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I bet Christmas has you running…

by Church Admin

I bet Christmas has you running. In addition to the usual errands that you do, there is now pressure to plan holiday gatherings, do Christmas cards, and purchase gifts for anyone that you’d rather not leave out this year. Plus, everyone else is out on the road right now doing the same thing which, means […]

God’s church, half a world away!

by Church Admin

Ethiopia is half a world away – and a totally different place to experience. So much about the food and culture is different from the things we enjoy here, and yet it is beautiful in its own way. There the Christians have been worshiping since the fourth century AD which is older than most of […]

More than just church attendance… !

by Church Admin

This past Wednesday, I was talking to our 7th and 8th graders about what it means to be Christian – and if it came with any obligations or things we should do as Christians. A few said things like, “yea, like go to church and stuff on Sunday.”   And the question I had for […]

The Rich Man and Lazarus…

by Church Admin

– Luke 16:19-31 I have plenty of food at night – and come to think of it, nice clothes too. There may be more things that I want in life but I have everything that I need, plus a lot more stuff on the side. And when I look at the rich man and Lazarus, […]

What started in Baptism continues today!

by Church Admin

What started in Baptism continues today! When we are dipped in the waters of Baptism, it is by God’s word that we are surrounded in his Grace — and this grace is really really cool because it is a gift, and nothing can take it away from us! It means forgiveness, even when we botch […]

Figuring out money

by Church Admin

God knows most of us struggle with money… For some of us, it’s the amount of debit we carry, or credit loans, or mortgages… For some of us it’s the struggle around which products do we buy or not buy… Or even little things like, do I eat out one more time or should I […]

…am I just talking to myself?

by Church Admin

Most of us don’t pray. Or at least not aloud on a daily basis. It’s hard. It may seem funny. Does God really hear me, -or- am I just talking to myself? And yet, try talking to yourself! Start with the word God, and pour out your hopes, sorrows, dreams, and thanks. Pour out whatever you […]

The worlds we live in!: Pokemon GO!

by Church Admin

The weirdest thing is happening at First Lutheran, Avoca these days—and I am not talking about vacation Bible school! (Which is going great!)   The strange thing is that every so often a car drives through our parking lot, stops in front of the church and then in front of the cemetery… They are trying […]

4th of July Freedom!

by Church Admin

I love my freedom. It’s what makes who we are great as Americans. We have laws balanced in liberty so that we can make decisions about what we buy, where we worship, and even where we live. Pretty cool, I think.   And so every July 4th, we get to remember our nation’s history, and […]