The Ordinary Family – Advent 2017

Posted on December 1st by Barry Braun

I thought of the “first” family or the “best” family or even the “heavenly” family as I contemplated Christmas this year. The thing is though I couldn’t keep from thinking about Christmas and something called Advent. Originally, I was planning to press on with our study in Romans right up to December 24th. But the […]

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Posted on October 3rd by Barry Braun

As I entered this world in 1956 there were a few traditions that governed my parents. Infant baptism, holidays with extended family and church attendance highlighted my life even before I had any personal recall. My parents have been and continue to be devote Lutherans. There was a time that I didn’t think much of […]

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Next Generation

Posted on September 22nd by Barry Braun

Have you had a verse in the Bible become so significant that you can’t get it out of your mind? That happened to me about a month ago. Here it is: “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.” (Psalm 145:4) This one verse has created an urgency in my […]

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The Eclipse

Posted on August 18th by Barry Braun

As Monday, August 21st approaches we all wonder what our city will be like. I think there is a mixture of excitement and anxiety. But I will not try to push you in either direction. I would like to make a spiritual analogy about the eclipse. First of all, what is an eclipse? Quite simple, […]

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Psalms: In the End, Praise!

Posted on June 9th by Barry Braun

It is surprising to me after 20 years of preaching most Sundays I have never tackled a series on Psalms. But that will end this summer. We have twelve Sundays marked out for Psalms! I wonder what your thoughts are about studying Psalms for the summer? Some of you might think we are headed into […]

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10 Minutes a Day

Posted on April 28th by Barry Braun

My son Tyler suggested I write an EBook for our guests on Easter. It was easy to decide what to write on since there is a new practice in my life that highlights every day. Since the beginning of 2017 I have carved out 10 minutes everyday to devote myself to prayer. I wondered if […]

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Posted on March 1st by Barry Braun

I am a “numbers” guy so the idea of seven is very interesting to me. It is most often viewed as the number of completion. The creation was completed in seven days according to the Bible. The rainbow is significant to God’s promises and it has seven colors. The Israelite’s marched around Jericho seven times […]

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Posted on January 3rd by Barry Braun

How’s that for an interesting title?! There are at least two tens that make us more complete as we begin the New Year. Ten is the number for completion so two tens is way more than 20. This January we will meet at 10AM as well as intentionally pray for our church 10 minutes a […]

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Can’t Keep It To Ourselves

Posted on October 25th by Barry Braun

Whether I have been deeply influenced by 2 Corinthians or just want to do more for Christ, I have been thinking about our mission. 2 Corinthians calls us Ambassadors for Christ (2 COR 5:20) which is an amazing title, to say the least. We have been studying this Letter as we began the new school […]

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Posted on September 30th by Barry Braun

I am excited about a new emphasis on communion in our church. We decided to have the elements of the Lord’s Supper available every Sunday. I have been a pastor for 32 years and never chose to move in this direction. But I have been so surprised by this new approach. As I have felt […]

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