built on a rock

“Since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down.”   Hebrews 12:1 George Ferdinand Müller, born Sept. 27, 1805, started life with less than a Christian lifestyle.  However, by the end of his life, he helped over 10,000...
Who remembers when large retail stores like JC Penney and Sears sent a 2-inch thick catalog in the mail? But then, oh my goodness, you’d receive the “Christmas Edition.” This one was only about 1 inch thick but it was something spectacular! It contained just about any toy imaginable. I remember how...
People do not like to wait. Things like long lines at the bank, the long line at the grocery store, or waiting for a package — these we could do without. We can’t stand it when we call a company, and they put us on hold. It’s annoying to sit through commercials on the TV or waiting for our food to...
In November 1621, a group of people in the new world gathered to give thanks because they survived another year in what would go on to become the greatest nation on earth.  Amidst starvation, bitter cold, sickness, lack of needed supplies, and separation from family left in England, the pilgrims...
“10 I rejoice in the Lord greatly that now at last you have revived your concern for me; indeed, you were concerned for me, but had no opportunity to show it. 11 Not that I am referring to being in need; for I have learned to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know what it is to have little, and...
Many products in our world today change all the time. For example, cell phone companies often will exchange your favorite model for the new one. Other products, though, never change. Coca-Cola has not changed their formula in over 100 years. They attempted to change it in the 1980s, but it was an...
I searched the internet for what other people believe is the greatest need in the church today and found a variety of answers.  One person said we have a false idea about who Jesus is, another said we don’t understand the holiness of God, another said discipleship, another said we don’t really know...
John 12:44-46: “Then Jesus cried aloud: ‘Whoever believes in me believes not in me but in him who sent me. And whoever sees me sees him who sent me. I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.” Greetings! As I read this text, I was...
“God’s Work, Our Hands” is a tagline for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) when its congregations have a day of service, both within the congregation and out in the community. Different places do different sorts of activities. Common examples are making fleece blankets, doing...
It is human nature to share the good things we experience in our life with others. If you go on a trip, you write on the postcard, “Wish you were here!” If you go out to a restaurant and you find your meal delicious, you don’t keep it to yourself. You say to the person with you, “Here, try this.”...

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