Anchored in Christ
September 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,

This month’s TLO Disciple focus is Anchored in Christ , the theme for Trinity Lone Oak Lutheran School's 2019-2020 school year. The first day of the new school year is exciting for students of any age. There’s anxious excitement for students entering a new grade or new school for the first time and for returning students.

The beginning of the year is filled with hope of good things for  teachers, students and parents. Teachers are excited to meet their new students and how best to teach them. Students are excited to be in a new grade, see their friends, build new friendships and start learning. Parents are excited about what their children will learn in the coming year and are ready for them to grow in their faith, character and knowledge.

Hebrews 6:19-20 says, “ We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek .”

Jesus is the anchor for your soul. Because Jesus has traveled through the heavens behind the veil of the dwelling place of God he has become the eternal high priest who can speak for us before the Father in heaven. Because Jesus is the Word made flesh, he has power to forgive sins and the strength raise us from the dead and give life everlasting to all who believe. 

The Christian faith is filled with excitement and hope. With great might Jesus defeated the devil and has ascended to heaven and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God, he has secured your salvation and mine in the heavenly realms through faith in him. 

Join with me in prayer for the coming school year that we may all be and remain Anchored in Christ until he comes to receive us into the heavenly realms.

Come and Worship

Pastor James L Kroonblawd

A hymn of faith
My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
LSB 575, vs. 1, 2

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
No merit of my own I claim
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In ev’ry high and stormy gale
My anchor holds within the veil.

Refrain
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
Hope rising above the flood
by Donna Pyle
Romans 8:39 kept ringing through my head with Hurricane Harvey subtitles: Neither height of rising water nor depth of flood, nor anything else Harvey can hurl at us can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

From God's Word

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6–7)
Defending heart and mind
By Mark Matzke, pastor

Under the foundation of your life is a spring of living water that never runs out. When you pray, you can’t help but remember that His promises are down there for you all the time.

From God's Word

Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
    all you who wait for the Lord!
Psalm 31:24


Living in Faith: Trusting Jesus
Faith is … Trusting Jesus to Provide Real Security In the Word We have this hope as an  anchor  for the soul, firm and secure. Hebrews 6:19a Of the Word Many people in the world ... lasting security in the material things of life. But we, as Christians, do have a secure  anchor  and His name is Jesus. Our faith rests not in things of this world, but rather ... person of Jesus Christ. He proved once and for all He is the secure  anchor  we need in this world in which we live. He proved Himself when He showed Himself alive to the disciples.--LWML (Lutheran Women's Missionary League)
From God's Word
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are the God of my salvation;
    for you I wait all the day long.
Psalm 25:5

artist's rendering of the 2020 Lutheran Hour Float; theme, "Anchored in Christ."
The Lutheran Hour float is the longest-running (and currently the only) religious float in the Tournament of Roses parade, appearing since 1951.

The float "Anchored in Christ" features an anchor, long considered the Christian symbol of hope. On our float, the anchor is made into a Cross, with Jesus standing at the wheel, guiding and directing the course of life, providing stability, the solid cornerstone (Isaiah 28:16) in the unstable, shifting sands and troubled waters of daily life (Matt. 8:23-37, John 14:1-6). The float will be viewed by 450 million people worldwide.

Petal Pushers that decorate the float are all volunteers and have a fun website, including Pasedena sightseeing and a coloring contest. Check it out!
From God's Word

He is not afraid of bad news;
    his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
Psalm 112:7




An MLive file photo of the Dewey Hill anchor/cross monument.(MLive file photo)
Just Our Secret
By Rev Ken Klauss

Having received threats that promised a long, legal battle, the City Council in Grand Haven, Michigan, has voted to take the 48-foot cross, which stands on a hill overlooking their city, and convert it to an anchor.
The reactions to the decision are mixed:
* Some are upset to see this symbol of the Savior being removed and reduced.
* Others are rejoicing that one more "illegal" Christian image has been disposed of.
It's that second group, the ones who think they've won a victory by turning the cross into an anchor; those are the ones who are making me smile. I'm smiling because they haven't won a victory at all. All they have done is substituted one Christian symbol for another. Let me explain.  Read the rest of the story!
Bible journaling with Sandy Allnock

Click here for an enjoyable 10 minutes as Sandy Allnock illustrates an anchor in God's Word!
From Martin Luther

The Lord has Sworn and Will not Change His Mind
We may be persecuted on account of this priestly office and faith, and both the devil and the world rage and storm against it and seek to suppress it, we are to have the comfort that He who said this, and took an oath on it, will protect this priesthood and preserve it so that the gates of hell (Matt. 16:18) will not overcome it.

This oath serves especially to strengthen and comfort those poor, disturbed consciences who have been made anxious by the grievous trials of God’s wrath and are plagued by the devil to the point of despair. Against this they have a firm foundation and, as it is written in the Epistle to the Hebrews (Heb. 6:19), a certain and secure anchor of their souls by which they may have peace in their hearts and on which they can surely depend. For they truly have in Christ a high priest who represents them before God and speaks in their best interests.

Luther, M. (1999). Luther’s works, vol. 13: Selected Psalms II . (J. J. Pelikan, H. C. Oswald, & H. T. Lehmann, Eds.) (Vol. 13, pp. 307–308). Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House 
Anchored in Christ
By Rev. Arie Bertsch,
North Dakota District President, LCMS

A few years ago, I got a great lead for perch fishing: You head for this certain landmark and as soon as you reach 19 feet of water, you throw your anchor overboard. It worked. My wife, Doris, and I caught large perch. We could anchor on that recommendation because it had been tried. It was a certainty, as was promised. What does this have to do with our Christian faith? Click to find out.

If you would like to know more about our Jesus, the Anchor of our Soul, have questions about anything you've read in the Bible or want to talk about any aspect of your faith, contact us ! We'd be glad to visit with you about it!
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Soli Deo gloria
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