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Jesus is ALWAYS the Answer!

Where were you 17 years ago today?  I was about to ask my catechism class that question yesterday but I realized the answer…they were not born yet! (man, I am old!).  How about you…where were you 17 years ago today - September 12, 2001?  No, that is not a typo.  I did not mean to ask where you were on September 11, 2001.  I did mean to ask…where were you the day after all the planes crashed and it felt like the world was coming to an end? I...

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Run the Race...with Jesus!

One day when God brings me home to heaven, I want to spend some time talking with those who wrote the bible.  Obviously, the bible is God’s Word, so I want to spend some time with God.  But, I want to talk with those who God chose to write the bible.  Men like Paul and Peter and John all wrote parts of the bible. But one of the books in the bible we don’t know the author is Hebrews. I was recently reading a part of Hebrews and when I get to heaven, not only do...

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Never...a Good Thing??

  Have you ever felt alone?  There is a television show I like to watch.  It is called "Alone."  They take 10 contestants and put them in a location where they are all alone.  No camera crew; no one else with you.  They get dropped off and need to survive as long as they can because there is no time limit.  Last one surviving wins.  I believe they can take a few items with them, but that is it.  They are responsible to film...

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Lord, Save Me!

Do you ever feel like you are sinking? Let’s face it…living in this world is not always easy.  I could go into the details of the problems of the world which all stem from sin, but I don’t want to do that for this blog. Instead, I just want to think about how living in the world AS A CHRISTIAN is not always easy.  Again, I don’t want to concentrate on the problems which come from the sinful world which persecutes Christians.  I want to just talk...

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Law...then Gospel...then WHAT?!

If you have been reading over the last few weeks (thank you), you will have noticed a common theme – a focus on law and gospel. These are threads by which God has woven His Word together for us.  Law shows us, not only our sins we commit and how that sin makes us inadequate before God, but it shows us that we (without Jesus) are completely inadequate from the start!  The gospel comes back and shows us, not only the cross of Jesus which takes our inadequacies away, but...

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God Hates the Sin, but...

Have you ever heard the saying – “God hates the sin but loves the sinner”?  Is it a true statement?  Are you mentally going through your rolodex of good “church” responses to answer that question? In a way, that statement is correct.  Think about the “sports” passage (the one you see in stadiums, on signs made by the fans…): John 3:16. What does it say?  God so loved the WORLD!  Who is in the world? (Rolodex...

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He's There...FOR YOU!

Starting last week with the message about being inadequate by ourselves but made completely, perfectly adequate by God himself, I started a little series about what I learned at Summer Quarter.  At the heart of what we teach and preach is law and gospel, that is because law and gospel make up the entirety of the Bible, God’s word. I am going to continue that series about law and gospel this week and for the next few weeks.  It is so important for us to distinguish...

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You Are MINE!

  First of all, I apologize to my (one) reader (ok, hopefully there are more than one…).  It has been about a month since I submitted something for you to read.  The excuses are there of course…vacation, summer.  But, most recently it was two weeks at Summer Quarter at the Seminary. Now I will not go into detail with you about my courses I took.  You don’t want to hear that otherwise, perhaps you would have taken the classes.  But, I...

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SUMMER VACATION....from Jesus????

Today is an exciting day.  It is the last day of school.  Do you remember those days?  For the children at Word of Life, they basically have the same routine each year on this day...come to school (hopefully on time) and begin the cleanup.  They are working hard at getting the classroom clean and ready for summer. It is also at this time when the School Yearbooks are handed out and all the students run around, trying to get autographs etc. from each student...and each...

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Jesus' Ascension - Power, Glory and Love

How do you picture Jesus?  Go ahead...think about it for a few moments.  I can wait...              Done yet? Last night we celebrated a very special occasion in the church.  Some of you may know the day; others may not.  It was Ascension.  You can read the story here (Acts 1:1-11). When our K4 class was asked what Ascension means, the response was: "Jesus got to go home!"  Yes, he did! But, it is more than...

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