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A Family Christmas

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There is a reason songs like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” are Christmas classics. These songs put to music a desire common to us all. Even in our mixed up and individualistic culture, we all know deep down that being a part of a family is a universally good thing. ...

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Breaking through the Darkness

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Perhaps you didn’t know this about your pastor, but I hate winter. I don’t really mind the cold, and I kind of like the snow. It’s the darkness of winter that gets me down. This isn’t uncommon, though. Most people are affected by darkness to one degree or another. Between one and ten percent of Americans become so depressed during the dark winter months that t...

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Give Thanks

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Wow! What a few months we’ve had in our country huh? It seems like every election cycle is lasting longer and longer. Everywhere we’ve turned for the last yeast has seemed to have something to do with politics and the election. We finally got to Election Day and maybe you were thankful with the way the elections turned out. Or maybe you’re like a number of people...

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Why do we celebrate Reformation Day?

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Christ, cross, blood, justification, grace, faith. This is the answer to sin and hell. That is, this is God’s answer to sin and hell. You have forgiveness, life, and salvation through faith: by trusting that Jesus died for your sins on the cross and rose again to open eternal life for you. This gospel message became Luther’s greatest joy, as it is the greatest joy of...

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What is Truth?

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I’m a news junkie. I like watching and reading the news and know what is going on in our town, across our state, the country and the world. It is interesting to know what is going on and to be aware of current events. Last week I saw a clip of an interview that was rather intriguing. This interview was given by Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, and who...

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The Best Place to Find Rest

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Rest is a necessary part of God’s ordered creation. Rest has been written into the rhythm of life since the world first began. We all know rest is necessary in this life because if we get too busy and do not slow down, life eventually catches up with us. You simply cannot rebel against the rhythm of the day. The sun comes up and the sun goes down. We awake to serve ...

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Too Much Noise

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Last week I was thinking about how much information we have access to today that wasn’t accessible 10-20 years ago. When I pull my iPhone out of my pocket there is very little that I can’t find. I have instant access to news, sports scores, and weather forecasts. I can shop and have packages delivered to my house. I can download books, podcasts, and movies. ...

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Graduation Day According to Ecclesiastes

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The month of May is the month of graduations. Graduation day is a big deal. It’s a big deal for the students who worked hard to complete their classwork and pass their tests. It’s a big deal for parents and grandparents who are proud of their child’s accomplishments. Graduation day is a day for celebration, but it can also be a time for personal reflection ...

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Comfortable being Uncomfortable

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A very natural inclination for people is to seek out comfort in this life. We gravitate towards a desire for physical, material, or relational comfort. We are always consciously moving towards making our lives more comfortable. This is why we choose the most comfortable chair to sit in, or the best fitting pair of shoes. This is why we work so hard to save money and...

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The Best Week of the Year

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It is the greatest week of the year. I know it might not seem like it since we can’t seem to shake winter even though the calendar has turned to spring, but trust me, it is the greatest week of the year. What makes it so great? Well, in the church we call it “Holy Week” and it is the time that Christians around the world remember the culmination of God...

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