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Rule 1: LOVE
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
School children across America are once again learning the rules for this classroom, this school, this year. Rules are also important for adults in the ongoing “classroom of life.” But most of us don’t like rules, and we find them hard to follow.
Jesus reduced the number of rules to one action verb: LOVE. “LOVE the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength....
More Than Just Water
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA
Have you noticed lately the ever-increasing varieties of water that aren’t just water? Apparently it’s not enough anymore for H20 to be pure or ionized or from glaciers, underwater springs, or tropical islands. I guess it all started when someone first added a lemon or lime wedge to their glass; but suddenly, about a year ago, coconut water seemed to be the “in” thing to drink. And that...
Looking To God
By Brian Becker, Senior Vice President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
One year ago, one of my son’s best friends, Kris Grahnke, was diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, this is a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. These affects cause a lack of nourishment to the muscles, and when a muscle has no nourishment, it atrophies or wastes away. People with ALS generally have a life expectancy...
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Wheat Ridge Board Member, Chicago, IL
It was time to replace the little notebook that I keep in my purse, so I went to a “Tuesday Morning” store to look around. I found a notebook that had a picture of a bicycle and embossed letters saying, “Nothing is worth more than this day.” Out of dozens of choices, this one spoke to me the loudest. I need a reminder to take each day as it comes and make the most of it.
When I have worried,...
The Spirit of Gentleness
By Ted Schroeder
A thought for those of us who are so bold as to attempt to lead or teach or guide or instruct others. Perhaps that is all of us:
His sermons got increasingly louder. The words became more and more confrontational and strident. What used to be preaching came to sound more like angry scolding.
And scolding it should be, he thought. These dead people couldn’t seem to take hold of the simplest task and get it done. They couldn’t...