Posts with the tag “pastor-tim-selbo”
Does The Bible Really Say That? (Week Two)
by Gloria Dei on June 11th, 2021
... hone in on the phrase “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle.” No doubt you’ve either heard it or said it. It is meant to bring comfort. I invite you to think about that phrase. What does it say about God? What implications does it have if you push it out far enough? Is it helpful? If so, how, when, and why? If not, why not?
Does the Bible Really Say That?
by Gloria Dei on June 4th, 2021
... we will dive together into the phrase that maybe you’ve either said to others, or they have said to you. The phrase is this: Everything Happens for a Reason
Freedom and Unity Found in Christ
by Gloria Dei on May 28th, 2021
I know we are living in challenging times. It seems that this great country of ours is becoming more and more divided: Divided on issues facing us; divided politically; divided even when it comes to faith in God. This certainly is not unique for our generation, but it does seem that the noise of division is getting louder and louder.
Ponder The Cross
by Gloria Dei on May 7th, 2021
But then she looked up and saw the church in middle of the city with its big Cross stretching to the sky. “I know the Cross”, she said. “Take me to the Cross and I can find my way home from there.”
This and That
by Gloria Dei on April 23rd, 2021
And along with that, I’ve had these questions posed many times “When will we be able to not wear masks in worship? And when will be able to stop sitting in every other row in the sanctuary?” Great questions. So glad you asked.
by Gloria Dei on April 16th, 2021
Two of our long time, beloved, staff members are retiring at the end of this month. ... Everyone is welcome and invited to celebrate these two remarkable women. If you’d like, you can mail cards to the church for them, or we will have a card basket at the above-mentioned celebration events.
Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!
by Gloria Dei on April 9th, 2021
Now, this week after Easter, we still proclaim that Christ has been raised from the dead. Luke continues the Easter story with Jesus’ appearance to two people on the road to Emmaus.
For God So Loved
by Gloria Dei on April 2nd, 2021
Why? Why would Jesus do this? Why would God go through the sorrow of seeing his very own Son die on a cross? There is only one answer. And that answer is ...
Palm Sunday and the Installation of our New Pastor
by Gloria Dei on March 26th, 2021
Some 2000 years ago, as Jesus walked the road, people were lining the streets, waving their palm branches and hailing him as their king. “Hosanna to the Son of David”, they shouted in celebration. Many years before Jesus, David was the greatest of all the kings of Israel. The people in Jesus’ day were celebrating because they saw in Jesus a new king who would be like David and put the nation of Israel back on top of the political world, with military strength and might.
Signs of New Life
by Gloria Dei on March 19th, 2021
Hello Gloria Dei,As we move this weekend toward the official start of Spring, we are reminded of course of new life. And while the COVID pandemic continues to wreak its havoc on our world, there are signs that we are moving rapidly in a positive direction. There are signs of new life.Over this past year Gloria Dei, along with so many other churches, businesses, schools and organizations, has had t...
by Gloria Dei on March 12th, 2021
As more and more people become vaccinated, we are seeing a larger number of people gathering in person for worship, education, fellowship, and service opportunities. Praise God! This is what we want and long for. God has created us to be together.
by Gloria Dei on March 5th, 2021
The purpose of preaching is not just to get us to change our behavior. Rather, it is to change our hearts. Changed hearts lead to changed and transformed lives. Changed hearts lead to joy-filled living. Changed hearts lead to serving others not because we have to, but because we want to. Changed hearts can’t help but give glory and praise to God.
The Nurturing of Relationships
by Gloria Dei on January 29th, 2021
It was my older sister’s birthday yesterday. She is about a year and a half older than me. As we spoke on the phone yesterday, it was so fun to reminisce ...
Students of the Bible and Followers of Christ
by Gloria Dei on January 22nd, 2021
I love learning. Particularly, I love learning about literature. I love learning the background of a particular author. I love learning about the context in which the author writes. And I love learning about the different layers of meaning going on in a particular novel or short story. As an English major in college, I was fascinated, and quite frankly, amazed at how much meaning and significance is to be found within literature.
Forgiveness: Our Greatest Need
by Gloria Dei on January 15th, 2021
... from Luke 5, Jesus is teaching at someone’s house and it gets pretty crowded. Some friends bring a friend of theirs to Jesus for healing. The man is paralyzed. Not able to get in through the crowded front door, the man is lowered into the living room through the roof. The surprising thing about Jesus in this story is that instead of ...
Watching Preparing Rejoicing
by Gloria Dei on December 11th, 2020
And while this year, 2020, is very different in many ways, we want to share with you the message of Christmas through ...
Christmas Eve Schedule
by Gloria Dei on December 4th, 2020
... honest about our need for God; being honest about our need for a Savior; being honest about the purpose that comes from confessing Jesus as Lord of our lives… all of this prepares us once again for the celebration of Christmas. So how about if we all focus these days on being honest with God.
Christ the King
by Gloria Dei on November 20th, 2020
After having shared the story of Jesus all year long, from his birth, to his public ministry filled with teachings, healings and miracles, to his death on the cross and glorious resurrection, we lift up Jesus as King.
Thank You Gloria Dei!
by Gloria Dei on November 13th, 2020
This congregation, while belonging to God, is powered by all of you and the countless numbers of volunteer hours you provide for this ministry.
Livestream Stewardship Event and Link Sunday, 3:30 p.m.
by Gloria Dei on November 6th, 2020
... how the grace and love of God in Jesus Christ not only saves us but launches us ...
A Few Reminders
by Gloria Dei on October 30th, 2020
All Saints weekend ... Confirmation / Affirmation of Baptism celebration ... Livestream Stewardship ... Consecration Weekend ... Set your Clocks Back ...
by Gloria Dei on October 23rd, 2020
Over these next two weekends we are so blessed to have a large group of 9th graders making public profession of their faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives. We call this confirmation… a profound confirming of God’s promises made to them at their baptisms.
by Gloria Dei on October 16th, 2020
Back to my question in the title. Why Vision? Why are we doing all of this? Why are we working so hard at looking forward into 2021 and well beyond? Why not sit back and rest on our laurels? Why move forward when it takes so much effort?
IMAGINING THE VISION
by Gloria Dei on October 2nd, 2020
This weekend I will begin a seven-week preaching series entitled IMAGINE. Together we will be imagining both God’s call on our individual lives, but also God’s call to ...
The Joy of Being Together
by Gloria Dei on September 25th, 2020
What struck me was that there was no inhibition about playing catch with someone you didn’t know. Just the joy of playing catch together.
Do Not Be Afraid
by Gloria Dei on September 11th, 2020
Watch for God. He is with you always and he speaks in various ways. And as he does, he brings you the assurance that faith in Christ casts out fear. Be Not Afraid. Live courageously in Christ.
God's Calling On Our Lives
by Gloria Dei on September 4th, 2020
... Jonah and then moved on to Ruth, then David, then Paul, and this week Barnabas. You and I have lots in common with these biblical characters. We are people who journey through life looking ...
The Farmer, Blinking Back His Tears
by Gloria Dei on August 28th, 2020
I’ve been saving it for a special occasion, and that occasion is today! It is based on the Gospel of…. Pardon this Interruption, this is Jon Sogn ...
How Long, O Lord?
by Gloria Dei on August 21st, 2020
Perhaps the psalmist sighs these lyrics, their pain and longing so deep there are no other words. Perhaps they shout the words out of frustration or anger. Or maybe they cry them, cheeks stained with unending tears. “How long, O Lord?”
Seeking Your Input in the Calling of a Pastor
by Gloria Dei on July 24th, 2020
After much deliberation, the Church Council has approved moving forward toward the calling of an Associate Pastor to take the lead in Congregational Care ...
Gathering for Worship at Gloria Dei This Weekend
by Gloria Dei on July 15th, 2020
I want to remind you that we will begin in-person worship services at Gloria Dei this coming weekend. The Church Council, together with our staff, continues to have the health and well-being of everyone as the driving force behind when and how to ...
A Devotion and a Few Reminders
by Gloria Dei on July 10th, 2020
Thought for the Day: Beautiful things I’ve seen happen in these days.
Happy 4th of July
by Gloria Dei on July 2nd, 2020
As Christians we also are given the gift of freedom, in a different sense. I’m excited over these next two weeks to have Pastor Chris preach on “The Freedom of a Christian”. One of Martin Luther’s most renowned writings bears that title. I urge you to ...
Calling an Associate Pastor of Congregational Care
by Gloria Dei on June 19th, 2020
This week I need to let you know that we are in the early stages of preparation for another big transition. Judi, our Faith Community Nurse, will be retiring sometime in 2021. Judi’s shoes will be impossible to fill. She heads up our Congregational Care Team with such care, dedication, and faithfulness. Yet I am appreciative of Judi letting us know ...
Words of Encouragement from our Senior Pastor
by Gloria Dei on June 1st, 2020
Throughout this week much has been written and said about what we are going through as a country. It’s hard to know what to add or say. Yet we are people of faith. We are people of God. We are people with a calling to not only know the love of Christ in our lives, but to share it in order to bless others. The Christian voice must be heard...
Prayers and Encouragement
by Gloria Dei on May 29th, 2020
Many of you have heard that Steve and Tanya Stadem, longtime active members at Gloria Dei, lost their home to a fire this past week. We are thankful that no one was in the house at the time and that no one was physically hurt. However, the house and its contents were a total loss. Tanya works in our office and is often the first one who greets you with gracious hospitality ...