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Lent and Easter: Invitations to Honesty, Transparency, and Healing … for ALL

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:46
The Church – proclaiming the crucified and risen Jesus – provides (at least it should) a place where we can openly and honestly confess our failures, fallibility, and false opinions of ourselves, receiving the cleansing power of grace. C. S. Lewis writes, “The gospel means we can stop lying to ourselves. The sweet sound of amazing grace saves us from the necessity of self-deception. It keeps us from denying that though Christ was victorious, the battle with lust, greed, and pride still rages within us. As a sinner who has been redeemed, I can acknowledge that I am often unloving, irritable, angry and resentful with those closest to me. When I go to church I can leave my white hat at home and admit I have failed. God not only loves me as I am, but also knows me as I am. Because of this I don’t need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make myself presentable to Him. I can accept ownership of my poverty and powerlessness and neediness.” Fighting Forward
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Lent and Easter: Invitations to Honesty, Transparency, and Healing … for ALL

Fri, 04/29/2011 - 09:46
The Church – proclaiming the crucified and risen Jesus – provides (at least it should) a place where we can openly and honestly confess our failures, fallibility, and false opinions of ourselves, receiving the cleansing power of grace. C. S. Lewis writes, “The gospel means we can stop lying to ourselves. The sweet sound of amazing grace saves us from the necessity of self-deception. It keeps us from denying that though Christ was victorious, the battle with lust, greed, and pride still rages within us. As a sinner who has been redeemed, I can acknowledge that I am often unloving, irritable, angry and resentful with those closest to me. When I go to church I can leave my white hat at home and admit I have failed. God not only loves me as I am, but also knows me as I am. Because of this I don’t need to apply spiritual cosmetics to make myself presentable to Him. I can accept ownership of my poverty and powerlessness and neediness.” Fighting Forward
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Change Your Life: THINK (... on These Things)

Sun, 03/06/2011 - 21:59
What you “fuel” your bodies or cars with really pales in comparison with what you feed … your minds. ... Thinking, the thinking that shapes our lives and behaviors, takes maturity and discipline. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to understand that His blessing in our life comes through time with Him, a relationship with Him, fostered through the reading of His Word. Romans 12:2: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Philippians 4:8, 9: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Proverbs 23:7: “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Fighting Forward
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Change Your Life: THINK (... on These Things)

Sun, 03/06/2011 - 21:59
What you “fuel” your bodies or cars with really pales in comparison with what you feed … your minds. ... Thinking, the thinking that shapes our lives and behaviors, takes maturity and discipline. Throughout Scripture, God invites us to understand that His blessing in our life comes through time with Him, a relationship with Him, fostered through the reading of His Word. Romans 12:2: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Philippians 4:8, 9: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” Proverbs 23:7: “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Fighting Forward
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Christian Care Concert - March 6, 2011!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 21:57
Under the theme “Touching Lives, Giving Hope,” Michigan District congregations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod have the opportunity to celebrate, participate, and proclaim God’s love and care for those served through their local outreach ministries and three Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs): Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, Lutheran Homes of Michigan, and Project Compassion Ministries, Inc. To kick-off this month long celebration, a benefit Christian Care Concert is being planned for Sunday, March 6 at Faith Lutheran Church, 37635 Dequindre, Troy, Michigan. Fighting Forward
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Christian Care Concert - March 6, 2011!

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 21:57
Under the theme “Touching Lives, Giving Hope,” Michigan District congregations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod have the opportunity to celebrate, participate, and proclaim God’s love and care for those served through their local outreach ministries and three Recognized Service Organizations (RSOs): Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan, Lutheran Homes of Michigan, and Project Compassion Ministries, Inc. To kick-off this month long celebration, a benefit Christian Care Concert is being planned for Sunday, March 6 at Faith Lutheran Church, 37635 Dequindre, Troy, Michigan. Fighting Forward
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Come, Let Us Worship the Lord our Maker

Mon, 12/27/2010 - 13:51
Matthew 15:29-39 ... For these healed people to glorify “the God of Israel” was to offer praise for, to be thankful for, to acknowledge the attributes of the God that they now knew, and to recognize the healings and other blessings they had received as prompted by and stemming from His attributes: His love, mercy, care, kindness, compassion, omniscience, omnipotence, and the like. John 4:23-24 ... “Omit the spirit, and though you have the truth, the worship becomes formalism, mere ritual observance. Omit the truth, and though the whole soul is thrown into the worship, it becomes and abomination. Thus “spirit and truth” form a unit, two halves that belong together in every act of worship.” - R. C. H. Lenski Fighting Forward
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Come, Let Us Worship the Lord our Maker

Mon, 12/27/2010 - 13:51
Matthew 15:29-39 ... For these healed people to glorify “the God of Israel” was to offer praise for, to be thankful for, to acknowledge the attributes of the God that they now knew, and to recognize the healings and other blessings they had received as prompted by and stemming from His attributes: His love, mercy, care, kindness, compassion, omniscience, omnipotence, and the like. John 4:23-24 ... “Omit the spirit, and though you have the truth, the worship becomes formalism, mere ritual observance. Omit the truth, and though the whole soul is thrown into the worship, it becomes and abomination. Thus “spirit and truth” form a unit, two halves that belong together in every act of worship.” - R. C. H. Lenski Fighting Forward
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2010 Maier Family Christmas Letter

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 16:41
As we marvel at the great gift of God in our Savior Jesus Christ, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We thank our gracious God for the gift of YOU, the gift of each opportunity to share or be with you (or at least exchange Christmas greetings each year!), and we wish you God’s most awesome and excellent blessings this Christmas season and throughout the New Year. Fighting Forward
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2010 Maier Family Christmas Letter

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 16:41
As we marvel at the great gift of God in our Savior Jesus Christ, we want you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We thank our gracious God for the gift of YOU, the gift of each opportunity to share or be with you (or at least exchange Christmas greetings each year!), and we wish you God’s most awesome and excellent blessings this Christmas season and throughout the New Year. Fighting Forward
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A Season of MIRACLES - YES They Still Happen ... and We Need Them

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 11:06
Part of the great Good News at Christmas is that God clothes Himself in the ordinary – and does amazing things! The incarnation – God taking on human flesh and nature – has to do with God interrupting common people and interjecting into their lives expectations, hope, and miracles. You and I need to understand that God is always waiting in the wings to come on to the stage of our lives, where flies fill the air, where unpleasant smells annoy the senses, and where circumstances declare that there is “no possibility” OR "no hope"! Fighting Forward
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A Season of MIRACLES - YES They Still Happen ... and We Need Them

Fri, 12/24/2010 - 11:06
Part of the great Good News at Christmas is that God clothes Himself in the ordinary – and does amazing things! The incarnation – God taking on human flesh and nature – has to do with God interrupting common people and interjecting into their lives expectations, hope, and miracles. You and I need to understand that God is always waiting in the wings to come on to the stage of our lives, where flies fill the air, where unpleasant smells annoy the senses, and where circumstances declare that there is “no possibility” OR "no hope"! Fighting Forward
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Not Then, Nor NOW, Can We Avoid the Cities

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 15:15
Paul and the early Christians did not avoid the cities. [emphasis mine] That is where they established most of the earliest congregations. Even Corinth, which had a terrible reputation, became the location of a thriving church. Today’s churches need to meet the challenges of city work. With God’s help, the obstacles can be overcome. Perhaps as never before, amid the concrete, bricks, and steel of urban life, we are faced with a wide-open field ripe for the harvest! (Lutheran Study Bible) ... If the Gospel will work there, it can work anywhere. Fighting Forward
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Not Then, Nor NOW, Can We Avoid the Cities

Wed, 07/07/2010 - 15:15
Paul and the early Christians did not avoid the cities. [emphasis mine] That is where they established most of the earliest congregations. Even Corinth, which had a terrible reputation, became the location of a thriving church. Today’s churches need to meet the challenges of city work. With God’s help, the obstacles can be overcome. Perhaps as never before, amid the concrete, bricks, and steel of urban life, we are faced with a wide-open field ripe for the harvest! (Lutheran Study Bible) ... If the Gospel will work there, it can work anywhere. Fighting Forward
Categories: president

What Are You Doing This Summer? SPIRITUAL GROWTH: MY JOB OR GOD'S?

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 20:20
Where are the winds of the Spirit blowing in your life? Where and how is God at work in you? What sin is He seeking to free you from? Fighting Forward
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What Are You Doing This Summer? SPIRITUAL GROWTH: MY JOB OR GOD'S?

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 20:20
Where are the winds of the Spirit blowing in your life? Where and how is God at work in you? What sin is He seeking to free you from? Fighting Forward
Categories: president

Aim At Perfection (as found in the June, 2010 Michigan In Touch)

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 19:42
We shouldn’t spend our lives raging against our mortality. But, we should want to “rage, rage” against mediocrity. Fighting Forward
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Aim At Perfection (as found in the June, 2010 Michigan In Touch)

Mon, 05/31/2010 - 19:42
We shouldn’t spend our lives raging against our mortality. But, we should want to “rage, rage” against mediocrity. Fighting Forward
Categories: president

The Cross in Easter

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 20:48
Are we so intoxicated with the world, its places and ways, a world which does sneer at the blood stained cross, “It IS nothing to us!” … that we have become castrated cross followers, cut off from its power? Fighting Forward
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The Cross in Easter

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 20:48
Are we so intoxicated with the world, its places and ways, a world which does sneer at the blood stained cross, “It IS nothing to us!” … that we have become castrated cross followers, cut off from its power? Fighting Forward
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