Feeding the Soul

May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Roman 15:13.  Someone said, “There is little distance between hope and desperation, yet the space between them makes all the difference in the world.” It is so true, isn’t... full post »
“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits ,and in his word I hope.” (Psalm 130:5 )It was Christmas Eve. The church was filled with expectant worshippers, but as I looked out over the congregation from the chancel, I saw two special couples singing side by side – and waiting. The one couple was waiting... full post »
Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.  Luke 2:10-11I just returned from a lecture at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.  The speaker was Peter Rollins a provocative,... full post »
Advent is a season of getting ready, getting ready to welcome the Christ as He comes to us anew at Christmas and getting our lives ready to welcome Him when He comes again. When we say this it doesn’t sound that challenging. After all, we want to welcome Him. We know He brings life and healing and... full post »
Advent is the season of preparation. In our homes we cook, bake, clean, decorate and buy or make presents. All this fuss around Christmas is fun, but it is also tiring. Advent is not for fussing – quite the opposite. It calls us to quiet down, to listen to God and to ourselves. Nowadays life is... full post »
We usually think of a birth as something to celebrate. I don’t know of any culture, at any time, that has mourned the birth of a baby. Even when a baby is born during a war or a famine, the parents somehow see in that baby all the possibilities of the future.But in another sense, we are all afraid... full post »
I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing your praise;   I bow down towards your holy temple and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness; for you have exalted your name and your word above everything.  On the day I called, you answered me... full post »
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul!I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish.... full post »
Have you ever received one of those phone calls offering you a free ocean cruise? When you get down to the details, however, the free gift ends up costing way more than what you are prepared to pay! The grace of God is a free gift, but the cost is not hidden away in the details. Pastor Dietrich... full post »
“So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” Mark 16:8 This is the original ending of the Gospel of Mark; more was added later, because it made people so uncomfortable. One can understand why… However, I... full post »