Salem Lutheran Church

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you’ve had a blessed week.

This coming Sunday is the fiftieth day after Easter, which means Sunday is the Day of Pentecost. As we read in the Book of Acts, “When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled…

We're Still Here!

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

This past Thursday, May 29, was a very special day in the history of Christianity, but a day that is rarely celebrated in the church. Thursday was the Ascension of Our Lord. That is, Thursday was the 40th day after Easter and therefore it marks the day…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you’ve had a blessed week.

You know, as a Lutheran pastor, I am often asked about what Lutherans believe. In our congregation, we have many people who are not life-long Lutherans, and so they have heard differing thoughts and interpretations of scripture before, and now they want to know what they “should” believe. I understand…

We're Not Alone

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

Have you ever felt lonely? I’m talking about that feeling of having no one to turn to and that feeling of thinking the only way you can do something is to do it yourself, or that feeling that no one else can understand your situation. Have you ever…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

Our Gospel text for this Sunday is John 14:15-21. When we ended our Gospel text last week, although it sounded like Jesus was finished talking, he actually had more to say, and this Sunday we get to hear the continuation of the story. If you remember, last week Jesus told the disciples to not let their…

Destined For Greatness

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

You know, when I first began preparing for this this sermon, which was actually over a month ago, I did not plan to talk about our story from Acts today, because I really don’t like it, especially when we combine it with our Gospel text which is filled…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you have had a blessed week.

In early April, as most of us in the church were frantically preparing for Easter, 32 of the 65 synodical bishops in the ELCA descended on Washington, D.C., to meet with congressional leaders.

The reason for these meetings was for our bishops to advocate to our congressional leaders for such issues…

Go, Live An Abundant Life!

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

“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). In contrast to most things in this world that attempt to rob us of life, Jesus calls these things, or people, the thieves and bandits, Jesus says, he comes to give not just life,…

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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I pray that you had a blessed week.

In our Gospel text for this coming Sunday, John 10:1-10, Jesus ends by saying, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Jesus didn’t come just so we could have the promise of an awesome new life after we die. No, according to our Lord, he came so that we might have an awesome life in…

Let's Take A Walk

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

When our kids were young, they always wanted a dog, and although Jill and I both grew up with dogs, for many years we refused to get a dog, but as far as having pets, we did always seem to have either a fish tank, or a fish bowl with at least one beta fish.…

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