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    Lenten Hymnody Reflections

    It has been said by many Lutherans that the strongest hymns are the Lenten section. I believe this is true, because the Lenten hymns have a laser-like focus on our Savior, Jesus Christ. Through the entire church year, we remember Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, but during Lent it becomes our focus and source of meditation.   Read More...

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    St. Patrick

    As many of you probably know this Friday is St. Patrick’s Day. While there are a great many traditions associated with this Irish holiday have you ever stopped to ask yourself, “Who is St.   Read More...

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    Enslaved

    Many people walk around with chains around their wrists or ankles, enslaved to something. The chains weigh the person down, although they try not to let it show. They either hold on to a past regret because it is still effecting their lives today or because they just can’t seem to let go of it.Frustration over a fight with a parent, child, sibling, relative, or friend.A marriage that turned into a divorceA broken promiseCheating on a testTaking credit for something that wasn’t your ideaThe list ...  Read More...

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    The Journey Begins!

    This week will mark the beginning of a spiritual journey for us – Lent. It begins with Ash Wednesday. It is referred to as a “penitential” season.   Read More...

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    Farewell to Alleluia, and Fixing our Eyes on the Cross

    On the liturgical calendar, the Christian church is drawing closer to the season of Lent. On February 26th, the church will celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord. There on the mountain top, Jesus was revealed in glory to Peter, James, and John, while conversing with Moses and Elijah.   Read More...

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    Leo, Luther, and a Loving God

    It’s February 14th, which, of course, means we are one month away from the 500th  Anniversary of Pope Leo X’s decree offering a special sale of indulgences! (What’d you expect—a devotional about Valentine’s Day?)It happened on March 15, 1517. Pope Leo X was facing depleting finances.   Read More...

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    The Small Catechism

    Near the time of His death Martin Luther was speaking to some of his close followers, knowing that the end was near Luther offered something of a last will concerning his writings. Luther requested that upon his death those who survived him would gather up everything he had written and burn it all, except for two documents. The first was his Small Catechism and the second Bondage of the Will. Thankfully Luther’s desires were not respected in this matter, but the desire of the reformer does ...  Read More...

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    The Grass is Greener on the Other Side

    Since the fall, humanity has been on a journey. Sin created a gap between man and Godwith no easy way for us to reach the other side. Over time, man strove to create a bridge in order to reach God.   Read More...

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    A New Job

    We have moved deeper into this New Year of 2017. The January theme for the sermons has been “Starting Something New.” On this past Sunday I focused on the theme of “Starting a New Job.” Politically speaking this was somewhat appropriate as we observed last Friday the inauguration of Donald Trump beginning his new job as President of the United States. His new job is a very big job, and I pray that God will give him the wisdom and ability to effectively fulfill the demands of this new j...  Read More...

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    A New Identity in Christ

    “And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.’” –Matthew 3:16-17These words from our Gospel reading this past Sunday are not unfamiliar. We hear them each year at about this time, at the beginning ...  Read More...

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