Devotion: Pain Hurts

Luke 22:39-46 Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives“Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down...
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God Sighting: A Good Shepherd

By Pastor Greg Bouvier Each time I travel to our sister parish in Tanzania, Karansi Lutheran, Pastor Joshua Laiser takes me on some kind of adventure. Karansi is a small town on the edge of civilization. It would be much like a small town on the edge of the sandhills region of...
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Devotion: Lonely Together

Luke 6:27-42 Love for Enemies“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not...
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Prank Calls and Church Persecution

In the early church, Christians were often rounded up and burned at the stake (or fed to the lions, or crucified, etc.). That was the way those hostile to Christianity would seek to hurt the Church. An interesting thing happened though, while some folks stayed away from the...
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