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What is Gained by Jesus’ Weeping?

It’s nearing the Passover. The Passover was the time where faithful first-century Jews celebrated the rescue of their ancestors from their tyrannical overlords. The story of the Passover was that of the death of the firstborn of all in Egypt, with the exception of those who butchered a lamb and smeared blood on their doorposts. The Passover was the eve of the great Exodus, where God led his people out of captivity and into the wilderness, before entrance into the Promised Land. This Promised Land is where Abraham once walked; the land of promise that God pledged to Abraham’s descendants,…

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Encouragement from Pastor Greg

Dear Wausau Alliance Church, I feel like the Apostle Paul writing a letter like this to you given that I cannot see you in person, but this is the reality of our current situation. I miss being able to gather with you as God has designed the church to gather. I miss being able to meet together as Hebrews 10:25 instructs, and as we have been obeying in the past. Obviously now, with our current situation and with the gift of technology, we can still obey God’s Word in Hebrews 10:25, even if it looks quite different than we feel…

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The Unwrapping

The world has changed seemingly overnight. We began the year making plans that are now irrelevant. Markets are in an apparent tailspin, and the healthcare system is holding its breath. Many authorities have now issued shelter-in-place orders, hoping to stave off the invisible invasion and sending many people home to stay.  In this isolation, what we euphemistically call “safer-at-home” here in Wisconsin we are confronted with another stressor we likely didn’t consider. We are faced with ourselves. We may be with our families, or maybe we live alone, or with a roommate, but either way our person-to-person interactions are minimal….

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Death and Hope in a Pandemic

When I started this Lenten blog series, I didn’t anticipate it would be in the midst of a pandemic. With the death toll in the thousands, vulnerable populations are dying as the virus has ravaged whole communities. And yet, in times like these the topic and discussion of death becomes much more relevant and pressing.  Death comes for us all. A pandemic represents the fear of the invisible foe. We cannot see a virus, and this virus has the world watching in horror as it destroys and disrupts. A pandemic represents all that is vile about Death.  How does the…

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Death is the End

Most of us don’t remember learning about Abigail in Sunday School. But Abigail tells us a vivid picture of the gospel. Abigail is married to a wicked husband, whose name is Nabal, which in Hebrew means “fool.” The Lord strikes Nabal dead, freeing Abigail from marriage to the wicked man so that she becomes a queen. Death is the end. It is final. Any attempt we have to downplay Death’s permanence reveals its falsity and rings hollow. And yet, the gospel is about the sad things becoming untrue, and the tragedies transformed to epics. What is it that the gospel…

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Death Seeks Company: Sin is a Destroyer

In this Lenten devotional series we are looking at Death. Death is capitalized for a reason, because of sin, Death takes on a larger than life role in all of our lives. There is no greater certainty in our life than it will end in Death. And yet, we insistently push Death to the margins. Death is taboo. It’s the thing that we watch on TV, but don’t talk about in polite company.  That’s why this Lent, we’re meditating on Death. It’s a long standing tradition in the church. Our theological ancestors did it, calling it by the name memento…

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Ashes to Ashes: Experiencing Intimacy with God in our Brokenness

Death overcomes us all. Decay and suffering are our pathway to the doors of death. The posture of our reading carries a lot into our understanding of words. Today, when you reflect on the curse given to Adam as a result of sin, read these words from the crucified Jesus, who speaks truth to the reality of sin. By the sweat of your face    You shall eat bread,        till you return to the           ground,    for out of it you were taken; For you are dust,     and to dust you shall           return. Genesis 3:19 There is a futility to life, a…

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Good News of Great Joy

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the…

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Love With Us

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8). The most memorized verse in the Bible is John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” One of the primary motivations that led Christ to this earth was God’s love for the world. As John 15:13 says, there is no greater love that could be demonstrated. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John takes…

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Ultimate Peace

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). This second week of Advent, we look forward to Christ’s birth and his promise of peace. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end,…

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We Do Not Lose Heart

“So we do not lose heart, Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen by to the things that are unseen” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17). As we look forward to Christmas, let us not be a people who come to Christmas Day saying, “Wow, Christmas sure snuck up on me this year!” Let us be a people… let us be families… who have not just prepared for…

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What About God’s Grace?

Ephesians 1:7-9 – “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.” I recently heard someone say that the idea of grace terrifies them. When I first heard this idea, I thought it was crazy. But then as I heard them explain what they meant, their thoughts were quite profound. Grace is undeserved favor. It is the favor that God chooses to give His people who do not deserve His favor. Of course, the ultimate demonstration of grace is…

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The Lord is Near … Call On Him in Truth

Psalm 145:18 – “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” This morning as I sat down to read my Bible, I went on to my Bible app to check what my scheduled reading was for today. As I opened the app, I saw an image on the main screen with Psalm 145:18 on it. You’ve seen these kinds of images shared on social media. The image was a nice modern looking abstract image, with stylized font meant to make you feel good as you read the promise God gives…

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God’s Discipline

“Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, ‘We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people” (Numbers 21:6-7). The Israelites once again became impatient against God. This was a common pattern in the Israelite nation from the time they left Egypt till the time they took over the Promised Land. They became impatient; they were sick…

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