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  Each week our financial secretary files a report on Sunday’s offering. One part is a deposit slip: check, cash, coin. As might be expected, the check amount is the largest, followed by the cash and then coin. I am intrigued by that last amount, “coin.” Usually it amounts to a few dollars, like $4...
  “Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Matthew 7:3 ESV) Young Sven went to study at the university and was living in a dorm with other students. After he’d been there a month, his mother came to visit him. “How do you get...
  "[Christ] has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross.” Ephesians 2:15-16 Joseph Sittler, a Lutheran theologian, once told...
  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV) One day Little Sven came home from school and said to his father, “I vas punished in school today for someting dat I did...

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