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Archive for March 2019

The parable of the prodigal son is well known, but perhaps the title should be the parable of the loving father? In today’s message Pastor Paul talks about this loving father and about the lost-ness and pain so prevalent in our world. Then, quoting a modern day parable by Brené Brown, we here about how God calls us to look each other’s pain it in the eye.

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The Season of Lent is an opportunity for us to repent and refocus and to ask God to help us understand the fruit we are to bear and then how much manure we need to add to the mix in order to allow that fruit to develop.

 

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Our Lenten series is based on the last words of Jesus. In this installment, Seminarian Paul Gebo talks about the words Jesus spoke to his mother and his friend. Gebo says that sometimes he feels like a motherless child, but in the end, the last words of Jesus tell us that we will never be without brothers, sisters or mothers as long as we are the Body of Christ.

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Jesus is on a mission, and so are we! When Jesus is told by the local religious leaders that Herod means him harm, his response tells us that his mission is too important to allow for distractions. Our lives are filled with distractions, but Jesus modeled a way to stay focused on our mission, to love God and our neighbor.

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What is temptation? It’s not what you think. Temptation is to entice someone to WANT to do something. Someone who tempts you can only make you want to do it, not actually do it.

What’s at stake when Jesus is tempted in the wilderness is more than just the temptations, but the will of Jesus.

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The last words of Jesus have meaning for us today. In the first installment of our series for Lenten midweeks, “The Last Words of Jesus,” Pastor Paul takes on “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” and offers some insights about why these words matter for all of us.

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What do we do with the life-giving gift we have received in Jesus? Our guest preacher this week is the Rev. Dr. Craig Nessan, Academic Dean at Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. Dr. Nessan connects the dots between what God has done and how God is consuming us into the very Body of Christ.

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