Sep15SatSeptember 15, 2018
“...not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13 ESV)
The Apostle Paul claimed to have discovered the secret of being “content in all circumstances,” but for me it’s a stretch. I struggle to find gratitude in my heart when September snowstorms cut a short summer even shorter.
Aug18SatBelieving Isn’t Seeing August 18, 2018 by Curtis Boehm
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not yet see.”
These are the first words of the famous “faith chapter” Hebrews 11. The author of Hebrews goes on to list some of the heroes of faith whose lives are recorded in the stories of the Bible: Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Rahab, and more. In addition to being part of the unfolding plan of salvation that God orchestrated down through the ages, these individuals all had something in common. They had an ability to be certain of some things even without proof. They had an ability to hope with confidence. They had faith.
May18FriMay 18, 2018
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:14–19(ESV)
If you walk around in the neighbourhood of Grace Lutheran church these days you will hear the sounds of spring. Birds singing, squirrels chattering, bugs buzzing, runners hitting the sidewalk, and lawn-mowers tending to the growing grass!
Mar18SunMarch 18, 2018
How’s your love life these days? I remember hearing that question as a child, and squirming with the implied romantic involvement. I don’t squirm so much any more! And a marriage filled with love is truly a lovely gift.
Jan13SatJanuary 13, 2018
Love Month Mash Up
As soon as the Christmas tree was taken down in the gym this year, a new set of decorations appeared gracing our stage and reminding us of the season to come. Hearts and rich red fabric remind us that Valentine’s day is coming. It’s love month! (Many thanks to Maureen and the fellowship committee for beautifying our gym!)
What is Valentine’s day like for you, I wonder?
Nov17FriNovember 17, 2017
We are entering the season of Advent, which is full of anticipation. You might have started counting down the days until Christmas! According to the Christmas carol, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year.” But it can also be the most hectic, stressful and lonely time of the year, as our lives become busier to the point of asking, Why do I even bother with all this?
Oct17TueOctober 17, 2017 by Curtis Boehm
Re-structuring our National Church
Last night Bruce Eidick, our head elder, and Pastor Larry and I flew back into Edmonton International Airport. We had been in Kitchener Ontario, for the 11th convention of Lutheran Church Canada since Friday morning. Walking through the sanctuary of Grace Lutheran Church this morning, I was thinking about what has changed and what will stay the same.
Sep23SatSeptember 23, 2017
I went for a run this morning in the fog. It was still dark when I left the house, and the street lights were shining through the leaves on the full grown trees on our street, making fingers of light that grasped toward me while I gathered the strength in my body and set off into the day. It was a brief moment, but it was so beautiful that I have been thinking about that sight all morning.
Aug20SunWorking from Rest August 20, 2017 Pastor Curtis
Jun16FriJune 16, 2017 Curtis Boehm
Look out the window, wherever you are right now. What signs of growth do you see? From my vantage point, a very large tree is waving it's full dark green branches in the June breeze and the grass underneath shows the stripes left by the lawn mower yesterday.
Signs of growth are more easily visible in the summer. But growth in living things continues through the year. Just as trees put out leaves to absorb the energy of the sun during the summer months, you might have summer habits that replenish the stores and strengthen the roots of your life. How will God nurture you and grow you during this season?