The Woman at the well

Our present world is full of battlegrounds right now, and I think it is primarily because of greed and fear.  Those are the two things that usually cause battle between humans aren’t they? Greed and fear.  It has always been this way, it’s just that there are times when they both seem to rise together […]


Moving, chosen by God

Many of us know what it is like to be an alien in a foreign land. When we move from one place to another we let go of what is behind us and we experience a loss of what we once were and this is hard and painful because depending on your circumstances you may […]


Theology of the Cross

In his painting that everyone in the congregation could see as they worshiped, Cranach was proclaiming Luther’s main point of theology.  No one can be saved except through the death of Jesus, because all of us are incapable sinners. Righteousness and sanctification are wholly the work of Jesus, and so gifts to us, unearned, and […]


Transfiguration Sunday

Pastor describes a trip to Estonia 21 years ago just after it gained its independence with a group of youth. He and the group were invited to visit to a farm run by a family who had suffered by publicly become christians during communist times. The experience of the visit to this family and hearing […]


To Grow in Love

The challenge of reacting differently. It is easy to respond right when you are treated right but it is not easy to respond correctly when you are treated badly. God is kind to all the righteous and the unrighteous. If  you are of God you reflect God.  Are you able to extend to others what […]


50th Anniversary of the Founding of the Stefanus Alliance

50 years ago after being released from Jail from Roumania and ransomed for 10000 USD Pastor Richard Wurmbrand on arriving in Oslo came and worshipped at the American Lutheran Church.  During the service he and his wife wept when they saw the freedom to worship. They also wept after they saw the children in Sunday […]


You are the light

Jesus proclaims to us disciples today, “You are the light of the world.” What does this mean, “.. the light of the world”? The world is full, absolutely full of light isn´t it? From candlelight, to neon, to incandescent, to LDED, to laser, light fills our lives. So what is Jesus talking about in the […]


The Sermon on the Mount – Beattitudes compared to Meattitudes

Quite often in my life I have heard people use the word ‘blessing’ when talking about earthly wealth, property, nice things, job promotions and other markers of what humans think of as success. They speak using phrases such as, “Wow! This house is huge, what a blessing!” or, “She’s so rich…God must have really blessed […]


Names Part 2

Names define who we are and give us meaning.  Jesus Baptism is extremely important because when the heavens opened and the voice announced “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” , Jesus was given the  family name which is My Beloved.  His name defines who he is and more importantly whose he […]


The Importance of a Name

When the angel spoke to Mary he shared with her that she needed to give the son born to her a special name, a name with meaning. She must name him Jesus. In Hebrew it is, Yehoshua, which means, “God saves.” Today is the day that we remember the naming of Jesus, on the eighth […]

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