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God forgives everyone

“(The Lord said), I have loved you, O my people, with an everlasting love, with love I have drawn you to me.” Jeremiah 31:3 No matter what our situation in life, God will use us to be a blessing to others and bring honor to Him. For God does not...

 

Give thanks for all of your blessings

I heard a story of a little boy who was having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother’s house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served. When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away. “Johnny! Please wait...

 

God's Gospel Gift of Grace

Today, I would like to examine the topic of God’s grace, with the endeavor of finding a good usable definition. There are many books on the market about this topic, but I have yet to find a really good practical definition. I did a word study on...

 

It is finished

About 2,000 years ago, Jesus was crucified on a cross on a hill called Golgotha. Scripture records in John 19:30 that after about six hours of intense pain, humiliation and suffering, Jesus cried out, “‘It is finished’ and gave up his...

 

The Gospel of 'And'

The experience of God’s grace has been one of these controversial topics that has been debated, argued, abused, misunderstood, and caused many a rift between believers of all kinds. Throughout centuries past, and even in today’s theological...

 

R.I.S.E.

Easter is rapidly approaching. Many people think of Christmas as such, but Easter truly is the High Holy Day of Christianity. Many other religions have a leader who was born on a certain date, but we are the only ones who have a Savior who arose from...

 

God's promise

If you travel to Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem, you’ll discover that it is now surrounded by an Orthodox cathedral. The spot on which he was laid is way down in the bowels of the building. To get to it, you must descend a narrow, steep, cramped...

 

It's the season of Lent

Lent is the 40-day period leading up to Palm Sunday where, traditionally, the church has fasted, done heart examination and repented of sin. Lent mean’s “slow down.” Slow down? I’m not sure that is in our vocabulary. Sometimes, I have to...

 

New documentary spotlights decline of the church in America

The documentary film, titled “When God Left the Building,” will be screened on Sunday, March 1st at 2 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2305 San Marino Road, Sidney. Following the film, Holy Trinity, will host a 20-minute live discussion.... Full story

 

Lord, are we there yet?

Most of us as parents have taken family car trips with our children and heard these impatient words: “Are we almost there yet? When will we get there? How much longer will it be?” Often those agonizing questions are asked when there is still a...

 

Love comes from God

Valentine’s Day is about over and hopefully we didn’t neglect to show the people we love and those around us how special they are to us and to God. It was easy for me to assure my family of my love for them. Each year they look forward to my...

 

Respect Life

It doesn’t seem possible that one month of 2015 is already behind us. The beginning of a new year always seems to begin with a note of excitement as we ponder what the year before us might have in store. However, the excitement always becomes...

 

A perspective

Today, I’d like to bring to your attention an article that appeared in the Jan.-Feb. edition of Touchstone magazine. The article was written by Dr. Randall B. Smith, a professor who holds the Scanlan Foundation Chair in Theology at St. Thomas...

 

Divine Design: Blueprints for Daily Living

Imagine this if you will! Before the Grand Canyon was formed. Before the sun rose in the East and sets in the West. Before the mountains were formed. Before creation began – even before running water – if you can even imagine. We were on God’s...

 

Good Old Days 01-23-15

Compiled By The Sidney Sun-Telegraph Staff These stories from the past first appeared in The Sidney Telegraph. Original writing is preserved, though some stories were shortened for space reasons. 50...

 

Kingdom of God

“... Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’” Mark 1:14b-15 Peter Mayer, Lutheran song writer and “Parrothead...

 

Humor can help keep us level-headed

Did you hear the story about the small boy swallowed who some coins and was taken to a hospital? When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, “No change yet.” Or did you hear about the two silk worms who had a race? They ended...

 

Close the gate behind you

The school year was coming to an end and Margie and Tommy, best friends with Cindy and Denny, thought it would be a great idea to invite them to go with them to Grandpa and Grandma’s farm for the summer. After a long drive and a good night’s...

 

Seek and you will find

Christmas Day is past and we are now into the 12 days of Christmas, which leads us to the church season of Epiphany on Jan. 6. Epiphany is traditionally celebrated as the time the Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus. A favorite Epiphany...

 

Christmas

I love Christmas music. I just listed to Alvin and the Chipmunks singing of “Christmas Cheer.” Then I found the dog’s version of Jingle Bells. Amazing! They bring back memories of good times past. Christmas is supposed to be a happy, joyous...

 

How well do you know the Christmas story?

How well do you know the true story of Christmas? Did Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to pay taxes? Did Mary ride on a donkey because it was too difficult for her to walk? Did an inn keeper tell Joseph and Mary that there was no room for them in the...

 

'Waiting, Hope'

We don’t like to wait, do we? I mean, we Americans. And especially when it comes to Christmas. Wait till the night of Dec. 24 to start celebrating Christmas? No way! So the Christmas catalogues started coming – when, the day after Labor Day? Then...

 

The Gift of Advent

The Thanksgiving holiday is now behind us. I hope you all had a wonderful time with family and friends. As a Christian people, we now look to the season of Advent, which begins this Sunday. The word “Advent,” of corse, means “coming.” During...

 

Thanksgiving brings many reasons to be thankful

It’s over. Halloween has come and gone. All the ghosts, goblins, zombies, witches and super-heroes are back snug in their dens and trunks for another year. The election is over too. Maybe no more political calls for at least another month. The stor...

 

Our greatest gift ever

Greetings, I am Jim Gerhold, lead pastor at Christian Life Center. With Christmas just around the corner, let’s reflect on our greatest Christmas ever. Would it be a gift that was beyond our wildest dreams or a special visit from a relative or...

 

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