Christmas, 2020

Ephesians 2:19,  “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” One of the many new realities this year has been social distancing. It has affected everything from schools to businesses to churches to stores. What is called social distancing…

Relating to the Virgin Mary

Luke 1:30–33: “And the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. [31] And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. [32] He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.…

A Certain Kind of Joy in Advent

The third Sunday in Advent is set aside to focus on joy. We are not quite to the joy of Christmas yet but we are getting close. For believers we have a certain kind of joy. It is the joy that follows sorrow and mourning. The pattern is pretty common in Scripture. In Isaiah 61…

Advent 2 – John the Baptist Sunday

Mark 1:1–3 “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. [2] As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, [3] the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”…

The POBLO Harvest of Souls

With our recent wintry weather the farmers in southern Minnesota have had to hit the pause button with harvest. God-willing they will be able to resume the harvest soon. The harvest of souls sometimes encounters a pause. It seems now that our country is on a pause. Something is holding us back from harvesting as…