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Sermonette: August 15, 2022

Follow is an appropriate word for today. For most of the summer it has been an appropriate word for those who have to drive on Highway 281 between Sheyenne and New Rockford. I would imagine that like me, it is getting very tiresome for all of us...

 

Sermonette: August 8, 2022

August is here. Where did the summer go? It seems like we just celebrated the fourth with picnics and parades and related festivities. Family and school reunions have come and gone with only memories remaining. August is one of the several...

 

Sermonette: Do I have to go to church?

Before becoming a pastor in 2020, I worked as a Children, Youth, and Family Minister for a couple of decades. One of the things I loved best about ministry with kids and youth was the amazing questions they asked. One of the most frequent questions,...

 

Sermonette: Doctrine of the Trinity

Growing up in the church, I learned very early on that our loving God is both one and three. There is one God and God is three: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each is God...

 

Living on Purpose: The eagle who believed he was a chicken

Once there was a young eaglet that accidentally fell from the safety of his nest high on the mountain. Miraculously, he fell in a patch of soft grass and survived. He stumbled out into the open and a farmer saw him and brought him to the farm and pla...

 

Living on Purpose: Taking a closer look at Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is one of the most popular chapters in the Bible and many have said it is one of the wonders of the literary world. It is so deep that scholars are perplexed and yet so simple that children can enjoy it. However, in all of its beauty and...

 

Sermonette: Always teaching, always learning

At a recent gathering of Christian parents, we were discussing how hard it is to be a parent these days. It seems we are busier than ever, and rarely have time to stop and reflect on this most important job called parenting. We were discussing how...

 

Sermonette: July 11, 2022

The blinking line… | there it is… blink blink | | and here I sit… in front of my screen…trying to think of something to write for this sermonette article… and the blink blinks each time I stop typing…seemingly taunting me… I don’t...

 

Sermonette: Where you can seek God

Where is God? Surveys consistently show that while not everyone believes in God as portrayed in religion, the vast majority of people believe there is a divine being. So, since most of us agree that there is a supreme power, where is it? On a...

 

Sermonette: June 20, 2022

A heavy metal band I commonly listen to, Skillet, recently released a song called “Hero.” In the song they describe, with no shortage of energy, how we need a hero. From the Skillet’s perspective, there is so much wrong with the world, life,...

 

Living on Purpose: Learning how to adjust our sails

“Our mind is a garden our thoughts are seeds, we can plant flowers or we can plant weeds.” This old saying means we choose what we think about and are responsible for the thoughts we allow to grow. We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust...

 

Sermonette: David's Mighty Men

Adino killed 800 men in one battle. Eleazar slayed Philistine warriors alone until his arm was exhausted from destroying his enemies. Shammah, despite being fully surrounded, held the high ground alone and won the victory. These three also tore...

 

Sermonette: June 6, 2022

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization gives the Supreme Court an opportunity to undo Roe v. Wade. If Roe is overturned and North Dakota decides to protect the lives of preborn children, then more care for mothers and their children must...

 

Sermonette: May 30, 2022

Many years ago, I heard a story about a young girl who was suffering from a rare and deadly disease. Her health declined rapidly. However, through a number of tests and some luck, they discovered that her 7-year old little brother had somehow...

 

Youth confirmed at First Lutheran Church

On Sunday, May 15, nine students were confirmed in their faith at First Lutheran Church in New Rockford by Pastor Amy Kippen. Congratulations to all!...

 

Sermonette: May 23, 2022

Awhile back, I heard an explanation of the old adage, “Still waters run deep.” Deep waters remain rather consistent and calm because of their great depth. Meanwhile, the surface is always changing, depending on the wind and the season. The...

 

Sermonette: May 16, 2022

Jesus says that those who are forgiven much will love much but “those who are forgiven little will love little” (cf. Luke 7:47). Does this mean that we have to be forgiven for great and many sins before we can have great love for God? In other wo...

 
 By Billy Holland    Religion    May 16, 2022

Living on Purpose: Man shall not live by bread alone

One of the popular topics that readers contact me about are concerns associated with food shortages and higher costs. I realize that no one has a crystal ball to see into the future, but we have plenty of websites that are encouraging everyone to...

 

Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist celebrated

Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church in New Rockford, Bishop John T. Folda presided at Confirmation and First Holy Eucharist with seven students from St. John's Catholic Church in...

 
 By Jeff Schafer    Religion    May 9, 2022

Sermonette: May 9, 2022

Joe Kennedy, a former assistant coach at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Wash., lost his coaching job after refusing to stop kneeling in prayer with players and spectators on the field immediately after football games. He took his arguments to...

 

Sermonette: The Devil doesn't mind your church growing

The devil doesn’t mind your church growing. I know, it’s an eye grabbing first line (the youth might call it “click bait,”) but bear with me, I stand by it. Throughout the gospels, one of the consistent themes is Jesus driving out demons....

 

Sermonette: Action figure Jesus

One of my father-in-law’s hobbies is collecting toys. He has a myriad of different collectible figures from different movies or TV shows. Recently he visited me and gave me five figures based upon the characters from the TV show ‘Lost.’ I find...

 

Living on Purpose: Jesus gave His life so that we could live

I admit I am an emotional person. I recall going to see the Passion movie a few years ago and I was disturbed to say the least. It’s not uncommon for me to shed a tear when I witness something that moves my soul and this was no exception....

 

Sermonette: Wait for it

Wait for it. In 1st Samuel we come across the first king of Israel: Saul. Now, many of us know how the story of Saul turns out, but he began as a courageous leader. His first royal action was to rally all of Israel together (a feat unto itself in...

 

The passion of Passover

I am sure March 2020 is part of a time reference that few of us will ever forget. It seemed to be the onset of a season of fear, chaos, shifting sands and mercurial narratives. It was that chaotic...

 

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