Jesus: A Friend to Thieves

Jesus: A Friend to Thieves

There are moments in Christian ministry when we are the recipients of our Lord’s special ministry to us. I preface my own such encounter with the Lord by referencing Matthew 25:39, “Lord, when did I see you in prison?” God’s call to ministry came to me in an unusual...
Pivot Point

Pivot Point

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV). The death and resurrection of Jesus is not a story told to teach us something. It is not a fable or wishful thinking. It is not...
Investing in the Foundation

Investing in the Foundation

I am so grateful to my home congregation for sending me to seminary. Harold Revne, an elder in Bethesda, told me, “David, it’s time for you to go to get better prepared for ministry. And we’ll pay the tuition.” That’s just what they did. They set up a scholarship fund...
Keep Your Eyes Open

Keep Your Eyes Open

As I visited recently with Mary Rodgers and Mary Helwagen from Mentor, Ohio, they shared the passion of Pilgrim Lutheran Brethren Church (PLBC) for making disciples and encouraging women through Women’s Ministry to their Northeastern Ohio area. Here’s what they had to...
God’s Grace Flows

God’s Grace Flows

We are in Chad! It has been almost four years to the day since we first heard about the need for people to come and share God’s Word among the unreached people in Chad. God has certainly taught us a lot since then—especially during our year in France. At the end of...
Jesus is the Foundation

Jesus is the Foundation

In 1902 Joakim Gundersen received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. From that day forward, he made it his life’s mission to tell others of his Savior. On October 30, 1959, Joakim wrote the letter below to encourage his grandson and to share his testimony. Dear...