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Worship Under the Trees this Sunday!

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

I hope you can join us “Under the Trees” on Sunday at 10:30 am. Bring your lawn chairs. There is plenty of room in our grove behind the Trinity Café for hundreds of people to social distance. The Trinity Café doors will be open as a short-cut through the...

Beware of Fools - Especially You!

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Proverbs 24-26 (find it here) warns against fools, especially chapter 26. There are two ways to read those proverbs. One is to look out and see the fools around us and nod our heads in agreement. The other is to look in and see that not only is “folly bound up in the heart of a...

Christ's love compels us...

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

What is your motivation? What keeps you going when you face opposition and setbacks? What gives you endurance to keep going when you are exhausted by the uncertainty of these days? The Apostle Paul’s answer is found in our New Testament lesson (find 2 Corinthians 5:11-6:10...

We are Jars of Clay

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Reading through Proverbs (find Proverbs 19-20 here), I am reminded over and over that I am a jar of clay. As King Solomon applies the 10 Commandments to our lives, I join him in sorrow asking: “Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without...

Let your face reflect the Lord's glory

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Today's New Testament lesson (find 2 Corinthians 3:7-4:6 here) references Moses' face that reflected the Lord's glory. (Read Exodus 34:29-35 for the background.) Moses' ministry of the Law was glorious. Our gospel ministry is even more glorious. The Lord's saving glory is reflected from us...

Does Your Neighbor Smell You?

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

In our New Testament lesson (read 2 Corinthians 2:1-3:6 here), Paul mentions that we are “the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.” What a responsibility! To always...

No Perfect People Allowed

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

Paul's letters to the congregation in Corinth reminds me of a book our Ministerial Team read together: No Perfect People Allowed. The congregation in Corinth was growing, dynamic, spiritually blessed. But it was far from perfect. In the first letter we heard about divisions in the...

Details, details, details

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

I love the details that Paul provides at the end of 1 Corinthians (read 1 Corinthians 16 here).First, there is the reference to the offering that God was using to bind together the churches across the Mediterranean. Gentile Christians, many of them living in poverty themselves, gave offerings to...

I'm tired today...

Posted by Pastor Pete Panitzke on

I'm tired. Tired of wondering how long the pandemic will last. Tired of taking precautions. Tired of reading about  record numbers of new cases. Tired of wondering what new restrictions will be necessary tomorrow. That sense of exhaustion sweeps over me as I read our Old...

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