Faith Lutheran

A Year of Blessing

A Year of Blessing When have you been blessed? How did you know? Doug was blessed when his Prince of Peace and Arlee folks threw him a farewell party, sang him a song, and told him how he had touched their lives. I’m blessed when Doug makes dinner, hugs me, and tells me he loves …

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First Things First

      I ran into a friend checking out at Safeway yesterday and asked how it’s going. “Running!” He told me, shaking his head. “Well, I hope you enjoy what you’re doing!” I grinned. We are speedy folk! As I write in the dog days of August, I’m ALREADY feeling pressure to be fully prepared …

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On the Pastor’s Heart: Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (and what we might do about it)

On the Pastor’s Heart: Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore (and what we might do about it) Ok, so we don’t like it, but many of us know in our hearts that something’s not right between Christian churchgoers and non-churchgoing folk. And many of us feel something is missing in our own experiences …

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Way to Go!

Way to Go!   As I write, I’m listening to grandparents struggling with their toddler. Over and over, they say, “Don’t do this! Don’t do that! No, Mikey! No, No, No!” Personally, I love how Luther explains and turns the Commandments from a list of no, no’s into an invitation to come to know God’s …

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Pausing at the Station(s)

Pausing at the Station(s) I’ve been thinking about “stations” lately. The station I visit most often sells gas. I stop there to refuel one tank and empty another. On long trips, we stretch and scrounge food and drink. With kids and dogs along, gas stations and rest stops are recreational, too. The Stations of the …

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Easter Adjustments:

“Not my will, but yours, be done.” So are you tired of hearing I don’t swim? Well, I’m learning! My growing edge this week is the side stroke: learning to let my hands be paddles, to allow my body to be straight, to exert as efficiently as I can, then, finally, to allow the water …

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Disturbing…Good!

Disturbing…Good! A few years back, they plowed up the pasture in front of my athletic club. From my squirrel cage (I mean elliptical machine), I watched the tractor pull the blades back and forth, turning soil, opening it up to rain and seed and a new crop…oats for hay, it turned out. The disturbing of …

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