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Lighten Up!

If you remember, last week we began reading what we call Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. John had been arrested and Jesus had begun his ministry and started to call his disciples. He had begun traveling around Galilee, “teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people” (Matthew 4:23). And as he did this,…

Blessed Are

In baptism, we are claimed by our creator through water and word. Our family and congregation make a commitment to bring us up in the faith and teach us the scriptures. In confirmation, we study the scriptures and make our own profession of faith as we affirm our baptism. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the chapter on how to live in an imperfect world while also following a radical, loving, and…

A Shocking Reality

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.

Let me set the scene for you. Jesus had recently learned that John had been arrested. Once he had heard this news, he decided to move way from Nazareth to Capernaum, about 60 miles northeast. Capernaum was a seaside village on the north end of the…

​Talents Shared!

This Sunday will be the last time Tyler Garrison plays guitar in our band. He is pursuing his dream of traveling abroad, and heading to Prague next week to become certified to teach English as a second language. I am so happy for him, and feel incredibly blessed to have worked with him for 3 years at Salem.

Did you know that Salem…

Next!

I don’t know about you, but last Sunday was not a good day for me. First of all, I never like not having worship on Sunday and when I had to cancel worship because of the forecast, it put me in a bad mood. Then to make matters worse, I had to watch the Chiefs loose that night and get knocked out of the playoffs. The Chiefs had such a promising year going, they went 12-4 in the regular…

Weekly Word

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

This past Sunday, January 15, was not a very good day for me. Because of the forecast of the impending ice storm and fear of icy streets and dangerous driving conditions the ice might cause, we decided it would be best to cancel worship (along with about 600 other churches in the KC area).

Now, I am sure for some it was a nice excuse to stay…

Come and See

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.

Our gospel story today begins with an image that the Jews of Jesus’ day would have easily understood. When John saw Jesus coming toward him, he said, “Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” The mention of the “lamb “would…

Weekly Word

Dear Salem Family,

It’s January. I know this isn’t a surprise. It hits every year and for some it means sadness with the Christmas season over and for some the excitement of a New Year is upon us. January can be a blue time of year when the sun doesn’t shine as much and the cold keeps people from their regular routines. For some, myself included, they love the cold and shine during…

What is Baptism?

Do you remember anything about your baptism? If you’re like me, you were baptized as an infant, which means you have no memory of your baptism.

Now, I ask this question because I find it very interesting that most Christians have no memory of their baptism, yet, we confess that baptism is the pivotal event in the life of a Christian. And the other interesting thing here is that…

New Year's Evolution

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails”. William Arthur Ward

Each January, millions of Americans choose to make a new year’s resolution in hopes of adjusting their sails for positive personal change. The most common resolutions are losing weight, getting organized, quitting tobacco/alcohol, or…

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