Finding Joy While Lost in a Sea of Despair

May 3, 2017 | Posted by Ashley Davis

Let’s face it. Sometimes life is hard. Nothing seems fair. It gets boring and repetitive. We get tired. And even when life is going great it’s easy for these feelings to surface. Lately, I’ve been stuck. I’ve got a lot of things going for me: grades, friends, band, family and the list goes on. But […]


May Christmas Be Fun!

December 19, 2016 | Posted by Ken Chitwood

Whether it’s the long lines at the post office that are making you angry, the pain from the loss of a loved one last year that lingers, or the stress of putting together the perfect plan for your Christmas party, worship service, or program it can be hard to have fun at Christmas. And yet, […]


Five Powerful Leadership Lessons From the Boo...

October 5, 2015 | Posted by Randy Raasch

The account of Esther in the Old Testament provides us with some humbling facts about leadership. The story takes place while God’s people are in exile. In this time in history they are under the control of the Persians, living far from the Promised Land. The Persian King, Ahasuerus, seeks a bride. The kingdom is […]


The Joy & Privilege of Ministry

May 19, 2014 | Posted by Randy Raasch

Randy Raasch has served as pastor of First Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cedarburg, Wisconsin for more than 25 years. Here he shares with LCEF blog readers about leadership within the church: Just a few weeks ago the congregation I have had the honor to serve for the past 25 years had a celebration to commemorate our […]