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Dave & Pam Espinoza in Fort Wayne



"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35). The love of Christ in the lives of His disciples (all those who believe in Him) is one of the marks which indicates that we are sons of God. Christ's love is indeed the mark that both Dave and Pam have.

What a great joy and encouragement was to receive them!! They came from Lincoln to Fort Wayne to celebrate Alex's graduation. Their trip, gifts, and presence among us was a manifestation of the Holy Spirit in love, from which we have received encouragement, fellowship time, and much laughter! Also, they brought along Carlos, Alex's brother who is currently living in Lincoln.

Thank you Dave and Pam for your continuous support!!
Thanks be to God from whom all blessings flow!!

At Concordia Theological Seminary with Kramer chapel at the back.

Classroom at CTS

 In Kramer Chapel


 Celebrating Alex's graduation


Celebrating Alex's graduation and more fellowship time!

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Alex's Graduation



Three years and a half ago Alex started her Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, NE. Once we arrived here in Fort Wayne, she continued her education and attended IPFW where she took classes for 1 and a half years. What a huge challenge she had been through over these last years.

However, God has given Alex some very useful gifts like intellectual brilliancy, smartness, and cleverness. She passed all her classes (both in SCC and IPFW) with a GPA of 4.0 (Sorry, I had to show off a little bit here!). With the help of God, Alex has achieved her goal and obtained a Bachelors of Arts.

With much thankfulness to all who supported her and with thanksgiving to God for all that He has provided so far, I am pleased to share some pictures of Alex's graduation which took place here in Fort Wayne at the War Memorial Coliseum on May 13, 2015.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4)










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Boom! Explosive Concert! Gospel, Emotions, and Fun!


Almost 300 attendees enjoyed and joined the angelical voices of the A Cappella Choir on Friday night (April 10, 2015). The Choir overwhelmed Kramer chapel with joy, emotions, and good musical humor!

The musical repertoire consisted in masterpieces like "O lux beata Trinitas" (Kurt E. von Kampen); "Three Anthems" (Henry Purcell); "Nun ruhen alle Wälder" (Paul Gerhardt), among other remarkable pieces. "Animal Crackers," a group of six short songs, added the funny note to the night.


If you feel moved to support them, here are some suggestions. You may assist them by:

+ Through your prayers. "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and
    thanksgivings be made for all people..." (I Tim. 2:1-2)

+ Through your encouragement. You may send them an appreciation card for their hard work and
   faithfulness to the Lord. You can write them to 800 N. Columbia Ave. Seward, NE 68434.

+ Through your financial gifts are very important for the academic development, national and
   international tours, and most importantly for their faith-growth experience as they attend Concordia
   University, Nebraska.
   You may easily donate using your credit or debit card. If you are moved to do so, please click here!.
   Your support does count, no matter how little it could be!! Thank you!!

I thank God for the A Cappella Choir who are doing a great work singing  the saving Good News of Jesus Christ. They are indeed a herald of the Gospel and God's gift to the Church!

And now, it is time for some visual and hearing stimulation! The following videos were recorded the night of the concert. Enjoy them!!

Three Anthems 
(Henry Purcell)


Animal Crackers
(Eric Whitacre)



Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down
(Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory)







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A Cappella to Perform in Concordia Theological Seminary on Friday April 10th




Internationally renown A Cappella Choir from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska is coming to town, and will be performing Friday April 10th!!

Friday April 10th you have a date with a great music experience; the real deal!! Where? In Kramer Chapel (Concordia Theological Seminary) at 7:00pm. Come for an unique experience, and enjoy the music of the Gospel!!

America's Christianity, and especially Confessional Lutherans here in America and around the world, should be proud to count with one of the most impressive, renown, God-led, Gospel oriented university choir.

No, I am not exaggerating!! They performed in the Opera House of Sidney. They got the best places in European Choir competitions. They were invited to choir festivals. They were selected to perform for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)... and the list goes on and on.

But most importantly, in their hymns, songs, and music dwells the sweetness of the Gospel. This choir is God's instrument by which He delivers gifts.

Having said all these, they are going to be singing at Concordia Theological Seminary tomorrow (in Kramer Chapel). We have received the Good News of Christ for free, and this is what they sing, so the concert is also free! Free!



A Capella Choir Upcoming Concerts:

Friday, April 10
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kramer Chapel
Concert at 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 11
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus
Concert at 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 12
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Concordia, Missouri
Concert at 5 p.m.

Sunday, April 19
Christ Lutheran Church, Lincoln, Nebraska
Concert at 3 p.m.

St. John Lutheran Church, Seward, Nebraska
Concert at 7 p.m.

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Christ is risen!!



Christ is risen!!

His tomb is empty. Jesus conquered sin, death, and satan for you. 
May the benefits of His resurrection bring you comfort and assurance in the everlasting life!

He is risen, indeed! Hallelujah!!

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Jesus' Crucifixion: A Medical Analysis



WARNING
Because of the explicit medical approach, the information and graphics contained in this article may  not be suitable for everyone.

During Holy Week, Christians meditate on Jesus' crucifixion and the theological significance of it. Jesus takes the sin of the whole world, that is the sins of everyone on the earth, and paid for them on the cross. The atoning sacrifice made by Jesus could not have been possible if He were not God. However, Jesus the incarnate God is also human. As such, in His violent death on the cross He suffered a unspeakable pain because of His crucifixion.

In 1986, the Journal of the American Medical Association published an article called "On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ." The article discusses, from a medical perspective, the evidence that Jesus was dead when taken down from the cross.


NOTE
In order to comfortably read the article, you may want to use the "View Fullscreen" button located at the article navigation bar, at the end of this post (a button with 2 diagonal arrows pointing in opposite directions). Also, click here if you would like to download the article in pdf format.


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What is the season of Lent?

Did you ever ask yourself what is the season of Lent? 
Here's a short explanatory video on what Lent is about. Short but certainly edifying.


A portion of the "Crucifixion" (circa 1515) from Lucas Cranach the Elder

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Update and Thank you!


It was wonderful to get to see some of you during our last visit to Lincoln. We do really enjoy attending services at our mother church, Christ Lutheran Church. At our arrival back in Fort Wayne, Santi had to keep working on his studies. He is now taking seven classes: Church History II, Greek Readings, Pastoral Counseling, Field Work Education, Theology of Baptism, Pauline Epistles, and Advanced Greek. Please keep praying for him. His workload is very demanding of his time and talents. He is now getting ready for his finals in a week and a half.

As for me, I took my first two classes at the Seminary. Click here for more information. I am now writing several essays for these two classes. I am really enjoying this new experience. We are really being blessed with a deeper understanding of Scripture and the biblical narrative.

Maria is is growing very fast. She is doing very well in her studies.She is a warrior prayer and keeps both dad and mom and our studies continuously in her beautiful prayers.

Santi Jr. won the Honor's Roll last quarter and the whole family was invited to a nice breakfast at Concordia Lutheran School. We love to see him growing in his faith and his studies.

Salva is our eternal baby. He fills us with joy. He has already decided to follow dad's footsteps in becoming a pastor! What a blessing! (By the way, he has been given a new nickname by her teacher, Mrs. Goeglein: 'Mr. Smellgood'... he has recently discovered the power of good masculine perfume).

We are immensely thankful to all of you, dear sisters and brothers at Christ Lutheran for your continuous support and prayers. You make our journey a happy one in His service. We delight in your faith and we give thanks to the Lord for your missionary heart and your willingness to bring the Gospel to every nation. To God be the Glory!

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Prayer Request - Bible Commentaries Needed



We are in need of Bible commentaries for our studies at the Seminary. If you, your Church, or someone you know is downsizing their library, please contact us. Thank you for your support and prayers.

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My Most Sophisticated Outfit



On January 25th I started my classes at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne. I took two intensive courses on Theologia Means of Grace with Dr. Bushur and on Diaconal Counseling with Deaconess Amy Rast and guest professors Dr. Reynolds, Dr. Fickensher, and Professor Pulse. At the end of the very intense intensives, I was given the white Cross that distinguishes Deaconesses in training for a picture day with my peer sisters at the Seminary.

There was a time in which I believed that wearing a Cross was some form of idolatry. I was taught that it was very inappropriate to remind Jesus on the Cross for it was the way in which He had been tortured. It is as if someone would wear an electric chair to remember someone who died in this horrific manner, some would say. For many years I rejected wearing a Cross around my neck or having crosses around the house.

I give thanks to the Lord for He is showing me that the Cross is not only the way in which He was tortured. The Cross is the place in which Jesus Christ won victory over sin, over death and over the Devil. On the Cross Jesus reconciles us with the Father. On the Cross our sins are forgiven. On the Cross Jesus is lifted up so that whoever believes in Him does not perish but has eternal life; this is God's gracious Love in action.

Today I am proud to wear a cross around my neck and a white Cross in my left sleeve. This white Cross reminds me that I can serve others in love because God has loved me first. It reminds me that I am a child of God because Jesus died for me. I will wear my white Cross with reverence and pride, in all humility.

To God be the Glory! Amen.







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