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What’s God Blessing?

So often I get an idea in my head and I just KNOW it’s the right thing. But, for some reason, things just don’t go the way I want them to. Then I might resort to praying for a while. Surely God will make it work out the way I want. No go. That’s not the way it works when it comes to life in God’s way. I need to start in a different place. I can’t start by asking God to bless what I want to do (putting ME on top). I need to start...

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Hannah’s Poem

I thank God for the blessing of a daughter who loves and respects me.  On top of that, I have a daughter who often thinks and writes about some pretty profound things.  A poem she wrote recently touched me deeply.  It brought back vivid and wonderful memories from a cross-country ski outing we shared after an ice and snow storm last year.  In thankfulness and honor of Hannah and my God who gave her to me, I’ve included her poem below....

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The Pen is Mightier!

This week we heard the terrible news of an attack by Islamic extremists on a tabloid office in Paris that left 12 dead and many injured.  Such destruction is an awful example of what sin has done to the hearts of men.  It saddens our Lord and all who follow Him. Yet, in the midst of this terrible news, there has also been an encouraging response.  Many people are rising up to show support to those who were attacked.  It’s leading to a...

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Be Still … and Put Jesus First

“Do you hear what I hear?”  Those are words from a popular Christmas carol.  They remind me of a great blog I read recently from Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer, President of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis.  He wrote the following on November 13th, 2014: “Pay attention to what you hear,” says Jesus in Mark 4:24.  I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately, and my reflections tell me that one reason many people find Christianity...

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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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Life in God’s Way

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