Live A Life Of Gentleness & Respect
March 21, 2017
Anger, intolerance, disrespect, bitterness – and I thought it would end when the elections were over! I know many, if not most, of us became weary and frustrated over the long election cycle seeing celebrities, media, and even “friends” on Facebook show anger, intolerance, and disrespect to those of different political and social views. I’m sure this trend has even split apart family members. I’ve been saddened and dismayed by Facebook “friends” bitterly and derisively disrespecting my political and social views. Continue reading
Sweet Talker
March 14, 2017
“The wise of heart is called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” (Proverbs 16:21) If sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness, I can’t help but think that the Apostle Paul must have been the ultimate sweet talker! He is credited with the rapid spread of Christianity to the gentile world, and the early Christians immediately recognized his 13 epistles as God’s Word. That sweet and persuasive Word not only endured but escalated in acceptance despite periods of horrific persecution against the early Christian church. Continue reading
LENT: From Ashes to Easter
March 7, 2017
LENT: From Ashes to Easter… Way easier to say than “Quadragesima!” Here we are in the season of Lent. We contemplate who we are before God on Ash Wednesday. We come forward to be reminded of our sins when the ashes hit our foreheads. We sit in those ashes, not being able to see them, yet sometimes being able to feel them. We say good-bye to ‘Alleluia’, and no longer sing the ‘Gloria in excelsis Deo’ in the traditional liturgy. We reflect during this solemn time on our unrighteousness. Maybe we give something up, maybe we pray more, maybe… Continue reading
Love is a Verb… A Child’s Perspective
February 28, 2017
A recent bulletin board at school was inspired by the sermon series, Love is a Verb. Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran School student council members challenged fellow students to share how they were living a life of love at home and at school. They cut out pink, purple, and red hearts and encouraged students to write down specific examples. Here is a sampling. Continue reading
Redefining Marriage
February 23, 2017
I didn’t marry my wife. She didn’t marry me, either. Don’t get me wrong. We’re married. But we didn’t do it. No, the minister didn’t do it, either! We were married, but by the only one Continue reading
Vacation Bible School 2017
February 14, 2017
Close your eyes for a second and imagine this: It’s a beautiful, sunny, summer day, with blue skies and billowy white clouds. It’s warm, but not too hot just yet, about a perfect 85 degrees. It’s early in the morning, where the breeze is pleasant and the quiet air is filled with chirping birds, and a calm stillness that belies the day ahead. Continue reading
REAL LIFE : JAKE BOESSLING
February 7, 2017
BY: VICAR JAKE BOESSLING As you might be able to tell by the title, this might not be the typical blog post we have been doing. I am writing this blog post so you can get to know me even better as I lead at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church and School. Continue reading
A God Moment
January 31, 2017
My wife, Jan, and I have been blessed to meet and worship with a Lutheran family from India. Our paths have crossed many times this past year. This family and their Indian community have brought us into their lives. Oh the things we learn from those from afar! Continue reading
Do You Have An Answer?
January 25, 2017
I didn’t have an answer! It was an all too common belief about all this “Jesus stuff” that my distant uncle confronted me with: “The Bible’s accounts of Jesus are just made up stories and myths. How can we trust the New Testament writings when they have been copied and re-copied, translated multiple times; and, we can’t even know for sure that they were really written by anyone who even knew Jesus.” I didn’t have an answer! Continue reading
Break My Heart
January 19, 2017
Jen. A few months ago I was in Seattle at the World Vision headquarters with Jen Parks who is our church’s Child Ambassador for World Vision. Her heart has been broken for the things of God, to help provide food and healthcare for kids in Peru, Lebanon and around the world through child sponso Continue reading