Daily Bible readings
Today's Devotion
The Ultimate Encourager – September 21, 2018
Peace in Jesus Is the Real Thing – September 20, 2018
The Path that Jesus Took – September 19, 2018
Faith Is Not Selfish – September 18, 2018
More than a Man – September 17, 2018

Through My Bible In 3 Years
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 21
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 20
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 19
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 18
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 17

Through My Bible In 3 Years - Audio
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 21
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 20
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 19
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 18
Through My Bible Yr 1 – September 17

Faith Related Q and A
My grandma is a WELS Lutheran, but my grandpa was Catholic. Everyone in my family was raised and are practicing Catholics. My grandma's WELS pastor told her (in front of my aunts and uncles- at her sister's funeral) that he felt bad that her children and grandchildren are not saved and that we are all doomed to hell. Is this really what the WELS religion believes?
As Lutherans, we believe that immediately upon death, our soul enters either heaven or hell - there is no “middle” state, such as the Catholic teaching of purgatory. However, the Bible clearly teaches of Christ raising people from the dead as part of his array of miracles. So that leads me to wonder...as WELS Lutherans/Christians, where do we profess those souls went after death, and how do we reconcile that belief to our standard “post-death” belief? Take, as an example, Lazarus. We can logically conclude that Lazarus, as a believer, would have immediately entered heaven upon his death. But from what we know of heaven, those who entered heaven would be devastated to be “pulled” from the perfect existence of heaven back into this veil of tears. (In fact, in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, we clearly see God rejecting the notion of “sending back” people to earth after death.) So, what is our teaching/belief-set here? Or is this just one we throw our hands up and say that we really do not know?
What is the difference between this synod and the Missouri Synod? Any theological variance, or just geographic? I was raised in the Missouri Synod and, due to relocation, am looking for a new church to call home.
Why at Communion does the pastor only say, "Depart in peace," and no longer adds, "and sin no more"? I know it's been changed for some time, but I keep forgetting to ask.
I have been 'baptized' twice, first by my mother and once in a Baptist church. The Baptist church baptism is the only one I have documentation for, even though it came second. Even though my mother baptized me first and would have used the Trinitarian formula, I can't actually remember it, and have no documentation. Which one should I view as my one and only baptism?
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