Category Archives: Church

“Softly and Tenderly,” Comfort for All

  “Softly and Tenderly,” Comfort for All by Betty Mason Arthurs A hymn, written during the horse and buggy days of the 1800s, soared across time and space. It swept into the hearts of the audience of the 2017 Country … Continue reading

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Torrential Rains and Flooding

Torrential Rains and Flooding by Betty Mason Arthurs   Today in America our hearts, our eyes and our ears are tuned to the reports coming out of Texas and the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. In Houston, over 32,000 people … Continue reading

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When Your Life Looks Like a Disaster…by ARHuelsenbeck

Imagine arriving at church one Sunday morning and seeing this: It looks like a war zone, doesn’t it? Shocked parishioners stood in the parking lot and stared at the rubble. Actually, the congregation of Gethsemane Lutheran Church should have anticipated … Continue reading

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Church at the Nursing Home

(This post first appeared on Parenting With a Smile in July, 2016.) Rollin and I went to church on a Thursday afternoon in Minnesota with his 93-year-old dad at his assisted living home. Folding chairs lined the activity room and … Continue reading

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Single in the Family of God

My thoughts rarely take the form of words. I like to think this is because life’s deepest truths take place outside the realm of words, but maybe it’s just because I’m introverted and not very verbal. But for the first … Continue reading

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A Bored Game

I know it sounds impossible, with all the cries of how busy everyone is and all the Facebook posts of how overwhelmed by life they are, but sometimes I hear someone say they are bored. I get it. It’s not … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Tell if Your Child is Ready to Accept Jesus…By Linda Carlblom

I’m a firm believer that God works in the hearts of children just as much as he works in the hearts of adults. And I believe a child can choose to follow Jesus and mean it for life. I also … Continue reading

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