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Just Keep Trying
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice and Hospital Chaplain
In my hospice chaplaincy ministry, from time to time, I hear some degree of lamenting from patients or family members about what they have done wrong in the past – and whether or not those things might keep them out of heaven.
These thoughts certainly open the door for a discussion of God’s forgiveness and grace, which is a reminder they need. One thing I usually say to them is, “It sounds like you...
Praying with Our Ears
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life, Minneapolis, MN; Community Engagement Liaison, Plains Art Museum and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND; Member, Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
This July, at our Wheat Ridge board meeting, we engaged in listening prayer four times during our three days together. At every board meeting, we reserve time within our agenda to listen to a story from the Bible, to reflect in...
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...