Family Life

Love Incarnate

Incarnate. Not a word you hear used very often in common conversation. However, it’s a word that’s tremendously comforting. Incarnate literally means “in the flesh.” At Christmas, we celebrate that Jesus took on our human flesh. He was born with a body like yours and mine. He breathed, hungered, ate, thirsted, drank, grew weary, slept, shivered, suffered and died…in the flesh…for us. His love for us was not...

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JOY in Death

This past Tuesday I had the challenge and privilege of preaching and leading the funeral service for a dear friend, the wife of the previous senior pastor at the congregation I now serve. Lorna was a wonderfully faithful woman who lived for the Lord Jesus in all that she did. She truly exhibited a “Thumbs Up” attitude in all of life. Sadly, her faith and love could not stop the assault of sin on her body. A terrible blood disease and...

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Dad’s 55th Anniversary of Ordination 

It was such a joy to preach and celebrate with my dad in honor of the 55th anniversary of his ordination into the pastoral ministry. Dozens of family and friends were present at Dad’s home church, Grace Lutheran, in Wayne, Nebraska yesterday to show him how much they love him and thank God for his many years of faithful service. Throughout those years he has always pointed everyone to Jesus as Lord and Savior. I’m proud of my awesome...

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Safe in the Hand

My firstborn child, Hannah, is now a college student. It was a tearful day two weeks ago when we left her on campus. It’s not easy to let go after 18 years of having face-to-face contact with her almost every day. However, my wife, Heather, and I are secure in the knowledge that Hannah is safe “in the Hand.” What does THAT mean? She is secure in the Hand of her gracious Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ. The one who claimed...

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Something New

Having just celebrated my 53rd birthday, it’s not as common for me to try something new. Yet, I find it’s always invigorating when I come across another way to see God’s awesome world. My new adventure this year was to try paddle boarding. I’ve always wanted to give it a go, so it brought a sense of excitement and a bit of nervousness when this opportunity presented itself. Good news! I didn’t kill myself. I...

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AWESOME Baptismal Memories

On July 7th I received the following picture and email … Hi Pastor, Amber and I just wanted to say thank you for baptizing Joshua four years ago today! Here’s a nice picture of the moment where the water, Word, and Holy Spirit came together to bless Joshua with that precious gift. Thanks for always being there for our family! God bless you! HOW AWESOME it is to have families who are clearly giving the “Thumbs Up” to...

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Life in God’s Way

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