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
Zion's First Annual Super Bowl of Chili Cook-Off!
Zion's first Super Bowl Chili Cock-Off is February 5th from 12:00 - 1:30. Free will donations will go towards the mission trips and HIgher Things trip this summer. Contact the church office to enter your chili recipe. For more information, see the bulletin board by the church office.
- Published: 16 January 2017
- Last Updated: 16 January 2017
Michael Ersland's Year In Review
Michael is excited to be living in Ghana, West Africa as a translation adviser for the Komba Old Testament translation project. A solid group of people are standing with Michael and sending him into this service.
Here is Michael's 2016 Year in Review
January-March: I traveled to various churches in the U.S. and began packing for Ghana.
April: I was commissioned by LBT as a missionary to the Komba Old Testament translation project on April 9th. I arrived in Ghana on April 13th.
- Published: 05 January 2017
- Last Updated: 05 January 2017
Pastor's Pen 01/03/2017
The end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. (Luke 2)
Merry Christmas. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Have you made your New Year's resolutions? Join a gym. To lose weight. Make a budget. Save more money.
Eight days after Jesus is born He is brought to church. Brought to the Temple to receive circumcision. In the Old Testament it was the way in which God marked His people. To receive the promise that we are God's people and He is our God.
Jesus has come to save His people from their sins. Circumcision is part of the work of salvation which Christ has come to do for you. When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4)
The circumcision of Jesus reminds us that Jesus comes to keep all of God's Law for you. Jesus sheds His first drops of blood on the 8th day. Under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (Hebrews 9)
Jesus is our substitute. For all our Law breaking, Jesus sheds His blood for you. 30 years after, Jesus’ blood runs down the Cross at Calvary for the forgiveness of all your sins. Under suffering, pain and death.
- Published: 04 January 2017
- Last Updated: 04 January 2017
The Story of Christmas
|When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way. Matthew 2:10-12|
A Message from Pastor Hale
I ran across an article that describes how the modern atheist thinks of Bible stories:
… surely some Bible stories will teach my kids moral lessons that will help them grow up into the fine, upstanding people I want them to be. Right?
So I buy a book of Bible stories — a charming little book filled with fluffy sheep and smiling cartoon people in tunics and sandals — telling myself it’ll be Aesop’s Fables plus Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, with the extra heft of blessings from the Big Guy Upstairs. I sit down to pick out our first story. And I can’t.
The stories are familiar. I learned them in Sunday School while making yarn-and-popsicle-stick crafts. But now, reading them with fresh eyes, I can’t find a single story that doesn’t make me feel unsettled, wondering what questions my children will ask that I can’t answer. [Karen Weese]
The Bible is graphic. It forces us to take sin seriously. It tells us we deserve nothing. That all we have worked for and everything we deserve (our wages) is only death. Our best intentions are worthless to God, and we are damned if we trust in them. We do not need improved morality. It is harmful to imply that our kids are good in themselves. This godless thinking leads to eternal destruction. We need another path.
- Published: 30 December 2016
- Last Updated: 04 January 2017
Preus Family December Newsletter
The Preus Family in the Dominican Republic
The Preus Family December Newsletter is also available to download and share in PDF format (click here).
Dear Christian friends and partners in mission: Merry Christmas! We invite you to read the latest from our life and work in the Dominican Republic. In addition to the news and updates below, we plan to send you additional photos now and then to keep you informed of God's progress among us. We hope that your home is aglow this Christmastide with the good news of Jesus, our Immanuel. Comfort, peace, and joy be yours in Christ, our universal Savior!
Slow, but steady progress...
Landing on the Dominican mission field has been like wading through a fast-flowing current while trying to keep our balance. Every little step requires careful attention as we seek to adjust and adapt to our new life. The other day during morning coffee, Jenny made the comparison of how life here so far feels like what you always hear on the airplane before take-off: Please put on your own oxygen mask before securing your child's. That's kind of how it feels moving your family to the mission-field...we must overcome many hurdles as we secure our own family's "oxygen mask" while simultaneously participating in the mission work among the people and churches here! (Hopefully, this is where the airplane comparison ends and we are not headed for any crash-landings along the way.) Our house is becoming more functional with each week that goes by. One of our favorite features includes a fully enclosed roof [pictured] with a nice view of the city and the mountains surrounding the Cibao valley.
- Published: 24 December 2016
- Last Updated: 30 December 2016
The Lord is Coming for You
by Rev. Brent Kuhlman (Pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, Murdock, NE)
“Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.” Who prays like that? The church! She dares to pray that way. Especially during this blessed season of Advent. “Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.” And lo and behold He does! He comes to His lost and condemned creatures. In a way that blows you away! Check it out.
Go ahead. Try to bore a way up to heaven. Peek your head through the clouds. See if you can find the Lord seated on a red-velvety cushioned throne. I’ve got news for you. You won’t find Him way up there! Why? Because the Lord has come way down here!
The Lord Jesus stirs up His power and comes among us with great might. But see how it happens. Scandalous! Outrageous! Illegitimate circumstances! He stirs up His power and comes among us with great might as He is conceived by the Holy Spirit-filled sermon preached by the angel Gabriel in the Virgin Mary’s-engaged-to-be-married-to Joseph-ears. He gestates for nine months in her womb. Born in backwoods Bethlehem. He nurses from the virgin’s breast. He cuddles in her lap. A cattle trough is His bed. Infant holy. Infant lowly. Yes, indeed, this child – the Baby Jesus -- is Lord of all in weakness, a scandalous state of affairs, and great humility.
- Published: 06 December 2016
- Last Updated: 06 December 2016
Agreement Between Fake Lutherans and the Roman Pope
A Message from Pastor Hale
The media made a big deal of a recent agreement signed at Lund, Sweden between a liberal, non-confessional Lutheran organization and the Roman pope: “Pope Francis and the global Lutheran leader have jointly pledged to remove the obstacles to full unity between their Churches, leading eventually to shared Eucharist.” Who is the global Lutheran leader? The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod does not have a pope or global leader. We in the LCMS claim to be ruled by the Word of God, which is correctly interpreted for us in the 1580 Book of Concord. It is composed of documents (including the Small Catechism) written by men such as Martin Luther and by others of a generation later.
The media cannot conceive that not all Lutherans follow this “global leader,” who is currently Bishop Munib Younan from Jerusalem. It is like saying “The Iowans are in the College Football Playoff.” But Iowa State and the University of Iowa are quite different teams and the fate of one has nothing to do with the other. This global leader heads the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), comprised of some 145 churches from 79 countries. Of the many denominations in the U.S. using the name Lutheran, it includes only one: the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). While the word “Lutheran” looks good, a word does not make a church orthodox, or even Christian. We know churches, however, by their teaching.
- Published: 04 December 2016
- Last Updated: 04 December 2016
LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Sunday
Sunday, November 13 is LCMS Ministry to the Armed Forces Sunday. It falls on the same weekend as Veterans’ Day (November 11), and is an opportunity to remember and honor our veterans, and become aware of the LCMS outreach program to assist them. The Ministry to the Armed Forces supports about 200 chaplains who represent the church on active duty, the reserves, the National Guard, and Civil Air Patrol. Chaplains meet the needs of God’s people (military personnel and their families) who serve in the vocation as members of our Armed Forces.
One of the programs of this ministry is Operation Barnabas, which provides care to our nation’s military members, families and veterans. At Zion, the MOMZ group has been working with this effort to develop Bible study, devotional materials, and a network for parents and siblings of active duty military on the homefront.
- Published: 09 November 2016
- Last Updated: 11 November 2016
The Luther Seal
The Luther Seal: Summary of the Gospel
The most enduring symbol of the Lutheran Reformation is the seal that Luther himself designed to represent his theology. By the early 1520s, this seal begins to appear on the title page of Luther’s works.
Here is how Luther himself explained its meaning:
First, there is a black cross in a heart that remains its natural color. This is to remind me that it is faith in the Crucified One that saves us. Anyone who believes from the heart will be justified (Romans 10:10). It is a black cross, which mortifies and causes pain, but it leaves the heart its natural color. It doesn’t destroy nature, that is to say, it does not kill us but keeps us alive, for the just shall live by faith in the Crucified One (Romans 1:17). The heart should stand in the middle of a white rose. This is to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace—it puts the believer into a white, joyous rose. Faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). This is why the rose must be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). This rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that a joyful spirit and faith is a beginning of heavenly, future joy, which begins now, but is grasped in hope, not yet fully revealed. Around the field of blue is a golden ring to symbolize that blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end. Heavenly blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and better than any possessions, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal. (From: Letter from Martin Luther to Lazarus Spengler, July 8, 1530 [WA Br 5:445]; tr. P. T. McCain)
- Published: 23 October 2016
- Last Updated: 23 October 2016
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