The Massacre of the Innocents

“A voice is heard in Ramah,weeping and great mourning,Rachel weeping for her childrenand refusing to be comforted,because they are no more.” Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:18 On a dark day King Herod the Great ordered the killing of all male children two years and younger in Bethlehem in what has been called “The Massacre of the …

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Praying for a Troubled World

from Prayers for Our Lives: 95 Lifelines to God for Everyday Circumstances A PRAYER FOR THE WORLD Do you not know?Have you not heard?Has it not been told you from the beginning?Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,and its people are like grasshoppers.He stretches out …

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Why the Cross Matters

Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised…. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is …

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Grasping Reality

_________________________ Some people live their lives disconnected from reality. There is nothing solid beneath their feet because their view of life is based on some fantasy. They may have been raised on lies and so they perpetuate the pattern, believing that there is no one who tells the truth, so why even try to find …

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God is Great and God is Good

GOD IS GREAT “If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.” G. K. Chesterton  God is great; God is good; and we thank him for our food.  Amen. I must have spoken those simple words hundreds of times at the dinner table when I was a child, but I most certainly did not understand …

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A Better Year Ahead? 10 Ways

Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of A Better Year Ahead? Opening Our Eyes to Hope (revised edition), looking ahead to 2022. This time last year we were all thinking how difficult 2020 was and that it will be so good to get to 2021. Yet 2021 presented its own challenges, …

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What Have We Learned from 9/11?

[A sermon shared with Elmbrook Church the Sunday after 9/11/2001, based on what Psalm 25 says about treachery.] FACING TREACHERY A message given at Elmbrook Church, September 16, 2001Mel Lawrenz, Senior Pastor We have been through a harrowing week. It is good that we are here to worship today. Every evening since Tuesday hundreds of …

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Scripture in Practice

In this message Mel Lawrenz talks about the practicalities of making Scripture a normal pattern of the Christian life. NOTE: For one more day (until April 15, you can download a FREE copy of the books How to Understand the Bible and How to Study the Bible on Amazon. But only through April 15. SCRIPTURE …

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