Tuesday Meditations

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Hope is bigger than optimism; Take Hope!

by Church Admin

“And not only that, but we boast in our sufferings, knowing that … hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (Romans 5:3-5) I never knew it before, but there is a difference between optimism and hope. Anyone watching the election cycle or dwelling in […]

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, […]

God’s not a Genie, or an ATM, or me! TBTG

by Church Admin

Sometimes I think we like to treat God like a Genie. Rub the lamp this way and then that way, then God has to do what we ask. It’s a tempting thing to do and I’ve been there so I would know. We want what we want; God should provide. Right?   And some denominations […]

Hate your family…. Really, Jesus?

by Church Admin

What better way to end an email, or a postcard than with a little snippet of one of Jesus’ sayings…Am I right? They end up on billboards and greeting cards and office calendars and, well, everywhere. …and yet, for some reason, I doubt this past weeks’ reading ever will make it as a greeting card […]

Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus….

by Church Admin

“Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled […]

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 […]

Living the Love of Church All Week Long!

by Church Admin

Following God is an everyday sort of thing – and while so often the church has shown up on Sundays, we also get to be the church every other day of the week! What we do, how we treat folks, how we speak and what we say all are a part of the kingdom of […]

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 […]