Friday Followings with Pastor Tim

Hope

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
Hope. It is an amazing thing.

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Seeking and Saving the Lost

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
“For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.” –Luke 19:10.

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Scandalous, Jolting, & Unbelievable Grace of God

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
Thanks for your efforts in continuing to march through the entire New Testament during this school year.  If you need a reading schedule, you can find it on our website HERE, or pick up a hard copy on the Welcome Table in the Gathering Area at church.

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Sure and Certain Hope

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
As a lifelong Minnesota Viking fan, I’ve learned a little bit about both frustration and hope. Watching

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TGIFT

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
Happy New Year again.  This past weekend in worship I asked the congregation to commit to praying a short prayer each day of 2016.  If you forget, or skip a day or two, no worries.  It’s just a reminder to keep God at the center of each day.  The acronym for this prayer is TGIFT (think TGIF and add a T — or think The GIFT) and it goes like this:

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Looking Back…Looking Ahead

“For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” –Psalm 100:5

Hello Gloria Dei,
On this last day of 2015

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God With Us

Hello Gloria Dei,
 
December continues to be a marvelous time of worship and celebration.  Our Wednesday evening services, singing Holden Evening Prayer, have been so joyful.  The weekends in Advent, with Jonathan Swenson’s message through drama and the so very beautiful Cantata by our choirs and musicians, have prepared us well for the celebration of

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Joyful Giving

Hello Gloria Dei,

I’m so proud of this congregation, as it takes seriously and joyfully the privilege of living out its calling in the proclamation in word and deed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  All of us are being impacted by God’s Holy Spirit as our faith is renewed and strengthened and acts of love and kindness flow through this body of believers to the surrounding community and world.

As we


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Look Up

Hello Gloria Dei,

Often in the season of Advent we’ll read in worship one of the gospel texts sometimes called the “mini-apocalypse” texts.  In these passages, Jesus talks of his second coming at the end of the world.  In Luke’s gospel, for example, in chapter 21 verses 5 to 37, Jesus says things like “When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not


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Because of the Grace

Hello Gloria Dei,

The Bible text we read this past Wednesday in worship was 1 Corinthians 1:1-9. Paul writes to people that he deeply cares for, saying: “I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace that


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Norwegian Sweaters

Hello Gloria Dei,

Psalm 139 says about God: “You knit me together in my mother’s womb”.

The former Augustana and Luther Seminary professor, Jim Limburg, used to say: “My mother-in-law knit Norwegian sweaters for


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Spirit of Thanksgiving

Hello Gloria Dei,

As we move into the month of November we’re reminded that living with a spirit of thanksgiving is vital to living a full life.Of course, we are thankful to lots of people in our lives:


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