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Cedarburg, WI  53012

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» According to the Bible, which individuals were taken directly to heaven?
» Some churches do not baptize infants, but they dedicate them. Where do they get the idea to dedicate children instead of baptizing children?
» Doing a google search for the Greek word baptize, I get the word "baptizo" or "to immerse." Is this the correct translation?
» When my niece was 3 or 4 years old, my grandma was really sick and on hospice. My niece had never met her, but while we were on our way to see my grandma, my niece told her dad that grandma had died and she was happy now. She says that my grandma came to visit her. I know that the dead don't come to visit after death, but is it possible that my grandma came to see her before she went to heaven?
» Is there any reason that I should not choose cremation?
» I am a practicing WELS member and would like thank all those who take time to answer so many interesting and challenging questions on this website. I follow the Q&As closely and have grown in my faith as a result. Considering this, can you tell me if all questions are posted and answered, or do you exclude some that may be inappropriate given your audience? Also, is there a team of people that answer questions or is it limited to one or two?
» I have been reading the newly published Evangelical Heritage Version of the Bible (EHV) translated by Confessional Lutherans and so far I am highly impressed, and this translation is truly a blessing. However, I am concerned that in several places rather than stating "saved" it states "being saved." This confuses me. I know that we, as Confessional Lutherans, believe teach and confess that one is saved, so from a Confessional Lutheran standpoint how is that we are "being saved"? What exactly does this mean? Also, why, when the KJV does not translate these verses this way, why does the EHV? I've read all of Christian Dogmatics by Mueller, and, to my knowledge, it does not explain anywhere that we are "being saved," but that we are saved. Any clarification into these matters would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
» You hear the word "evangelical" thrown around in the media as a generic word for a conservative Protestant. What does it mean that the WELS is evangelical?
» Is there any insight into what happens to a baby that is miscarried or stillborn? Are there specific references in the Bible that lead to your answer?
» I'm curious to know why the definition for "sorcery" changes in Galations and the book of Revelation. In these two books it is a Greek word, pharmakeia. In the other books of the Bible, throughout the NT and OT, it's a Hebrew word meaning witchcraft. Why does this change? In the Book of Revelation it states how all the nations will be deceived by the sorcery (Greek) of men (18:23). Can you please offer some insight into this?
If you died and God stopped you at the gate to heaven and asked, “Why should I let you in?” -- what would your answer be?
 
What God Demands
God demands perfection -- no more and no less -- because he is perfect and just. God created us to be perfect too. Since Adam and Eve, people are born imperfect and live far less than perfect. But since God is the same, the requirement of perfection remains the same. We may not like
that requirement, but God is God. He makes the rules.
 
What God Sees
As much as we'd like to deny or hide it, no one can claim to be perfect -- without sin. We'd like to believe that we are but, if we're honest, even our own hearts won't let us get away with that lie. Our Ways of Coping with that Truth Our hearts don't want to believe we're sinful, that there's something wrong with us, and we'll try anything to avoid admitting it. Trying to balance the bad things we do with good things, promising to do better next time, and comparing our lives with others may make us feel better for a time, but they don't solve the problem!

God Has Provided the Solution! 
God's remedy centers on a person. That person is God's own Son, Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus was God from all eternity, but that he became a human being. But Jesus was unlike any other human being. He never sinned in any way. Yet he was put to death. We're told why. "The Lord has laid on him the iniquity (sin) of us all." (Isaiah 53:6) In the same way, Jesus' perfection, righteousness, was credited to us. "God made him who had no sin, to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Corinthians 5:21)

If you died and God stopped you at the gate to heaven and asked, “Why should I let you in?” The answer is because of Jesus! Jesus died for my sins. He was punished for them, not me. I have been declared not guilty through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus!

This priceless gift which God has provided for all and that he gives through faith in Jesus Christ is the starting point for our life in him, with him, and for him. It is in this grace of God that we live and grow. Everything we do now, we strive to do out of thankfulness for what he has done. We can't earn his love or make him love us any more than he already does! As his Holy Spirit continues his work in us through Word and Sacraments, we experience more and more the blessings of God: freedom from guilt, power for godly living, answers to prayer, and guidance for life. This is life -- God's kind of life. This is peace with God through Jesus. And he gives it to you.
 
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