Restoring Dignity

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church. His newest book is A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss (IVP).] One valid way of describing the gospel of Jesus Christ is that it is the promise of the restoration of dignity. God created humanity according to his image and his likeness, and thus invested humanity …

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Things That Remain

In this challenging time when so many things about our normal lives seem to be radically altered, we can look to those qualities of life that never change. The things that remain. Like faith, hope, and love. This message, based on 1 Corinthians 13:13, unpacks those unchangeable realities. 5.17.20 Sermon Edit from Elmbrook Church on …

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Thinking Ahead About Rebuilding

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of the upcoming A Chronicle of Grief: Finding Life After Traumatic Loss.] ______________________ We are living a new and unexpected lifestyle right now. We are dealing with an unwelcome and difficult exile from the normal functions of our lives because of the global health crisis. …

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Living in the Exile of Pandemic

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of numerous books including Spiritual Leadership Today.] What do you do when life is suddenly terribly disrupted? When you have to change your pattern of life? When your relationships become disjointed? This is where we live now. The global pandemic has imposed this on us. …

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Character Matters

There is a story of a shepherd named Gyges who found a magic gold ring which had the power to turn him invisible. He discovered its power quite by accident when he was sitting with some fellow shepherds and twisted the ring so that its bezel was to the inside of his hand. Twisting it …

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Can Anything Good Come Out of Suffering?

]Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Get his regular prayers and writings by signing up HERE.] ____________________ Most people who suffer something significant wonder whether there is any purpose in it. Our first responsibility to those who suffer is to show compassion and empathy. But there are answers to the question …

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Living in a Catastrophic World

There are numerous causes of suffering in the world. One of them is the brokenness of the natural world as we see it in disease and earthquakes and hurricanes, and other ways. Scripture tells us that suffering has become nature’s abnormal state.  In Genesis 3 it says that the world that has become cursed now has …

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Christ Crucified and Resurrected: Why It Matters

[Mel Lawrenz will be offering daily online ministry during this health crisis. Sign up HERE.] _________________ CRUCIFIXION They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they …

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Prayers for Easter Time

FOR KIDS“A Prayer for Easter Time”Dear God, I believe in the Lord Jesus… who was born in Bethlehem, who grew up and became a man, who taught crowds of people, who loved his disciples, who healed the sick, who was arrested by his enemies, was called a criminal, was nailed to a cross. He died …

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What God is Building: the Church

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of Spiritual Leadership Today among other titles.] ____________________ The church has failed so often in so many ways, which was probably inevitable because it is built with the flawed material of humanity. We traded the righteousness of God for our tinny self-righteousness. We are satisfied with …

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Losing Your Sanctuary

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of nineteen books including Prayers for Our Lives: 95 Lifelines to God.] ______________ A survivor shuffles through the rubble of what used to be his home before a tornado pulled it apart into a hundred thousand pieces. What was shelter is now a pile of …

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Set Apart for God’s Purposes

[Mel Lawrenz is Teaching Pastor at Elmbrook Church and the author of 19 books, including, Spiritual Leadership Today (Zondervan).] ______________ Years ago I remember when we got a new car and my wife and I agreed would be “set apart” for my travels and my work. Our kids were teenagers at the time, and both were new …

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