I Am the Vine

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When I was in confirmation many moons ago, our Pastor would choose confirmation verses for the students. I don’t remember much about the process other than receiving the verse shortly before confirmation Sunday. I’m not certain I really understood the significance of a confirmation verse at the time. I ended up with John 15:5, our […]

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

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  Rumors are destructive. I wonder if you’ve had this happen to you: Someone asks you about a topic because they “heard” something about you from others and want to find out if it’s true or not. I’m thankful for that person because I can correct the rumors, but I worry about the 99 others […]

Open the Door

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Growing up, the door to my bedroom was just a little too big. It was the kind of door that was considered “shut” when about 1/8” of the door overlapped the frame. If you shoved hard enough, you could close it all the way, but that just meant it was going to be a pain […]

Two Families

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My very first position as a church worker was in Katy, Texas. After four years of college, I was placed at Memorial Lutheran Church. It was such a wonderful place to start my professional ministry. There were tons of people who adopted their new intern and made me feel like family. Over time, however, things […]

Paralyzed by Anger

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Did you know that Jesus got angry? We typically think about anger as a sinful emotion, but that’s clearly not the case if Jesus—who never sinned—felt anger. How you deal with it, however, could be sinful. Today seems like an incredibly poignant time to be talking about anger. Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve […]

Paralyzed by Anxiety

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“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.” — Francis Chan Have you ever noticed that worry often leads to paralysis in your life? It’s like a virus that slowly takes over our heart and mind. It […]

Telling Others

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Here we are: the last week of the All-Church Book Study about creating God Space in the lives of those around us. It feels appropriate that it also falls on the weekend we celebrate the 499th anniversary of the Reformation, a landmark moment in the history of the Christian church. I believe Luther was “all […]

Wondering with Others

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Understanding comes through good questions. By “wondering” with someone, you discover their heart and soul, their passions and joys, and their struggles and fears. Wondering through good questions is really the primary means by which we truly can understand others. I imagine that if you were to reflect on some of the closest relationships in […]

Listening to Others

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“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” — Ernest Hemingway Have you ever experienced someone actually listening to you, not just hearing you? We expect people to hear us when we speak, but it’s often jarring to find someone who listens completely. Rather than finishing your sentences, interrupting, or immediately responding, they leave […]

Serving Others

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Missions is a big part of who we are at First Trinity. Our youth group has been doing mission trips for over 20 years now. We’ve sent mission teams to Haiti for 13 years, plus trips to China, New Orleans, and New Jersey as needs arise. Serving others through mission trips is part of our […]