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Month: February 2012

Mary Okeyo Scholarship Fund Travelers – Introducing Olivia

Meet Olivia – see has some wonderful insights toward the end of her “bio” that we all need to think about.  We come back from our mercy work excited and invigorated.  We come back hopefull form conventions and gathering “jazzed up”.  We come back from a rally excited and ready to go and we encounter the apathy that is all around us and it is a real problem.  Preachers go through this too.  We have talked about that in other blogs and will do so again but for now – here is Olivia. My name is Olivia Tyrrell.  I am twenty years old and the oldest of four girls. My family lives in western North Dakota on a small “farm” (we raise Canadian geese, does that count?) outside the rural community of Taylor, ND. 3. I currently live in Brookings, SD where I am attending South Dakota State University, but in the summer I move home to Emily’s top bunk. My church family is Redeemer Lutheran Church in Dickinson, ND. The location where I grew up is windy, cold, and all the other things associated with western ND, but it is where my home is. I am currently in my second year of being a full time student studying Pre-Law, Business Economics, and Speech Communications. Someday I will realize that there are too many majors on my transcript and...

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Luther’s Sermon on 1 Corinthians part 3

We have been going over the sermon on 1 Corinthians 13 that Luther preached sometime around 1521.  They are called part of the church postil sermons and I think they are fascinating.  Luther preached this the Sunday before Lent when people were getting ready to do all kinds of penitence etc.  There will be more on the nature of love.  Good stuff in this sermon about mercy, and lor life of mercy.   “And if I bestow all my goods to feed the poor.” In other words, “Were I to perform all the good works on earth and yet had not charity- having sought therein only my own honor and profit and not my neighbor’s–I would nevertheless be lost.” In the performance of external works so great as the surrender of property and life, Paul includes all works possible of performance, for he who would at all do these, would do any work. Just so, when he has reference to tongues he includes all good words and doctrines; and in prophecy, understanding and faith he comprises all wisdom and knowledge. Some may risk body and property for the sake of temporal glory. So Romans and pagans have done; but as love was lacking and they sought only their own interests, they practically gave nothing. It being generally impossible for men to give away all their property, and their bodies to...

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June 2012 Kenya Devotion #1 – “Wash your hands”

  “But when the goodness of loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”  Titus 3:4-7 The Kenyans are very hospitable.  While food is not overly abundant, they will make sure that when you visit them, you do not leave hungry.  Most of the time when eating at the Rescue Centers, you will have a meal of range chicken, kale, and ugali.  The ugali is a thick porridge you shape in your hands like a spoon.  With your hands, you dip the ugali into the chicken broth and kale and eat it this way.  You use your fingers to eat this meal, and it can become a little messy. Before you enter the building in which you will eat, someone will be outside with a pitcher of warm water, a basin, a bar of soap, and a towel.  You place your hands over the basin, and someone pours the water over your hands as you wash with soap, and then as you rinse.  You are then handed a towel to dry your...

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Luther’s Sermon on 1 Corinthians part 2

Powered by Cincopa Video Hosting. “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels.” That is, though I had ability to teach and to preach with power beyond that of any man or angel, with words of perfect charm, with truth and excellence informing my message–though I could do this, “but have not love [charity],” and only seek my own honor and profit and not my neighbor’s, “I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.” In other words, “I might, perhaps, thereby teach others something, might fill their ears with sound, but before God I would be nothing.” As a clock or a bell has not power to hear its own sound, and does not derive benefit from its stroke, so the preacher who lacks love cannot himself understand anything he says, nor does he thereby improve his standing before God. He has much knowledge, indeed, but because he fails to place it in the service of love, it is the quality of his knowledge that is at fault. I Cor 8, 1-12. Far better he were dumb or devoid of eloquence, if he but teach in love and meekness, than to speak as an angel while seeking but his own interests. “And if I have the gift of prophecy.” According to chapter 14, to prophesy is to be able, by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, correctly...

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Rev. Arvid Salvhus – RIP +

Rev. Arvid Salvhus of Mahnomen died on Feb 18th, 2012 in Fargo. Pastor and his wife Lori were  very much involved in the Haiti Mission Society. They were also supportive of Project 24 and various Kenya projects through the years. This blog is about the connections that we have up here in the North country and there are many connections and interesting aspects of Rev. Salvhus life and ministry.  He grew up in McIntosh and taught in public schools over 20 years before entering the Seminary. In the early 1960’s he took part in the Fulbright exchange program studying in Germany for a year. In the late 1960’s he earned a Master’s Degree in German Studies. He started the German Program at the High School  in Laramie, Wyoming. In Wyoming they were neighbors to Rev. Richard Boche who now serves as the Wyoming District President. It is of more than passing interest to me at least that a Minnesota Norwegian majored in German. Mark Buchhop (see The China Connection – and In Grand Forks! February 25 blog) my old Circuit Counselor was there at the funeral since he is part of the Circuit by his serving Immanuel-Radium. Pastor Ramey my new Circuit Counselor rode over with Mark and he knew Arvid having served in the Circuit at Crookston. Pastor Salvhus’ body now rests in the “dormitory of the faithful departed, St. John’s Cemetery...

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