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The Cross is Our Miracle

Jesus on the cross

For the next few weeks, until Ash Wednesday, the Church celebrates the season of Epiphany. The season of Epiphany has a lot to do with teaching us that Jesus is God. For this reason the Gospel lessons on Sundays feature many miracles of Jesus. We hear of Jesus turning water into wine, healing the sick, casting out demons, and much more. ...

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Thanksgiving Comes from God

Oh Give Thanks Unto the Lord For He Is Good and His Mercy Endures Forever

Anyone is capable of being thankful. However, Christians are uniquely able to understand the true source of their thankfulness and to give thanks in the fullest way. This is because Christians recognize that God is the true source of all thanksgiving, for it is from the hand of God that we were created and redeemed, and it is from the hand of God that we are today continu...

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Whose Job is It?


So whose job is it? Whose job is it to teach our children the Christian faith? Parents, it's very easy for you to assume that this is the job of the Sunday School teachers. You send your kids to school to learn how to be good citizens; therefore you send your kids to Sunday school to learn how to be good Christians. Simple enough....

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The Mountain of God


This summer my family vacationed at the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The cabin in which we stayed for several days of the trip was near the top of a mountain. The view of the surrounding mountain tops was stunning. We observed the sun reflecting off the snow covered peaks in the morning, beautiful shades of orange and pink descending on the rocks as the sun set, and clou...

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Easter Lessons from Notre Dame


On Holy Monday just before Easter one of the most beautiful and beloved church buildings on earth, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, caught fire and was severely damaged. Spires, woodwork, masonry, and priceless artwork of a nearly nine-hundred year old cathedral are now a pile of ash. That Monday morning groups of Christians gathered all throughout Paris to observe their...

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A Family Christmas


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


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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Why do we celebrate Reformation Day?


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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Graduation Day According to Ecclesiastes


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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Finding Easter Joy in the Cemetery


If you’re like most people, you’re probably not fond of hanging around cemeteries. Cemeteries are creepy. They’re sad. They remind us of death. If we were to associate a holiday with cemeteries, Halloween would likely be the first to come to mind....

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