After church today I invited about 25 people from this neighborhood to stand in the back field for a special event.  That event is this:  You are going to give a speech to them!   What would you say?  Are the palms of your hands and armpits breaking into a sweat?  That’s what they asked Paul…

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Yesterday I attended a 6 hour workshop by Lori Lorig who is a WELS consultant for an organization she calls, “Faith Unleashed.”  We took surveys and answered questions about ourselves—our personalities, characteristics and our gifts.  Here’s what I found out about myself.  I am a Lion/Otter that likes challenges and communication, consensus and motivating involvement…

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Early morning was his favorite part of the day.  He would get up and make a cup of strong coffee and sit on the front porch to watch the stars rise in the northeast.  Once the sun rose, he couldn’t see the stars anymore, but he knew they were still there.  Actually, his family had…

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How fast can you run?  It was the evening of May 6, 1954 when it happened.  It had not been recorded happening before this day.  But, since it happened hundreds of other people have done it.  And I’m guessing there are several of you here this evening that have come very close.   So, how…

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Proverbs 26:11 says, “As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool repeats his stupidity.” That’s a gross picture!  It makes that something you rejected from your body is something you should eat again.  But, as gross as this sounds the point is clear—it doesn’t make any sense!  The Lord isn’t really concerned about…

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The Christmas account is an easy story to tell.  A young woman give birth to a baby.  In our world 4 babies are born every second.  A poor young woman gives birth to a baby.  In the USA the census reports over 16 million children living in poverty.  A poor young woman is married to…

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Are you ready to it all to be over? 2020 has been quite the year. A global pandemic, economic recession, unemployment, political division, cultural upheaval, racial tension, record wildfires, floods, struggling with depression, grief, fear and hopelessness. According to a recent survey, 3 in 4 Americans report the constant stream of bad news has taken a tremendous…

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When you don’t know how dangerous it really is, then you really aren’t afraid of it either.  Toddlers prove this all the time.  They stand on the edge of the couch jumping up and down without fear that they might fall.  They stick their tiny fingers into the cage of a fan because they aren’t…

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You’ve heard plenty of sermons and Bible studies on making sure you keep your attention on the right things as we prepare for Christmas.  We all want to keep our priorities straight.  Having proper priorities is also a good point for us to consider as we kick off Growing Gifts with this Celebration Sunday—we want…

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After 120 years the ark was built.  The animals were inside.  Now he waited with emotions.  Glad the project was completed.  Sad for the people who did not repent.  Anxiously he waited to see what would happen next.  He waited.  We just finished the end of the Church Year and thought about Last Judgment, Saints…

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