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11/8/22 Devotional from Ed

November 8, 2022

Text: Exodus: 18:13-23 13 The next day Moses sat as judge for the people, while the people stood around him from morning until evening. 14 When Moses’s father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this that you are doing for the people? Why do you sit alone, while all the people stand around you from morning until evening?” 15 Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16 When they have a dispute, they come to me, and I decide between one person and another, and…

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A Message from Ellen

October 26, 2022

October 26, 2022 Dear Friends, One of the hardest parts of the last three years was the non-stop disruption to our “normal.”  But one of the results of that difficulty, for which I am grateful, is the fact that having our world disrupted has forced us to figure out what is most important to us.  It is hard to have the world turned upside down, because most of us are creatures of habit, and it is exhausting to have to change constantly or to be uncertain about what will happen.  I remember that after the flood of 2015, when the…

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10/24/22 Devotional from Ed

October 24, 2022

Text: Psalm 62:1-2 1 For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken. Devotional: If you heard yesterday’s sermon from Ellen, you’ll know she mentioned the inside of a beautiful tomato (sorry for the spoiler if you missed it). As we know, however, a beautiful tomato may not be beautiful on the inside if it’s been attacked by worms! Taking this beyond the garden, let’s consider the following question: “Forest Lake, what’s on our inside?” The Hebrew word for your “inner being” is “nefesh,” a word…

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Devotional Hymn – 10/17/22

October 17, 2022

Good morning. I heard this hymn last night and wanted to share. “Brighten the corner where you are” this week! Have a good, safe week, Ed Click here or below for a listen Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do Do not wait to shed your light afar To the many duties ever near you now be true Brighten the corner where you are Brighten the corner where you are Brighten the corner where you are Someone far from harbor you may guide across the bar Brighten the corner where you are Just above are clouded skies that you…

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A Message from Ellen 10-12-22

October 12, 2022

Dear Friends, As the Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist Churches are being roiled by sexual abuse scandals, our hearts ought to be broken.  Our response to these allegations of sexual abuse and cover ups by those who stand in the name of Christ is to be one of grief, repentance, and resolve. We grieve for those who, having been abused often by someone in power who used Jesus’ name, have lost the ability to trust in God as a loving parent or refuge in time of trouble.  The Church, which should have been a safe place, is now a place…

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10/12/22 Devotional from Ed

October 12, 2022

Text: Galatians 6:2:  Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Devotional: On Monday, a few staff members mentioned how many Forest Lake family members came to the Serve and Connect service opportunity this past Saturday. If you attended, ask yourself two questions: When you signed up, did you really want to give up your Saturday morning to pick up trash in an unfamiliar neighborhood? Be honest! Did any apprehension (maybe secret grumpiness or complacency you tried not to show) turn to gratitude after serving? My guess is every participant from our church family would now say they were grateful they served someone…

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10/4/22 Devotional from Ed

October 4, 2022

Text: Psalm 36:6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains; your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. Devotional Remi, Moose, Shadow, Zoe, Chloe, Quincy, Jack… I had a seminary professor who said, “Dogs are God’s perfect creature.” Obviously, if you are a “cat person,” you may disagree, but the dogs listed above (and there are many more) are part of YOUR church family! Did you know they’re also part of God’s family? You know the phrase “dog whisperer” or “baby whisperer?” Thanks be to God for those who can “speak” to animals, but I firmly…

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A Message from Ellen

September 28, 2022

September 28, 2022 Dear Friends, At the Session Meeting in September, the Session approved setting Sunday, November 20th as the date on which we will be able to ordain Ed Black to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament!  Now that we have that date settled, I want to ask you to put it on your calendars!  It will be a fun day and a celebration in worship and afterwards!  Dr. Brad Smith, from Eastminster, will be our preacher that day, and a commission of elders and preachers from Trinity Presbytery will join us in worship to actually carry out the…

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9/27/22 Devotional from Ed

September 27, 2022

Text: Deuteronomy 6:10-12 When the Lord your God has brought you into the land that he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you-a land with fine, large cities that you did not build, houses filled with all sorts of goods that you did not fill, hewn cisterns that you did not hew, vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant-and when you have eaten your fill, take care that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. Devotional: A mentor frequently reminds his congregation…

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9/21/22 Devotional from Ed

September 21, 2022

Text: Romans 12:9-13 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal; be ardent in spirit; serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; pursue hospitality to strangers. Devotional: Have you ever left the sanctuary feeling led by the Holy Spirit to go and live a life of service to others? Have you ever left the sanctuary feeling inspired and hopeful after one of Ellen’s sermons? If so, this devotional…

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A Message from Ellen

September 20, 2022

September 14, 2022 Dear Friends, The last newsletter I wrote (8/16), I promised a series of newsletters about how to be both Christian and in conflict.  And even though I can think of a dozen other things that I want to tell you in this newsletter, I am going to share with you two more conflict insights that come from Denise W. Goodman’s book, Congregational Fitness: Healthy Practices for Layfolk. Goodman writes: Healthy conflicts can energize congregations. They can draw out the best thinking of parishioners .  . . .  Learning to agree to disagree, to hold a position without…

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9/12/22 Devotional from Ed

September 12, 2022

Text (used in Ellen’s sermon yesterday): Matthew 5:38-48 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you: Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also,  and if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, give your coat as well, and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.  Give to the one who asks of you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard…

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A Message from Ed

August 31, 2022

If you missed it in worship on August 28, go back and watch the choir’s anthem (about 46 minutes into the service). Thanks be to God for blessing our choir with musical gifts, and thanks be to God for sending the Spirit into the sanctuary to empower our congregation to sing and clap along! Let’s do that again soon… Here’s an excerpt of what they sang: I will sing of God’s mercy Every day, every hour He gives me power I will sing and give thanks to Thee For all the dangers, toils and snares That he has brought me…

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8/29/22 Devotional from Ed

August 29, 2022

Text: John 8:31 31Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” Devotional I visited with one of our Forest Lake family members this morning. Initially I didn’t pay too much attention to the TV on in the background, but when I looked up at it during a pause in our conversation, I saw a bunch of mayonnaise. I must have made a facial expression, prompting her to want to know what I saw.…

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8/22/22 Devotional from Ed

August 23, 2022

Text: Acts 9:32-43 32Now as Peter went here and there among all the believers, he came down also to the saints living in Lydda. 33There he found a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, for he was paralyzed. 34Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you; get up and make your bed!” And immediately he got up. 35And all the residents of Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord. 36Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. 37At that…

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