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DIVINE LAW & DIVINE LOVE

An image for God that speaks to my heart is the image of the Great Master Craftsman of the Universe. And the following Bible verse comes to mind when I contemplate this Master Craftsman image:  

ISAIAH 64:8
O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.

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As citizens of the United States, we have so much to give God thanks for. We can give thanks for the great blessing of living in an exceptional nation. While the USA is not perfect (no country is), we must not ignore the good for the sake of the perfect. While we always seek to make a more perfect union by addressing our national imperfections, we also acknowledge and give thanks for the great and exceptional good of our United States.  Continue Reading »

The following article is my sermon that I wrote and presented on the Third Sunday of Eastertime, April 15th. After the worship service, I was told by a parishioner that I should make this sermon into an article. So in response to this suggestion, I am sharing it here as my article for the May/June issue of our church newsletter…

One of my favorite Lutheran Church jokes is the following: Continue Reading »

We all know that the flow of visitors to our congregation took a big hit with the major road construction we had to endure. Even electronic navigation devices steered would-be visitors to adjacent cul-de-sacs and streets during this long period of roadway construction in front and around our congregational facility. But now at long last, the road accesses are clear of all obstructions, the front of our congregation is looking good, and we also have a new and improved digital road sign declaring to the community that we are open to the public for the adoration and glory of God! Continue Reading »

When my dad died in 2003 and when my mom died in 2014, I found myself at these times spending a lot of time and energy looking back. Of course, this is a natural response when we experience the greatest of losses in life, such as the death of a parent or a longtime spouse. Dwelling in the past with enormous amounts of mental and emotional energy like this is very much a part of the grieving process for up to a couple of years afterward. However, we can sometimes become stuck in the past — year after year and even decade after decade — and this imprisonment in the past drains us and robs us of being fully present right here and now. But thanks be to God we can become unstuck in the past by the good news of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord! Continue Reading »

It’s the Third Day of Christmas as I write this article and New Year’s Eve is four days away. Many people still have most of their Christmas decorations out in observance of the Twelve Days of Christmastide, and my wife Hilary and I recently noticed a front lawn Nativity display with an illuminated set of Holy Family figurines. But strangely, the light coming from the Baby Jesus was flashing on and off! So we had a quick laugh about it. However, the image of that blinking-light Baby Jesus stayed with me. Continue Reading »

OUR CHURCH LABYRINTH

Faith and spirituality come to us as a journey from the outer beginning toward the inner finishing, perfecting and fulfilling — and Jesus Christ is the Way. Saint Paul the Apostle of Christ declared the following message of Christian faith: “Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and finisher of our faith” (from Hebrews 12:1-2). Also, Saint John the Apostle of Christ revealed the following message of hope from Jesus our Savior and Lord: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (from Revelation 22:13). Continue Reading »