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An Undeserved Gift

Immediately after preaching at a community worship service sponsored by our local Evangelical Pastors Fellowship, I was approached by a friend who was a veteran pastor in another denomination. “I enjoyed the message, but you really had me worried for a while there,” he said. “I couldn’t see where you were going with it, but

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The God of Mercy

The prophet Jonah stood exposed on the deck in the great storm. “What shall we do to you?” asked the sailors. The prophet did not even try to find a word of excuse. He was honest and admitted that he was guilty. It is not easy to stand face to face with the word guilty, and as

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God’s Mercy in Action

Lutherans have been in Madagascar for a hundred and forty years. Since 1866, when Norwegian missionaries landed on the shores of this African island nation, the name Lutheran has been synonymous with the clear preaching of Christ Jesus and compassionate care extended to people living in poverty and disease. Those early Norwegian Lutherans planted churches,

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Have Mercy

Jesus was on an urgent mission. In Mark 1:38, Jesus expressed this urgency, “Let us go… to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” Preaching the Good News was why Jesus went from village to village. Not only did he preach the Good News, he was the Good

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Know Hope

As an expressive person, I have struggled with raw emotions and what the Christian does with them. Are we less Christian for having negative and inconvenient emotions such as fear, doubt, hopelessness or despair? Is it acceptable to process emotions such as these before arriving at the peace and hopefulness we are expected to have?

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