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By Dr. Rich Bimler, Past President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
As I write this devotional piece, our country continues to find itself in the midst of a government “shut-down.” An article a few days ago had the headline, “Non- essential Workers Being Furloughed.” It went on to state that 75% of White House employees, all but 436 of 1,701 workers, are deemed unessential! And if this were not enough, another article stated that 29% of the U.S. work force fears that...
The Fall Ritual
By Margaret Rickers Hinchey, Gainesville, Florida
Scene: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (“The Swamp”) at University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
Time: Home SEC football opener, end of the third quarter
Action: The entire crowd (capacity is 88,548) gets to its feet and puts arms around the sweaty bodies of their neighbor’s shoulders and sways to the singing of the “We are the Boys” (a beloved alumni anthem which includes the words, “…where...
It’s Hard to Say “NO” to Love!
By Mark Schoepp, Director of Congregation Engagement, Wheat Ridge Ministries
I heard a very encouraging story this past weekend that shows how powerful love is. Lynda had struggled with her health and knew she needed to do more to get healthy. She was a long way off from where she wanted – and knew – she needed to be. But she didn’t do nearly as much about it as she wanted to. Then along came her son with words of encouragement...
By Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod-ELCA, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors
“At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s...
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, Nebraska
Forgiveness is always a gift. It is all because of God’s great mercy toward us broken sinners. Without His undeserved love, we are hopelessly shackled by sin and doomed to eternal condemnation. God’s rescue mission began long ago in the Garden and continues today as He extends a loving pardon through the shed blood of His Son and our Savior, Jesus. God’s forgiveness transforms us. It frees us! It brings relief and the restoration...