built on a rock

Dick Lauger
I never look forward to visiting a nursing home. Despite the fine efforts of local staff, these places simply are not attractive to me. From time to time I have considered the rest appealing — meals delivered, TV in one’s room, naps at any hour, time to read, but a day or two of that would be...
When it comes to the days leading up to Christmas Eve, I’m pretty much of a “Bah Humbug” kind of guy. I find it difficult to get into the spirit of Christmas when stores start advertising Christmas items weeks before Thanksgiving and radio stations begin to play Christmas music almost as soon.  The...
“Judge not, that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1    Sven was riding the city bus to town. When he reached his stop, it looked like rain and without thinking he picked up the umbrella belonging to the man sitting next to him. “Stop, thief,” Lars yelled. “Stop dat man. He took my umbrella.” Sven...
  By Martha Fick, Good Samaritan – Mission Effectiveness "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many." Matthew 7:13 ESV  Lars decided to fly to Norway to visit relatives and took a seat in the first class section...
  Communication   By Martha Fick, Good Samaritan – Mission Effectiveness "Is not the arrow beyond you?" 1 Samuel 20:37b ESV  Ole, Lars and Sven went deer hunting. Sven said to Ole and Lars, "I vill go south into de prairie grass. You two head north into de grove of trees. If you get lost, fire...
  Roger Sparks, Pastor Luverne Christian Reformed Church Summer is past. Fall is upon us. Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner. Before we know it, we will discard our 2015 calendars. Most people I talk to say that they’re busy, busy, busy. So am I. Should we take time out of our busy...
  Effectiveness “Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.” (Psalms 22:11 ESV) Lisabet sprang to the telephone when it rang and listened with relief to the kindly voice in her ear. “How are you, darling?” the woman said. “What kind of day are you having?” Lisabet sobbed...
  The Other Side   “On that day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." Mark 4:35 ESV  Ole and Lena were vacationing. Lena sent Ole to town to buy some groceries. When he came to the river, he looked up it and down, but could not see either a bridge or a ferry...
  “For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.” Hebrews 13:14 ESV  Lars went to the lumberyard to buy some lumber." May I help you?" asked the salesman. "Yah, sure, you betcha," replied Lars. "I vould like to buy some 2x4s." "How long do you want them?" "Oh, I vant dem...
  By Cole McCormick Interim pastor at Grace Lutheran Church From the words of Psalm 91:16, “Because you have made the Lord your refuge, the Most High your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, no scourge come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your...

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