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NOW WHAT?

Well, it's come and gone, Valentines Day, that is. Did you get "loved on?" Did you do some lovin' on? Will it continue, and, if so, "Now What?" That's what I want to address in this week's article.... Full story

 

Bigger Than Bunny Love!

Any of you receive at least one Valentine this week? Valentines aren't just for kids, you know. Do you know why? They're about love and we all need to be loved (and love others). What's the symbol of...

 

WHAT'S THIS, GOD LED JESUS INTO TEMPTATION?

Recently I was chatting with an important teen in my life, Preston Lundbohm. I'm his mentor for Confirmation this year. Recently pastor Steve was teaching on Jesus' wilderness experience with the...

 

It's Worth Getting a Stiff Neck Over!

Have you ever had someone say to you when life wasn't going particularly well: "Keep looking up"? That's kinda what David is saying in the first part of Psalm 19. The New Living Translation puts...

 

COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS, Part 2: GOD ADDS ONE TO THE CENSUS!

I think it's safe to say that if you do Christmas, however you define, "do," it is a time for Special Surprises. Children may whisper in Dad's ear: "Don't tell mom, but this is what I got (or made)... Full story

 

COUNT DOWN TO CHRISTMAS, Part 1: "A TIME IN THE FUTURE"

With all that gets attached to Christmas in America, can Jesus be left out? It was that way on the night he was born. When Jesus "moved into the neighborhood," the neighborhood didn't even notice....

 

MAYBE YOU DIDN'T EVEN RAISE YOUR HAND!

Do you know what it's like to be chosen? Does it make you feel good, like your life counts to someone? Think back to your grade school days. Maybe one of your teachers wanted volunteers from the...

 

"NOW WHAT DO YOU SAY?"

Have you ever been asked the question in the title of this week’s article? It’s a question with more meaning than appears on the surface. I heard this question more than once as a child: a good... Full story

 

I DON'T WANT TO GET "RELIGIOUS," BUT...

Now some of you upon reading the title above may be saying: "What are you talking about, all your articles are religious." A point well taken, but I'm thinking about something else. Between two and...

 

"I DON'T NEED THE CHURCH!"... IS THIS TRUE?

Two things have stirred the focus of my writing this week: (1) the deaths of two of our church members: Karen Markstrom and Tim Kofstad, and (2) some reading I have been doing concerning worship (in... Full story

 

Facing De-FEET

When I study God's Word, I find four questions to be helpful. (1) Who's writing (or speaking)? In this article I will be referencing the Gospel of John, and in the Scripture I want to focus on, I'll...

 

"You'd Better Be Ready!"

This past week (10/24/19) a dear friend of Julie and I left this earth without advanced notice. Karen Markstrom. Now we as, well as her family (especially her husband, Gary) are grieving her earthly... Full story

 

FILL IN THE BLANKS!

Now I'm not going to tell you what the title of this week's article means until the end of the article. No peeking! Yeah, I know, that's like coming across a freshly painted bench in a park with the s...

 

IN PURSUIT OF THE "FINAL FIVE"

The late Dr. Paul Little, a professor at Trinity Seminary in Deerfield, Illinois, and the author of several books on the Christian life held the view that "95% of God's will for the Christian is alrea... Full story

 

DON'T LET YOUR BELIEVING BE DECEIVING

What does it mean to "believe" as the Bible uses the word? I've been aware for quite some time that we need to be careful how we understand the word believe in God's Word. I've recently had this reinf...

 

125 YEARS? UFFDA!!

This past weekend, September 7, 8, our church (and Julie and I are grateful to be included in the "our"), celebrated our 125th anniversary as a community of faith. What has made this possible? Our...

 

"MORE THAN AN OUTCOME!"

The topic for this week's article came to me while sitting in a Mayo Clinic waiting room in the Charleton building to receive my next radiation treatment. I would receive fifteen treatments during...

 

STANDING ON THE FRONT PORCH

The morning after I gave my spiritually ignorant life to Jesus (and of course, the “Father.”), I walked out on the front porch of the home I grew up in, looked out across our property, lifted my eyes above the forests and hills in front of me,...

 

THE HOWS AND WHYS AND WHOS OF LIFE

I'm not sure where I'm going to go with this article, but I've got to get the inside out. I've had a growing burden for sometime now where life is taking someone I know. Their life is in trouble and I...

 

THE FLIP SIDE OF BEING LOVED, PART 1

Maybe it's my imagination, but it seems like there are more weddings in the summer up here in the northland than at any other time of year. Perhaps for some its the Gazebo. You wouldn't want to do a... Full story

 

FIREWORKS, FLAGS, AND FAITH

What's the projected "special" about this week whether you're receiving this article before or after the fact. Well, you know what I'm thinking, it's the 4th OF JULY week, and we celebrate it with...

 

THE OTHER SIDE: WHICH CHAPTER ARE YOU ON?

By: Pastor Joe Elick Recently our daughter, Londa, shared the following statement with me from a book she has been reading: "You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the...

 

WHICH CAME FIRST?

Recently I was standing at the "express lane" counter at SuperOne to have a few of the sustenance's of life checked through by my friend, Taylor Warne, who always treats us customers as if each of us... Full story

 

A TALE OF TWO FATHERS

Yes, Fathers Day is soon upon us, and maybe some of you may even be receiving this article after the fact, but there's more than Father's Day attached to the "tale" I'm going to examine. I want to... Full story

 

WHAT ABOUT "WORRYWARTNESS?"

Are you a “worrywart?” A what? Alright, maybe you’ve never heard the term, but I thought it might catch your attention. As I’ve been sharing with the teens whose stories are now appearing in our progressively fine newspaper, when you write...

 

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