Wrap them up this Christmas

  It’s not quite time yet, but have you thought about how you’re going to wrap all of your Christmas presents this year? I keep thinking about a holiday party my son went to and they wrapped each other up in toilet paper from head to toe! Usually, when we think about wrapping our Christmas…

The Perfect Present

Time and time again, this scenario plays itself out during the holidays … Maybe it’s someone that was working a lot of hours during the year and neglected family time, or someone whose hobbies and other interests were more important than being there with the kids, or like on a hallmark tv show, maybe its a…

Say “Merry Christmas!”

It might seem early but why not?! Merry Christmas! So…I wanted to be the first to wish you a merry Christmas as we begin our holy season of Advent, preparing our hearts and minds to meet Jesus once again as a baby in the manger. Those simple two words, Merry Christmas are ones that you…

How To Show Genuine Love Like Jesus

“If it was Jesus’ pee and poop on the ground I would clean it up for him”. A dear friend of mine once said that to me when she was struggling with some care taking duties for an elderly relative. If it was Jesus’ pee and poop I would clean it up, becasue it’s Jesus…

Don’t Ever Get This for Christmas!

What are you getting for Christmas this year? I know that question is usually the other way around, “like what do you want for Christmas?” or “what are you getting someone else for Christmas?” If you were to ask my kids that, the current answers would be: the Millennium Falcon Lego Set, Lava Lamp, a…

the shoes of blessing

A guest who checked into an inn one night was warned to be quiet because the guest in the room next to his was a light sleeper. As he undressed for bed, he dropped one shoe, which, sure enough, awakened the other guest. He managed to get the other shoe off in silence, and got…

Me-attitude or God-attitude?

Happy Thanksgiving! This thanksgiving, I want you to go far by remembering the difference between a Me-attitude and a God-attitude. A me-attitude, focuses on, well me. This holiday, if we begin feeling resentful, or if we’re thinking we are owed something by the world, or that we deserve to have better, we are having a…

What Will You Give To Jesus?

What do you want to give to Jesus this Christmas? I know…but it’s really not that far away! This year I’ve been good and started shopping like 6 months ago for the kids and now that it’s almost December I know and have, mostly, what I’m going to give them. What do you want to…

Be Prepared

My son has been in the scouts program for a few years now and one of the mottos that is always plastered everywhere is Be prepared. Be prepared is the theme for the Gospel reading this Sunday when Jesus tells a parable from Mathew 25 about the ten wise virgins and the ten foolish ones….

Wear Red this Sunday!

This Sunday we will be celebrating with over 80 million Lutherans the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The celebration is not about a man, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, or a movement, the Lutheran Church or even about us, but about Jesus and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ must be taught and shared with the…

Bigger Jesus, Smaller Problems

  This week I had the opportunity to sit in on a bible study in a correctional institution. Sitting with the chaplain and about 20 inmates for about 2 hours, I can tell you we had some of the most inspiring and beautiful discussions about God’s Word all coming from those Christian men who were…

Another Opportunity to Pray

It was only suppose to be a short two-day conference in Illinois last week, but on that Tuesday, the whole world started spinning and wouldn’t stop spinning. I ended up driving myself to a local emergency room, which in retrospect was not a great idea, but I got there. After giving me some meds and…