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  • A Secure and Constant Hope

    A Secure and Constant Hope

    Our hope is not in our circumstances.  It’s something I need to be reminded of regularly. Especially during times that are not routine or are unexpected, or when it becomes apparent...

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  • Developing a Circle of Trust

    Developing a Circle of Trust

    In previous posts, I have approached the concept of race relations from a theoretical point of view. However, in this post, I want to give you some practical ideas to help make the task...

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  • Just for Decoration

    Just for Decoration

    Special thanks to the ministries of St. Lucas Lutheran Early Childhood Center and Word of Life Lutheran School in St. Louis, Missouri, for taking the time to educate my children and...

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  • Jesus Is With You in Your Worry

    Jesus Is With You in Your Worry

    “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).  Maybe you hear this as a new Law at...

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  • Challenging More: You Don't Know Everything (and That's Okay)

    Challenging More: You Don't Know Everything (and That's Okay)

    The idea that each individual person has to know everything can set some on edge. How are you meant to know everything in the short lifespan that you have? In his new book, Meant for...

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  • The Art of Listening and Speaking

    The Art of Listening and Speaking

    This post is an adapted excerpt from Speaking Boldly: Sharing God's Word Every Day by Edward O. Grimenstein. We Christians must always be willing to take the time to listen to one...

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  • When You Get What You Prayed For

    When You Get What You Prayed For

    In college, I used to (only semi-jokingly) ask God to send me a tall, blonde, Jesus-loving, soccer-playing, European boyfriend. A few weeks ago, I married a tall, blonde pastor who...

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  • A Sea of Broken Dreams

    A Sea of Broken Dreams

    “I will rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; no more shall be heard in it the sound of weeping and the cry of distress.” Isaiah 65:19 As I look at the landscape in our...

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  • Anxiety and the Pandemic

    Anxiety and the Pandemic

    The level of anxiety facing children, parents, schoolteachers and administrators, congregational shepherds and lay leaders, and our public policy makers is enormous—pandemic anxiety for...

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  • 4 Places to Share God's Word with Others

    4 Places to Share God's Word with Others

    I wouldn’t be writing this were it not for people who told me about Jesus: My grandparents, who taught me to give thanks before meals and helped me recite the Lord’s Prayer. My friends...

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  • Social Media: Walk as Children of Light

    Social Media: Walk as Children of Light

    The internet has always had its dark side: email money transfer and gift card scams, identity theft, catfishing, fake job offers, stalkers, social media bullying, and more. During this...

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  • Blame vs. Confession

    Blame vs. Confession

    So far, 2020 has seen a lot of high-profile news stories. If you are anything like me, you may have forgotten some of the stories that dominated the news cycle in the first two months...

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  • How to Memorize Scripture (and Why It’s Important)

    How to Memorize Scripture (and Why It’s Important)

    If you grew up going to Sunday School or confirmation classes, I can almost guarantee that you had to memorize Bible verses. It likely went something like this: You remember you have a...

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  • Wade in the Water

    Wade in the Water

    It was Easter Sunday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, NY. The tiny urban neighborhood church was crowded with saints singing “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” at the top of their...

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  • The Real Enemy Feeding Racism in America

    The Real Enemy Feeding Racism in America

    Tonto and the Lone Ranger were riding through a canyon together when all of a sudden both sides were filled with Indian warriors on horses, dressed for battle. The Lone Ranger turned to...

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  • Jesus Gives You the Perfect Prayer

    Jesus Gives You the Perfect Prayer

    I am far from an expert on prayer.   I’m not the person to go to for tips on how to be consistent in prayer. I can remind you of the assurance we have in prayer because of Christ....

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  • Four Bible Verses for Rejoicing Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

    Four Bible Verses for Rejoicing Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

    During hard times, it can be difficult to find the energy to rejoice. It feels easier to focus on how bad everything is and to dig in your feet and say, “Nope, nothing to be joyful...

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  • Conflicting Ideas between Church and Government

    Conflicting Ideas between Church and Government

    This year has introduced a lot of challenges and changes in government due to the current pandemic. It is also an election year, and people are focusing their attention on registering...

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  • Kneeling for Justice

    Kneeling for Justice

    In my office, I have a kneeler that I got off of Craigslist from a Lutheran church that had closed many years ago. It was the first piece of furniture I dropped down into my empty,...

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  • Think Before You Post to Social Media

    Think Before You Post to Social Media

    Search “social media vitriol” and Google gives a return of about 2,240,000 results. You’ve probably muted at least one person or conversation on Facebook or Twitter, maybe even going so...

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