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How great Thou art!

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We have two worship services on Sunday mornings at our church, each with its distinctive type of music. The 9:15 service is “contemporary” with full-volume band and drums, hand clapping, and songs often heard on current Christian radio. I love that service; so do a lot of other people. Yes, it’s our more highly attended service. We could never do away with that service in that style. God uses it in a mighty way. Read More»

Why go to church?

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I can think of no better way to start this New Year than to affirm our regular attendance in our houses of worship. I put first importance on our spiritual wellbeing, but did you know that scientific research has indicated many physical and emotional benefits as well?

An article on scribd.com reported on 52 reasons to go to church, including full references to the scientific research. I’ll share just what we have room for here. Read More»

A closer look at Christmas traditions

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Christmas is so full of wonder, meaning and tradition. But, where did all these things that we now call “Christmas” come from? I turned to one of my favorite websites, crosswalk.com, and found a good bit of information on this topic. I’ll share some of it with you here. Read More»

Veterans, we honor you

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Yesterday, Nov. 11, was Veterans Day, and so we rise again to honor all who have served in our United States military. Thank you. God bless you. I thought it important to remember the history of Veterans Day and to share a prayer.

The History Channel website reminds us that on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations (including the U.S.) and Germany in World War I, then known as “the Great War.” Read More»

Mental illness and There Is Hope

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Today I write to you about an important new ministry that is present and active here in Fayette County. This ministry is “There Is Hope.” Its founder and leader is Fayette County resident Pastor Gary Taber, who is quick to tell us that his passion for this ministry comes from personal experience within his own family. What I will do here today is share with you what Pastor Gary presents as he talks about the growing and vital need for this ministry. Read More»

Heaven is for real

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The book and movie Heaven Is For Real is the true story of Colton Burpo, the four-year-old son of a small-town Nebraska pastor. After surviving emergency surgery, he begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. He also describes being in heaven, seeing God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and meeting long-dead family members. Read More»

Separation of church and state?

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The First Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America is simply and completely as follows:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Read More»

God bless nurses!

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For a long time I’ve wanted to lift up and honor some of the most important contributors to our society, and particularly these contributors right here in our own Fayette community. Well, now’s the time. God bless nurses! On a personal note, this year my own young wife celebrates her 40th consecutive year of being a working registered nurse. To her and to all nurses we extend our honor, appreciation, and gratitude.
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Church camp

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One of my favorite events of ministry within the life of our church is our annual trek with kids and youth to summer church camp. We go to our Lutheran camp near Asheville, N.C., in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. It is appropriately named Lutheridge. Many church denominations have camps in that same area.

As you read the Citizen today, I am blessed to be in the middle of our week at Lutheridge right now. Having come here with campers for over 30 years, I can give you an almost exact account of our week, even though I’m writing this before we leave. Read More»

Another ‘biggie’

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Christmas and Easter. The “biggies,” right?

Well, what about the event we will “celebrate”tomorrow, which happens to be the 40th day after Easter?

Yes, it was 40 days after Christ’s resurrection that He ascended back into heaven, the event we call “The Ascension.”

News flash: it’s a “biggie,” too.

Bishop John Bradosky of our North American Lutheran Church shared an intriguing reflection on Christ’s ascension and its meaning for us today, the bulk of which I will pass on to you here with his blessing. I have had to edit and omit some portions to fit this column. Read More»