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It’s been a long night. Or a short one. Depends how you look at it. I caught a few winks in the recliner, but most of the night was spent on the floor of the kitchen with a sick lamb. She was clinging to life and I so desperately wanted her to live. I lost a newborn lamb a few days ago and I didn’t...
I'm sure you've heard the old saying, “To err is human, to forgive, divine.” I wonder if you know who said it? Some attribute this famous line to Shakespeare while others think it can be found somewhere in the Bible. The man who actually coined this phrase was the poet Alexander Pope. It's just one...
No one likes their name to be misused. We work hard to build a solid reputation. We are pained when false information is spoken about us. We are discouraged when someone gets the wrong impression of us, even when they don’t know us. Our name is a powerful thing. It is a summation of all we are and...
Is there a more iconic Christian image than Jesus as the Good Shepherd and his people as his sheep? It’s in Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.” You can find it in Revelations 7, “The Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd.” And in the Gospel of John 10:27,...
A blessed and happy New Year to all! I have a prediction for 2021. It will be like 2020. WHAT!!! Say it isn’t so! I am SO done with 2020 and ready for 2021! In many ways, so am I. 2021 is before us with many new experiences and opportunities. We will sit down today or soon and plan out what we hope...
As the people of God came into the land that God had promised, God first instructed them to bring to the holy place a first fruits offering. A portion of what God had first given them was to be shared with the Levites (Priests), foreigners, orphans, and widows. As God had blessed them, they were to...
Free land! Have you ever considered that, as a believer in Jesus Christ, you are a real estate agent for heaven? The Bible speaks of heaven more than 500 times. Revelation 21 gives the most concise description of what is yet to come for all who are heaven bound. John is shown the glories of heaven...
“O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 Giving thanks to God is something that Christians are supposed to do as part of our practice of our religion. It is easy to thank God for good things that happen, or for crises averted. But it is more...
Sorry if you were expecting an article from Pastor Maggie Berndt-Dreyer. We trust that she is feeling more at home at Celebration Lutheran in Sartell, Minnesota, by now.        I know a little about the staff that she has joined there. You see, my previous interim was serving at Celebration as that...
This weekend should have been a time for getting together with extended family, a time that we all had been looking forward to for several months. We excitedly made plans back in December, but then we were hit with a pandemic, something we never would have seen coming. The pandemic interrupted our...

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