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Monday of Quinquagesima

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)  [ read more ]

In Reflections // January 25, 2016

Episode 341: Joy in the Death and Resurrection of Christ

This week on HT-Radio, Pr. Borghardt is joined by Jon Kohlmeier. Pr. B and Jon talk about the joy we have as Lutherans - even in Lent! That joy is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
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In Radio Show // February 05, 2016

Episode 19: The Resurrection of Lazarus

In this episode, Pastor Brown and Thomas get into the resurrection of Lazarus, and our own resurrections, also accomplished through Christ. In place of the Inquisition, Pastor and Thomas talk about movies and stories with Christian themes.
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In Gospeled Boldly // February 02, 2016

Episode 21: The Good Law and Groundhog's Day

It's easy, and a common way of thinking, to think that the Law is a bad thing. It hurts us, accuses us of what we have and haven't done, and (if it's doing what it's supposed to do), it kills our Old Adam. The Law, then, is "bad stuff" that happens in our lives and the Gospel is "good stuff." But are we really supposed to judge whether something is Law or Gospel based on how we feel about it? Sandra and Pastor Riley talk about how the Law is actually a good gift from God that is intended to drive us to new life and faith in Christ.
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In Simulcast // February 02, 2016

Lent 2016 Reflections Now Available

Higher Things announces the 2016 Lent and Holy Week Reflections! These daily devotions deliver the Good News of the Savior who went to Calvary for you. Download them today!  [ read more ]

In News // February 06, 2016

Episode 18: Is it Blasphemy if it's True?

In this episode, Pastor Brown and Thomas examine the fallout from Jesus' claim of one-ness with the Father. Is it bragging (or blasphemy) if it's true? Then, they begin to move through the story of the death of Lazarus, ending with a bit of a cliffhanger.
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In Gospeled Boldly // January 28, 2016

The Parable of the Boss Who Paid Workers Who Didn't Work

Pr. Borghardt teaches us that the Parable of the Workers in the Field is a parable full of Gospel. The owner of the Vineyard pays everyone a days wage, even those hired right at the end of the day. The kingdom of God is neither earned nor deserved but given!  [ read more ]

In Video Shorts // January 28, 2016

Episode 20: Social Justice, Politics, and the Church

These days, many Christians are not only politically active but so are Christian congregations, and even entire church bodies. It can be confusing for many people because stances on both sides of socio-political issues sometimes seem to be emphasized more than the Gospel of Christ crucified for all sinners. This week, Sandra and Pastor Riley tiptoe through the minefield of church and politics while keeping their eyes on Christ.
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In Simulcast // January 26, 2016

Things Happen for a Reason

God never promised that life would be easy. He didn't promise earthly happiness. He promised His Presence. "Lo, I am with you always," in the Supper and in the waters.  [ read more ]

In Articles // January 26, 2016

Gesimas, Pre-Lent and Adding Stuff for Lent

On today's HT Video Short, Pr. Borghardt teaches us about Pre-Lent: The Gesima Sundays. Pre-Lent is a warm up for the Lenten Fast. Pr. Borghardt also suggests that you add something for Lent.  [ read more ]

In Video Shorts // January 28, 2016

Episode 19: Atheism and the Gods Christians Don't Believe In Either

Has atheism changed in the last generation or so? It used to be that atheists tended to be more angry and militant about their lack of belief. But now it seems that a lot of people are comfortable, satisfied with life, unconcerned, even "spiritual" atheists. So how does a Christian talk to such a person? Maybe making logical arguments to dismantle their atheism isn't the best approach. Join Sandra and Pastor Riley as they discuss ways to confess the Christian faith with atheists.
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In Simulcast // January 20, 2016

Christ and the Church: The Eternal Image of Heaven

The picture of the church is a glorious one. God's holiness, as manifest before Moses in the burning bush and in the temple before Isaiah, is full of perfection, power, and loving-kindness. It was made manifest in human form, in the person of Jesus Christ, to bring forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation to a world wounded with suffering and stricken with sin and death. God's holiness comes from heaven to earth where He has promised: in His Word, His life-giving Body and Blood for the forgiveness of sins, His Holy Absolution, Baptism, and the preaching of the Gospel for sinners.  [ read more ]

In Articles // January 19, 2016