An Inside Job

Every sin is an inside job. But God sends his Holy Spirit to work from the inside out, to convict us of our sin, to take our souls to the cross and take us to heaven one day. The evidence of God’s inside job is in the things we do, or don’t do, the light we walk in and the fruit we bear. May God right now, do an inside job he knows specifically each one of needs to bring glory to His name as long as we are on this earth!

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What I'm Reading: 008 -- Transgender

I’m not sure there is a book I’ve read recently which I’ve highlighted more than Transgender by Vaughan Roberts. It’s a short book. You can read it in a single sitting. Roberts writes, “we need to begin by remembering that we are not simply talking about ‘issues’ here, but people: precious individuals, each created and loved by God.” This book helps me love people better by teaching me things I didn’t know before I read it.

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What I'm Reading: 007 -- Reclaiming Glory

“We don’t have a right to go on, year after year, never seeing disciples made in our churches. We are not entitled to our churches if they aren’t bearing fruit by making disciples. Why does the owner of the vineyard command the keeper to cut down the tree? It’s not out of spite or as punishment for its lack of fruit. It’s because the very presence of the fruitless tree is keeping other fruit from developing. And the vineyard owner won’t stand for that.”

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Assuming Is A Bad Idea

Assuming how other people will drive while in a semi is a bad idea, I learned that by my Dad sharing good advice and truths with me. The same is true in matters of faith, assuming people are headed for heaven when they may be headed for hell is a bad idea. “The gospel is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe (Romans 1:16).” The answer is the gospel proclaimed to all, truth and good advice for eternity.

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What Do You Expect?

It seems like we have April snow amnesia every year in Michigan. I don’t know how long you have lived in Michigan but it has snowed every year in April in the metro Detroit area at some point since I can remember for my 50-plus years. I may not like it, but I have come to expect it. What did you expect?

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Our Next Steps

In early February, leaders from Holy Cross and Living Word got together to discuss what could be a new future for the Lutheran churches in North Oakland County, a way of working together for the proclamation of the good news of Jesus.

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Do You Have a Hero?

Most all of us have heroes in life. We have people whom we respect and love, who have taught, led, guided and directed us in one or many areas of our lives. These men and women are a gift to us, some are around for a season and some for a lifetime, but regardless of how long they invest in us God uses them to shape us. I am thinking of just one in particular.

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What Are We For?

Is it possible that many times people only know what we are against as Christians instead of what we are for? And if that is true, what are we for? Are we for the same things Jesus was for? Really. Are we?

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Theologically or Functionally?

We know that what it means when we see a sign that says: Speed Limit 45mph. The law is to not go over the limit. We see it and we acknowledge that it is true. What do we do after that? We may understand and acknowledge it but do we do what it says? If you are anything like me, not nearly as often as I should.

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A 3D Christmas

As I was jogging the day after Christmas before work I pondered what to say when people would ask how was your Christmas? My desire was that my response be brief and honest. I decided I would respond by saying I had a 3D Christmas, which I did. To which everyone asked, 3D, what does that mean?

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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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