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What does this mean?

by Bishop Bill Gohl a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline… – 2 Timothy 1:7 The ELCA Church Council, the highest legislative body between Churchwide Assemblies, acted this last week to end the use of “Visions and Expectations for Ordained Ministers.”...

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Worship in the time of Coronavirus

by Bishop Bill Gohl You are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you…do not fear, for I am with you. – Isaiah 43:4-5, selected International attention to the COVID-19 Corona Virus has raised a number of questions across our synod about safely assembling for...

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Feasting versus fasting

by Bishop Bill Gohl Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? – Isaiah 58:6 William Arthur Ward (1921-1994), an American author, teacher, and pastor...

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Practicing silence

by Bishop Bill Gohl For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength… – Isaiah 30:15 It’s hard to believe that Ash Wednesday is only days away. I feel as though we blinked at...

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On Black History Month

 by Bishop Bill Gohl All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation... - 1 Corinthians 5:18 Each year the NAACP publishes an extensive list of how folks might commemorate and celebrate Black History...

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Point to Jesus

The next day [John the Baptist] saw Jesus coming toward him and declared, "Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" - John 1:29 This past Saturday, after the "weather event" failed to fully materialize, and having been the beneficiary of "an...

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Uncertainty and courage

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. –Luke 6:35-36 Today is the Rev....

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12(+) Days of Christmas

The [Magi] set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.  - Matthew 2:9-10 These last weeks have given me...

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Ray Revis, remembered

Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. – Colossians 3:14 Ray Revis died on Monday night. Spouse of Darlene for nearly 60 years; father of Pastor Robin and her husband Pastor Chris, and Beth and her husband John;...

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