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By Sharolyn Sander, Devotional Writer and Interpretive Scripture Reader, Roselle, IL
Do you love the flag-waving, band-playing, patriotic celebrations in our great land? Regardless of political persuasion, hearts unite in remembrance and celebration on Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day. Let’s pause for a moment to reflect on our citizenship in this country … and on our citizenship in the world to come! This dual citizenship concept was evident...
By Ted Schroeder
As you have time, read Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23 (The Parable of the Sower)
A few years ago, I spent some time on my father-in-law’s farm. That spring was not good for planting. Too wet in Michigan. The time for planting was quickly passing. The discussions in the house circled around what fields might be ready to plant, which had the best soil and the best chance of success, how long it would take to “work up” the field, which...
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice and Hospital Chaplain
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
This verse is one of many different versions of the Biblical definition of faith, a verse we’ve likely heard numerous times. It’s a verse that we can come back to time and time again, especially when life becomes difficult.
I recently visited an elderly, Christian woman in a hospital....
Holding on for Dear Life
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saluda, South Carolina; Wheat Ridge Board Member
When I was 10 years old, my family began spending summers in a big rambling house on Hudson Lake in northern Indiana. The shortest way to get to town was by walking on the Lake Shore rail line. Why did we want to go to town? Well, to get the necessities of life, of course … candy and grape or orange soda pop. The drink machine sat in...
By Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash, All Saints Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois
When I was a seminary student, one of my professors offered the option of writing a paper or completing a creative project of some sort for his classes. I learned a lot in Dr. Hendel’s classes, and I greatly appreciated the opportunity to share what I had learned in a method other than double-spaced pages of 12-point font. I recall some of my classmates working in stained glass or creating...