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500 years after the Reformation »

What does it mean to be Lutheran 500 years after the Reformation?

Some might question the relevance of the theology of a 16th-centuryGerman monk, but Martin Luther’s clear exposition of the gospel is as fresh and powerful today as it was 500 years ago.

For Luther, God was an actual living being: holy, righteous and jealous.

In our

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A table for saints »

If I had to pick one item of furniture to symbolize my upbringing, it would be the family dining table. I don’t mean a specific table; I mean the events that happened around it. Every meal began with a prayer of thanksgiving, many of which were sung.

There is something incredibly equalizing and intimate about breaking

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Daily repentance »

For Martin Luther and for Lutherans, baptism means that our sinful self, with all its evil deeds and desires, can be drowned through daily repentance; and that day after day a new self can arise to live with God in righteousness and purity forever. Baptism sends us into the world to participate in the healing of

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Renewing (again and again) »

Being made new is never far from my mind or my heart any time of the year. On dark nights in February, it often comes as a prayer: “God…always being made new…please…and thank you.” Being made new isn’t about self-improvement or the typical New Year’s resolution; it is what happens to us at baptism and

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By the grace of God »

For as long as I can remember, whenever I was in a group of people, my focus was on getting attention. I craved it, especially adoration for things I had claimed as accomplishments.

Obviously, there were many times when I failed to appear praiseworthy and therefore I would fail to get the attention I was craving.

The

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Decisions we make »

We learn in Leviticus 19:18 that vengeance or bearing grudges are strictly prohibited. You may have heard the saying that the one who seeks revenge digs two graves. In other words, by immersing yourself in the destruction of another, you destroy yourself. Perhaps you have known this feeling.

When we focus our energy on following our

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The gift before us »

Decluttering author Marie Kondo writes: “When we really delve into the reasons for why we can’t let something go, there are only two: an attachment to the past or a fear for the future.”

So many things in our lives can block and clutter our relationship with God.

In our lives, many demons cut us off from

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Love as balance »

A cornerstone principle of Christian faith is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. To live as a fully obedient child of God, you must love God with everything you’ve got, and you must love your neighbor as yourself.

When you take the statement apart, you realize that loving your neighbor as yourself means two vital

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