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Thanks for taking the time to read my “pastoral letter.” Perhaps you already visited my bio, so you know that I am at teacher by profession and a teacher in my heart. I enjoy helping people reach their full God-given potential at every stage of life. I’ve been doing it since 1970, when I graduated from Concordia Teacher’s College. My teaching, always in Lutheran or non-public schools, has spanned from second grade up into high school. It’s been ‘reading, writing, ‘rithmetic, and yes, even grammar (is that still taught?). All of those disciplines are necessary for a vibrant and successful earthly life.

But overarching the educational disciplines comes the task of inculcating people in the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ. Created by God in His image, we know that the spiritual component of our lives is an eternal one. Jesus has redeemed us so that we can spend eternity in heaven with Him. The true joy in life comes in knowing Jesus as our Savior, our Lord, and yes, even our friend! Sharing that faith with our families and our friends is the only way to insure that they too will spend eternity in heaven. That’s the task we are given in Christ’s Great Commission: make disciples of all nations.

In today’s culture, lots of people know WHO Jesus is. Far too few people know what Jesus did for them. And far fewer will pick up their cross and follow Him daily. Recently our staff here at Hope devoted two months of our devotional time to read the book “Not a Fan.” We watched the video series. We prayed over what it mean to us. In the end, we discovered that Jesus has never been interested in having “fans.” What Jesus wants is FOLLOWERS. Each of us was touched by this study. Each of us pledged to “go deeper” in our faith. I hope your participation with us here at Hope will help you to do the very same thing: life a joyful and even sacrificial life as a follower of our Lord Jesus!

Pastor Mark Nieting

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