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St. Patrick

If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me. A quote attributed to St. Patrick 387 – 461 Given my heritage is German and English, with maybe a touch of Scottish from many generations ago, I don’t pay much attention to St Patrick’s Day. Though I do enjoy the many beautiful Irish blessings. The saint […]

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© Jeffrey Owen Hanson, used with permission

From Dark into Light

[bs_well size=”sm”]The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. (Isaiah 9:3)[/bs_well] Isaiah wrote these words many centuries ago. They refer to the suffering his beloved Israel was experiencing at the hands of neighboring countries that invaded and conquered them. The intent was to acknowledge the tough times and to bring hope to a people who had many […]

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When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan. (Proverbs 29:2) I gave up posting and re-posting political items for Lent. I think that’s having a positive effect on my blood pressure. However, as I was debating what to write for this week’s post, the words of this blog nearly flew out of my pen onto the page of my journal. So, for better or worse, here […]

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A tribute to a friend

A week ago it was my honor and challenge to preach at the memorial service for a woman who became a dear friend to me. She died a few days before her 74th birthday after slowly declining from dementia. We met when she was the office administrator for the Synod Office and I was the director of our Synod’s church camp. Many times she came to my aid – helping with administrative details, reminding me […]

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Chancellor Angela Merkel

These were the ones chosen from the congregation, the leaders of their ancestral tribes, the heads of the divisions of Israel. (Numbers 1:15) Good leadership matters. Great leaders make life much better for people they’ll never meet. I consider Angela Merkel such a leader. I’m a little behind in my reading so I’ve just finished the December Time article about Angela Merkel: Chancellor of the Free World. Time selected her Person of the Year for […]

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