The Power of Forgiveness

The Power of Forgiveness

There are so many superhero movies out there, a person can get sick of them.  I am not one of those people.  The other day one of my grandkids asked; “Do Christians have a super-power?  She wanted to know now, not “I will get back to you!” You know pastors are suppose too have all the answers.  I was quiet for a bit thinking and then she asked. “Don’t you know Papa?”

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The 4th of July

The 4th of July

On Thursday, July the 4th, we will celebrate our nation’s birthday.  There will be fireworks and food, beverages of all kinds, friends and family, a national party as it were.  But like any good party, it takes lots of work to make it happen.  I am not talking about the 4th of July festivities, I am talking about what it took to make our nation.

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The Beauty of God's Creation

The Beauty of God's Creation

I am half way through my sabbatical and the time is moving along way too fast.  I have traveled, written, read, and relaxed.  One of the things that has started to set up in my mind these days is “paying attention”.  Yes, I pay attention when I drive, talk with folks, or am working with power tools.  I am not talking about that kind of attention, but more about how God is speaking to us and showing us things all the time about his love and plan for this world and our lives.

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Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

This is the question asked by many following Holy Week and Easter services.  Like the disciples, many pastors and staff in a variety of denominations and congregations go and hide for a couple of days just to recover.  But the question is a valid one; “Where do we go from here?” How can we compare to the great celebration of Easter Sunday?  It would seem that all the Sundays that following that greatest of Holy Days would pale in comparison.  You would be right.

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From Darkness to Light

From Darkness to Light

Typically Holy Week (those 7 days prior to Easter) begins on Palm Sunday (sometimes called Passion Sunday).  For most folks who aren’t into that churchy thing, it is just the week before Easter and we have to get through the gloom and doom of “Good Friday”!  It is true, we do have to go through the death of “Good Friday” to get to the resurrection of “Easter”.  

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Going to church is still important

Going to church is still important

The number of people attending church is on the decline. All sorts of reasons have been given and theories presented, but the truth is that church is not as important as it once was in the lives of many people.  Some have asked the question; “What is point of going to church”? Others have said; “I can be a Christian without going to church”.  Then there folks who say; “Sunday is the only down time they have with their families or chance to rest”. 

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“What is a Prophet?”

“What is a Prophet?”

Currently I am helping with a Bible Study about some of the prophetic books of the Old Testament.  Notice I am just helping, not leading.  There is a study leader on video who makes her presentation, folks break up into small groups and the group leader is given the answers to hand out at the end of the discussion.  I get to give the Lutheran perspective in 15 minutes at the end.

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