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March 17, 2014

What’s It All About?
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE

Wear a cross of ashes.
Give up a favorite treat.
Add week-day worship.
Meditate on the cost of sin.
Helpful perhaps.
But Lent is not about us. It’s not.

It’s about God.

It’s about the ONE who created us.
It’s about AMAZING LOVE for an unlovable creation.
It’s about GOD WITH US.

It’s about what HE HAS DONE.
It’s about HIS CALL to repentance...


March 10, 2014

Unexpected Twist
By Brian Becker, Senior Vice President, Wheat Ridge Ministries

Unexpected Twist #1 – Just the other day I was having breakfast with a good friend, Kim. In the middle of the conversation she said, “Brian, I want to let you know that I have cancer.” Whoa – this is just not supposed to happen to a fun, smart 30-something Christian woman. There are just no appropriate words at a time like that.

I felt really helpless and was at a total loss for words....


March 3, 2014

Me, For You
By Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash, All Saints Lutheran Church,  Palatine, Illinois

Rosa (not her real name) doesn’t speak much English.

I speak even less Spanish.

Over the years, I’ve gathered from the interpreters she brings with her when she comes to see me that she moved here from Mexico, and cares for her grandson because his mother, her daughter, left them.

I help her occasionally with part of her rent and her utility bill from the Good Samaritan...


February 24, 2014

Under the Tent with the Family
(A Tribute to a Good Brother)
By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Oviedo, Florida

An hour earlier we were gathered in the sanctuary of Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “A Mighty Fortress is Our God!” and “Lord, Thee I Love with All My Heart” were chosen by him for the service. He had requested a grand organ accompaniment be joined to those hymns! And so it was. It was an unforgettable “Sending” filled with good humor and beautiful...


February 17, 2014

When a Paralyzed Man Walks
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors

Last fall, I rejoined the staff of Redeemer Lutheran Church and Redeemer Center for Life, its nonprofit partner, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I had previously worked for three years before moving to Fargo, North Dakota. At a team meeting in January, Kelly Chatman, senior pastor of Redeemer...

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