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Why ‘Snow-mageddon’?

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“Snow-mageddon.” That’s what many tagged our horrific encounter with the snow, ice, and traffic fiasco of last week. Do you know why this word is invented for such events and where it comes from? Well, let me put on my “theologian’s hat” and take us through some pretty intriguing and often controversial territory. I am not an expert on this topic, but here is how I understand it.

The original word is Armageddon, a name occurring only once in the Bible and designating the place, Mount Megiddo, where the last great epic battle of the ages, good vs. evil, will take place (Revelation 16:16). Read More»

The Perfect 10 for 2014

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Happy New Year, everyone. As I write this we’re just a few days into 2014, and there’s still time to set your goals and aspirations for this coming year. Regardless of whether you have locked your resolutions in stone or not, I have a most excellent suggestion as to how you can live the happiest, healthiest, most wise year possible. Read More»

Thank you, church musicians

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Yes, as Christmas approaches, let’s take a moment to stop and thank all of you church musicians for all the wonderful blessings you add to our celebration of Christ’s birth. Without the music of the faith which you bring us, we surely confess that the season would be something far less meaningful than it is. And certainly you bless us all year long in every season and occasion with your precious gifts of sacred music. Read More»

Bible Tweets

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That’s right. What if the authors of the 27 books of the New Testament of the Bible had been limited to only one “tweet” on “Twitter” in order to get their main point across? That’s kind of a strange question and scenario, but in our “tweet-happy” world, maybe not so far-fetched.

I would actually have two answers to that question. First, I would say that we would be without so many of our favorite and beloved passages. But second, I would celebrate the rich Truth so easily brought into our minds and hearts in such a short and simple way. Read More»

Guess what else Oct. 31st is?

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We know it’s Halloween. But it’s also a notable date for something else. I invite you “to Google” Martin Luther (not M.L. King) with me. Here’s a good entry at About.com Christianity. I’ve edited it a bit for you to read here. Read More»

Anchored in the Lord

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“We are strongly encouraged to seize this hope in Christ, which is set before us, and which is a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul.” Hebrews 6:18-19

Shortly after the ordeal at McNair School in Atlanta in August, Antoinette Tuff was interviewed by Channel 2 News. These are excerpts from that interview with this phenomenal woman of faith. I have edited and paraphrased a small amount for clarity and chronology.

Q: You were in the front office of the school that day?
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Getting the most out of The Lord’s Prayer

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My 92-year-old dad, retired pastor, first spoke these words simply as a prayer during a Bible study. Later he wrote them out. I hope you get as much blessing from them as I do.

Our Father who art in heaven. What a privilege to call You “Father.” You are the one who gave me life, who cares for me, who loves me, who forgives me, who wants the best for me. I am in awe that you are my father.
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Deep, profound, and so important

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Is it really “such a big deal” to insist that marriage must remain only between one man and one woman? And how should we as a society decide and then make our laws accordingly? Recently our North American Lutheran Church (NALC) joined like-minded Christians in declaring our “Affirmation of Marriage.” Admittedly, it is deep and profound, but extremely important. This is what we believe. I hope you can say the same. Read More»

God and Country Service? Yes. And here’s why

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Here at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fayetteville we will have a “God and Country Service” this coming Sunday, June 30, at 10 a.m. (Yes, one service at 10.) The community is invited and encouraged to attend. There will be a uniformed color guard, presentation of the flags and pledge of allegiance, a volley salute (yes, “real,” outside), bagpipe playing Amazing Grace, patriotic hymns, prayers for our nation, and I will deliver a Biblical message affirming the celebration of the rightful and historical partnership between God and our country.
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VBS … Top Ten for this summer, too!

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I’ve written to you before about VBS. I can’t help it. Vacation Bible School is one of my favorite events all year. No, it’s not mentioned in the Bible per se, but what it is, what it gives to children, and what it accomplishes in families is what the message of Jesus and the Bible is all about. Question: will you be sending your children to VBS this summer? I sure hope so.

Most every church in our community will have VBS this summer. Check The Citizen for dates and times that work for you. Read More»

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