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Living in the Shadow of Doubt
By Rev. Bruce Strade, Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries, Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors
Jesus told His followers it was going to happen. When it did, they responded with fear, disbelief, disappointment and doubt. Some women went to complete the burial process, only to find that He was not there, just as He said. They went back to tell the disciples, who responded with disbelief. Two left town...
Hot Coals, Swirling Smoke, and Baking Fish
By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Oviedo, Florida
(Ruminating on the Events Recorded in John 21 in this the First Week of Easter)
Hot Coals, Swirling Smoke, and Baking Fish Together Proclaim:
“He Is Risen! He Is Risen, Indeed!”
The rays of the rising sun cast light on the band of fishermen in their boat, 100 yards out. Their quiet demeanor betrays a slim to nothing fish harvest for all the now nearly...
The Great Commission
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Wheat Ridge Board Member, Chicago, IL
One morning, my Sunday school teacher said that since we are baptized children of God that Jesus had a big job for us. That job was to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything Jesus had commanded. And being the child I was, I looked at my Sunday school teacher...
Bring Out The Fatted Calf
By Brian Becker, Senior Vice President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
Last Sunday, the fourth Sunday in Lent, the Gospel lesson was from Luke 15, the parable of the prodigal son. For most of my life, I’ve always seen my brother and I as the main characters of that story. Why is it that I always see myself as one of the main characters? That’s a question for another devotion.
Thanks to my pastor, David Lyle, for pointing out something obvious that I’d...
Working, Pierced, Healing Hands
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Community Liaison, City of Fargo Public Art Master Planning Process, Fargo, North Dakota; Member, Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
A week ago, at one of our three annual Wheat Ridge Ministries board meetings, we reflected on Wheat Ridge’s genesis as a tuberculosis sanitarium in 1905, learned about the partnerships engendered by our current mission...