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  • No Longer Orphans Series

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Jan 1, 2018

    The Risen Christ empowers us to change. The change of condition demands a change of conduct.

    Researching your family tree can be a fun and rewarding hobby. For one Minnesota man, it was a life-changing experience. Marty Johnson knew he was the product of two young college students who had a brief affair. Neither parent was prepared to deal with raising a child, so Johnson was given up for more

  • Who Is This Jesus? Series

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Dec 24, 2017

    God becomes human flesh. God empties himself and becomes a helpless babe. GOD CAME DOWN TO LIFT US UP. This is Christmas—one resolve—God wants to change our hearts; to make us a new creation.

    FAMOUS FIRSTS * Virginia Dare (1587): 1st child born in the American colonies, Aug. 18, on (now) Roanoke Island, NC. * André-Jacques Garnerin (1797): 1st parachute jump 6,500 ft. over Manseau Park, Paris in a 23’ dia. parachute made of white canvas with a basket attached (Oct. 22). * Charles more

  • The Word Became Flesh

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Dec 24, 2017
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    The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Nothing compares to the Incarnation of Christ. Nothing.

    C.S. Lewis describes the incarnation this way: Lying at your feet is your dog. Imagine, for the moment, that your dog (and every dog) is in deep distress. Some of us love dogs very much. If it would help all the dogs in the world to become like men, would you be willing to become a dog? Would more

  • Joy Is Restored Series

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Dec 17, 2017

    Sorrow is but for a time. The power of prayer, memories of God’s past healing and His loving-kindness sustain Israel. God heals the pain of the present in the same manner as He has healed the pain of the past.

    Joy is the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying: it is keen pleasure, or elation. Joy is more elusive, subtle, and nuanced than happiness. We can manipulate circumstances to our own advantage to obtain what we think will bring happiness, or more

  • Peace Is Restored Series

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Dec 17, 2017

    Shalom is God’s peace made alive in the life of the believer. It guides, comforts, quiets, restores and sustains, regardless of life circumstances. Shalom is found nowhere apart from God.

    It is possible not to see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God's [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for more

  • Hope Is Restored Series

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Dec 17, 2017

    Hope is oriented toward what God is doing; wishing is oriented toward what we are doing. Choose hope—hope is living in anticipation of what God is going to do next.

    Webster defines a patriot as one “who loves and loyally or zealously supports one's own country”. By that definition, Asaph (author of Ps. 80), was both patriot and man of God, burdened for his country. Among all nations of the world, Israel was/is God's crown jewel. For hundreds of years she more

  • What's On Your Mind?

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Oct 28, 2017

    Christians must guard what enters their minds to gain the benefit of God’s peace in their lives.

    In “How to Find Out Who You Are”, Nelson Price reports that 15 prominent college professors took this challenge: “If all the books on the art of moving human beings into action were condensed into one brief statement, what would that statement be?” The result of their deliberations was: What the more

  • Pouring Out Your Life For Christ

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Oct 28, 2017

    We can be confident in Christ; can he be equally confident in us?

    The year is A.D. 155, and the persecution of Christians sweeps across the Roman Empire to the city of Smyrna. The proconsul of Smyrna, swept up in this persecution, orders his minions to find the Bishop of Smyrna, Polycarp, arrest him, and bring him to the public arena for execution. They find more

  • God's Inexpressible Love

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Oct 10, 2017

    Psalm 103 is a love story; one that reveals the Benefits of God's Love, the Nature of God's Love, and our Response to God's Love

    In his book, Mortal Lessons: Notes on the Art of Surgery, Dr. Richard Selzer tells of his experience as a witness to the magnificence of love at a most difficult time in his surgical career: “I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face postoperative, her mouth twisted in palsy, more

  • Building Bridges

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Sep 10, 2017
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    When we stand before God to give an account of our life on earth, He won’t ask how many fences we made, but how many bridges we built.

    Two brothers living on adjoining farms fell into conflict after 40 years of working together. It began with a small misunderstanding, grew to a major difference, and finally exploded in an exchange of bitter words, followed by weeks of silence. One morning, there was a knock on the older son’s more

  • The Answer Is Yes!

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Sep 3, 2017

    For the church to fulfill her mission and purpose, it must be made up of disciples and workers; there are no spectators in the work of Christ.

    In his book, The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life, Os Guinness reviews the theology of calling and reveals what it means when one is called of God. Guinness describes the call of God as "the truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, more

  • Forgiveness And Consequences

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Sep 2, 2017
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    One way God demonstrates his love for us is forgiveness. Despite this forgiveness, the consequence of sin remains. The consequence is real, but cannot overcome the power of God's love

    We begin with a few questions: 1. How many years did Moses live in the Promised Land? 2. When King David died, how old was his firstborn son? 3. How did first-century believers demonstrate their feelings for Paul after his conversion? I'm having some fun at your expense this morning. The more

  • Who Do You Say Jesus Is?

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Sep 2, 2017

    Jesus gave Peter the keys to the kingdom. In similar fashion, Jesus grants me the joy of sharing the Gospel as He desires, guides and allows. You have the same opportunity.

    What exactly do you believe about Jesus? In my seminary days, our first semester in Systematic Theology dealt with that question. Our professor described Jesus as “the proleptic, salvific, hidden appearance of the eschatological kingdom of God”. Did you get that? Take notes; there might be a test more

  • The Distracted Christian

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Aug 14, 2017

    Distraction prohibits us from learning to know God better. Reach for Jesus when the waves engross you.

    Baseball fans all know the late Yogi Berra (; the legendary catcher for the New York Yankees in the 50’s. He had an amazing career at the plate, offensively and defensively. Some consider him the greatest catcher in the history of baseball; his lifetime batting average of .285 and great more

  • Lessons From A Mustard Seed

    Contributed by Tom Clawser, M. Div. on Aug 9, 2017

    Significance is a matter of perspective—man's versus God's.

    Our perception of things is unreliable; we often think we have the right perspective on an issue when in fact we are way off. Tom Wheeler, former CEO of Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company, tells a charming story that illustrates this point: He and his wife were driving along an interstate highway more