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Who Am I? I Am HOLY

Melissa and her husband live in Virginia. One night, when her husband came home from work rather late, hungry because he had missed supper, Melissa told him he would find something in the oven. “Great!” he said. “I’m starving.” So he walked over to the oven, opened it up, and inside found just a single bun. He looked at it, turned around and asked why there was just a single bun in the oven. “Because,” Melissa said, “as far as I know, it’s...

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Who Am I? I Am VALUABLE

As you may know, President Trump gave the annual “State of the Union” address this past Tuesday evening. And like most every President who has given a similar address to the nation, he did a good job of celebrating the things that he thinks are going well right now. In particular, he mentioned blue-collar jobs on the rise and growth in manufacturing. But also like every President who has given a similar address to the nation, he also highlighted some areas that he believes need some...

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Not Your Burden: Happiness

I was in the city of Chicago last week for a conference, and it reminded me of something that happened back in 2017. 2017 is when I first heard of a young boy in Chicago named Jakhil Jackson. One day when he was 9, his aunt took him to a shelter in Chicago to help feed the homeless. And he couldn’t believe what he saw – the poverty, sadness, and pain. He looked at his aunt and said, “They don’t even have basic items to start or end their day.” He said he wished he...

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Praise the One who Breaks the Darkness

All I have to do is flip the switch; Turn the knob on the lamp; Say, “Alexa, turn on the lights.” And if the power goes out, I don’t even have to go to the drawer to find the matches or flashlight. I just grab my phone.(Which, if I’m being honest, is never more than an arm’s length away) If I’m in the church office at night or early in the morning, I don’t have to do anything. I simply walk down the hall, and all of the lights turn on. It’s all...

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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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