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 – 3/5/2018

Yesterday in the sermon I mentioned an H.G Wells quote that I love.  "If there is no God, nothing matters. If there is a God, nothing else matters."  Wells was an English science fiction writer that thought about the future and what it all means? The heart of this quote talks about the purpose and meaning of things and of...

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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 – 3/2/2018

In the little kid’s chapel this week I started talking about the fruit of the Spirit.  One of them that is elusive to me at times is patience.  (remember: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control) This Psalm speaks of the struggles we have with patience. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word...

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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 2/24/2018

I love to travel, but there's just something about being home that you can't get anywhere else.  I remember right after college I took a trip around the country with a friend of mine.  We rented an SUV which served not only as transportation but often as our lodging and drove to Texas and Arizona, then to Colorado, then California. ...

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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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Passover Seder Meal

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00 PM to participate in a Passover Seder Meal. We will share traditional foods that would be eaten during Passover. We are asking people to bring a food of their choice to share. (Grapes, bread, unleavened bread, fruit, olives, chicken, beets, Matzo soup, Hummus, pita bread) Pastor Haara will...

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Lenten Blog – 2/22/2018

  As I was watching the news this morning I heard the news that Billy Graham had died.  Some of you may know I do have a Greek and Hebrew degree from Wheaton College, where he also went to school.  This is part of the email Wheaton sent out this morning.      Billy Graham preached the gospel to 215...

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Lenten Blog – 2/21/2018

We continue on with John chapter 15 that has many insights into the love of Jesus.  Yesterday Jesus talked about remaining in the love of Jesus and obeying Him. The next verse talks about the result of that action, joy.      I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may...

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Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/20/2018

When we think about the love of Jesus, John chapter 15 has many insights into the love of Jesus.  The next few blogs will look at how Jesus describes love in this chapter.   "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my...

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Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/19/2018

Happy Presidents Day!  This is a newer holiday.  Growing up we always had both Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday as holidays.  Since they added MLK day they combined these two into one.  I don’t really know as much about George Washington, but Abraham Lincoln has been a great favorite.  When thinking about the Presidents, this passage from Romans speaks to...

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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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Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog 2/17/2018

Biblical literacy is not always the best.  As I was reading in this chapter of 1 John yesterday this passage stuck in my mind and I remembered this story.  A couple was getting married and asked their bakery to put this passage from 1 John 4:18 on their cake.   There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives...

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Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/16/2018

One of the more common things we have in weekly worship services are the creeds. The more common are the Apostles and the Nicene Creed. These give a picture in the discussions and debates at the times they were written, namely, just who is Jesus and how can we describe the Trinity. We confess these as part of our faith...

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Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – 2/15/2018

In chapel yesterday for Ash Wednesday I read this Bible passage. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.                   (2 Timothy 3:16-17)       This passage describes four ways that scripture works in each of us.  The most...

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Pastor Dave’s Lenten Blog – Ash Wednesday

Today begins the 40 days before Easter that marks the season of Lent (this includes all of the days except for the Sundays). You may think it unusual or not fitting that today is also Valentines Day. It last happened in 1956. It will happen again in only eleven years in 2029. Today is a day of hearts and love....

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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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