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Happy 9th Birthday Louie Comfort Dog

In Memory of Louie Comfort Dog

Thanking God For A Life Of Gentle, Faithful Service March 5, 2021. It is with great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved friend, Louie Comfort Dog. In his retirement, Louie quietly struggled with seizures for more than a year. He died peacefully at home, with many of his handlers and caregivers at his side, comforting him as he passed. In the Summer of 2011, Louie and Jackson the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs began serving as…
lent 2021 in a time of pandemic

Lent 2021 in a Time of Pandemic

From the Desk of Pastor Mech Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS and Martin Luther School in Joplin, Missouri is Grounded in Christ, Guided by Grace, and Growing to Serve since 1897… NOTE: Lent 2021 begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021. Our Season of Repentance in a Time of Pandemic — Lent 2021 As with everything else in the last eleven months, Lent 2021 will be observed somewhat differently this year. Exhibit One is our ashless Ash Wednesday. I read the…
What is Lent? bowl of ashes and palms. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin, Missouri.

What Is Lent?

FAQs About Lent What is Lent? Learn about this 40-day season of the church year leading up to Easter (Note: Lent 2021 begins on Wednesday, February 17.) Q: What is the significance of Lent? A: Early in the Church’s history, the major events in Christ’s life were observed with special observances, such as His birth, baptism, death, resurrection and ascension. As these observances developed, a period of time was set aside prior to the major events of Jesus’ birth and resurrection as…
God With Us December 25 Advent Devotion Christmas 2020. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

God With Us | December 25 Christmas Day Devotion

GOD WITH US Daily Devotion for Christmas Day 2020 | Friday, December 25 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (Luke 2:6-7) Mary prepared for her baby’s birth as carefully as she could. She brought swaddling cloths with her, to wrap Jesus in—the humble…
Known By His Deeds. God With Us Advent Devotion. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

Known By His Deeds | December 23 Advent Devotion

KNOWN BY HIS DEEDS Daily Devotion for Advent 2020 | Wednesday, December 23 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a Son. And he called His Name Jesus. (Matthew 1:24-25) Do you realize that we never hear Joseph speak? Not once do we hear a word from his lips in the whole Gospel story. But that doesn’t stop…
Keeping His Promises. God With Us Advent Devotion. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

Keeping His Promises | December 22 Advent Devotion

KEEPING HIS PROMISES Daily Devotion for Advent 2020 | Tuesday, December 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and they shall call His Name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). (Matthew 1:22-23) How long was it between the day God made this promise and the day He kept it? Several hundred years, at least. God spoke through Isaiah to the evil King Ahaz,…
Son of David. God With Us December 21 Advent Devotion. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

Son of David | December 21 Advent Devotion

SON OF DAVID Daily Devotion for Advent 2020 | Monday, December 21 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son, and you shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:20-21) I wonder…
A Third Way. God With Us December 20 Advent Devotion. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

A Third Way | December 20 Advent Devotion

A THIRD WAY Daily Devotion for Advent 2020 | Sunday, December 20 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. (Matthew 1:19) Joseph found himself caught in a nightmare situation that was none of his fault. His fiancée was pregnant, and he knew he was not the father. By Jewish law he had a legal case against her for adultery—and the traditional penalty for that was death by stoning. Hurt…
Undone. God With Us December 19 Advent Devotion. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

Undone | December 19 Advent Devotion

UNDONE Daily Devotion for Advent 2020 | Saturday, December 19 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 1:18) Mary probably had a mental picture of how her life would go: first betrothal, then a few months before the wedding party, and then (nine or ten months later) a baby. It was the normal…
In The Wilderness. God With Us December 18 Advent Devotion. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

In The Wilderness | December 18 Advent Devotion

IN THE WILDERNESS Daily Devotion for Advent 2020 | Friday, December 18 And the child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel. (Luke 1:80) In the wilderness is not a comfortable place. There isn’t much to eat there—locusts and wild honey?—and there isn’t much company, either. A man who lives in the wilderness is giving up a lot—a nice home, a good career, a life surrounded…
Sunrise. God With Us December 17 Advent Devotion. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

Sunrise | December 17 Advent Devotion

SUNRISE Daily Devotion for Advent 2020 | Thursday, December 17 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our…
Enemies. God With Us December 16 Advent Devotion. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

Enemies | December 16 Advent Devotion

ENEMIES Daily Devotion for Advent 2020 | Wednesday, December 16 And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied, saying, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people and has raised up a horn of salvation for us … that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us … that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him…