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How are you “holding up” as you deal with lingering COVID-19 restrictions on business and gatherings? If you’re like me, you want things to get back to normal sooner than later!        Let me assure you that the churches in Rock County (and beyond) have been praying for you. We cry out to God for...
Scars. We all have them. Even our navels are scars resulting from wounds on the day we were born. According to Wikipedia, “A scar is an area of fibrous tissue that replaces normal skin after an injury. It is the result of the biological process of wound repair. With the exception of very minor...
(Read John 20:19-22, Luke 24:13-35)      A few weeks ago the Coronavirus crisis came upon us with a sudden rash of closings and life changes. Much confusion ensued, and several people I knew seemed to be panicking.      As this unfolded over several days, I started to think about a passage from J.R...
“God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” It was a phrase uttered regularly after the release of the “God’s Not Dead” movie a few years ago. Such a simple statement I have believed in my heart since I was a little girl. I still hear people say the phrase, but perhaps not as often as...
Happy Valentine’s Day!  May your day be filled with happiness and joy as you rejoice with all of the people that share your life. This goes far beyond romance and gifts of chocolates. St. John writes in his first epistle (4:7-11), “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever...
King David said, “Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! No one can measure his greatness.” (Psalm 145:3) King David also wrote, “Be still and know that I am God.”           Do you ever stop and think about how great God is?  The God described in the Bible as the one and only true God is...
More liturgical flavors of Christianity follow a church calendar that moves through seasons. The church year begins with Advent, which we are in the midst of now. Advent is a complex season. It is a season of increasing light in the midst of darkness. Advent looks toward the end of all time while...
Ron Mehl tells the following story in his book, “The Ten(der) Commandments.” I love the story I heard about an eight-year-old boy who sat in class, taking a test.  He became so nervous and distraught about completing the test on time that he suddenly wet his pants. Horrors! He looked down and saw a...
“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:4-5, NRSV) Upon entering this season in which happiness and joy seem to...
If there is a holy, loving God, why do bad things keep happening? This question is asked often in our day and age. There certainly is no shortage of evil in the world in which we live! Mass shootings, murder-suicides, drug abuse, rape … and the list goes on. Two friends, one an unbeliever and the...

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