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Where Can You Find Shelter?

Here we are in that time of the year when storms come upon us often. We find that the weather person on the local news program is more important to us. If they say, grab your umbrella or raincoat we pay attention. Rain storms, thunderstorms, windstorms, tornados, storms of all kind cluster into this season of the year. We understand that is just the way it is with the weather; storms come, and you prepare for them as best you can. Life goes on.

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Patience Anyone?

Have you noticed how we all tend to struggle with waiting?  When we were little kids, Christmas day couldn’t come fast enough.  Minutes seem like days when you are waiting to open presents under the tree! Even during this time of year, we impatiently wait for winter to end.

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To Preach It Is To Live It!

I am a preacher, a term I have never preferred but which I cannot deny. I preach anywhere from two to six times a week during the year so I am a preacher. As a preacher I sometimes wonder if anyone is really listening, if the words register and then I am confronted by the fact that indeed some do listen and one of those who always listens is none other than the one I attempt to preach about, Jesus !! How do I know? Let me tell you:

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I Am a Mainline Protestant Under the Age of 35. Yes, We Exist

I spend (most of) my Sunday mornings sitting in a pew at an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregation, singing old hymns, and reciting the Lord’s Prayer which I have had memorized since before I went to school.

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Life is Complicated: Handle with compassion

I wish I could claim this line but it is from Rev. David Lose, President of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia where I attended and from which I  graduated.  Yes, life is complicated and that is probably not something new to you.  Every day seems to prove this to be true.

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Don't Quit! Keep Going!

In America, we have lost sight of one central truth that runs through the whole of the Bible and the whole of history, that is, that life is supposed to be hard. Do not for a moment, allow yourself to succumb to the unbiblical, unreal American ideal that life is supposed to be pain-free, comfortable and easy. Life is supposed to be hard!

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Rise Up - Rise Strong

"We can't be brave in the big world without at least one small safe place to work through our fears and falls." This quote is from a book I am reading and hoping to have a group of us read and discuss this fall, Rising Strong, by Brene Brown.

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Making a Difference Through Micah's Backpack

The young man said to Him, “All these commands I have kept; what am I still lacking?”  Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven.  Come, follow Me.”   ~Matthew 19:20  

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Pastoral Reflections: Member, Consumer, Disciple

I have been reflecting lately on the changing descriptions being used to describe our relationship to the Church.  For many years, we referred to those within the church as ‘members’ implying that as a member there was certain built in understandings of what we were to expect.  Similar to joining other organizations we were expected to pay our dues (offering in the church), attend meetings or events (worship), volunteer for events, and the like.  As a m

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He's My Dad

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6) NKJV  A pair of scientists and botanists were exploring in the Alps for some special kinds of flowers. One day they spied through their field glass, a flower of rare beauty...but it was in a ravine with perpendicular cliffs on both sides.  Someone had to be lowered over the cliff to get it.

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