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April 2019

The Risen Christ Empowers His Witnesses

Spring is the season of highly anticipated sunshine, rain showers, budding flowers, longer days, baseball, and… Potholes. Lots and lots of potholes. We even have our fair share on School Road. But there is a 59-year-old man in Gretna, Nebraska, a small town outside of Omaha, who may have a pothole to thank for saving his life. Did you hear about this? This past Monday afternoon, an ambulance rushed to help this man with a racing heart at work. They had a 20-minute drive to the emergency...

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Easter: See Him Risen - Just as He Said

You might know who Olivia Newton-John is.  She’s a singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has sold more than 100 million records, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2005, she was dating a man named Patrick McDermott. In June of that year, Patrick went on an overnight fishing trip in the Pacific Ocean with 25 others but never came back. The other crew members said that he fell off the boat into the water, and they...

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Good Friday Tenebrae: See Him Remember You

What a Friend We Have in Jesus. Jesus Loves Me, This I Know. Glory Be to Jesus. Come, Lord Jesus, Be Our Guest. Jesus, Name Above All Names. Jesus, Jesus, Only Jesus. The name of the innocent man bleeding on the cross is … Jesus. Can you tell me the name of the only person in the bible who called Jesus … Jesus? He was called Master, Rabbi, Rabboni, Teacher, Lord, God, the Lamb, even Blasphemer. But only one person is on record of ever calling him by the name you and I use...

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Good Friday Traditional: See Jesus Walk

George Meegen once walked from the southern tip of South America to the northern part of Alaska, over 19,000 miles. It took him 6.5 years. He wore out 12 pairs of hiking boots. It’s considered the longest “uninterrupted” walk in history.  But that is mere trivia. Forty years after he accomplished that feat, you don’t see George Meegen in the news, on social media, or late-night TV.  Besides his name on the Guinness website of world records it has no real value...

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Maundy Thursday: See Him Give

You’re sitting toward the back of a full church on a Sunday morning. We have already sung the opening hymn, and the pastor is leading the congregation through the opening dialogue. After we confess how we have disobeyed God in thought, word, and deed, the pastor boldly proclaims the forgiveness of sins that is ours through Jesus. He says, “As a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy...

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Praise the King

Are you familiar with Honor Flights? An Honor Flight is an opportunity for veterans of the United States Military to fly to Washington D.C. and visit the different memorials, especially the memorial of the war in which they fought. These Honor Flights began in 2005 shortly after the completion of the National World War II Memorial. They wanted to give veterans of World War II, who might not ever have the chance themselves, the opportunity to visit and see the memorial that was built to honor...

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See Him Mocked

Professional wrestling hosted its Wrestlemania event this past weekend, and the fans got some unexpected entertainment. Bret Hart is a former professional wrestler. He’s 61 years old and was standing on the stage, giving a speech, when 26-year-old Zachary Madsen from Lincoln, Nebraska got past security, ran onto the stage, and tackled him. Within seconds, an intimidating collection of very strong men and women grabbed this guy and pulled him into the corner. When the crowd realized what...

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Press On!

New Berlin, Wisconsin, was in the news last week. You heard the reason, right? The winning power-ball lottery ticket was sold at a Speedway gas station in New Berlin. The $768 million prize (the third largest lottery jackpot ever in America and Wisconsin’s largest) makes those baseball and football players’ contracts look like minimum wage! So someone in Wisconsin won that lottery and they are probably meeting with lawyers, accountants, and communications specialists this very...

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See Him Disowned

What changed? Jesus had asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”(Matthew 16:13-16) Peter said that. After many people stopped following him, Jesus turned to the twelve and asked them, “You don’t want to leave too, do you?” “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”(John 6:66-69) Peter...

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What Are You Looking to Find in Life?

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and discovered that someone was staring at you? That can be a pretty freaky feeling. Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and discovered that something was staring at you? And if so, has it ever been a 2-foot long creature that looks like a cross between monkey and a raccoon? If so, then you have something in common with a 99-year old woman in Florida. One night, she woke up and saw an animal called a kinkajou staring at her and...

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