Author: Eric Holmer

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Within the gospel reading’s profound words lies the simple message that God is revealed in a human person. Though we may try to understand how the Word existed with God from the beginning of time, the wonder we celebrate at Christmas is that the Word...

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Today Isaiah prophesies that a young woman will bear a son and name him Emmanuel. The gospel is Matthew’s account of the annunciation and birth of the one named Emmanuel, God-with-us. During these final days of Advent we pray, “O come, O come, Emmanuel,” a...

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The new church year begins with a wake-up call: Christ is coming soon! In today’s readings both Paul and Jesus challenge us to wake from sleep, for we know neither the day nor hour of the Lord’s coming. Isaiah proclaims the day when God will...

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For over 62 years God has beckoned the people of Good Shepherd to go BEYOND. (Originally shown at the November 3 combined Worship Service on All Saints Sunday.)...

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It is human nature to worry about scarcity. However, we must move beyond our human concerns, and believe God will provide for us as promised! We should follow the example of Abraham and so many others throughout the Bible, and trust in God. There is...

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A little faith goes a long way is our Lord’s point in the gospel. A mustard seed’s-worth has miraculous potential. The patience, tenacity, and endurance required for the life of faith are the blessings received in water and the word (holy baptism), bread and wine...

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Called to contemplate the cost of discipleship today, we might be helped by translating Paul’s request to Philemon into our prayer of the day: Refresh my heart in Christ. Strengthened by the company and forgiveness of the Christ in the blessed sacrament and recalling God’s...

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Animate is a 7-week interactive and multimedia-based small group bible study series starting Tuesday nights on October 1st. Whether you are new to the faith or looking to deepen your relationship with Christ, Animate offers an opportunity for everyone to share, learn and ask questions in...

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Invited and inviting—that is the nature of the church. By God’s grace in holy baptism we have a place at the banquet table of the Lord. When, by the power of that same Spirit, humility and mutual love continue among us, the church can be...