Mystery Gift

When local churches determine to serve their surrounding communities, it’s not always clear whether their efforts are truly making a difference. So they continue to extend themselves in love, uplifted by the example and command of Jesus: “So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do,

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See the Church!

Did you know that Texas District reflects a new church demographic for the twenty-first century? While general statistics in the LCMS show a declining, aging, mono-cultural church body, God’s mission in the Texas District is forming and shaping a church body that looks much different. What does the LCMS look

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Blessed to Bless

After His death and resurrection, Jesus told his disciples: “Go and share the blessing given to Abraham. Don’t keep it to yourselves. It’s time to extend the Message everywhere and to everyone… to All Nations!” Matt. 28:18-20 paraphrased Although Jesus was clear in His Great Commission, it took the disciples

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Music in the Mess

Tucked away in the corner of a Chick-fil-A I visited recently was a not-so-typical accessory of a fast-food restaurant.  On the way to the kids’ play area; across from the napkin, straw and ketchup station; pressed between tables for customers was an electric piano. Around the height of the lunch

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Inventory Of Our Blessings

I read a book on personal development and business leadership last month.  It is not surprising that the best leadership principles are Christian principles and are easy to trace their biblical roots to the informed Christian.  This book is no exception.  It has nuggets that are and could be helpful

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Sports and Struggle

Did you hear what Clemson University coach Dabo Swinney said after his football team’s decisive victory over Alabama? On national TV, he said his word for the year was JOY: Jesus, Others, and You—as in the order of whom we serve first. After being asked about how it felt to

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New People for a New Generation

During a run on one of my favorite paths a few weeks ago, I happened to encounter a high school cross country team. It’s happened many times over the years. In the old days, I kept pace with the young and thundering runners. I even dared them to try to

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