Prayed For

Baptize we live, Baptize we love, Baptize we joy, Baptize we grow. We, his church are to be one with God. There are many things in this world that try to pull us away from this oneness with God.

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Behold, the Beauty of the Lord

You know the first phrase of Psalm 23. Is there not a great security in living under the banner of the Shepherding God? Not the kind of security that teflon coats you, that makes you immune from the realities of life. Not at all, rather the kind of security which calls forth embracing and beholding life.

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Resurrection and Witness

There are those things that put us to sleep, that suck the life of us, that drain us in this life. I suspect we can all come up with a list of the things that in our life, that have pinned us down, such things as a wound from childhood, or a physical ailment, or something about our relationships or our work life, or our future. These things that have a tremendous power over us.

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Seized by Easter

In Jesus tomb is every loss you’ve encountered, every promise not kept, every prejudice acted upon, every youth neglected, every life cheapened by materialism, every argument unresolved. The tomb has our name on it.

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On Our Street

Jesus entrance into Jerusalem – it bubbles with these distinctly different levels. It is though that beneath the churning seas of the city the true currents of God – they run steady.

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Clearance

Can we let the picture of Jesus cleansing the temple speak to us? What about us gets Jesus angry? Is there sometime in the way of true living and true worship that in his presence we might rise from our ashes.?

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More

We imagine that the place to meet God is in the retreat from everyday life. But rather than retreat from the compromising ills of life, Jesus goes there, to the places of disjuncture and brokenness, we find Christ waiting for us there.

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Weightlessness

The promise is that if we wait for the Lord, we are given His strength, the strength that will help us soar like an eagle. When you soar you have a new perspective – to see beyond all the barbed wire.

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A Fish Tale

What we willing to put up with to avoid our calling is pretty impressive. If we would just find that same level of wherewithal to just do what God asks, what an amazing world we would have.

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Undeniably Known

A chief claim of Psalm 139 is that God knows everything about us, totally. One direction you can take with this is to think that God is looking down on us and keeping score. But there is something much more important in God’s great knowing of us than that.

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Beloved

In light of the epiphany of our Lord Jesus there are words that we too should banish from the lexicon of Christian vocabulary. Words which should not apply and are perhaps overused like “alone” “lost” “absent” “forlorn” “failure” “afraid”.

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Witness

When you encounter the Living God, what else are you to do but rearrange your life? You bow down, you ask for forgiveness, you open your wallet. You open your heart. You give your testimony.

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The Cross in My Pocket

What are the reasons that keep us from following Jesus? Hear are just a few: fear of illness, fear of failure, fear of financial hardship, fear of being looked down upon, fear of death, and fear of violence. He disarms the power of fear.

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Prisoners of Hope

Whenever we speak forgiveness to someone alienated from God. Whenever we teach the faith to a child. Whenever we the love someone in need. Whenever we embody justice. We are not just playing church. We are acting out God’s future. We are participating in the very life of God.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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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