Weekly Devotions

November 18, 2013

WRPs
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...

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November 11, 2013

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...

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November 4, 2013

Damascus
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,...

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October 28, 2013

Red Wallet
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...

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October 21, 2013

Stop the Silence

By Rev. Bruce Strade, Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors

My name is Bruce, and I am a TED addict. Because of my addiction, I do not hesitate to inform people about TED and to suggest “must see” talks. My current recommendations are:

1. Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

2. Kevin Breel: The Confessions of a Depressed Comic

Both talks deal with what it means...

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