Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
14205 Ida Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68142
Rev. Lance D. Berndt and Rev. Philip Hale
Church Office (402) 493-1744
Saturday 6:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM
Sunday School 9:15 AM and Bible Study 9:30 AM
Welcome To Zion Lutheran Church
The Mission of Zion Lutheran Church is to reach out to the community as we embrace our fellow members, building on the strength of our heritage in the true Word of God. To this end, Zion's members see themselves as loving Christians called by God to serve Him according to His purpose.
You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. Heb. 12:22-23
- Published: 07 August 2014
- Last Updated: 05 November 2015
Pastor's Pen 08/23/2016
A message from Pastor Berndt
Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. (Mark 6)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Herod is conflicted by the preaching of John. Herod feared John because he proclaimed the truth. John was not concerned about opinions or ideas. John stood on the Word of God.
John preached the Law of God in its wrath and furry. He preached the Law against the religious. You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. (Matthew 3) He preached it against the mighty (Herod). “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” (Mark 6) John preached God's Law against sinners. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 3)
- Published: 24 August 2016
- Last Updated: 24 August 2016
Book Review: Confessing the Scriptural Christ against Modern Idolatry
This book review was orgionally posted to The Brothers of John The Steadfast website by Pastor Clint Stark (07/20/2016)
Rev. Philip Hale’s new book, “CONFESSING THE SCRIPTURAL CHRIST AGAINST MODERN IDOLATRY: Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Truth in Scientific and Biblical Conflict” is a must read for every serious LCMS theologian, whether pastor, professor, synodical official or layman.
Rev. Hale exposes how the “battle for the bible” in our Synod is far from over, by citing alarming statements made by current professors at both our seminaries, especially in the exegetical departments. If you think that man asserting himself as the authority over God’s Word was a problem resolved after the “walk-out”, think again. Destructive higher and lower criticism of God’s authoritative Word abound in our Synod today, both in the seminaries and in the parishes served by men trained by them. You will be scandalized, or should be, by hearing exactly how God’s words are being treated within our Synod.
- Published: 20 August 2016
- Last Updated: 20 August 2016
Computers for Christ's Care for Children: Kenya
Through the generous and gracious gifts of past WeRaise donors, the libraries at Christ's Care for Children: Kenya facilities will be furnished with books and Christian materials for the use of students and the community at-large.
- Published: 20 August 2016
- Last Updated: 20 August 2016
"Being Lutheran" is Not Lutheran
A Message from Pastor Hale
A Critical Review of Being Lutheran by A. Trevor Sutton (CPH, 2016)
The worst theological errors are not technical or merely a manner of false speaking, but a thinking which obscures Christ and makes His Gospel less universal, comforting, and complete than it really is. Therefore, saying that a book has passed doctrinal review or contains no doctrinal error is not actually helpful. Doctrinal error is categorized in old, dogmatic terms, while new errors usually pervert the truth in a new, slightly different way. An a-doctrinal approach is not easily rejected with traditional Christian terms.
One cannot simply be Lutheran. That actually goes against Lutheran theology and doctrine. What people are or identify as is not the issue. Rather it is the substance of what is believed and confessed that should be the focus of our attention. One cannot have Lutheran hair, Lutheran eyes, or Lutheran toes. “Lutheran” medical care, banking, and insurance is impossible. Lutheranism cannot course through the veins of a person and act like magic pixie dust on all their actions, even if one's family was raised in the Lutheran church for generations and possesses a really Germanic or Scandinavian name. Neither can a publishing house or human institution simply be Lutheran for all time. The label of “Lutheran” applies most accurately to particular words and teachings that tell the saving truth of God. Lutheran is not a static category, like good or bad, rich or poor, black or white. To embrace the Lutheran doctrine is to continually fight to hold and maintain the pure truth.
- Published: 31 July 2016
- Last Updated: 05 August 2016
Higher Things Conference
Higher Things Bread of Life Conference
Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst."
Please pray for our youth as they go to Ft. Collins, Colorado and participate in this conference. If you would like more information or would like to view live streaming of the worship services, click here.
- Published: 24 July 2016
- Last Updated: 24 July 2016
Harrison Addresses LCMS Convention
LCMS President/President-elect Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison addresses the The 66th Convention of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod on Sunday, July 10, in Milwaukee with a message of hope based on Jesus’ words. "The gates of hell shall not prevail" [Matt. 16:18]. That’s Jesus’ promise. With these words, the recently re-elected president of The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, the Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, opened his report to the church body’s 66th Regular Convention on Sunday. A total of 1,106 voting delegates were in attendance at the opening of the convention, which takes place July 9-14 at the Wisconsin Center.
- Published: 14 July 2016
- Last Updated: 14 July 2016
Hong Kong Mission Trip
The Hong Kong Mission Team (Jessica Bertshinger, Karis Waller, Susie Deardoff, Bob Deardoff, Tyler Stansberry) is leaving on July 7th and returning on July 16th. Please keep them in your prayers. They have a facebook page you can follow for pictures and daily updates.
- Published: 03 July 2016
- Last Updated: 06 July 2016
Should Children Have the Right to Die?
A Message From Pastor Hale
The world continues to chase freedoms, which are in reality sin and darkness. Now that we have freedom from marriage, our God-given sex (male or female), and even babies, people want the freedom not to live. "Euthanasia" is a fancy word for suicide, the murder of oneself, meaning "good death." The world's idea of right and wrong is not based on God's Word, but popular opinion. Today the only real sin is to not let someone have what they want, even the right-to-die.
"Belgium became the first country to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children of any age [in 2014] when its lower house of parliament passed new 'right-to-die' legislation by a large majority." No child in a "free" country has the right the live (abortion does not allow that), but they have the right to die. This is a satanic evil that must be resisted with God's Word. Life is not ours to choose—it is always God's domain. He alone creates life, though He uses male and female.
A death is never good in itself. It is a product of sin, because we are mortal. We are subject to death due to Adam's first sin. We are all conceived in sin and separated from God. Yes, this world is a vale of tears. It will bring you heartache and persecution, especially if you are faithful to Christ.
- Published: 30 June 2016
- Last Updated: 30 June 2016
VBS 2016 Photos
Thanks to everyone who made Barnyard Roundup Vacation Bible School a huge success this year, whether through your generous donations of food, money or time. This was a Psalm 23 VBS! The message is that Jesus graciously gathers us together! Jesus is present with us and abundantly provides for all our needs. He also protects and saves us – now in this world and forever too!
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- Published: 23 June 2016
- Last Updated: 25 June 2016
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