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Pastor M. Beecroft, 08/30/2009

From a distance, the man would have looked like any other man. If you passed by him on the street, you would have noticed nothing extraordinary. Only if you tried to engage him in a conversation would his handicaps be revealed. The man was deaf. And if being deaf were not enough of a challenge, the man also had a speech impediment so severe he could not articulate his words. His tongue was broken as well. Although you would not know by just looking at him, this man was trapped inside himself. …

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Homily by Pastor Tiews – 08/24/2009

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Pastor M. Beecroft, 08/23/2009

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Pastor M. Beecroft, 08/16/2009

On Sunday, the 16th of August AD 2009, Christian Tiews was ordained into the Public Office of the Holy Ministry at Grace. Here Pastor Beecroft’s homily for this joyous service:

“Candidate Tiews, today has been a long time coming. Over four years ago, you embarked on a challenging and unlikely journey, a journey you would have considered both foolish and impossible for most of your life. You somehow came to possess a crazy desire to become a pastor. So you and Lula sold the home in Tomball, TX and moved the family to St. Louis to attend Concordia Seminary. You endured three years of hard study, sacrifices, and growth–challenges shared by Lula and the family. Then a successful year of vicarage here at Grace. You have now met the qualifications for the ministry established by the Church. And in just a few moments, you will make solemn vows before the altar of our Most Holy Trinity and before these witnesses to faithfully proclaim the Word of Christ and to faithfully administer His Sacraments. As such, today is a big day for you, for your family, for your friends, for Grace Lutheran Church, and for the Body of Christ. We know, however, that today is not really your day. Today is Christ’s day for the ministry you enter is not yours, it is His…”
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Pastors at the Ordination of Christian C. Tiews

Ordination of Christian C. Tiews

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Sermon by Vicar Chris Tiews, 08/16/2009

““Do not trust in these deceptive words: ‘This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.’

For … if you do not go after other gods to your own harm…

Then I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave of old to your fathers forever” (Jer 7:4-7).

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Jerusalem, Province of Judea, Herod’s Temple–Late September, Anno Domini 70.

Shortly before sundown, the tables were turned and the hunted—the Jewish rebels—became the hunters—of Roman soldiers.

But the Jewish counterattack was short-lived because the Roman attackers has drawn up fresh forces and were now marshaling their strength.
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