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  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...
  “For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20 ESV As Christians we set some high standards for ourselves. We want to do good and to show love to others. This isn't some idea that we've thought up ourselves. It's what God wants us to do. “Beloved, if God so...
  Jesus called Levi, a tax collector, to “come follow me.” Levi left his business and called his friends to join him and Jesus for a meal. The church leaders grumbled to Jesus’ other disciples, asking them why Jesus chose to eat with sinners. Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of...
  “You yourselves, like living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 ESV  Ole asked Lars to help him do some shingling. Working together on the garage roof, Ole noticed that Lars...
  “Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, encouraging one another.” Hebrews 10:24-25b My sister, Mary, and I weren't very old when we decided to make banana cream pie. We followed the recipe carefully, but didn't realize how important it was to “stir constantly.”...
  I am frequently stunned by color.  The time of the year or the place in our country does not seem to matter.  The colors of nature surprise me. The neighbor down the street has maples in the yard.  Deep red leaves will draw attention this fall. A few blocks away yellow leaves will pile inches...
  There is an amazingly honest admission in John 6:66. It’s not complimentary of the Bible nor complimentary of Jesus’ ministry, but it is, however, the truth. It reads, “Because of this (Jesus’ teachings) many of [Jesus’] disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.” Even though these...
  “Let love be genuine — hold fast to what is good.” Romans 12:9 It was market day in Patzun, Guatemala. As we shopped, a friend explained that when the older vendors chose a place to display their merchandise, they liked to set up their wares next to an exposed length of metal pipe. Before they...

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