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As I get older, the saying “God works in mysterious ways” is becoming much less a mere platitude for me and much more a powerful statement of divine truth. Biblically speaking, we see this truth throughout the Holy Bible, from the Old Testament to the New Testament. In particular, this mysterious truth is clearly apparent in God’s use of very unlikely historical people to achieve God’s ends for the sake of his believers and followers. For instance, King Cyrus the Great of the Persian Empire comes to mind. (more…)

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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.  (more…)

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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: (more…)

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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! (more…)

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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. (more…)

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As we approach the holiest time of year for Christianity, I am thinking more about the absolute necessity of prayer for our Christian life.  Basically, Christians believe that the human soul is literally made by God for connection and relationship with God.  In addition, because so much of this world is set against the grace, truth and purposes of God, prayer is even more essential to strengthen and keep us in the faith, hope and love of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.  So to that end, we hear the Apostle Paul sharing God’s Word about prayer in the biblical Letter to the Ephesians, writing as follows: (more…)

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RockwellAs I write this newsletter article, our nation has just seen a spike in anti-Semitic activity with a wave of bomb threats at Jewish community centers and desecration of Jewish cemeteries throughout the country, including right here in Milwaukee.  And this comes after many years of growing anti-Semitism on college campuses throughout the USA as well, both among faculty and students alike. (more…)

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