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Sunday, Oct. 14: God makes all wealth possible!

by Trina Kleist

With God-focused wealth, all things are possible! God knows we need material possessions. Today’s Bible readings speak to living in balance with our material needs and our spiritual calling. If we put God first – and put our material goods at God’s feet in service to God and the world – then the impossible becomes […]

Sunday, Sept. 9: Open to Outsiders?

by Trina Kleist

God loves everyone equally!         Outsiders and insiders. Things open and things closed. Salvation and mercy. These are some of the themes you’ll hear in today’s Bible readings. Today’s stories surprise us, and they make us stop and think. Then looking up to heaven, (Jesus) sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that, “Be opened.” – Mark […]

Sunday, Aug. 26: God’s Word is our Bread!

by Trina Kleist

This bread comes from God’s spirit!           Jesus is bread? We eat him?? Jesus understood that his words can be hard to understand. For some, they are even harder to accept. But he promises they are true! Jesus is more nourishing than regular bread, because this “bread” comes directly from the source of all life – […]

Sunday, Aug. 12: God will nourish you!

by Trina Kleist

Let God’s Spirit feed you!             Nourish yourself lately? Yeah, it’s OK to enjoy the material things. Our human bodies and minds need some of that. But they leave you hungry and thirsty, sooner or later. That’s because the material goodies don’t feed your spiritual self. And you know that’s true! So God invites you to […]

Sunday, May 27: Trinity – Seeking a 3-in-1 God?

by Trina Kleist

It’s Holy Trinity Sunday! Today, we ponder this remarkable and baffling truth about God: He is Father, Son and Spirit, all one, all together. That’s why we call God a “trinity” – “three” in “unity.” Yet throughout history, we humans experience God working in us and in the world in these three distinct ways. It […]

Sunday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve – Try salvation this year!

by Trina Kleist

Salvation given for free – here, today! God’s plan all along was salvation for everyone. That meant something to people when Jesus was born 2,000 years ago (see today’s Gospel reading, below). But what does salvation mean today? For smart, modern, First-World folks like us who already enjoy every material blessing? Simeon said, “My eyes […]

Thank you! Hurricane fundraiser nets $13K+

by Trina Kleist

Donations to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund go to work! Thank you, western Nevada County! PEACE Lutheran Church’s appeal on behalf of Texas hurricane victims raised $13,718! In the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s battering of eastern Texas, we at PEACE organized an impromptu fundraising concert. We hatched the idea on a Tuesday, and held the concert […]

Sunday, April 23: Peace be with you!

by Trina Kleist

Resurrected Jesus proclaims – peace? Peace is the farthest thing from the minds of Jesus’ followers in the days after their beloved teacher’s execution. Painful, ugly and shameful – Jesus’ death, his enemies hope, will squash the dangerous nonsense growing among his followers. Then some women come along with an amazing – and seemingly nonsensical […]

Sunday, March 19: Gushing water!

by Trina Kleist

Jesus, a shady lady, and eternal-life water! Jesus compares new life in God to a gushing spring whose water brings new life. That’s amazing news to the woman in today’s story – and maybe to you, too! This woman has quite the history. In a culture that prized chastity, she has been married to five […]

Sunday, Dec. 18: Strangely righteous?

by Trina Kleist

Joseph was a “righteous” man. But God had a different idea of “righteous.” Not the conventional wisdom. Not the standards kept by “nice people” of Joseph’s day. Today’s Gospel lesson outlines the dilemma faced by Joseph, the first-century Jewish man engaged to a young woman named Mary. His fiancée had come to him with a […]