The Pharisee in Me

"White Washed Tombs". That's what Jesus called a group of religious elites in his day. Jesus, the Son of God, who was sent to bring life to the dead, healing to the sick and to bind up the brokenhearted had…

Rest in the Midst of the Polar Plunge

January is known for a lot of things. If I were to ask you what the month of January meant to you, what would you say? For us, the wedding anniversary of my wife and I (22 years this year!)…

"I See You" - A Christmas Encouragement

Christmas has a lot of meaning in our world, and it means different things for different people. There is the fun of the Christmas "spirit" with the giving and receiving of gifts, the childlike imagination of Santa Claus, the quiet…

STOP - Wait - REST

Can you feel it? I bet most of you have. The pre-Black Friday emails have been coming for the past week. The warnings of holiday travel times have been rolling through the media. Santa is at the mall, and for…

Can you have "Faith - Without a Doubt?"


The topic of doubt is a big one in the lives of Christ "But how can I trust you?” Says the parent to the teenager that had the car out past curfew with no call and no answer? "But how…

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I Wish I Had a Do-Over!

I was making a forecast earlier this week and felt pretty good about how things were turning out. Most of the big storms were in Minnesota and Iowa and I knew there was a small chance for a few weak…

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For All Who Ask God Why

This!... That's how it actually finishes. "In days to come, you will understand this". This phrase just blew me away in my reading of the book of Jeremiah, and I honestly haven't really been able to move past it. After…

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Live Like It's True!

A few weeks ago I was reading in a Christian magazine called "Forward in Christ", a brief article about the word "Amen". Ask someone what it means and you get the general definition of "agreement". Ask a Christian and it…

In the Shadows of a Burned Out Church

On May 15th, a fire broke out in downtown Milwaukee on the roof of the historic Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) and one of downtown Milwaukee's oldest church landmarks. Many of us in SE Wisconsin have seen the devastation from that…

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The Journey of a Divine Call

If you haven't heard by now, I've been given the honor to pray over some specific next steps in the life of my family and ministry. It has been percolating for the past few years where I have been a…

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Who Named You That?

Finish this for me "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but..." One of the great lies of Satan. It is amazing the power that words have over our emotions, our futures and at the core of it all, our…

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Everything for Good

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33

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