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Not Your Burden: The Burden of Sin

One of my favorite singer/songwriters of all times is Steveland Hardaway Judkins (aka: Stevie Wonder) – born in Saginaw, Michigan, six weeks premature. And because neonatal intensive care in 1950 wasn’t what it is today, he was born blind. That’s a burden that he has had to be bear his whole life. But he’s an extremely successful songwriter, singer, entertainer. Maybe you’ve heard about the uber-talented physicist Stephen Hawking who died two years ago. He suffered...

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Not Your Burden: Aproval

Can you see what this is? This is my baptism certificate. It says, “This certifies that Nathan David Moldenhauer… was baptized… in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” On February 28, 1988, why did my parents bring me to the baptismal font of Trinity Lutheran Church in the Town of Liberty? Why do we do that as parents, as a church? Why do we baptize? Perhaps the simple answer, the answer Martin Luther gave in his small catechism, is that God...

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Promise Kept: Salvation

Molly McGarvey is 65 years old. She comes home from work every day and collapses on the couch because she’s so exhausted. When she goes to bed for the night, she usually only sleeps for an hour or so before she wakes up and can’t fall asleep again. Most nights, she ends up sleeping in the bathtub. It helps her relax. In her words, “It’s the only way I can make it through the night without going insane.” “There are some nights I want to end my life,” she...

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Our Real-Life Redeemer

One thing I enjoy doing as we get close to the New Year is looking at the list of most googled things from the previous year. Google is the most used search website on the internet, and they keep track not only of all the different things people see, but also how many times people search for them. And this past year, the one thing the most people in the United States searched for most often was Disney Plus, the new streaming video service that, for a couple bucks a month, allows you to...

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Christmas Day - Promise Kept: Good News

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. 9 Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his...

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Christmas Eve - All Is Well

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But...

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Gifted for More...Proclamation

I don’t know if anyone reads comics anymore but there been a long-running comic strip called Hagar the Horrible, started by Richard Browne back in 1973. He died a few years ago so now his son Chris Browne has taken over illustrating this mild-mannered, red-bearded Viking who comments about things in everyday American life. One scene from a few years ago had Hagar kneeling in prayer saying, “It is not easy to believe in you, God. We never see you. How come you never show...

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Prepare the Way for the Lord...in Suffering

Two weeks ago, we talked about the benefit of meditation. Last week, we talked about the benefit of prayer. This week, we are talking about the benefit of ... suffering. I don't know that we normally think of suffering as a benefit. But consider this quote from Martin Luther, “[Suffering] is the touchstone which teaches you not only to know and understand, but also to experience how right, how true, how sweet, how lovely, how mighty, how comforting God’s Word is,...

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Gifted to Make a PROMISE

(https://www.youtube.com/becauseisaidiwould) Shortly after he lost his father, Alex Sheen began sending promise cards to anyone who requested them at no cost. It was Alex’s way of remembering his dad, whose greatest characteristic, Alex says, was always, always keeping his promise. Since his father’s death in September of 2012, Alex’s organization has sent over 11.3 million Promise Cards to more than 150 countries. What started out simply as honoring his father has turned into...

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Prepare the Way for the Lord...with Prayer

As we prepare the way for our Lord in our hearts and our homes, we’re looking at different sections of Psalm 119, the Bible’s longest chapter. Last week we considered meditating on God’s Word, but today we prepare the way for the Lord with prayer. READ PSALM 119:145-152 So do you really need to pray? The answer is really “NO.” You don’t have to pray. You don’t have to pray to get to heaven.  If fact, prayer can’t get you to heaven. You...

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