Selah

Selah

The meaning of the word ‘Selah’ has been lost to the ages. I propose that it may be an instruction to our community about praise. So when you see it insert ‘Extra Praise Here.’

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Ezra’s Being Sent

Ezra’s Being Sent

Eugene Peterson writes, “We don’t live in a mechanistic world determined by necessity, nor do we live in a random world determined by chance. No, we live in a God-infused world, the life determined by Exodus and Easter.”

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Living on Purpose

Living on Purpose

What names have you been called throughout your life? Probably some are complementary and others are not. We have all been many things but we are all Children of a Living God. Jesus reminds us that, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Whirlwind

Whirlwind

Do you seek wisdom (like the Scarecrow), courage (like the Cowardly Lion), or a heart (like the Tin Man)? God’s Holy Spirit pours out as a rushing wind and brings with it spiritual gifts.

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Life Review

Life Review

True living only begins when we are led out from ourselves. Is there nothing beyond the regrets in our lives? Jesus will shepherd us beyond our wants and fears, from death into life.

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Living Water

Living Water

Jesus comes to us, not accidentally, but by design. He draws us to himself by the Spirit of God and offers us through Word and Sacrament, the very life giving water that was offered to the Samaritan woman.

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Twice Born

Twice Born

Literally faith has to do with our believing in God’s word with scarcely having any details or facts to back up God’s promises. How do we know that this is the right direction to go? We all have uncertainties about our faith in God.

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The Time Between

The Time Between

The word for temptation in Hebrew can also be translated as ‘testing’. While there is no doubt that Satan knows that Jesus is God’s Son, Satan is testing how Jesus will choose to use His identity as the Son of God for the sake of humanity.

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Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

The world can change for the better. When we place the manger and our Savior at the center of our lives, and when we allow Christ to rule the world with truth and grace. All of this brings us to the place – but we have to make a decision – do we serve that child in the manager, that Savior on the cross?

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Both Saint And Sinner

Both Saint And Sinner

Are we not, as Martin Luther teaches, at the same time Saint and sinner? Instead of being either we are BOTH / AND. And it is vital that we not only recognize our condition, but that we pray to God for his merciful presence and salvation.

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Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity Knocks

Opportunity knocks every day. We have the opportunity each day to allow the blessings that God has bestowed upon us to flow to our others in our community. We can all share who we are and what we have to make our world a better place.

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Restorative Grace

Restorative Grace

What is Restorative Grace? Feel God’s presence even in the midst of stress and strain. The Scribes and Pharasees though that Jesus was crazy to suggest a shepherd leave 99 sheep to find the one who is lost. That is what God does for all of us on a daily basis.

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