President's Message by Emily Kom

Make Our Blessings Count

With Thanksgiving Day this week, I’d like to contemplate a bit on the expression from religious leader Neal Maxwell, “We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.”  What are some of the blessings you are counting in your life?...

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Apple Picking

Have you ever been apple picking? What are you looking for in an apple? Crispiness, sweetness, color, size, or simply one without bruises? Or does it depend on what you will use it for? Baking, eating, or making cider? I recently went apple picking and I didn’t pick the small ones,...

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New is Good

What is something new in your life? I’m sure if 10 people were asked there would be 10 very different answers—a baby, a car, marriage, job, bicycle, skill or God’s grace and compassions. Lamentations 3:22-23a states, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not...

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Connections

As a former college instructor, one section of my course dealt with “networking”. Networking is just a fancy word for connections.  One exercise students in my class participated in was a “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” exercise.  The object was to try to connect...

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"Grace - the meaning is in the undeserved-ness"

Have you ever heard or used phrases like “paying it forward” or “giving back” or “committing random acts of kindness”?  Often phrases like those are used in settings where people are talking about helping others or being philanthropic.  The thought is...

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “actions speak louder than words.”  Maybe, like me, you have even used it as a parent a time or two.  I have to confess something—I have a problem with actions sometimes.  Take this blog as an object lesson.  I have...

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"Spring Break"

My life revolves around a school calendar. That’s true for a lot of people who want to capitalize on making plans for the times when school is not in session. We look at those break times way in advance to plan the dentist appointments, the extra-long weekend, even just a meal without a...

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Thanksgetting? - I Don't Think So

I’m an avid football fan. This last weekend while watching, a commercial came on for my wireless phone carrier.  Have you seen it?  It’s their ad for black Friday and it is literally called “Thanksgetting.” I won’t go this Friday, but sometime next week I...

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Warmth

Have you ever talked with someone who is visiting your congregation about how they felt about their visit?  I once asked someone that question and they shared with me the difference they felt between what they deemed as a “warm” church and “cold” church. That has always...

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AnxIety with a Capital "I"

On June 27, 2013, at about 2:00 PM, while driving to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the 50th Annual LWMS Convention, my cell phone rang —Jeanne Martin was calling with election results.  That night, as I walked into the arena, my heart sunk and fear set in.  “I can’t do...

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Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. ~ 1 John 5:5