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The Rider on the White Horse

The rider on the white horse might seem ambiguous to you, but it’s a very specific picture of our God.  If we go into Revelation 19 we see the armies of heaven amassed and marching behind the rider on the white horse.  Yet there is something that seems out of place.

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Heaven is a Place

Heaven is a place might seem obvious enough, but many people don’t think so.  The concept of the afterlife is a difficult one for people to understand.  As soon as folks admit there is an afterlife, then they have to admit there is a God, higher power, or something greater than themselves.

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The Last Day of the World

The Last Day of the World sounds kind of ominous, but it doesn’t need to be.  God has had this day in mind since the creation of the world.  He has known every step, every detail, the most important part of that plan was how he would get to know you.

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Halloween and Potatoes

Halloween and Potatoes might not go together as well as chocolate and peanut butter, but there is a connection.  In the 19th century the Irish Potato Famine displaced millions of people.  Many of those went to find a new home in the New Country of America. 

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The Bible – Walking on Water

Walking on water is impossible.  It doesn’t just sound impossible.  Take anyone on the planet and plop him out of a boat on the the surface of water and he will sink.  There is one exception to that rule, isn’t there?  Jesus was out walking one evening. 

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The Divine Call

Our God calls public ministers into the harvest fields for the sake of the gospel. This morning we looked at what our God says about the divine call. There was also a discussion of Pastor Guldberg’s divine call to Timothy Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park, MN.

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The Bible – Rach, Shach, and Benny

Rach, Shach, and Benny is a cute, catchy description of the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from Daniel 3.  More commonly known as the three men in the fiery furnace, this story is all about trusting in God even to the point of death. 

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The Bible – David and Goliath

David and Goliath is more than a story of the underdog. It’s a reminder that the battle is not ours. The battle belongs to the Lord. This is true when it came to a giant who defied the God of Israel for 40 days, morning and evening. This is true for you when a challenge comes that you cannot win on your own. Cancer, addiction, loss… The battle belongs to the Lord. 

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The Bible – Parting the Red Sea

Why would God allow his people to almost be wiped off the desert floor?  Didn’t the Israelites ask God to just let them be slaves!  That’s not exactly how I remember the story either, but how quickly God’s people turn on their savior.  How quickly do we do the same?  Why does God allow things in life to get SO bad that there is nothing left to do?

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The Bible – The Ten Plagues

The Ten Plagues are a powerful example of God bending man’s will to his own.  We could talk about the power that God displayed in these ten plagues, but I want to look at the obduracy. 

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The Bible – Abraham Tested

Abraham Tested is the theme for the first lesson in our latest Bible study series.  The History Channel created a series on a handful of chapters from the Bible.  These videos will serve as a catalyst for discussion in our study.

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Summer Catechism: The Doxology

The Doxology isn’t actually part of Scripture.  To be sure, it’s Scriptural, but at it stands, the Doxology, as we know it – the last few words of the Lord’s Prayer – did not cross Jesus lips when he taught his disciples to pray. 

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Summer Catechism: The Seventh Petition

Deliver us from evil! This is the cry from the 7th petition. It’s not a fun exercise, but a look into the face of all the evil in the world can give us some perspective of all that our God fends away everyday. Yet there are some instances of evil that he allows into our lives. This week we look at evil in the world and how our almighty God protects us from it.

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Summer Catechism: The Sixth Petition

When we pray the sixth petition, “Lead us not into temptation,” what exactly are we asking God?  He cares for us dearly and always provides a way out.  Is that a comfort to know that every time you fail, it’s your fault?  You can’t blame God!  He never gives up on you. 

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Summer Catechism: Fourth Petition

There are seven petitions in the Lord’s prayer, but only one that focuses on our daily needs. The fourth petition is important because it reminds us to pray for the things that God gives us everyday. We do this not to remind God, but remind ourselves 1) where these gifts come from and 2) to receive them with thanksgiving.

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Summer Catechism: Third Petition

The third petition is all about God’s will.  There are some who would scratch their head or put their finger in the air to try and figure out God’s will could be.  All the while God has filled the pages of the Bible with his Holy Will. 

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