Tag: promise

From Where Shall My #Help Come

As part of my Lenten journey this year, I will be blogging daily using the themes or words created by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin in partnership with other ELCA synods for “Lent Photo a Day.” The word for today, March 6th, is “Help.” The psalms are filled with cries for help and songs of

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Overcoming Joyless Busyness – #TheStruggleisReal

This past Sunday, February 26, 2017, I had the privilege to visit and preach at Spirit of Grace Lutheran Church in Holdrege, Nebraska. Not only was it Transfiguration Sunday, it was also the fourth and final week of a series in worship at the congregation called, #TheStruggleisReal. The premise of the series was, “We live

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Choosing Life and Living Abundantly

The following is the majority of the sermon I preached at American Lutheran Church in Filley, Nebraska on Sunday February 12, 2017. The passages appointed for the day by the revised common lectionary (Epiphany 6A) included Deuteronomy 30:15-20, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, and Matthew 5:21-37.  Grace and peace to you this day, and greetings from your

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David- Legacy, and Gratitude within and because of God’s Promises

This past weekend I was invited to preach at Calvary Lutheran Church in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Calvary is served by pastors Sheryl and Chris Kester Beyer. I preached on 2 Samuel 7:1-17, the focus text for the Narrative Lectionary for the day, and as part of the congregation’s stewardship focus and Consecration Sunday. If you prefer

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Sheep, the Good Shepherd, and Promises

The following is the majority of the sermon that I preached at Messiah Lutheran Church this weekend based on the readings for Easter 4C, “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The readings included: Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, and John 10:22-30. I did something I don’t usually do when preaching, breaking into a couple short Sunday School, Vacation Bible

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Passion, Heartbreak, and Hope – The Start of Holy Week

With the procession of palms, Christians around the globe start the celebration of Holy Week. For the western church, Palm Sunday (or Sunday of the Passion) is tomorrow, marking the beginning of the week that ends with the resurrection on Easter. We remember Christ’s passion, beginning with his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We remember and

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Rock

As I have done in previous Lents I am sharing a daily reflection as part of my Lenten discipline. This year I am using the “Wilderness Wanderings” theme compiled by the “Lent Photo a Day” group. The word appointed for today is “Rock.” On a clear day, as I drove to the north Clark County site where

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Peace & Freedom- Days 22 & 23 of Advent

Christmas Eve is tomorrow, and I need to catch up on these posts. I am writing as I currently sit in a hospital waiting room. I’m here on a visit for a congregational member about to go into surgery. It might seem to be a weird place to start reflecting about peace and freedom, but

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Promise and Doubt – Days 13 and 14 of Advent

During Advent this year, I will be reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The word designated for yesterday, December 11th was #Promise, and the word for today, December 12th is #Doubt.  I am going to do something a little out of the norm with this post. I am going to give you a two-for-one,

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Eternal- Day 9 of Advent

During Advent this year, I will be reflecting daily using this Advent Photo Devotional. The word designated for December 7th was #Eternal. Admittedly, I am a few days behind, but I am trying to catch up on the series.  One of my grandpa’s served in the navy during World War II, and after the war

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