Lenten Blog – 3/20/2018

  "[Love] is not irritable or resentful." - 1 Corinthians 13:5 When I read this verse, my first thought was of Vicki Portfolio.  I can't think of a time I've seen her when she wasn't cheerful and kind.  I wish I could say that I am always like that, but I must confess that I have my days when I'm...

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Lenten Blog – 3/19/2018

My 1-year-old son, Eli, likes to have things his way.  When he wants something, he goes and grabs it.  When someone tries to make him do something he doesn't want to do, like take a nap, he throws a tantrum... I mean a full-on, scream-his-head-off, throw stuff, throw-himself-to-the-ground, tantrum.  It's bad when 1-year-old acts like this, but it's expected.  When...

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Lenten Blog – 3/18/2018

I had a discussion with someone recently about pride. Pride is difficult concept today because it can have different meanings, some good and some bad. You can be prideful (meaning arrogant) or you can be proud of the work you've done (satisfied and pleased). You can be known as being a proud person (boastful) or you can be known as...

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Lenten Blog – 03/17/2018

Happy St Patrick’s Day! I have always loved this day ever since I read the autobiography of Patrick.  It is the second autobiography ever written after ‘The Confessions of St Augustine,” being the first.  Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates in the late 400’s from Britain.  After six years as a slave working in fields, he escaped and returned home. ...

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Lenten Blog – 3/16/2018

Easter is getting closer and one of the ways I see this is in a perennial Lilly bulb that I planted 18 years ago. Here is a picture of the plant in front of the first building. The plant is looking like it can bloom in about a week or two. It usually blooms either the last week of March...

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Lenten Blog – 03/15/2018

One of my favorite challenges to give to the Confirmation class is to have them give different names of Jesus from the Bible. The group record was 71 that a class two years ago came up with. There are about 105-110 by most New Testament scholar's opinion. This second to the last verse of 1 John has one that was...

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Lenten Blog – 3/14/2018

John begins his very first letter much like he begins his Gospel. The Gospel marvels at the incarnate Word who is and was God from all time. In the letter, John marvels at Jesus and views Him from his perspective and with his various senses: hearing; touching; and seeing. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which...

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Lenten Blog – 03/13/2018

Sometimes the words and view of scripture do not always match up with the way we think and prioritize life. I thought of that reading this verse from 3 John today. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.(3 John 1:2-4) I...

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Lenten Blog 3/7/2018

Love can make us do things that we wouldn't normally do. I've always found it interesting how things that irritate us when one person does them don't bother us when someone else, whom we love, does them. Patience can definitely be one of those things we give some, but not others. Love is patient." (1 Corinthians 13:4) However, God does...

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Lenten Blog 3/6/2018

I am officiating a wedding this weekend and I have been going through some of the more common Bible passages read at weddings.  One of the most popular has to 1 Corinthians 13:1-8.  As we look at the love of Jesus during this Lent season, this passage seemed very appropriate to reflect on.     If I speak in the...

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Lenten Blog – 03/04/2018

Happy Sabbath Day!  Our Old Testament reading for this weekend has been the 10 Commandments from Exodus chapter 20.   One of them is: remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.   This was misunderstood in Jesus day. One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as his disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The...

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Lenten Blog – 3/3/2018

I have been reading through the Psalms this week and this verse stuck out in my mind.  Here David speaks to “gods” about the Lord and His unfailing love.  I will praise you Lord with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise.  I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name for your...

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Lenten Blog 3/1/2018

Continuing to read in the Psalms, the first verse here reminds me of the saying, God is good all the time. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever.  Let Israel say, His love endures forever.  Let the house of Aaron say, His love endures forever.  Let those who fear the Lord say, His love endures...

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Lenten Blog 2/28/2018

One of the great insights from the book we read at Book Club, “Life Together” was talking about praying the Psalms.  In fact, the prayer book that Jesus used was the Book of Psalms. Just as he taught us the Lord’s Prayer, we can also pray like Jesus when we pray the Psalms. I call on you, O God, for...

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Lenten Blog 2/27/2018

One of the more challenging things in life is to always speak the truth.  There is a Jim Carrey movie that plays on this whole theme called Liar, Liar.  Jim is an attorney who for 24 hours has to tell the truth because of a wish of his son. This is terrible because as a lawyer he would often spin...

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Lenten Blog – 2/26/2018

Most of us, at least at some point, want to be known for something.  For some, you may want to be known as a great musician or artist.  For others, it may be as a great teacher.  Watching the Winter Olympics, I see a bunch of people who want to be known not only as a great athlete but as...

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Lenten Blog – 2/25/2018

The Gospel reading for today is Mark 8:27-38. In this passage there are several great things.  We have Peter's confession of who Jesus is (The Messiah), Jesus tells the disciples of the suffering and death He would face, and we learn about following Jesus.  That last one can be pretty challenging.  Jesus doesn't describe a life of ease, free from...

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Lenten Blog – 2/23/2018

I am going to go back to continue with John 15 after yesterday’s reflection on Billy Graham. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I...

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Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/18/2018

Last week on Sunday I mentioned I had a Pastor’s hat trick.  (A Baptism, a Wedding, and celebrating Holy Communion)  This thought was from my talk with some at the Hockey game about Gordie Howe and what he celebrated as a hat trick, a goal, an assist, and a fight.  The usual hat trick in hockey is three goals.  I...

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Praying With Jesus: Waiting…

Yesterday was one of the most important days of the church year when we remember Jesus' death on the cross. Tomorrow is another important day, Easter, when we celebrate Jesus' resurrection. But today... We wait. "But as for me, I will look to the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me." (Micah...

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Praying With Jesus: Good Friday

Today is one of the most important days of the year. It is Good Friday the day Jesus died on the cross. I am always asked by the kids in chapel why is this day called good, when the most terrible thing happened? Here is the answer. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so...

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Praying with Jesus: Not My Will, But Thine

We want what we want, but that's not necessarily what is best either for us or for others. Are you willing to submit to the will of God when you pray? "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." -Luke 22:42 I've got a long list of things I pray...

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Praying With Jesus: God's Timing

Can you keep a secret? Can you keep a secret from God? Absolutely not. Jesus knew of this plan and took steps to make sure it did not disrupt his plans. Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid...

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Praying with Jesus: Praying in Secret

Sometimes we pray for others while we are with them.  Sometimes we pray together in a worship service.  Sometimes we pray together before a meal or in family devotions.  Sometimes, though, we pray by ourselves, alone...in secret. "But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who...

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Praying With Jesus: Turn Me To You

We have started Holy Week and one of the things Jesus did this week caused quite a commotion in the Temple. On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone...

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Praying with Jesus: Strong Enough Faith?

"I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" - Mark 9:24 Yesterday, we looked at how we can ask God to help us when we struggle to believe. This verse speaks to another reality as well...whether God responds to weak faith. Some people have made the claim that if we have super strong faith, God will do super amazing miracles,...

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Praying with Jesus: I Believe. Help My Unbelief

“I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” - Mark 9:24 These are the words of a father desperate for his demon-possessed son to be made well. He had just watched the disciples fail time after time for hours trying to drive out the demon and now Jesus was there. His belief was waning, but now Jesus, Himself, was there...

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Praying With Jesus: Praying On Holy Ground

What is holy ground? I have heard of several Christian coffee shops using the name Holy Grounds. Holy ground is when we come into the presence of God. So Moses thought, "I will go over and see this strange sight--why the bush does not burn up." When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to...

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Praying With Jesus: Jesus Is Always Beside Us

Monday I talked about praying in an unusual place. Today I want to talk about regular planned prayer and what Daniel did when he prayed toward Jerusalem. So King Darius put the decree in writing. Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times...

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