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If you came to our parsonage, you would discover all over our property, plants and flowers. Just don’t ask me to identify what they are. I can tell a plant from a flower, but that’s as far as it goes with me.

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My youth group watched the movie I Can Only Imagine this month. It is the story of Bart Millard and how he came to write the song I Can Only Imagine. He grew up with an abusive father, who physically assaulted him and his mother. His mother eventually fled the abuse leaving Bart behind. Bart…

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If somebody has not made mistakes in life, I would have to give that award to the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage.

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Some people believe in karma, but I don’t. I do believe that everything you do does have consequences.

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I have never considered myself to be boring. I may be boring to other people but not to myself.

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I do not quit easily. When I start a project, I like to work until it’s finished. I hate to quit before something is completed.

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“You are an over educated 27 year old virgin who likes to hold hands with older ladies and promise them eternity”. Clint Eastwood speaks this savage and infamous quote to his priest in Gran Torino. Truth be told, this is how most people feel in the modern and postmodern world feel about past…

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We remember the four lepers for finding the abandoned supplies of the Syrian military during a famine and a horrible siege of Samaria (2 Kings 7:3-ff). What can be overlooked is the presence of Elisha who was in Samaria at that time. Earlier he had given instructions to Naaman for him to be …

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With such a tumultuous summer, I’m glad we are now beginning the fall season. There for a while, I didn’t think it was going to come. But, contrary to my negativity, it has arrived, and I’m delighted.

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“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . . 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Psalm 138: 13,14a, 16)

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I have learned that you don't miss something until it is gone. Unfortunately, sometimes, it's too late.

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“And when September comes” …words to a beautiful old song remind us of life’s changes. Cycles and seasons are part of every life. Life is a journey. Sometimes we see life ending, instead of it beginning at the moment of death.

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When young, I remember my grandfather often saying to me, “the world wasn’t like this when I was your age.” Then he would go on a long rant about how things were much different when he was my age. Finally, he would conclude by saying, “It’s an insane world out there, son.”

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Matthew 7:12 Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (NKJV)

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Over a year ago, I got out of bed, went to the kitchen for my morning cup of coffee and then I went to the back porch to see if I had any visitors.

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Recently, I had a conversation with a friend of mine who is also a practicing Christian. In the course of our visit, she spoke of how she is sometimes challenged by her colleagues for being “narrow minded” because of her belief in Jesus Christ as her Savior, and her trust in the Word of God …

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Without any hesitation, I will gladly admit that I am on the short side when it comes to gadgets. For me, most of them do not make any sense at all. Instead, I like things simple and easy.

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The Olympics have been in the news the last few weeks and that always motivates people to work out and get into better shape. I have taken my physical fitness seriously for years. There are two reasons for that: the example my father set for me and the Bible passage that talk about our body …

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At the beginning of the week, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage informed me that she and some of her friends would be going thrift store shopping on Thursday.

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Have you ever had one of those Déjà vu moments? The other week I was in the shopping mall to pick up some items for the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage.

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Well, the Olympics are in full stream and I can say with complete honesty that I have never felt more out of shape.

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My heavenly Father, you see all things and know all that there is. Your understanding is beyond measure and Your knowledge is perfect. Teach me, Lord, that I may walk in Your wisdom.

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I’ve had so many birthdays in my life that I really don’t know how old I am. All I know is that I’m one year older than I was last year. I would not be able to remember when my life began if it wasn’t for paperwork.

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Perhaps it is human nature to put things off until we have a more convenient time. We may leave our Christmas decorations out longer than we should. We may even have a goal we had been wanting to achieve but have been unable to find the time to work toward it. Whatever our individual struggl…

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When it comes to flowers, I am the epitome of naivety. I have no expertise whatsoever in the plant world. All I see are red, blue and yellow.

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I must confess I sometimes get so busy that certain things have slipped my mind. I don’t do this intentionally, but I try to prioritize things in my life.

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Happy 4th of July! That’s what we say isn’t it? Sadly, many people know July 4 as only that, and not “Independence Day”. It seems to me changing the wording to something so simple has taken away the meaning, the intent of those who established it. One of the writers of the Declaration of Ind…

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Choices are a very important part of our everyday life. I am what I am today because of choices I made yesterday. I would like to blame someone else, but the truth of the matter is, I am what I am because of my choices.

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This Sunday is Independence Day, a national holiday that celebrates the Declaration of Independence of the colonies from English rule in 1776. It is the birth of this nation, and many have fought and died for the freedoms we still enjoy today as Americans.

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I must confess that I’m not always aware of everything that is before me. I admit I miss a lot of things. I don’t do this intentionally.

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As a pastor and as a person, my biggest failures have usually had something to do with a lack of listening on my part. Either I didn’t bother to clarify what another person was saying, I “filled in the blanks” with my own opinion and will or I closed my ears to God’s still, small voice by tu…

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Having recently arrived in Hiawatha, I subscribed to the newspaper to get familiar with the culture and what is happening. In the first paper I received, there was a letter to the editor entitled “A Patriot.” The article tied patriotism to defending our country and the constitution, but that…

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Several months ago, I had two cataracts removed from my eyes. How they got there, I don’t know. As far as I can remember, they never asked my permission, and furthermore, they never paid rent for being there.

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I cannot recall a day in my life where I thought to myself, it’s a beautiful day for a run. Now don’t get me wrong, I do like to exercise from time to time, but the exercise that I like revolves more around leisurely walking around the golf course while chasing a little white ball.

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The last several weeks have truly been hectic in every sense of the word. Trying to catch up can be a never-ending job. When I think I’m caught up, I see another thing I need to do.

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It may be a year later than planned, but Hiawatha’s Zion Lutheran Church is excited to celebrate their 125th anniversary (plus 1) on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. with a joint partnership service for members of the NEK Lutherans.

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Like everybody else, I have my share of trouble. It’s not that I want to get into trouble, but trouble always seems to be somewhere near where I am at the time. I regret that time when I was first introduced to trouble.

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When you think of the word “evil” there are certainly a good number of images that may come to mind. You might think of murder, sexual immorality, or even the devil himself. While all these images are certainly valid, evil is not limited to the most hideous acts of human behavior.