From Death to Life

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From the Pastor From Death to Life (Ephesians 2:1-10) You may have heard the popular tale regarding the origin of the word eureka, often used to convey the sense of “I’ve found it.” It has to do with a really clever Ancient Greek scientist observing the displacement of water...

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Happy Va-LENT-ine’s Day!

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From the Pastor Happy Va-LENT-ine’s Day!(Romans 5:8) Did you notice Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday fall on the same day this year? Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and the day we receive ashes on our foreheads while hearing the words “You are dust and to...

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God’s Vision for Us in a New Year

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From the Pastor God’s Vision for Us in a New Year(Psalm 90) Happy New Year! At this start of a new year, we give thanks to God who is both our “help in ages past” and our “hope for years to come” (Lutheran Service Book, 733). January begins a new season in the...

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God — Up Close and Personal

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From the Pastor God — Up Close and Personal(Galatians 4:4-5) This year as we prepare again to welcome the Christ child, I invite the parents among us to remember the birth of their own children. I call to mind my own two kids, all grown up now. Though both arrivals were memorable, I...

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I love Thanksgiving!

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From the Pastor I love Thanksgiving! All the great food, time with family and friends, football (go Lions!), and the specific time set aside to be thankful for all we have makes it one of my favorite holidays of the year. What I may love most about Thanksgiving though, is its lack of...

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Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

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From the Pastor Getting Ready for Thanksgiving (Luke 12:13-21) You’ve probably noticed the cultural pressure to get ready for holidays before they actually arrive. If so, you’ve taken stock of how that trend has accelerated over the years. Remember the quaint notion, once upon...

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Begin By Listening

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From the Pastor Begin By Listening (Matthew 16:14-16) September at Resurrection Lutheran Church is all about living out what it means to be disciples of Jesus together. Not only do we gather in regular weekly worship as we do all summer long, we also have a chance to take things one step...

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One Spirit, One Mind

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From the Pastor One Spirit, One Mind (Philippians 2:2) Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Life Together is one of my favorite books. The encouragement for individual members of the faith community to live in love for one another is so needed for people of every generation…but especially so...

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Living in God’s Kingdom

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From the Pastor Living in God’s Kingdom (Matthew 6:10) There are interesting differences between living in America and living in a constitutional monarchy, as I discovered after first living in Japan almost 40 years ago. Today, the Emperor of Japan is only a figurehead, performing...

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Teach Me

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From the Pastor Teach Me(Psalm 119:65-68) “God Said What?” And Why It Matters It seems appropriate somehow that as we enter the month of June at RLC we should hear the writer of an ancient hymn say in humble prayer before God, “Teach me good judgement and...

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