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How to be Blessed? Hear and Obey.


I spoke on May 21, 2016 on how to be blessed at a local luncheon of the Lutheran Women in Missions League (LWML). Here are my remarks based on Luke 11:27-28: “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you. He [Jesus] replied,’blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.’” […]

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Barnabas the Encourager


Do you, like the Apostle Paul, have an encourager in your life? Someone who can lift you up when the chips are down and help you start all over again? Who whispers in your ear: “You can do it, you can do it, I know you can!” In this post, I provided a biography of Paul’s companion Barnabas, but the […]

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Who was Barnabas?


Barnabas was an important member of the early Church and I’ve been running into him lately as I study the book of Acts. His name is generally understood to mean “son of encouragement,” and he certainly played that role for the Apostle Paul and others. But who was he and where did he come from? […]

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Shock and Faith: Saul and Ananias

Who was more shocked, Saul or Ananias after that fateful trip to Damascus? Both of them displayed shock, faith and courage in following what God had just dumped into their lives. For his part, Saul/Paul of Tarsus was on a zealous mission to defend the God whom he believed members of The Way–Christians–were blaspheming. He had received […]

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Who was the Apostle Paul?

St. Paul

Just who was the Apostle Paul of the New Testament? I’m leading a Bible study this spring on Paul’s character and after examining the New Testament itself, I’ve been poking around the Internet. I’ve been surprised. His Jewish name was Saul, which means “prayed for,” which translates to Paul in Latin. Since S/Paul was a […]

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