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Episode #16 of The TLC Show discusses what is a "synod", the purpose of its president, and how the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod goes about electing the president. Additionally, we talk about God's role in elections, Ephesians 6:12 and how government's can be evil even though instituted by God, and "cheap" v. "costly" grace. #tlcnorfolk

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God in Three Persons

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Episode #15 wraps up our look at the church season. We also share the news regarding the re-election of Rev. Dr. Matthew Harrison to his fourth term as president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and a recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on religious liberty and symbols.

Specifically, we discuss:

  • Ascension Day
  • Pentecost. Why does Pentecost, Reformation Day, and Confirmation Day share the color red?
  • Holy Trinity. What is the Athanasian Creed? What is the "catholic" faith?
  • Stump the Pastor: What is the meaning of this phrase in the Athansian Creed: "And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire"? If Jesus conquered death and the devil, how come we still face demons?
  • News: 
    • Supreme Court rules on religious symbols. 100-year old Bladensburg WWI Veterans Memorial, along with memorials like it bearing religious symbols across the country, are permitted based on the ruling in The American Legion v. American Humanist Association. What's the broader meaning? Does it really matter?
    • Harrison's reelection

Recognizing evil

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Episode #14 addresses the tragedy that happened in Virginia Beach May 31, 2019, with the murder of 12 innocent people who merely went to work. In this podcast, Pastor Meraz calls it what it is: evil.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Our continuing prayers for all affected by what happened in Virginia Beach and our community
  • The recognition of evil for what it is
  • Recognition of our sin and the need for a Savior
  • Importance of faith and Baptism
  • Importance of “feeling” your faith at church
  • The need for forgiveness
  • Stewardship – it’s a Christian life activity; it’s talents, abilities, time and more
  • The endurance of the church

Note: Gov. Northam said in his speech, "We lost 1,028 Virginians due to gun violence in 2017.", not 1,800.

Photo by John-Henry Doucette, Princess Anne Independent News

Fish and Sheep

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Episode 13 of the #TLCShow looks at the scripture lessons in this year's lectionary between Easter and Pentecost - particularly the Gospel of John where Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd in Ch. 10 and reveals himself again to disciples following the resurrection in Ch. 21.

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Easter and Vicarious Satisfaction

Episode 12 of the #TLCShow looks at the importance of Easter, "vicarious satisfaction", when do the faithful go to Heaven, and staying energized for Christ and His church after Christmas and Easter.

Every Sunday:

Bible Study at 9 am
Worship at 10 pm

Let us know your thoughts in the comments or email us at tlc@trinitylutherannorfolk.org.

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Sin and Suffering, Life, and Campus Ministry

Lot's of folks we know have been getting sick lately, but God made us perfect? So, what does that mean? Is sin a punishment? Is it the devil who's behind it? We also discuss our upcoming Walk for Life in support of the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Tidewater and our newest ministry at Old Dominion University.

We will be meeting at ODU in the Virginia Rice Webb Room of Webb Center April 9 and 16 at 4:30 pm. Please join us!

We also worship every Sunday at 10 am.

We have one midweek Lenten service left Wednesday, April 10 at 7 pm.

Maundy Thursday service, April 18, is at 7 pm.

Good Friday, April 19, is also at 7 pm.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments or email us at tlc@trinitylutherannorfolk.org.

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Should you fast during Lent?

nullIt is the start of Lent, but before leaving Epiphany, Pastor Jonathan Meraz discusses Jesus's transfiguration and it's meaning for Lent.

This week we experienced Ash Wednesday: What do the ashes represent? Why do we do this? Why is it important?

Verse to consider:

Ecclesiastes 3:20: 20 All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.

We expand the conversation into what is Lent? Why do we have this season? And what will Trinity do during Lent?

Finally, we have a great conversation on fasting. What does Martin Luther say about it? What about the Bible? Is it something that should be done?

More scripture to ponder:

Matthew 6:16-18: 16 “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17 But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18 so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. "
John 3:16: 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

As we proceed through Lent, please join us every Wednesday for:

Soup Suppers at 5:30 pm

Midweek worship service at 7 pm

And, every Sunday:

Bible Study at 9 am

Worship at 10 pm

Let us know your thoughts in the comments or email us at tlc@trinitylutherannorfolk.org.

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