Christmas Peace

Christmas is always a difficult day for a soldier on a battlefield far from home. How could it be that the Prince of Peace had come, and yet men still shot each other with rifles? On Christmas of 1914 something happened that nobody could have ever predicted. British and German troops were bogged down in …

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A Better Year Ahead?

[Chapter 1 of the new release A Better Year Ahead? Opening Our Eyes to Hope] Everyone I know agrees with this simple sentiment:  2020 was a difficult year. A shockingly difficult year. An unprecedented difficult year. And they all wonder: Is there reason to hope that the new year might be better?

Joy in difficult times…

Even in difficult times, it is possible to find JOY….  Christmas Joy: A Devotional (for adults)Christmas Joy for Kids: A DevotionalOrder now. Begin reading December 1.Daily readings to keep our focus on the true meaning of Christmas–that a savior was born to deliver us from fear and guilt and distress. Adult version, and now, kids’ version, also. Daily readings… * …

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Says Who? Says God

Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. His most recent book is about dealing with loss, A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. _____________________________________ Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them …

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Why Believing Makes Sense

Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. His most recent book is about dealing with loss, A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. _____________________________________ “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.The rain came down, the …

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Faith Rises on the Horizon of Doubt

Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. His most recent book is about dealing with loss, A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. _____________________________________ What about the question of doubt? You cannot talk about believing without talking about doubt any more than you can talk about day without implying night. Some people think …

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To Be Human is to Believe

Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. His most recent book is about dealing with loss, A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. _____________________________________ “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1) When my daughter was a baby and my wife would put …

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How Faith Happens

Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. His most recent book is about dealing with loss, A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. _____________________________________ I love watching the sunrise on the horizon of Lake Michigan, and it always reminds me of the dawning of the new life of faith. The black-painted sky gradually …

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Working for Christ

Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. His most recent book is about dealing with loss, A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. _____________________________________ In recent lessons we’ve looked at a biblical view of work, how it comes from the nature of God, and what happens if we work too little or too …

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Filled with Gratitude

This day forty years ago was my first day “on the job” at Elmbrook Church. Forty years—is that possible? I never would have imagined that I’d have the blessing of doing ministry in the same church for my entire adult life. Today my head spins with memories. I’ve been involved in so many different forms …

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Time to Rest

Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. His most recent book is about dealing with loss, A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. It is good to work, good to get tired, and good to rest. Work is an important principle of life, but it is not the only principle. God allows rest, …

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When We Work Too Much

Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. His most recent book is about dealing with loss, A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss. Imbalance can be the result of too much of a good thing. At least on one day that we know of Jesus told his disciples to knock off work. Throngs …

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