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January 2020

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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