Riding the Waves

When the waves of grief come in your life I encourage you to take 5, and ride them, if they pass by they are gone and the experience they afford you is gone. In Christ, we can be the best at grieving through all of its mysteries as well as a witness of what it means to have hope beyond death because of what Jesus has accomplished!

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What I'm Reading: 006 -- Small Church Essentials

“Jesus calls every church and every church leader for a purpose, and He equips us with everything we need to accomplish that purpose. You and your church don’t need one more member, one more dollar, or one more square foot of facility. You don’t even need a facility, if your church doesn’t have one.” What we need instead is a boldness to do what God calls us to do. To paraphrase the apostle Paul, God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips the called. May we, as Christians, respond to His call, remembering that every church, small and large, is part of His Church.

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What I'm Reading: 005 -- The Prodigal Prophet

I’ve been challenged in my study of Jonah to ask myself, “Is my private faith of any public good?” Keller references how our modern, pluralist culture shames and punishes those who don’t conform to the popular norms and that “for all our talk of tolerance, we demand that others adopt our characteristics and beliefs.” He invites Christians to live out in a way that is truly counter-cultural, one that embraces and loves people, even people who don’t believe what we believe.

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Live Together, Die Alone

We’re all still waiting. Waiting for someone to come. But what if they don’t? As I look across north Oakland County, and the eleven churches we have gathered in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, I see a parallel to the island survivors. We are waiting for someone to come and rescue us. The next young family that walks through the door will be the first family that opens the floodgates that will rescue our parish, lest we perish. While they may come, they may also never return, and we’re left scratching our heads why. 

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Following Jesus Together

There is tremendous potential in our area for sharing the Gospel and following Jesus together. There are many questions as it pertains to Holy Cross, Living Word, and the other LCMS congregations in our area working together. We want to ask as many of those questions as possible, knowing that we may not have every answer. We invite you to ask questions that are on your mind too, so we can start working together on answers and our future.

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This Day is a Gift

This day— this moment of humming wires and climbing weeds, the smell of someone grilling in the distance, the laughter of children as they splash through a sprinkler, the gentle clink of ice in cool drink—this day is a gift. Rejoice in it all. Even the parts that make your eyes water.

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Winning and other ways to lose

It’s easy to become cynical as you go through life and begin to feel like in some ways maybe nothing matters. To think maybe we should just spin the wheel, take the safest bet, and resign ourselves to the idea its all flashing lights and cheap prizes.  But that’s not it. 

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Everything You Never Need

We have so much. Maybe we are sometimes left poorer for it. It begins to own us. But spring reminds us it’s never too late to start fresh, dig deep, and bloom where we are planted. You already have what you need, no matter what the commercials and billboards and pop up ads and tell you. You are enough just as you are. And as for the rest of it, well, it’s time to clean house.

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Crying on Call Day

Reflecting on the last three years, and the journey God has taken my family on, I wanted to share words of encouragement to the men, women and children about to embark on a godly path who may not be filled with joy by the end of the night. The last three years have taught me God truly is in control and knows what He’s doing.

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Mixed In, Not Mixed Up

We never know what God is up to, and sometimes it is years before His timing is right. Just like knowing when to change differential fluid in a truck, be aware of the Spirits leading to get mixed into some one’s life who is struggling with sin, and be careful not to get mixed up in the lifestyle as well. 

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Spontaneous Overflow

Is there any spontaneous overflow of Jesus in our lives? Is Jesus spilling out of us into the lives of others? Allow this to be an encouragement to you in that it’s not about how long Jesus has been in our lives, nor about how much we know about the Bible, simply that we know he is living water, the Savior, the cross bearing, blood shedding, sin forgiving, death conquering King of Kings and his offer is free for all!

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