Misreading Scripture Alone

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This is an article that pastor came across last autumn. The author, Matthew Block, writes how many have succumbed to ancient heresies that the Church has long ago refuted. He also explains why he thinks this is the case.  When the author uses the word “evangelical,” he means Protestant Christians who do not consider themselves […]

Guest Pastor, Duane Maas, to Visit on May 31

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On May 31, 2015, our guest adult Sunday School teacher, preacher, and celebrant for the Lord’s Supper will be the Reverend Duane Maas.  Until recently, he served as associate pastor at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Springfield, Missouri (that’s how our pastor got to know him).  After “retiring,” he chose to focus his efforts in bringing the saving […]

Understanding Five Bible Verses in a Better Way

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for May, 2015.   We each have our favorite Bible verses, which we quote, which may even help us get through dark times. But, sometimes, the way we use a verse can cause us see God or events in ways that the original writer of that verse never meant. […]

Holy Week Services

On Thursday, April 2nd, is our Maundy Thursday service at 7:00 PM, which will focus on the epicenter of Christ’s New Covenant for us: His Supper.  In this service, we will use parts from the oldest liturgies in the Church, even including the liturgy of St. James (the New Testament Church’s first liturgy used in […]

How We Got the New Testament

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for April, 2015.  It follows last month’s article, “How We Got the Old Testament,” which you can read by clicking here. ——— The Early Church Last month, we looked at how we got the Old Testament.  The Church met in council to state which books were Scripture because three traditions […]

Lenten Services for March 4 are cancelled

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The Lenten midweek services for March 4 are cancelled.  Accumulating sleet, ice forming on the roads, and the projected forecast have led us not to have our Lenten services. But the long-term forecast for next week is all above freezing!

Church Cancelled for Sunday, March 1st

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All church activities for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on Sunday, March 1st are cancelled. With the below-freezing temperatures and projected snow, possible flurries, and forecasted freezing rain up to the time our Divine Service, church cancellation was the prudent choice.  Please stay indoors until the roads are again safe for travel.

How We Got the Old Testament

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This is our pastor’s newsletter article for our March 2015 edition of our newsletter.  In it, he leaves much out to keep the article a usable length.  So, the article is not “bullet proof,” but it does, on the main, cover why the Old Testament contains the books that it does. ———- In this article, we’ll explore how […]

Funeral for Ron Allard

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Because of the weather and poor-driving conditions around the Kimberling City area, only a graveside service will be held for Ron Allard in Early Union Cemetery in Early, Iowa  on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Ron’s obituary is as follows: Ronald E. Allard, Kimberling City, MO, son of Orice and Adeline (Eckerman) Allard, was born on […]

The Church Choir

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This is our pastor’s article for the February 2015 edition of The Shepherd’s Voice, our congregational newsletter.   At Shepherd of the Hills, our choir has been adding to our worship services long before I came here to serve as your pastor. But, I suppose, we can ask, “Why did churches have choirs in the […]