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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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Rejoice!

by Bishop Bill Gohl Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, do not fear! Here is your God." –Isaiah 35:4 The days of Advent are passing quickly. Though I feel some unease about the many tasks that are still to be accomplished before Christmas, I love the...

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On Advent bickering

by Bishop Bill Gohl In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of...

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What does abundant mean?

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. –Jesus Christ (John 10:10) As Thanksgiving is upon us, I cannot help but spend something of myself counting the many blessings of my life and ministry, many of which I take for granted day by day. Our synod has...

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Back to seminary

by Bishop Bill Gohl This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. -1 Corinthians 4:1-2 Last week, I had the opportunity to visit my seminary alma...

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Christmas Evangelism: Part Two

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. –John 14:14 While personal, in-person invitations will probably always be the best way to invite someone to a Christmas worship...

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