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Leviticus 19: On Loving the Alien

“The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” -Leviticus 19:34 The whole 19th chapter of Leviticus

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God’s Symphony in G Major!

And I am sure that he who began a good work in your will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6 “It’s a familiar tale: an aging Beethoven, ill and deaf, conducting the orchestra and chorus in the premiere

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“Can You Hear Me Now?”

One of the really frustrating things about living and working in the country is that cell phone reception is completely unreliable. While I was working one job where I had to travel county to county, there was one stretch of highway where my cell phone

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The Bible: A User’s Manual, Part 3

This is Part 3 of a 3 part series We’ve discussed the purpose of Scripture and how two approaches to reading Scripture that work. Hopefully by now you have begun to pick out some Scriptures to read. Well, having opened the Bible and begun to

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The Bible: A User’s Manual, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series Last time we spoke about how the Bible is a tool whose misuse of the Bible by ministers and the church has cause a lot of hurt in many people. I shared some experiences I have

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The Bible: A User’s Manual, Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series In my pastoral ministry work, one of the biggest problems I deal with is individuals who have had the Bible used in a way that hurt them. One young man my wife and I have come

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Our Case Goes to God: Job 13

These verses are considered by most scholars to be a part of Job’s first cycle of speeches. The verses become different as he begins to reprimand his friends for what they are saying to him. Job thinks of God’s deeds and wonders. He wants to

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Do We Know How to Be a Friend?

Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in God. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your

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God’s Welcome is a Funny Thing

Chapel Talk given September 12, 2006 at Boe Memorial Chapel, Saint Olaf College A very wise professor stopped me in the hall yesterday. He said, “You know, here’s the best way to begin your chapel talk. ‘I have nothing to say. … But while I’m

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Jesus’ Prayerbook, Part 4: Psalm 42

Life does not always turn out the way we planned. As children we dream of a future full of excitement and adventure. Doctors, astronauts, rock stars, the glittering list is one of endless possibilities. Then reality takes over. The physically limited or uncoordinated give up