and a half past her bedtime. I had thoughts of …
Today marks the last day of our devotions on encouraging words found in Colossians, and we’re going to begin with a question: Who do you work for? Your answer may be the name of your school, your principal, or perhaps the LCMS. If you run especially against the grain, you may have even said that you work “for the man.” Yet in Colossians 3, we can learn from Paul that in our vocation as teachers, we’re working for someone far greater than any of these answers acknowledge.
When you get ready in the morning, you “put on” many things. You put on clothes, socks, and shoes. When it’s chilly, you put on a hat or a jacket. If you’re a coffee drinker, you may put on a pot of coffee to brew. If you like to stay in the know, you may put the morning news on the television. There are many things to put on in the morning, but one thing is most important to put on—love.
Of all of the responsibilities that adults have to carry, one of the least liked is paying the bills. Not only does paying the bills require a fair amount of responsibility and organization, but it also means you watch your bank account drop with each payment. At times, the payment due is much larger than you had anticipated, causing your eyes to bulge as you open your bill. Some bills may even come dangerously close to being more debt than we can pay. Can you remember a time when you had a bill that was too much for you to pay? In truth, every person has a debt that was too much to pay off. That debt is our sin.
Throughout my teaching career, I have seen various ways to approach art with young children. Before receiving my master’s degree in early childhood education, I received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia University Chicago. Upon graduation, I could not find a full-time job, so I worked part-time teaching junior high Spanish and part-time in a preschool classroom. Needless …
Most Lutheran teachers are familiar with the story of God’s people wandering in the wilderness for forty years. Their lack of faith and patience caused them to be stuck wandering for an extra thirty-nine years. During this time, the Israelites were upset, exhausted, and ready to be done.
What is your school’s building made out of? Many are made of brick or concrete, others from stone or some combination of these materials. Frames, pipes, walls, flooring, and wires also make up the school building you are teaching in today. But that’s not all that your school is made of. More crucial than whatever construction materials were used, a Lutheran school is made up of the children of God.
A quick Google search will tell you that the surface area of the Pacific Ocean is nearly sixty-three million, eight-hundred thousand square miles. One of the deepest known parts of the Pacific Ocean is the Mariana Trench, which has been measured at a depth of 36,070 feet—that’s almost seven miles deep! Such a vast ocean is far beyond our comprehension, to say the least. Although technology enables such measurements, our minds can’t imagine such a huge body of water.
Have you ever noticed that God likes to break down walls? Through the strength of Samson, God broke down the temple of the Philistines’ false god (Judges 16). To fulfill His promise to the people of Israel, God destroyed the walls of Jericho (Joshua 6). Finally, He broke down the biggest wall of them all—the “wall of hostility” that once separated us from Him.