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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.”...
God constantly uses the lives of Bible characters to teach us, to encourage us, and to warn us. Who can forget the impact of the truths lived out in the lives of men like David, Moses, Gideon, Peter, or Paul? What about the lives of Esther, Ruth, or Deborah? It is impossible to leave truth in the...
Do you know what you believe? How committed are you to what you believe? Those are extremely important questions for us to consider. Most Midwesterners like myself have a tendency to be stubborn. Oftentimes people think being stubborn is a bad thing, but I don’t see it that way. I believe that...
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 As the United States recently celebrated its 246th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, patriotic symbols – expressions of our American freedoms – appeared across the land: the American flag, the Liberty Bell, the American...
As you read this, Beryl, my wife, and I are riding our bicycles across the United States. We started in Portland, Oregon, in the end of May and will end our trip in Washington, D.C., in August. As we pedal our bicycles, there is always an unknown before us. What is over the next mountain top? What...
I have a simple two-part question that I want each of us to answer. Do we believe in Jesus, and does our everyday life reflect that? It is important that people see us making choices and engaging in activities that reflect what we believe. That is what God expects from his people according to...
My wife worked at a Christian School where both of our kids were students. At that time my son was in the fourth grade. The band teacher approached my wife asking her why she didn’t tell her that our son could play the drums. My wife responded by saying: “I didn’t know he could.” The teacher...
May 26 is a special day for Christians — it’s the Ascension of our Lord! This major festival in the Christian church year always falls on a Thursday because Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after his resurrection. This marvelous event connects together the past, present and future work of...

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