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  • Finding Hope in the Messy Middle of Life

    Finding Hope in the Messy Middle of Life

    This time last year, I had a notebook full of unruly notes and an awareness that the messes all around me weren’t all there is to life. I had zero idea on how to form my unruly notebook...

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  • A Last Lesson of a School Year: the Aroma of Pizza

    A Last Lesson of a School Year: the Aroma of Pizza

    We are finally at the time of year where summer is sitting on the edge of the bed, waiting to hop off and come back into our lives for a well-timed visit. In Lutheran schools...

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  • The Covenant in Deuteronomy

    The Covenant in Deuteronomy

    In the Book of Deuteronomy, Moses preaches a series of sermons or discourses to the Israelites as they prepare to cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Lane. Although each of...

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  • A Little Grace Goes a Long Way

    A Little Grace Goes a Long Way

    This blog post is adapted from Inspired by the Holy Spirit: Four Habits for Faithful Living by Christina Hergenrader.  For the past few years, a popular T-shirt slogan has been,...

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  • What is God Calling Me to Do?

    What is God Calling Me to Do?

    This is an adapted excerpt from Walking Together: Simple Steps for Discipleship by Ted Doering.  What is God saying? This is a question about knowledge. What is God calling me to do?...

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  • Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Leviticus 16

    Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Leviticus 16

    Jesus was cast out that sinners would be welcomed in. After illness and death, perhaps the greatest COVID-related challenge is isolation. People living normally social lives have...

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  • Freedom from Sin in Zechariah 9

    Freedom from Sin in Zechariah 9

    This blog post is excerpted from Concordia Commentary: Zechariah.  Zechariah 9:12 begins with a command for the exiles to “return” to the stronghold of Zion (cf. 2:10–11 [ET...

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  • Music of the Month: Light Divine: Three Pentecost Hymn Settings for Organ

    Music of the Month: Light Divine: Three Pentecost Hymn Settings for Organ

    This year, the Church celebrates the Day of Pentecost on May 23, marking the end of the season of Easter. The word “Pentecost” literally means “fifty,” as it falls fifty days after...

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  • Christ-Centered Gifts for New Beginnings

    Christ-Centered Gifts for New Beginnings

    Spring has finally arrived! That means warm days reading outside and bombarding my friends with book suggestions and bookish gifts. In my bookworm opinion, there’s nothing better than...

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  • May 2021 Everyday Faith Calendar

    May 2021 Everyday Faith Calendar

    I will be what one Christian author and speaker would call a pioneer parent. Pioneer parents are mothers and fathers who did not have the examples of Christian parents to follow in...

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  • Abiding in God's Word

    Abiding in God's Word

    Life can get complicated. We know the drill. There are deadlines to keep, bills to pay, places to go, chores to do. Then something breaks down. Where does the money come from? How will...

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  • The Power of Letters for Pastoral Care

    The Power of Letters for Pastoral Care

    The Epistle readings through much of the Easter season in the Three-Year Lectionary for Year B are from 1 John, a timeless letter of great encouragement for God’s children to love each...

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  • Teaching Psalms to Students

    Teaching Psalms to Students

    Every Maundy Thursday evening during the stripping of the altar, the choir at my church sings a version of Psalm 22, the Psalm that begins “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”...

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  • Why Christians Need Fellowship

    Why Christians Need Fellowship

    Many of us—especially those of us up here in Minnesota—feel the drain the cold, long, and dark winter months have on our bodies and minds. We lack the vitamin D and the warmth the sun...

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  • How VBS Helps Support Children

    How VBS Helps Support Children

    Children running together, creating kites or cross necklaces, and high-pitched voices singing about Jesus almost seems like a distant memory. Oh, how we long to hear those sounds and...

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  • Digging Deeper into Scripture: Jesus as the Good Shepherd

    Digging Deeper into Scripture: Jesus as the Good Shepherd

    As Acts 4, Psalm 23, and 1 John interrelate, two predominant themes present themselves. Firstly, there is certain salvation in Jesus Christ, and in fact, only in Jesus Christ. Acts...

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  • Broke(n) and Restored

    Broke(n) and Restored

    The Japanese kintsugi cultural tradition is a wonderfully pure example of what a life in Christ is like. The art of kintsugi is practiced by only the most skilled artists in Japan....

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  • Preparing for Pastoral Ministry: A Call Day Reflection

    Preparing for Pastoral Ministry: A Call Day Reflection

    Let’s get the basics out of the way. I am the wife of a man who is studying to become a pastor. My husband, Joel, is entering the final stretch of his second year in the master of...

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  • Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Exodus 17

    Teaching Jesus in the Old Testament: Exodus 17

    Everyone knows what it’s like to be thirsty. Maybe you’ve just come in from working in the yard all afternoon. Perhaps a five-kilometer run left you parched. Your child gets up in the...

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  • God’s Presence in Baptism and Communion

    God’s Presence in Baptism and Communion

    This post is adapted from The Spirituality of the Cross, third edition, by Gene Edward Veith Jr.

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