Sunday Worship
8:00 AM  &  10:30 AM 
Sunday School   9:15 AM
1300 Kent Drive
Lebanon, Mo 65536
Phone: (417) 532 - 2717

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

Missouri Synod

The Church Is One Foundation
Steven Anderson (101 Classic Piano Hymns Vol 1)

Pastor's Message

April   2017

               Members and Friends at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church,


Perhaps some of you have been in a situation when you felt burdened. Your body itself felt weak from emotional strain. You didn't feel like doing anything. Your gym routine became a fruitless attempt at breaking a sweat. Your gardening did nothing more than pull up a pathetic handful of weeds. You looked forward to just getting to bed as early as possible and sleeping your troubles away (if you could sleep in the first place).

You didn't stay in that funk. You eventually snapped out of it. Why? For some people the answer is hope. Your funk might have been because of finances or ill health and maybe even family trouble. Hope changed everything.

When we have a strong sense that things are about to change for the better there is a lifting of our spirits. Each step that seemed so heavy and slow a day ago is now light and brisk. Unfortunately our ability to see hope often goes no further than the end of our nose. Sometimes we can't see far when it comes to hope.

But seeing far is what we Christians are called to do. Now, don't get me wrong, we have run into hopeful situations that were just around the corner. We indeed live in hope because the God of hope resides in our hearts. Yet, the resurrection of Christ gives us a long view of hope. Hope is in us, and hope is down the road as well.

Paul says, "If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied" (1 Cor 15:9). But we don't hope in this life only. We know that our time in this sinful body (with all its woes) is but a tick of a second hand compared to eternity.

We are physical beings with an eternal soul. What affects the body affects the soul. Troubles often sink us low, but, we pray, "Oh Lord, help me to see far and not only near. Help me grasp my ultimate end. I confess that as Christ was raised form the dead so shall I follow Him in glory. As He has a perfect resurrected body so shall I. Dear God may the resurrection of Christ be more than just a day in the calendar for me. By His victory drive home deep down into my soul and give me the ability to see far. Let me see past my troubles to my day of triumph in Christ. Amen."



                                                    Pastor Dave