“Hearing the Call to Lead”

“Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice.” (Proverbs 12:15) In less than 30 days, voting members from across the synod will gather at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Mesa, Ariz., to focus on the theme “Hearing the Call to Lead.” The assembly will be able to listen to current seminarians

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“He is not here. He is risen!”

“Do this in memory of me.” “It is finished.” “He is not here. He is risen!” These three phrases help me to frame what is core to our Holy Week and Easter proclamation. Through bread and wine shared we join those first followers of Jesus. We remember and we receive what only God can offer;

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“Play Ball!”

Within a few short weeks Spring Training will be alive and well in the Grand Canyon Synod. As this annual tradition of Major League Baseball players and fans descend into our midst, I find myself thinking about the amount of resources that are invested and poured into the development of prospects and talent for each

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Follow Him – The Power of Invitation

Dear Friends in Christ, As we begin a new year and enter the season of Epiphany, I want to encourage all of us in ways we might follow the example of the early disciples by listening to Jesus extend the invitation to “follow.” The power of invitation is evident as Jesus preaches, teaches and heals.

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We Are the Aroma of Christ

“For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing;”  (2 Cor. 2:15). Smell is the one sense that is directly hardwired to our brains.  Think of the aromas that have triggered your attraction or repulsion.  Think of the aromas from which the very whiff

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God Shows No Partiality

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality.’ – Acts 10:34 During the Easter season our lessons from Acts show the post-Pentecost mission movement of the early apostles. Each week we read of cross-cultural engagements for the sake of spreading the good news of God’s love in Jesus. One of the priorities of the

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God’s Power to Bring Life Out of Death

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live…” John 11:25 I am a witness to the truth of God’s power to bring life out of death. Our synod delegation to our Companion Synod of Senegal traveled in late February from the

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Sharing the Love

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes,

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