Tag Archives: 2018-4

King me!

If you have ever played Checkers, then you’ve probably been frustrated by the limited movement of the stones (the pieces). The stones move in one direction. They cannot move to the left or to the right, nor can they turn back. Their only option is straight across the board. Life, apart from Christ, is like

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BC18: Revisited

True confession: Driving up Interstate 94 on June 8, I was having second thoughts, or at least a powerful sense of “non-excitement.” As a veteran of nearly thirty Church of the Lutheran Brethren Annual (and now Biennial) Conventions, I wondered whether this was really necessary. Delegates drive or fly great distances to attend. They sacrifice

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The Glorious Engrained in the Small

May I introduce you to Methuselah? Methuselah, the Judean date palm tree? He’s only thirteen years old. The thing is: we thought he didn’t exist. We thought he was extinct. I love this title of an article about Methuselah: “Extinct Tree Resurrected from Ancient Seeds is now a Dad.” Does that not grab your attention?

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The Price of the Pearl

Not so long ago I wrapped up my devotional reading in the book of Judges. The story of the Judges is preceded by a 400-year span of amazing leadership—Moses, this incredible servant-prophet of God. Then the baton is passed to Joshua, who leads Israel into the Promised Land. But after Joshua dies, there are 400

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The Day of the Dragnet

Much of the material in the kingdom parables of Matthew 13 revolves around farming. But the last parable references fishing, instead. However, it is not the fishing reference that we are accustomed to. In Matthew 4:18 we read, “As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and

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A Legacy of Generosity

Have you thought about how you will feel about God’s mission on earth after you have died? Do you think that God’s will that all people be saved will no longer matter to you? Do you think that the joy of being in Heaven and being completely united with Jesus will mean you have lost

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WMCLB 2018 Convention Recap

Saturday, June 9, 2018 was memorable! It was the first day of the CLB Biennial Convention—a “Day of Equipping”—and 120 women attended our WMCLB convention day, as other training events were taking place simultaneously. Here’s how we were equipped: We worshiped our King, encouraged through the music of Rachel Roy from Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania. We

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BC18: King Me

The expression “King me!” is as worn as middle-aged memories of earlier days spent round a checker board. Yet, it is arresting and explosively current. Because, said this way, it is not the typical way in which we commonly use and hear the noun “king.” Here, “King me!” takes and twirls about something static; it

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