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How to be a better lover?

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Faith & Worship

"Love your neighbor as yourself." Mathew 19:19 NIV

Many think of love as something that comes easy. Usually it is because people misunderstand the term "love." To be a really loving person can be challenging. Can you think of a command in the Bible which is harder than loving your neighbor as yourself?

As challenging as it may be at times to love a spouse or one of our children, Jesus explained that anyone in need should be considered as our neighbor. That would include Haitians devastated by earthquakes, the people facing genocide in the Dafur region of Sudan, and all the world's homeless and poor. As if that challenge wasn't enough, God's command urges us to love even those who treat us as enemies. Such love may seem impossible until we realized what God has done for us. While God considered us to be enemies because of our sins, God planned our salvation at the cost of his own Son's life. This kind of self-sacrificing love is really "loving your neighbor" even more than yourself.

How can a person ever attain that degree of love? The truth is we need God to help us. Only by experiencing the forgiving love of God can we begin to love even people who have deeply hurt us. It may take time and effort. It will definitely take visits with God. Join me! See you in church!

Submitted by Paul Ibisch, adjunct professor of religious studies at Viterbo University and pastor emeritus. Telephone: 608-799-0990.

A Thanksgiving tradition that does not fail

Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Faith & Worship

"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope." Psalm 130:5 NIV

"O give thanks unto the Lord for he is good and his mercy endures forever," is used by many Christians to give thanks to God at the close of their tradition ..... 
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Historic Lenora Church to offer Christmas worship service

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Faith & Worship

The historic Lenora United Methodist Church, begun in 1856, will offer special Christmas worship services again this year. The old church, lit by kerosene lamps, candles and heated by the woodstove and decorated with wreaths and red bows, will featu ..... 
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Help us choose home

Tue, Nov 17th, 2009
Posted in Faith & Worship

November is National Home Care Month and The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society-Home Care has reason to celebrate. 2009 is their 15th anniversary. They accepted their first client in June of 1994 and were Medicare certified in October of th ..... 
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