The foundation

The foundation

Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose,...

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One way…

One way…

My turn for writing seems to come around so quickly! I find, however, that there always seems to be pertinent things happening, giving me something to share with you all. I shouldn’t be surprised about that, should I? The life of God’s child will always hold something worthwhile to share with our brothers and sisters. This past week has been very busy in our retirement. When I was attending Trinity Lutheran Church in south Minneapolis (from age...

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The Seventh Commandment: Don’t commit adultery

The Seventh Commandment: Don’t commit adultery

You shall not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14 ESV) Like the sixth commandment (You shall not murder), the seventh commandment is equally, short, unequivocal and seemingly quite straightforward. And, just like the sixth, it’s altogether more far-reaching than we might imagine. While there’s no such concept as ‘small sin’ versus ‘large sin’, adultery has the particular characteristic of involving deceit and a desire for someone who is, in...

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Misericordia

Misericordia

I shut my eyes so that I could focus on the words while my brain did its best to translate them into English. It had been so long since I had studied Spanish — nearly 15 years. And here I was sitting through a church service conducted entirely in the language of my youth. Four American teenagers, meanwhile, sat near me as I struggled to translate the words for them. I did my best, but one word — though familiar — evaded any linguistic grasp....

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Grace

Grace

Grace… it seems lately I’ve been surrounded by this word. It keeps popping up over the past few weeks. I recently attended Grace Church with my family in Minnesota. I spent time with a beautiful family member named Grace. It’s a word we hear over and over in sermons, hymns, and Bible studies. It’s a common word for Christians. Indeed, it’s so familiar that it can become a word without meaning. I began to wonder...

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