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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Use scripture to serve God, not yourself.

Use scripture to serve God, not yourself.

One of my favorite Bible verses in the New Testament is 1stPeter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.  Once you were not a people but now you are God’s People; once you have not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

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The "being with" is more impactful than the "doing"

The "being with" is more impactful than the "doing"

It always amazes me the energy level of preschoolers, it is like they have a nuclear engine in them, then they hit that point, crash and burn and invariably a meltdown.  Recently nana and papa took one of their four year old grandsons to see dinosaurs at Lauritzen Gardens.  He was so excited and so were we.  But on the way he became somewhat cranky about a very minor thing.  We should have realized then, that we were approaching a possible meltdown. 

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