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A prayer for Holy Wednesday:

Merciful and everlasting God, You did not spare Your only Son but delivered Him up for us all to bear our sins on the cross. Grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in Him that we fear not the power of sin, death and the devil. Amen. (From the Collect for Holy Wednesday, p. 881 Altar Book)
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Why does God allow suffering? Can anything good come out of bad things? What do I do when I feel like my life is falling apart?

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All glory, laud, and honor
To You, Redeemer, King,
To whom the lips of children
Made sweet hosannas ring.
To You before Your passion
They sang their hymns of praise;
To You, now high exalted,
Our melody we praise. LSB 442

Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection. Amen. (from the Collect for Passion Sunday, Altar Book, p. 504)
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A brother of one of the 21 Coptic Christians reportedly executed by the Islamic State (IS) said, “We are very happy for my brother, because he kept the [Christian] faith until the last moment. I love my brother so much, and I hope to be with him. I ask God to give us patience to endure after his death.”

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Stephanie Hammond addresses “Global Christian Cleansing: Rising Religious Persecution and What You Should Know” March 11 at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
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When someone challenges your belief that you are saved by faith alone apart from the works of the Law, you can answer confidently that though your faith is never alone, it saves you only because of what it believes: the forgiveness of sins for the sake of Jesus’ death on our behalf.

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We still need to reckon with the fact that though faith alone is the means by which salvation comes to us, the faith that saves us cannot be alone.
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Right now the Church’s efforts in evangelism seem insignificant. Our temptation is to worry that the 'same-old-same-old' sharing God’s Word is not effective by itself. But like the man who scatters the seed and then does nothing more than sleep and rise as it grows, we share the Gospel and rest in Christ as He does His work in the hearts of humanity, and then we rejoice in the harvest!

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To modern wisdom concerning Christian outreach, Jesus’ approach seems every bit as futile as scattering seed over thorny or rocky ground.
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The Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, shares both the history of LCMS missionary work and looks to the exciting future as LCMS missionaries continue to share the Gospel of Christ around the globe.

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A hymn stanza for Holy Tuesday:

Ride on, ride on in majesty!
Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh.
The Father on His sapphire throne
Awaits His own anointed Son (LSB 441:4).
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A prayer for Holy Monday: It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who accomplished the salvation of mankind by the tree of the cross that, where death arose, there life also might rise again and that the serpent who overcame by the tree of the garden might likewise by the tree of the cross be overcome. (Preface, Holy Week, LSB p. 190).
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From LCMS Director of Worship Rev. Will Weedon on Palm Sunday:

So, let me tell you my story. Do you have any idea what it’s like to be saddled with ears like what I got? And when I go to open my mouth, what comes out but this obnoxious sound: “Hee-haw! Hee-haw!”

Everyone made fun of me. All the other animals. They said I was half-grown. They said I was God’s joke on the animal kingdom. They said I wasn’t good for anything but carrying heavy burdens on my back. They said I was as stupid was I was stubborn.

I used to let it get to me. I used to feel kinda low. But then one day something happened. Something that changed me forever. And now, when I swagger down the street, all those smarty animals look at me with envy. Let me tell you about it. It happened like this.

There I was, mindin’ my own business, munchin’ away on some grass. It was spring and boy did that fresh grass taste great. I mean, you gotta imagine what it’s like to have straw shoved down your throat all winter long. Yuck! Now, where was I? Oh, yea. I was eatin’ this new grass, when along come these people that I never laid eyes on before. They walked right up to me, untied me and started to lead me away.

Well, do you think I was just going to let them donkey-nap me? No way. I started my hee-hawing and planted my feet firm. And pretty soon my owner showed up and wanted to know what these bozos were up to, making off with his prize donkey, right? So, I settle back to hear him tell them off. Only he doesn’t. They say to him: “The Lord has need of him.” And right away my owner wacks me with a stick and tells me to start with these men I’ve never seen. Now, I ask you, does this make any sense?

So there I was, feeling dejected, rejected, and humbled. Handed over to strangers without a fight. But then, they bring me to Him. You humans. You humans are so blind. You can’t see what’s right before your eyes. But not us animals. We are not so stupid as to not recognize the hand that made us. I started shivering and shaking, let me tell you. I was scared. I mean, there was God. All got up like a human. Well, I mean, He was a human. But it was God. You get what I mean? And He looks into my eyes and He knows that I know who He is, right? And you know what He done?

He smiled. He smiled and He winked. Like it was a big secret between me and Him. And then they lift him up on my back. My back. Here I was, your average donkey, and the Creator of all actually sat Himself down on my back. Let me tell you, I held my head up high.

Who notices a donkey? I mean, you’d have to be a donkey to realize how everybody ignores you. But not that day, no siree. They crowded around me and they sang to Him. Clothes were coming off as people lined the path before my feet. Palm branches filled the air. And everyone everywhere was shoutin’ “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel. Hosanna in the highest!”

Down that big hill and then up to the city walls, I carried Him. And I could tell He was glad, and yet sad. You see, He was riding to that City to die. His look told me that too. He was going to die to fix this world. He was going to die to get rid of the death and sorrow that fills this place. He was going die to open up the way back home – back to where we all really belong. Donkeys too.

When He got off my back we were right outside the temple. He looked into my eyes and I don’t mind tellin’ youse – I couldn’t hold back the tears. But the look He gave me was as clear as it could be: “It’s not good-bye, donkey! It’s until we meet again! Because even though I die, I am not going to remain dead. I’m going rise again!” And then He smiled that smile and I was the happiest donkey in the world.

Now, like I said, you humans sometimes are so blind. I’m sure you don’t mean to be, but it amazes us animals. Because just like the Master rode into town on that fine spring day in Jerusalem, He still rides into your town. Only this time, I don’t get to carry Him, this time He comes on bread and wine. I mean, if you had animal eyes you’d see Him right there, right there on that altar after the words are spoken: “This is my body given for you; this is my blood shed for you, for the forgiveness of sins.” The same Jesus – the one that rode on my back. He comes to you right there, and then I wish I was a human so I could smile and receive Him too. Because when you sing: “Hosanna in the highest and blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” each week, it’s just like it happened all over again, and I’m carrying Him into town.

Humans! Do you even begin to realize the blessings you got? Open your eyes. Take it from a donkey.
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In the end, it was never about me and what I could achieve for my children on my own, but about what Jesus has already done for us and the promise God has made to all His children who are brought to Him in the waters of Baptism. The baptismal dates of our children are milestones overlooked by our secular culture but precious to us. Those dates are the most important “firsts” of an eternal life.
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Both my children were born sinful, as we all are, and my birth plans for them failed. But God then provided the perfect birth plan for me, for them and for you: Holy Baptism.
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Want to inspire your youth to stand up for life? Here are some ways you can get involved without having to travel to the nation’s capital.
On Jan. 22, some 380 Lutherans joined the LCMS at the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Nearly half of those marching with the LCMS were high school or college students. Want to inspire your youth to stand up for life? Here are some ways you can get involved without having to travel…
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