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Cooperating in Christ

Exciting things are happening at the mission site being supported by my congregation.   The Gathering Place is 14 miles down the road from our main campus, but the distance is being shortened as we’re working more closely together.  One of our associate pastors and leader of The Gathering Place, Pastor Bill Northend, just left to answer a Call to Sonoma, CA.  He will be missed, but the Lord always provides.  Our SMP vicar, Bob Scott,...

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Evil, Evil, Evil, LIGHT!

Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, made this observation in his blog today, “It’s a deluge of news day-in and day-out, more than anyone can take in.  So we skim from story to story, don’t get too bothered.  These days even the skimming is wearing down our spirits.  The death of Robin Williams, looting in St. Louis, Islamic terrorists, civil war in Ukraine, Nigerians girls still kidnapped, Hamas and Israel… ...

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Whenever something “good” becomes what’s “best,” we may be worshipping an idol.  That’s a thought that rose to the surface as I was having a discussion today with some other pastors about the book Center Church by Timothy Keller. You’re probably quick to agree.  Sure!  When people take a good drink of wine and make it the “best” way to deal with problems, then it’s an idol.  When...

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I’ve always enjoyed spending time on the farm with my cousin, Aaron, in northeast Nebraska.  A few years ago I helped him lay down a new wood laminate floor in his living room.  Earlier this week I saw my dad who lives near my cousin in Nebraska.  Dad handed me what you see below and asked, “Do you recognize this?” I immediately knew just what it was.  It’s a piece of the laminate floor that I had helped Aaron lay...

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MORE Music to My Ears

Last year at this time I wrote about the blessings of our VBS (Vacation Bible School) week here at Faith Lutheran.  I noted that it was “music to my ears” when several children asked me for a Bible of their own. Today I have to follow up with MORE “music to my ears.”  This morning as I was chatting with several of our VBS kids, I recognized one of them as a girl who asked me for a Bible last year.  Before I could say...

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Life in God’s Way

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