A man was driving along a country road late one afternoon and his car just died. While looking under the hood a horse came up to a fence nearby and said, "It sounded to me like you were running out of gas, maybe you should check the gas filter." Alarmed that a horse had just spoken to him the man runs down the road to the first farmhouse. "Let me understand this," said the farmer, "you say that a horse spoke to you? Was this a big gray horse?"
"Yes," said the man.
"Well," said the farmer, "I wouldn't pay attention to what he says. He doesn't know anything about cars."
“Beyond Comparison” by David O. Bales
“A Change of Heart” by David O. Bales
by David O. Bales Isaiah 50:4-9a
On Wednesday night, eleven-fifteen, Pastor Balken halted outside his front door, lifted his chin and put a deliberate smile on his face. His wife Aileen heard him enter and met him as he took of his coat. “Does the Lutheran Pastor need a hug?” She said.
He swung toward her with an even broader smile, “What do you mean?”
Mary Austin Bethany Peerbolte Christopher Keating Ron Love Thomas Willadsen
For March 25, 2018:
Long Awaited Frenzy by Bethany Peerbolte -- Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem had the crowd feeling “some time of way.” In the moment the crowd may have named that feeling euphoric but their future cries for crucifixion will bring their welcome into question. The crowds fluctuating feelings remind us why we lean on a steadfast God.
Welcome to Holy Week! This week presents the focus of our faith, the events that give us strength to face the worst life can throw at us, and the promise that Jesus the Christ has put us ‘at one’ with God. This is the meaning of the ‘atonement,’ a word that was coined just to explain the meaning of the crucifixion and resurrection. Mark’s Gospel focuses on the end of Jesus’ life more than any other part of the Christ story, as we can see by simply looking at the amount of reading we could do this morning (1/8th of the Gospel).
Bill Thomas Frank Ramirez Mark Ellingsen Bob Ove Bonnie Bates Ron Love
Standing for the Lord God when it is hard; this is the message of our text today. As I read through that I couldn’t help but be reminded of some of the early church fathers and the stand they took.
Polycarp was a disciple of John and an early church leader whose life ended when he refused to betray his Lord. Asked one last time to disavow his Christ, the old man replied, "Eighty and six years have I served Him, and He has done me no wrong. How can I speak evil of my King who saved me?"
“Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them.” (v. 10)
Good morning girls and boys,
Have you had a fun week? Were there things that made you glad? I have been glad this week but now kind of sad. You know why? Starting today, this Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week. We call it Holy Week because for something to be holy, it is always about God.
So this Holy Week is all about Jesus. And it's going to be a difficult week for Jesus.
I hadn't long been born when I first saw my mother being savagely
beaten by a man with a stick. She was weak after my birth, but the man wanted
to ride her. When she simply stood, unable to move, he beat her and called her
names. It was a cruel entry into the world for me. As best I could in my baby
mind, I vowed then and there never to let any human being treat me as that man
had treated my mother.
As I grew into a sturdy colt, I made good my vow. Whenever a human
being came near me, I would kick up my back legs and race around the field. I