Principal’s Pen: A Christian’s greatest treasure

What is your greatest treasure? Perhaps it’s an heirloom? Maybe, it’s something you purchased, hoping its value would appreciate. Possibly, it’s a drawing or card from your child or grandchild. Everyone has a personal treasure. They treat it specially because it is important to them.

You and I have such a treasure—God’s Word. Our Savior, Jesus, uses a parable to explain its value to all believers.

The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field” (Matthew 13:44). Jesus does not discuss the ethics of whose treasure this was. Rather, he uses the man’s reaction to discovering the treasure to illustrate a truth: the gospel is a Christian’s greatest treasure. Unlike the parable where the man sold everything to buy the field, the gospel costs nothing. It is the simple proclamation of sins forgiven through Jesus. It can be shared by anyone. In fact, the least worthy vessels—sinful humans—share it daily.

God’s Word is a treasure. After all, it is God’s Word. The Holy Spirit—through Peter—emphasizes its value by saying, “There is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). It contains Jesus’ words and works, and it points to him as the only source of salvation.

God’s Word is important because it makes us “wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15). The law exposes our sin and reveals our hopelessness. Then, the gospel comforts us with the good news (literally, the meaning of gospel) that Jesus is our Savior. He lived, died, and rose so that all believers may live forever in heaven with him.

luther-sealThis month, we commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. We thank God for Luther and others who uncovered the precious Word of God. God bless our celebration. May he lead us to always value his Word as our greatest treasure!

Jim Grasby is principal of Lakeside Lutheran.
Reach him at 920.648.2321 or jgrasby@llhs.org

P.S. Remember that we have a special occasion to worship our Savior God with thousands of like-minded Lutherans at the 500th anniversary Area Reformation service at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI at 4 PM on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

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2017-18 LLHS Student Council officers announced

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 freshmen class officers and representatives

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected freshman class officers and representatives for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Representative Kennedy Pugh, Watertown; Representative Maya Heckmann, Middleton; Representative Brendan McKenna, Lake Mills; Vice-President Micah Cody, Juneau; President Ian Olszewski, Johnson Creek.

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 sophomore class officers and representatives

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected sophomore class officers and representatives for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Vice-President Carter Schneider, Jefferson; Representative Ryann Burger, Lake Mills; Representative Lydia Krenke, Jefferson; President Lauren Thiele, Poynette; Representative Micah Missal, Rio.  (SC2017soph-reps.jpg)

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 junior class officers and representatives

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected junior class officers and representatives for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Representative Katie Guld, Lake Mills; Representative Brevin Jegerlehner, Sun Prairie; President Caleb Raymond, Sun Prairie; Representative Lukas Heckmann, Middleton; Vice-President, Samantha Anderson, Sun Prairie. (SC2017jr-reps.jpg)

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 senior class officers and representatives

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected senior class officers and representatives for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Representative Isaiah Coleman, Watertown; Representative Aaron Natvig, Cottage Grove; President Eric Pillard, Oconomowoc; Representative Skyler Christianson, Janesville; Vice-President Matthias Winters, Watertown. (SC2017senior-reps.jpg)

 

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Lakeside Lutheran elects 2017-18 student body officers

 

Lakeside Lutheran High School recently elected student body officers from the senior class for the 2017-18 school year. Elected were (l-r): Vice-President Amber Rowoldt, Watertown; President Joe Grambsch, Columbus; Secretary Kayla Grundman, Lake Mills; Treasurer Emma Hans, Jefferson.

“Volley for Hope” Night benefits Tomorrow’s Hope

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Members of the Lakeside Lutheran Varsity, JV1, and JV2 volleyball teams hosted “Volley for Hope” on October 3 and raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope, a nonprofit that supports local health care organizations.

 

The Lakeside Lutheran High School volleyball teams and a crew of parent and other volunteers raised $3,430 for Tomorrow’s Hope on the evening of their October 3 conference match against Columbus High School. They called the event “Volley for Hope” and raised funds through a raffle and concessions as well as a variety of sales: mums, t-shirts, hair scrunchies made by LLHS sewing classes, and a bake sale, run by students from St. Paul, Lake Mills.

 Tomorrow’s Hope, headquartered in Jefferson, is a non-profit that supports local health care organizations who help those touched by Alzheimer’s, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other life-limiting illnesses. They also foster health-related research, education, and support activities.

 In writing to Volley for Hope volunteers, Barbara Endl, Executive Director for Tomorrow’s Hope commented that these “efforts to help others through our healthcare providers are like pebbles being dropped into the water. You see the immediate impact when the pebble enters the water. What you won’t see is all the ‘shores’ your efforts will touch. Just think of the individuals, families, and communities that will benefit from the support you are giving healthcare systems that benefit our families and friends.”