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Love “in the Flesh”

Love incarnate.  Love “in the flesh.”  That’s what Jesus came to bring us at Christmas. That’s why the best way to convey that love to the world is “in the flesh.”  And that’s exactly what took place in my congregation last weekend.  For the ninth year in a row, we sponsored a living “Journey to Bethlehem.”  The whole church is converted into a walk through the history leading up to...

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The “Biermann Brief” 2014

Each year I compose the “Biermann Brief” as a summary of what’s been happening in our family over the past year.  God is truly abundant in His blessings.  Writing this “Brief” helps us remember that. Many of our regular readers comment on how they look forward to reading the “Brief” each year.  It seemed fitting to post a link to the “Brief” here so you can join us in thanking God for...

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Time for a Divorce?

“Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mark 12:17  ESV)   That’s what Jesus said.  It helps clarify our relationships with the civil government and with the church.  It also helps clarify the debate about civil unions versus church weddings.  For years, pastors in the church have signed civil marriage licenses after conducting a church wedding.  This has...

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Temporary Poison

On Nov. 17, at a gathering of international religious leaders, Pope Francis had this to say, “In our day, marriage and the family are in crisis. We now live in a culture of the temporary, in which more and more people are simply giving up on marriage as a public commitment.”  He  later added, “It is important that the young people do not give themselves over to the poisonous mentality of the temporary, but rather be revolutionaries with...

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Thumbs Up to the Future

This past Sunday my son, Micah, stood before the congregation to publicly confirm his faith.  Here’s an excerpt of what he shared as his personal faith statement …  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future,” Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV).                 This verse has helped me countless times; it gives me hope when I am...

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Life in God’s Way

How Marriage in God’s Way Shapes a Complete Christian Worldview