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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you have had a blessed week.

So have you started receiving all those Christmas cards, yet? I love getting cards and notes from friends and family this time of year. These cards are great reminders for me that it is a special time of year. It is that time of year when we really try to bring joy into the world as we Christians remind…

Ready Or Not!

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

Waiting is so hard, isn’t it? I am not a patient person and I don’t like to wait for things, not even good things. Coming home from Israel was a real eye opener for me as to how bad I am at waiting. Our last day in Israel was a long day. It was…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you have had a blessed week.

For the next two Sundays, we will read two different versions of how John the Baptist, in the wilderness, proclaimed his baptism of repentance. This week, we will read Mark’s version (Mark 1:1-8) and next week we will read John’s version (John 1:6-8, 19-28). As we will hear, the key word in John’s preaching…

The Best Is Yet To Come

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

Well, it is a new year in the church and that means the Season of Advent has now begun. Which means, although the rest of the world is now in full Christmas mode, we Lutherans, and many other mainline church folks, are supposed to not recognize the Christmas…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you had a blessed and thanks-filled Thanksgiving.

For many, Thanksgiving has become nothing more than a holiday to eat a lot of food and a day to gather with friends and family to watch football, but for me, I have discovered that it is so much more. It is truly a time to remember all the blessings I have in my life and to remember that…

Imagine Greater!

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

So, here we are at the end of the church year. As we will do next week, once again, we began this past year by anticipating the coming again of the Word Incarnate. Then we celebrated the birth of Christ during Christmas. Then we witnessed to how God…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you have had a blessed week.

Can you believe how fast this year is going? Next week is Thanksgiving! This Sunday is Christ the King Sunday, which, in the Church calendar, is the last Sunday of the church year. This year has certainly flown by.

You know, though, as I have been preparing for worship this Sunday, I have been wondering…

Let It Go!

Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, who abides in which of us. Amen

It is good to be back, but to be very honest Jill and I were in no hurry to come home. Our trip to Israel was absolutely incredible and it was one that I believe changed both of us. To walk in the very places that the great prophets walked and taught…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you have had a blessed couple of weeks.

Well, the trip Jill and I have been planning for over a year finally happened. As you may have noticed, you have not received a note from me over the past couple of weeks because, on November 1, Jill and I flew to Israel where we spent nine days traveling the country making a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray you have had a blessed week.

Well, as I write this letter, Jill and I are just a couple of days away from getting on an airplane to fly to Israel. Yes, this is a trip we have dreamed about for years and we are finally going to visit the land that we have studied so much about and the land where so much of our faith is centered.

All…

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