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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....
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...
Acts of Kindness
By Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash, All Saints Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois
I don’t often ride the commuter train into downtown Chicago, so when I do, it’s more adventure than quotidian task. I am easily fascinated by the people around me – those riding along in the train car and seats near me, as well as those waiting on the platforms and traveling in the automobiles on expressways as the tracks run parallel in some places. I’m not ashamed to admit that I...
By Ted Schroeder
As you have time, read Acts 9.
Not long ago I talked with Beth – a young woman in faith crisis. She’d been baptized as a child and been a faithful Christian, by her own description, all her life. But she was feeling terribly guilty. Some of the members of her family were after her because she had not “received Jesus as her personal Savior.” These well-intentioned folk, seeking what they thought to be Beth’s spiritual welfare,...
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Mt. Pleasant Evangelical Lutheran Church, Saluda, South Carolina; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors
When I was seven years old I received a red wallet for my birthday. It was a great gift! Adults had wallets. Now I had a pink Cinderella watch because I had learned to tell time and a new red wallet. These are the marks of being more mature, more adult, a “big” kid. I was so proud to have turned seven years old. Yes, indeed, I had clearly...