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06
Jul 2020
Rooted in The Lord for 75 Years

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7 We have great news! Mark VanderTuig is coming to help us kick off our celebration in July! So please mark your calendars, pray for our Nation’s healing and look forward to July 12, 2020. Due to the “safer at home” state and national guidelines we decided to shorten our original plans of May 2020 to......

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03
Jul 2020
What Would Christ Decide?

What Would Christ Decide? Have you ever thought to yourself, for such a small decision, it sure seems to have affected a lot of things? I know at times in my life I’ve made some decisions that didn’t seem like such a big deal at the time. But then later on down the road I discovered that the decision had bigger ramifications than I would have thought—both for me and for the people around me. We all have decisions to make. It’s part of living in free society. If some type of......

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08
Jun 2020
We Gather Together

But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 1 Corinthians 8:9 The last few months have presented us with a constant array of challenges as a church. The latest challenge may be the trickiest yet: how to wisely resume in-person gatherings. This is my plea to you: Please pray for your Church Council and your pastors as we navigate the course ahead. We’ll be talking about these days for decades to come. So what do you want to remember? Let me volunteer......

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19
Mar 2020
In Times Like These

This time in our country is unprecedented. Trying to do life, church, and community during the Covid-19 pandemic is a new challenge. The staff and Church Council of Gloria Dei are determined to help you to navigate the challenges you’re facing. Paul wrote to Timothy when facing challenging times, “for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NRSV). May God’s Spirit inspire us to face these new circumstances with power, love and self-discipline. We are......

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05
Feb 2020
Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Do you remember the date of your baptism? For most of us who were baptized as infant, it is not a date you recall. It is not like your birthday, which everyone knows immediately. It was not all that long ago that I looked up my baptism date and found out that I was baptized on September 29, 1963. Like most of you, even though I am getting older, I still celebrate my birthday. But now I also celebrate my baptismal date. In the Large Catechism, Martin Luther explains that the Holy......

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03
Feb 2020
How Do We Follow God in an Angry Culture?

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12 “I don’t even watch the news anymore. I can’t take the negativity.” Thanksgiving and Christmas are holidays where we celebrate coming together as a family and as a nation. These last few years – and especially this past year, we did not have that experience. On the contrary, the networks projected images of our elected leaders arguing, name-calling, finger pointing and the like. We also felt the......

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01
Feb 2020
No Other gods Before Me

I read an article the other day about idolatry. It’s a word you don’t hear much in casual conversation and the article talks about what an idol really is. It was written by Jennifer Slattery, a writer and speaker who has addressed women’s groups, writer’s seminars, church groups and conducted Bible studies. She talks about how idols are anything we treasure more than God; anything that drives our thoughts and actions in life. Her list surprised me in many ways, mentioning things that I never really thought of as an idol. Here’s......

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16
Dec 2019
Finding Trust

What is trust? The dictionary defines it as a firm belief in the integrity, ability, or character of a person or thing; confidence or reliance. It goes on to say that trust is to believe, to expect confidently or hope, like “I trust that the job will soon be finished.” When I think about trust as it pertains to the Bible, the verse that always comes to mind is from a song I’ve sung in worship. It’s from Proverbs 3, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean......

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13
Nov 2019
Do Not Lose Heart

“Getting old is not for sissies.” Aches and pains and sorrows pester us and try to take center stage in our conversations. But there is a blessing to growing older. Experience brings a bigger perspective. Questions about our larger purpose loom larger in our minds and the answers to those questions become more urgent. I follow certain people on the web. One of them is David Powlison. He’s written a lot of stuff concerning the intersection of psychology and God. I’ve found him to be a true disciple of Jesus. David passed......

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08
Jul 2019
Trust God's Promises

With all the rain we’ve had lately, it’s had me looking for rainbows. And because of that, I took a fresh look at what the Bible has to say about therainbow. We all know that God put the rainbow in the sky as His covenant that He will never again destroy the earth with the waters of a flood. And for manypeople, the rainbow is a symbol of hope, but the rainbow is so much morethan that. It’s God’s promise. And for us, it should also be seen as a demonstration of......

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05
Jul 2019
Gnats of Freedom

Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people. (Psalm 3:7-8)   Gnats. Gnats everywhere! Such tiny creatures can make us so uncomfortable so fast. But stop and think a moment. . . Our forefathers and foremothers would help us to know that such inconveniences are small problems. Take the years following the Revolutionary War, for instance. We often think the Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Declaration......

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24
Jun 2019
God Bless America

You may not know it, but for American Christians, there might not be an issue more complicated or wrapped in history and politics than patriotism. I’ve heard many different opinions on the subject of patriotism. A love for one’s country is looked on with both respect and disgust, both by the world at large and those who are Christian. So, is there a right way for the Christian to think about patriotism? Is there a Christian response to patriotism? And how can faithful Christians merge their love for country and their primary......

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10
Jun 2019
Encourage One Another

“Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” John 4:29 Little yellow flowers popping up in our lawns are a sure sign that snow is gone and summer has begun. A number of us regard these hardy little gems with contempt as weeds in our lawns. In fact, we spend good sums of money to rid this curse from our yards. This curse has a name. It’s the dandelion! “Dandelion” comes from the French “dente de lion”, for “tooth of the lion”. It......

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15
Apr 2019
The Big Reveal

11 While they were going, some of the guard went into the city and told the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 After the priests had assembled with the elders, they devised a plan to give a large sum of money to the soldiers, 13 telling them, “You must say, ‘His disciples came by night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this comes to the governor’s ears, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So they took the money and did as they......

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08
Apr 2019
Take Time to Pray

Here we are and the Lenten season is almost over and soon Easter will be here with all of its promise and beauty. I pray that Spring is a true blessing to each of you and that all our flooding problems have subsided. When I say the words “I’ll pray for you,” or “You are in my prayers” what comes to your mind? Do you know that I will hold you up in prayer? Are you confident that you are being prayed for? Oftentimes when someone tells us about a struggle they......

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25
Mar 2019
The Last Words of Christ

Our last words carry weight. You feel it at these moments: When leaving the house to go to work When heading off to war When reading the last page of an autobiography When breathing your last breath God, my God, why have you forsaken me? … I thirst. … It is finished. … Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. To help us feel the depth of Jesus’ last words, we’ll hear from the Paralytic Man, the Rich Young Ruler, John the Beloved, Martha – the sister of Lazarus, Matthew –......

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11
Mar 2019
How to Be Strong

As I get older, I find it harder and harder to keep up my physical strength. Things I used to do with ease are not so simple anymore. How can I develop a spiritual strength that is greater than my physical strength? Learn More>...

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18
Feb 2019
When the Right Time Came

During my short lifetime, I have witnessed the advent of the personal computer or PC, the change from green screens to full-color flat panel screens, from figuring out what the printout is going to look like from the commands you see on the screen. Pastor Dahl discusses how time changes but God doesn't....

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04
Feb 2019
The Fear of the Lord

Wisdom isn’t a word you probably hear very often in casual conversation. It may not be a word you’ve heard very often lately, period. So, what is wisdom? And why is it so important to us as we live out our lives in the Christian faith? In the book of Ecclesiastes Solomon makes it very clear that having wisdom allows us to understand life itself. From God’s view, to “get wisdom” is better than receiving gold. Those who get wisdom find life and receive favor from the Lord. The Teen Study Bible......

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28
Jan 2019
Pray for Guidance for the New Year

Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts. (Zechariah 4:6b) The problem with resolutions is that they include a “forever” commitment. We’re going to lose weight, exercise more, get out of debt, stick to a budget, stop smoking, save for the future, and spend more time with family. We want to improve ourselves and our quality of life and have some kind of impact on the rest of the world. I remember a few years ago, I made a resolution to work out 3 times......

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03
Jul 2020
Celebrate our Graduates

To the Class of 2020—no one, especially you, would have ever dreamed you would finish out your high school career by completing classes online from home and being asked to not congregate with your friends making those final memories. You lost your 2020 Prom, spring sports seasons, and senior skip day just to name a few, but what you have gained is irreplaceable and unforgettable… Persistence and perseverance. These trying times of 2020 have found us relying even more on our faith and trust in the Lord and His promises to keep......

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