Grounded in Christ — Sent to be a Blessing.

Zion Lutheran Church

Category: Thursday Thoughts

A Persistent God

Then the man said, “You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:28 Have you ever had a friend or family member with whom you had a messy relationship? You know the kind. Things are going well and you get along. Then […]

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Blessed to Need Each Other

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” (Genesis 2:18) Ask most people what God did when God saw that Adam was alone and they will talk about Eve. But first God started with animals. God gave Adam a wide variety […]

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Sabbath – The Sacred Rhythm of a Healthy Life

And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation. (Genesis 2:2-3) Scripture teaches […]

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Believing Changes What We See

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) Faith is the most amazing thing. Believe it or not (pun intended), everyone has some kind of faith. We all believe in something. And what we believe impacts what we see and what we hope to and expect […]

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Jesus – We Find Perfect Love in Suffering

It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings. (Hebrews 2:10) Perhaps it seems odd to you to think about Jesus (referred to in the verse above as “the pioneer of their salvation”) as being made […]

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Listen to Jesus

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son… (Hebrews 1:1-2) When I was in seminary, we would have worship each day. The flow of the week meant we celebrated communion each Wednesday. The other days the […]

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Sharing Sacred Stories

This week we finish our four-week series in the book of Psalms. We have touched the surface of some of the diversity in the book with praising God as well as low points of the writers, just as we experience in our own lives. This week our Psalmist has experienced deep lows and found solid […]

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God can calm our fears

The Lord is my light and my salvation;     whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life;     of whom shall I be afraid?  (Psalm 27:1) One of the benefits of being a person of faith is the confidence that comes with it. Once you trust God over everything else and believe that God’s love can transcend even […]

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Lord, Hear My Cry

But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love, answer me. (Psalm 69:13) Struggle and alienation are sometimes part of our lives. We don’t search for it – we are miserable when it happens. But at some points in our lives […]

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Raising Our Eyes to a Higher Vision

From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised. (Psalm 133:3) For the next few weeks we will be turning our attention to the Psalms. This collection of prayers/songs is an amazing treasure trove of spiritual resources and depth. No matter what you are feeling and what you […]

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