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Let the Water Flow
By Ted Schroeder
From an Easter week sermon by Martin Luther: “But when I begin to believe in Christ, lay hold of the Gospel, and doubt not that He has taken away my sin and blotted it out, and comforts me with His resurrection; my heart is filled with such gladness that I, myself, take hold willingly, not through persuasion, nor of necessity, I gladly do what I ought and say: ‘Because my Lord has done this for me, I will also do His will in this, that I may...
What’s So Great About Independence?
By Kim Loontjer, Forest Park, IL
Across the United States, and in our friendly neighbor Canada, communities celebrate declarations of independence. Families gather to repeat familiar customs, which often include favorite foods, fun festivals, and flamboyant fireworks. Independence days mark when a new nation declares it is no longer subject to another, but instead sets off on its own path in history.
On a smaller scale, in a few short...
Finding Grace in Time of Need
By Rev. Bruce Strade, Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries, Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors
We thought it was a virus and the doctor would prescribe an antibiotic to correct the situation. For the past several weeks she had low energy, some back pain, diarrhea, general discomfort and weight loss. Yet we felt these symptoms would disappear with the right medication.
The doctor looked in her...
I Wish I Were More Like …
A Tribute to a Mentor
By Rev. Tom Zehnder,
Baileys Harbor, WI
Laborers for Christ was leading the charge as dozens of us, with good-hearted banter going back and forth, labored joyfully to build the new fellowship hall. And then …
… he kept his grip on the hammer even as he was falling 12 feet to the concrete floor. Thud! While seconds before he was nailing a 2×4 into a joist, perched on rafters high up, now he lay unconscious,...
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Wheat Ridge Board Member, Chicago, IL
Two weeks ago, I went to the local animal shelter and adopted a short haired yellow tabby kitten. You would have thought I was taking out a car loan given the long application and approval process I went through before I even had a chance to enter the adoption area. Then, after choosing a kitten, I was counseled to make sure I would be a good caretaker. Luckily, I passed and was able to take the kitten home....