#LiveYourFaith Blog – “Let It Go”

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#LiveYourFaith Blog – “Let It Go”

“Let It Go”

Those three words can conjure up quite a few images, from kiddos singing their hearts out to the Frozen soundtrack, to dads and daughters lip syncing in the car to the same tune. Sorry, but that one will be stuck in your head all day, and you may, or may not add in some theatricals when you find yourself randomly singing it! However, having never seen the film, nor actually knowing any of the words to the song beyond the chorus, I Googled the lyrics and was surprised at the depth of them! From an outsider, it would seem this song is one of forgiveness, and that is the basis for this month’s blog.

It turns out people from outside of Victory Lutheran and my Facebook friends know about this blog, and subsequently, I was asked to pre-screen a movie and write up a little something about it. The film, Just Let Go is the true story of Chris Williams and his journey to find the power to forgive in the darkest of hours. After the accident that claimed his family, Chris found the courage to forgive. This film is intense, to say the least. In all honesty, as I’m writing this now, my face is swollen and I can’t breathe out of my nose, not because of an early Minnesota cold, but because the last hour was spent balling over my phone watching his life unfold. It is as heart-wrenching of a situation as one could imagine, and yet, completely inspiring events occurred in its wake.

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#LiveYourFaith Blog – Educate Tanzania Blog Regarding Running for Victory 5K

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VLC is lucky to have a guest blogger, Jan Hansen from Educate Tanzania, write up a summary from the recent 3rd Annual Running for Victory 5K, held at Staring Lake in Eden Prairie on August 9th, click here to view Jan’s blog. 

 

A note from Jan Hansen at Educate Tanzania:

Dear Volunteers from Victory Lutheran Church,

Thank you for everything you did to organize and carry out a fabulous race yesterday! From start to finish, Educate Tanzania loved meeting people and being part of something vibrant and worthwhile.  We felt like we were the clear winners as VLC and your team made it possible for us to increase our ability to provide water to the university in Karagwe.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! Our world is better today because of yesterday [race day].

Blessings on your week,

Jan

Jan B. Hansen, Ph.D.

President/CEO, Educate Tanzania

http://educatetanzania.org/

#LiveYourFaith Blog – Running Water

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#LiveYourFaith Blog – Running Water

“Running Water”

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35

This verse evokes a beautiful image in my mind, one of true servitude, love and humility. While these days we may not automatically behave in such a manner, just think about what a world it would be to react in such a way to those who are hungry, thirsty or lost. Often times, we find ourselves making judgments, creating stories for not only why someone may be in a particular situation, but also making up stories that can help us justify our passivity in providing aid. OK, enough on the guilt trip. Continue reading…

#LiveYourFaith Blog – Thy Will Be Done

#LiveYourFaith Blog – Thy Will Be Done

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“Thy Will Be Done”

I remember two pieces of yellow construction paper in the shape of small mittens, with pieces of similarly shaped paper scrawling a careful, cursive pattern. Two decades worth of Sunday school kids from Redeemer Lutheran who to this day, will know exactly what was written between those two little pieces of hand-crafted construction paper: The Lord’s Prayer.

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#LiveYourFaith Blog – Attitude of Gratitude

#LiveYourFaith Blog – Attitude of Gratitude

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Attitude of Gratitude

Galatians 5:16, 22-26 “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Now that’s a challenge!

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