So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)

  • A New Logo
    August 2, 2018

    Take a look at Trinity’s new logo that is pictured above. What do you see?

    Yes, the “T” is replaced with a Cross.

    What does this mean?

    It’s a reminder that all our work here at Trinity, from the preaching and teaching to caring and listening centers around the Cross of Christ. Without Jesus, we would be lost.

    The Cross as the “T” in Trinity teaches something else. The Father will only be known through and by His Son. And, it is His Son who went to the Cross as the sacrificial Lamb. Jesus is the “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15); in Him the Father’s heart is revealed to us.

    The Cross is the lens through which we view the Trinity. God is totally selfless, as He sacrificed His Son on the Cross for everyone, and everyone is undeserving. The Cross reveals the surprising love and generosity of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    This Cross, Jesus’ Cross, teaches a selfless and sacrificial life of every Christian. It also teaches the selfless attitude owned by Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool; it’s one ministry (note the two words joined together) that serves, cares, sacrifices and proclaims the Christ who pressed His flesh to the Cross.

    Watch for the new logo in such places as the bulletin inserts, letterhead and mission cards. 

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran

  • confusion abounds....theybies?

    August 10, 2018

    When the Chief Architect’s design is not followed.

    There’s (another) new trend unleashed upon the already confused country about sexuality.

    Instead of shouting in the delivery room, “It’s a boy!” or “…a girl!” now, “It’s a THEYBIE!”

    That’s right. Don’t thrust upon the little one a gender. One needs to protect these little ones from the harmful stereotypes of males and females, boys and girls. (Look up “theybies” and “Emily Zanotti,” for further reading).

    Activists are evangelizing this approach: Sex is not “assigned” at birth but self-assigned in later years. This separates gender from bodily reality.

    Ryan Anderson, in his 2018 “When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment” (Encounter Books) writes: “The best biology, psychology, and philosophy all support an understanding of sex as a bodily reality, and of gender as a social manifestation of bodily sex. Biology isn’t bigotry. Every human society has been organized around a recognition that men and women are different, and modern science shows that the differences begin with our DNA and development in the womb. It is true that men and women differ among themselves, and that some people have difficulty identifying with their bodily sex. But this doesn’t mean that sex is fluid or subjective…” (pp. 2-3).

    Boys are boys, and girls are girls. God said so. He made them and continues to make them. “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them,” (Genesis 1:27).

    God—the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—remains Creator, the designer of His creation which He called “very good,” (Gen. 1:31).

    In and through God’s very creation He asserts His goodness and, in the marriage pattern itself of the groom and bride, He shows His deep love. Christ as the Groom and the Church as His Bride, who the Groom spilt His own blood to make her holy (Ephesians 5:25-27).

    Raise little boys as boys, and little girls as girls, as God made them, body, mind and spirit. No confusion here, simply going along with the Creator’s design. The Father knows best.

    Oh, and baptize them into the forgiveness of sins and teach them God’s Word of life.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran


    August 23, 2018

    Children look to their parents as models, what to believe and how to live. They do this naturally. They do what daddy and mommy do.

    The daddy who loves sports will teach his son the same love by how he spends his time. The same pattern is for the mommy as well. Parents’ practice preaches far more than what is said.

    God has instruction for parents, as He has appointed them as their children’s primary instructors of His words and ways. They are the Ten Commandments. The very first, of course, is this: “You shall have no other gods before Me,” (Deut. 5:7).

    Here’s the reason: Only God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, offers and gives the forgiveness of sins and salvation to people. The children must understand by God’s grace that they have a god, the God, who daily and richly forgives them of all their sins. He is the God who gave His Son on the Cross for them.

    Practice preaches. If parents never mention the name of Jesus, this preaches. If parents do not go to church but place other activities as a higher priority…practice preaches. If parents yell at each other when there’s disagreement, well…

    Both parents and children need Jesus, the forgiveness of sins daily.

    The Holy Spirit teaches the battle of little and big children of God. “So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes,” (Ephesians 4:14).

    “Every wind of doctrine” tosses about the soul of a child. The devil through all kinds of teachers intends to bring uncertainty as to whether Jesus and His Word are true. Children ever need the steady and sure teaching of Jesus and His Word, His Word alone. So do parents. 

    As a way to strengthen children, Trinity Lutheran ChurchSchool teaches Luther’s Small Catechism. Why? It’s a delightful summary of bible teaching, of salvation and how to live as a Christian.

    Steady and secure souls of children—secure in Jesus— make happy children.  

    Happy parents make happy children, parents who happily study and learn God’s Word.

    Parents’ practice preaches.

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran

  • God is a sexual killjoy

    August 30, 2018

    God deliberately spoils the enjoyment of whatever I want to do. I can do whatever I want with my body. I can have sex with whomever and whenever I want.

    So goes the thinking…said Dr. John Kleinig in his teaching over the weekend here at Trinity.

    You know this and so do I. We hear it all the time, and it is assumed by our culture. This continual drumbeat invades your ears and the children’s, it takes a toll.

    Can you even imagine the dear Christians who sit at the feet of the college professors? They hold the power of academic “wisdom” as well as the threat of getting a good grade. This power is exercised; don’t be naïve.

    The Wisdom from above, Jesus Christ, teaches the opposite. God created Christians to enjoy sex; His creations are sexual beings. He sets the boundaries—marriage itself—which protects His gift of sexuality for people.

    Crossing the boundary of marriage causes all kinds of havoc, namely, shame and guilt. The very strong push for public recognition for same-sex marriages arises from a desire to self-justify any pattern of marriage and use of sex different than the Creator’s design. Shame and guilt, however, cannot be covered up by any attempts from our side.

    Impure bodies and consciences are only purified by the blood of Christ. “The blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all unrighteousness,” (1 John 1:7b).

    God does a body-makeover (language of Dr. Kleinig from the seminar). The splashing of water and His name spoken causes a

    re-generation, a new beginning (Titus 3:5), a new life.

    The Holy Spirit is given through the Word and Baptism. He teaches that your body is not your own, but God’s holy temple (1 Cor. 6:19-20,) purchased with the blood of Christ. Christ’s very Body touches lips and bodies in the Holy Meal. What gets touched gets purified.

    Ordinary water from the faucet cleans dirty hands, but Baptismal water cleans dirty hearts and consciences. God’s Word preached, read in devotions, cleans. Clean hearts mean happy hearts. Happy hearts means happy co-workers.

    Happy co-workers shine like the sun to those struggling with shame. “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever,” (Daniel 12:3). And, Jesus’ words, “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven,” (Matt. 6:14, 16).

    God is no killjoy. He is the only source of ongoing joy.

    Let your light shine.

    “Let me ask you, from where do you get this attitude?”

    Pastor Golter is the Senior Pastor at Trinity Lutheran