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Can Your "Something" Save?

This past Sunday night, after Aaron Rodgers had been carted off the field with a knee injury, and Khalil Mack had just returned an interception for a touchdown, and caused a fumble, and recovered a fumble, and recorded a sack, I thought something. I thought, “The Packers gave their money to the wrong person.” The Packers, as you may know, recently gave Aaron Rodgers the biggest contract in the history of the NFL. And there was talk that they were also going to trade for Khalil Mack,...

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Hallelujah

September 9.  That day mean anything to you?  It means something to at least sixteen of our members.  They maybe don’t know this, but five of our members were baptized on September 9.  God’s continued blessings Chloe, Brenda, Isabella, Tammy, and now Watson.  I am pretty sure that nine of you do know this day is special as you’re celebrating birthdays today.  God’s continued blessings Michael, Diane, Sean, Tracie, Richard, Connie, Bennett,...

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Be Strong in the Armor of God

Erik Norrie was vacationing in the Bahamas with his family. They had just had lunch, and Erik decided he wanted to go snorkeling and spearfishing so he could catch something for dinner. After he speared a grouper (kind of a fat, roundish fish, with a large mouth and long teeth), he started swimming back and was in about five feet of water when he felt a crunch on the back of his leg. He looked back and saw a shark with a piece of his left leg in its mouth. His wife and four daughters saw the...

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Whom Will You and Your Household Serve?

Sometimes in life you get those moments where a single person can capture the attention of a whole lot of people.  Kind of like Big Al this week. Have you heard about Big Al?  He’s Alfred Delia from Middletown, New Jersey, and he’s 12. His Little League team was playing in the Little League World Series this week, and Big Al introduced himself by saying “Hi my name Alfred Delia. Back home they call me Big Al, and I hit dingers” (baseball speak for home runs)....

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Let the Children Come

The weekdays have been pretty quiet around here the last few months. But, the buzz is back! It started about two weeks ago with school registration. Parents and kids filled up the church entryway on a Tuesday afternoon. You received a welcome letter and school supplies list from your teacher. The older students and their families got some info concerning sports. If needed you purchased a Bible, Hymnal, or Catechism. And you did a smorgasbord of other things too: hot lunch, scrip, God’s...

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Blessed

Everything God says in His Word is for our benefit. We read the promises of comfort, guidance, forgiveness, and love that saturate the pages of the Bible, and we are blessed. Yet it’s not only the gospel promises, the good news of Jesus, that were written for our benefit. Everything God says is for our good. This truth came up in Starting Point (Immanuel’s Intro to the Bible and membership class) a few weeks ago as we were looking at the Ten Commandments. I had this comic on the...

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Grow Up

So, what did you think of that hymn?  Be honest.  How many of you like that hymn?  How many of you like that hymn to the point that you’re going to run home and change your funeral plans, “Scratch ‘In Christ Alone’, scratch ‘Amazing Grace.’ Must sing hymn 352 at my funeral?”  How many of you didn’t like that hymn?  No offense to our musician, Marlis, she played it exactly as she was supposed to.  But I have to tell...

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Life the Good Life

About three years ago, a woman named Suzie Clark woke up on a particular Thursday morning and prayed, “Dear God, are you going to bless me today and let me find a diamond?” And the answer to that prayer was “yes.” Suzie lives in Arkansas. In Arkansas, just a little southwest of Little Rock, is a state park called Crater of Diamonds State Park. Inside this state park is a 37.5-acre field in which anyone can go and look for diamonds, and you get to keep any diamonds you...

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Your Twenty Loaves

After the Korean War ended in 1953, South Korea was left with a large number of children who had been orphaned by the war. Relief agencies came in to deal with all the problems that arose, especially with having so many children in the orphanages. Even though the children had three meals a day provided for them, they were restless and anxious at night and had difficulty sleeping. As they talked to the children, they soon discovered that the children had great anxiety about whether they would...

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Jesus is Our Compassionate Shepherd

I don’t know why I was so surprised, but I was. A month ago I was at Theda Care in Neenah visiting someone. As I was on my way out, I passed a male medical staffer in the hallway. I’m not sure if he was a doctor, a nurse, a surgeon, or what, but he was wearing his blue scrubs. The part I found so strange was his face was buried in his hands. He was crying, sobbing really. He was clearly overcome with grief and sadness, likely carrying the grief and burden of a patient. I...

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