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Are You Ready to LIVE Questionably?

by: Salem Lutheran Church

09/09/2021

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“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:14, 16

If someone were to watch you up close and personally for a week, or even just a day, what would they have to say? Would your life give them pause to think or wonder, “Who ARE you?”, or to ask themselves, “Why are you doing that?” ? Would your actions, attitude,

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UNITY begins with You!

by: Salem Lutheran Church

08/26/2021

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Nowadays it’s easy to get caught up and stuck in our differences. Our time and energy is spent arguing over masks, vaccinations, political parties, sports teams, worship styles, historical context etc. Disunity too often drives the interaction we have with each other in our homes, our workplaces, online, and unfortunately, even within the walls of our churches. The result is we feel stressed out, angry, alone and alienated.

There’s no escaping our differences, but the truth

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How do we make sense of it all?

by: Salem Lutheran Church

07/29/2021

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It might be difficult for some of us to see order amidst all the chaos in our world today. Our first resource for understanding events in this life is the Book that consistently points us to the next. From its first chapters, the Bible tells us God has already paved the way for us to enjoy the fullness of life as He intended.

In Jesus’ life, death and resurrection God assures us the events and conditions of this life, from the worst to the best, will resolve to a glorious e

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You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet!

by: Marty Paluch

07/21/2021

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Any travel plans in the near future? I hope your passport is up to date if you’re planning on leaving the country. The US State Department is warning it may take up to eighteen weeks to renew or get a new passport. Staying stateside? Well, national parks are hitting capacities and the travel industry in general is reporting record-breaking numbers in all travel related interests.

Why the surge in travel? Covid, you say? Nah, I don’t buy it. I understand Covid kept us from d

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Where Seldom Is Heard A Discouraging Word

by: Marty Paluch

07/15/2021

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You may have many friends, but which of them do you want to hang around after everyone else leaves? Sometimes it may even be an in-law! Why do you think that is? More than likely, my guess is because they’re encouragers.

 Encouragers take you beyond superficial compliments to touch your heart in a way you’ll always remember. Encouragement is the grace of lifting someone up to recognize their God-given gifts. Godly encouragement silences fear and nourishes the soul. It moves

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“Freedom’s Just Another Word For…”

by: Marty Paluch

07/01/2021

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According to the 1989 edition of the Oxford English Dictionary the one English word that holds the most definitions is…

Did you really think I was going to give you the answer that easily? Nope. I will tell you it is not ‘freedom’, though I do believe ‘freedom’ means a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

I think it’s wonderful we’re celebrating the concept of freedom with hot dogs, watermelon and fireworks this weekend. For Christ followers, I think the cel

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You Can't Earn What's Free

by: Marty Paluch

06/17/2021

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I was somewhat disturbed by a comment the other day comparing a child’s perception of mom and dad. According to the article a child has an innate sense a mother will always be there and consequently her love and acceptance are a constant. Dad’s acceptance, on the other hand, is not necessarily a given suggesting a father’s love and affection and acceptance are tied to a perception it has to be earned.

 

While this is a broad generalization, it doesn’t take long for us to see

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Self Identity Crisis

by: Marty Paluch

06/10/2021

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So man created God in his own image. 1 Delusions 1:1

 In a world seeming to place high value on self-identity I find it ironic how many people refuse to let God self identify as God. Instead of extending God the courtesy of letting Him choose the pronouns by which He is identified, the world identifies God as this malleable ball of clay to be shaped as it sees fit. The bottom line is God is who He says He is. It’s that’s simple. Or maybe it’s not. 

 

Even Christ followers can

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Naming Rights

by: Marty Paluch

06/03/2021

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If you’re an Astros fan, perhaps you’re drinking more orange juice these days – particularly Minute Maid Orange Juice. In 2002 the Coca-Cola subsidiary sealed a $178 million deal for the right to name the ballpark. Talk about the power of a name!

Our names are considered a critical component in our psychological and mental health. They shape our identity and sometimes our destiny. I wonder if Art’s mom and dad knew he’d be a picture hanger when he grew up or if Bob’s parent

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To Tell The Turth

by: Marty Paluch

05/27/2021

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“The truth is still the truth even if no one believes it. A lie is still a lie even if everyone believes it. “

I’m not going to take credit for that quote. Truth is, I don’t know who said it originally. I found these words credited to at least three different individuals. Looks like someone is not telling the truth. Hmmm, imagine that.

I think we have trouble with truth in our lives because we confuse truth with perspective. What we often call the truth is really our perspec

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Watch Your Step

by: Marty Paluch

05/20/2021

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Recently, someone shared with me how they used to think the cross at the corner of Lutheran Church Road was ‘ostentatious’. Imagine that! Someone thinks something we do at Salem is over the top.

In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul writes how the cross was a stumbling block for the Jews, the established ‘Church’, if you will. Jesus’ death on the cross wasn’t the sign they were looking for to prove the Messiah would do what He came to do. To the Jews, the Messiah was about strength, and

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Gain From Loss

by: Marty Paluch

05/12/2021

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Have you ever stopped to think with every gain in life we also experience a loss?

Conversely, with every loss in life there is a gain.

A new baby, a new home, a new job or new marriages are events usually regarded as great gains. Each ‘new’, however carries the loss of something ‘old’. A new baby usually also means loss of sleep for starters. A new home may mean the loss of carefree Saturdays as the yard and home demand attention. Even a new job or promotion may cost us comm

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Mom's The Word!

by: Marty Paluch

05/06/2021

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Mom. The word hopefully elicits the warm and fuzzies from you. Moms are an extension of the heart of God’s heart into the lives of children. Most any word you can use to describe God, I think you can probably use to describe a mom. Loving, caring, compassionate, gracious, protective, forgiving, longsuffering, patient, sacrificial, wise, fair, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!

Now, we know our moms are human in contrast to God. While moms are all those things above and much more

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Oh Lord, It's Hard To Be Humbled...

by: Marty Paluch

04/29/2021

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I’ve had more than a few humbling experiences recently. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed them exactly but neither can I say they weren’t just what I needed. Things I’ve said and done hurt people, confused people and frustrated people. I am sincerely sorry people I care about had to experience pain in order for me to learn a lesson. Thankfully, our gracious God allowed people who know my heart and score high on the forgiveness scale to be my humility mentors.

My experience reminds m

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We Love Worship!

by: Marty Paluch

04/22/2021

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This past Sunday’s family meeting on our corporate worship was encouraging and curious. Overwhelmingly, our Salem family is united in its desire to offer God the best in our Sunday morning time together. Very encouraging. The curious part is reaching consensus on what ‘best’ is.

One of the greatest tenets of Christianity is the concept of freedom. We are free from the fear of punishment because Jesus took our punishment for us. We are free from the fear of death because Jes

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