Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on HE IS RISEN

Tuesday morning of this week was the beginning of a difficult day! The first thing I hear on television is the bombing in Brussels.  The second thing I hear about is the death of two UIU students in West Union on Monday night.   As I went downtown for coffee, I found out that the students were sorority sisters and fraternity brothers of some of the students I know. The students were stunned and trying to come to terms with the happenings…just as I was.  All I could do for them was to hug them…tell them they were loved and that we were praying for them.   Then…all day long, I was reminded that this was a difficult week for Jesus, also. He was facing harsh words, beatings, false accusations, being turned over to the authorities by one of his own disciples, a cross of thorns and the cross. I was also reminded that He ate with his disciples the night before the culmination of the week to tell them that by becoming a part of Him…they would be saved. It is this same promise that we experience every time we take communion. Then, I was also remembering that Jesus IS risen! There is hope.  I prayed that God hold all of those hurting in Brussels in His hands.  I prayed that the families and friends of the young people be held in God’s comforting arms of love.  I prayed that our country be held close to God as we face the debilitating rhetoric we are hearing right now. Christ IS risen! We ARE saved and have eternal life.  We need to remember that and be able to convey that message to everyone we meet.  God loves us!  Jesus loves us!  The Holy Spirit helps us every day! Blessings to all of you as we continually remember CHRIST IS RISEN!!! Pastor...

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Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Pastor's Blog | Comments Off on Reconciled

The past three weeks, we have been focusing on the core principles of our faith in God and how we exhibit those principles. In my first “blog” I discussed the temptation that we are all exposed to, whether it is personal, to gain power over others or twisting God’s word for our own benefit. The second week, we considered how we are models for Christ. Are we committed to Christ and to serving out our baptismal covenant?  How do we show that outside of the church building?  How do we exhibit that when times get tough? Last week, we discussed God’s Positioning System (GPS) and how we are to make the right turn to God. We considered how He leads us to develop and use the gifts He has given us and our potential as His representatives here on earth.  We know we aren’t always perfect, but God offers us “repentance”….the change to take the “right turn”. The text for March 6th considers the parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32).  Please take a few moments to read this selection and see if you can discover some “new” concepts that you haven’t considered before. We all know this story…maybe too well, sometimes. Do we really know that the “father” talked of in the parable is God?  Do we sometimes go to God asking him to give us what we think we deserve?  How about the older son?  Do we sometimes feel we are entitled to certain things and then complain (whine) when we don’t get them?   How unusual was it that Jesus included the pigs in the story? How do you picture God? How do you view the people around you?  Do we view them as equals and as gifts from God?  After all, He has created us all! God desires reconciliation for us. He also desires that we are dependent on Him.  God wants us to return to Him. We can be reconciled because of the grace He gives us!  As a good reminder….listen to “Amazing Grace’…or read the words. Blessings to you all! Pastor...

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