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December 16, 2013

Prince of Peace!
By Mark Schoepp, Director of Congregation Engagement, Wheat Ridge Ministries

One of the things I do as Director of Congregation Engagement for Wheat Ridge Ministries is present workshops on “The Importance of Play for the Brain.” Play for children is about “practice and programming” – the brain is learning how to do things and getting ready (wired/programmed) for the academics and other challenges that come later in life. For adults, play is about “processing...

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December 9, 2013

Plans Have Been Made
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice and Hospital Chaplain

Do you like to make plans? In our household, we have always been excited about making plans, whether it’s a special vacation, family get-together or other upcoming events. I’m sure you have likely made similar plans.

The only thing, though, is that sometimes those plans don’t exactly work out the way we had hoped. Unplanned events come along and get in the way and spoil our plans, and we find...

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December 2, 2013

Giving Thanks and Sharing Hope
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, Nebraska

Two of my favorite seasons of the year, Thanksgiving and Advent, are largely overlooked in our increasingly secular society. Christmas decorations and preparations appear immediately after – and often in conjunction with – Halloween costumes, ghosts, goblins and candy. In the midst of all the excitement, there seems to be little time or interest for the One who gives far more than Halloween treats or Christmas...

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November 25, 2013

What if All You Need is Love?
By Karis Thompson, Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life, Minneapolis, MN; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors

Right before His trial, His crucifixion and His death, Jesus, at an evening meal with His disciples, “showed them the full extent of His love,” by washing their feet. Knowing that He would soon be leaving this world and these disciples He loved, Jesus tells them, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another....

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November 18, 2013

WRPs
By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Oviedo, Florida

If mission statements could smile, this one would be grinning from ear to ear:

“Lutherans seeding new ministries of health and hope in the name of the healing Christ.”

Most would agree that Wheat Ridge Ministries has been faithful to this hopeful statement. Their website verifies that. (Disclaimer: I get no pay for this free advertisement!)

“WRPs” (Wheat Ridge People), then, might be described as people who are...

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