When We are Sent

Prayer is a dangerous thing… I find it a bit humorous, or at least ironic, that the disciples prayed for workers to be sent into the harvest fields only to find out that they were praying for themselves and didn’t know it. They were the ones Jesus wanted to send. Sometimes the answer to our […]

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Writing the Next Chapter

Christ’s ascension reminds us that his resurrection was not the end of the story. At his ascension, Jesus initiates the next chapter of God’s unfolding revolution of grace in a qualitatively new way, and gives a commission to his followers to spread the good news. The disciples would have work to do. Lots of it! […]

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Bonnets and Blue Laws

Times, they are a change ‘in. I grew up on a small farm in a small town. I remember Sunday mornings growing up. I would put on a pretty dress, girls were not to wear pants back then, occasionally I would sport a bonnet and white gloves and a little purse. We were poor, but […]

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From Baptism to Boot Camp

From the waters of baptism to the dust of the desert, Lent begins. If we are the “beloved” of God, why does life seem so hard? Demons challenge us. Our appetites confront us. We face temptations of materialism, power, and prestige. Our         wilderness journey is instructive. We are learning Jesus. We are learning that we […]

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Peter is Me, and Peter is you.

It is good for us to be here. Community is important. Church family is important. It can be hard being a Jesus follower these days. Life can be hard these days. We need each other. We make each other better. That’s what community is all about. In our gospel lesson Peter says, “Lord, it is […]

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Let it be so now

This time of year, squirrels can be a bit of a problem. Maybe you have had a less than favorable experience with squirrels. They take up residence in all sorts of places, and seem especially attracted to gnawing on car wiring and cedar fencing. Maybe you have heard about the four country churches in a […]

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Are You Preparing The Way

Sometimes for me this time of year can seem less like a season of joyful anticipation, and more like a mad dash to the December 25th finish line. There are boxes to get out of the attic and Christmas decorating to do, the tree to set up, stockings to hang, gifts to buy. Maybe like […]

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Between the Already and the Not Yet

Grace mercy and peace to you in the name of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Happy New Year! The liturgical colors on the altar have changed to deep blue -this is secret code in Lutheran that Advent is here. Advent seems to have sneaked up on us quickly this year. If you are like […]

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It’s Hard to be Humble

Mohammed Ali – generally regarded as one of the best boxers of all time, winning a gold medal in boxing at the 1960 Summer Olympics, and going on to win 56 of 61 professional fights, ranked the best athlete of the 20t century by Sports Illustrated, and whose catch phrase was: “float like a butterfly, […]

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Wholeness, begins at Jesus’ Feet

My husband, John, is on a pilgrimage in Spain called The Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is ranked as one of the top 10 best pilgrimages today for modern travelers to cleanse the modern soul (World Travel Guide). From what I understand, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world make […]

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