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By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
“On Your Marks…Get Set…GO!” Ask any educator, parent, or child about the focus, excitement, and enthusiasm of this time of year. As a life-long educator, this season always feels like more of a “new year” than the celebration on January 1st. Even those outside educational circles view August as the end of lazy, crazy days of summer and the beginning of more organized and productive fall activities and programs. The Church,...
Is the Message Sinking In?
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, Washington
Some Sundays I feel like a flight attendant …
Right before takeoff, when they make all those safety announcements, do you pay attention? Why? To be polite? Because you really don’t know how to fasten your seat belt? Or out of curiosity: if they feel compelled to make sure you’re able to inflate a life vest on a flight from Portland to Boise, perhaps they know something...
A Harvest of Hope, Short Term Pain – Long Term Gain
By Brian Becker, Senior Vice President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
My wife, Kim, had knee replacement surgery recently. This was actually the fifth time she had her left knee operated on. If you’ve had surgery like this, you know that it’s accompanied by a painful recovery process due to weeks of physical therapy. It’s critically important to do the therapy. Therapists, believe it or not, purposefully make the process painful....
Every Day Saints
By Ted Schroeder
We all have our ideas of what makes a saint. For many of us, a grandparent or aunt comes close to being a saint. Those people lived lives that we seek to imitate. They loved the Lord, spoke to Him often, read the word and treated us with gentle love. Saints to be sure.
The media seems to think a saint is a pious, almost ghostly presence – a person who drifts through life wearing a halo and focusing on heavenly things. They are often portrayed...
By Anne Christiansen, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors
I loved my summers as a child. As the oldest of seven children, life was never dull. With such a big family, the only vacation my parents could afford was camping. We would gather our sleeping bags with tiny plaid pillows, play clothes, swimsuits, beach towels, outdoor cooking gear, food, first aid kit, and cram it all into any spot we could find in the car. Then we would hook up the pop-up camper, pile...