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Across the Pastor’s Desk: Lent calls us back to our center

For churches that follow the liturgical calendar, we have entered the season of Lent.

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Robin Gudal: Living out the sermon of love

I just realized I am one of the middle-agers. I guess I hadn’t stopped to process my age ...

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Robin Gudal: Surrender big and small details

It happened again. I’m not sure if Jesus knows me so well that he knows I could not ...

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Across the Pastor’s Desk: Loving people as God loves us

While working on a kibbutz in northern Israel in the 1980s, I was thrilled to hear that a ...

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Robin Gudal: Aspiring toward childlike faith

Imagine a sweet little blond girl with tousled hair from a hard day of playing sitting at a ...

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Across the Pastor’s Desk: Crying is a sign of our humanity

Lecturer Leo Buscaglia relates a personal experience of when he was asked to be a judge in a ...

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Robin Gudal: Sayings to encourage you today

I have a book from my girlhood years of sayings I collected. I still find myself scratching a ...

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Across the Pastor’s Desk: God thinks very highly of you

Remember those days when you thought you could rule the world? Remember when you were young and you ...

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Across the Pastor’s Desk: Jesus meets us in our loneliness

Even with all the warm, soft charm of Christmas time, it can be easy to lose our grip ...

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Robin Gudal: Merry CHRISTmas this year

“They say it’s ‘The most wonderful time of the year,’ yet it sometimes feels more like the most ...

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Across the Pastor’s Desk: Sowing in tears, reaping in joy

At First Lutheran Church we are currently in a new worship series called “Faithful Fruits.” Each month we ...

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Robin Gudal: Do we crave what is best for us?

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you ...

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Across the Pastor’s Desk: Use word of God in spiritual battles

“Experiencing worry or anxiety doesn’t mean you’re weak; it means you’re human. Lean on Jesus. He will carry ...

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Across the Pastor’s Desk: Think about what you accept

One of my most vivid childhood memories is a warning issued by my sixth-grade teacher. A man had ...

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Across the Pastor’s Desk: Be a transforming agent for God

In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul encourages the believers to not be conformed to this ...

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