Tag Archives: 2015-1

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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Preparing Leaders for the Next Generation

Last spring Larry Fransson, the president of the Pacific Northwest Region of the CLB, called the seminary and asked about getting some training for their youth workers. Their leadership team was concerned that these willing servants would be better prepared to teach the Scriptures to the high school students in their congregations. He specifically asked

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House of Hope

Meiwaku. It’s such an annoying word, but it carries a lot of weight in Japanese culture and everyday relationships. Meiwaku can be used to refer to anything that bothers someone else. Don’t practice the piano late at night because it might bother the neighbors. Don’t park your car on the street because it causes meiwaku to those trying to drive by

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Scot-Free

I was Joe Cool. With a newly minted provisional driver’s license in my pocket, I drove my dad’s 1974 Chevy El Camino around town—the envy, I assumed, of all my friends. One fateful summer evening, Joe Cool cruised up the driveway through the open garage door, and mistakenly hit the accelerator instead of the brake

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