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Beloved, Be Loving

"Dearly Beloved…" That's the way I started out my last wedding sermon. I know it's a little bit of a throwback. We don't call too many people "beloved" anymore, but I hope you know what I mean. Today, I want to think about why that's a perfect way to greet one another…"beloved".

September 25, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Beloved, Be Loving

"Dearly Beloved…" That's the way I started out my last wedding sermon. I know it's a little bit of a throwback. We don't call too many people "beloved" anymore, but I hope you know what I mean. Today, I want to think about why that's a perfect way to greet one another…"beloved."

September 11, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Blessed to serve

You call yourself a Christian, right? You do realize that just by doing that, you are taking on a very specific job description. You are now "His witnesses". You are the "light of the world" and the "salt of the earth". You are "Christ's ambassadors", a "holy priesthood" you are to be "Declaring the praises of him who called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light". Do I have to go on? Realize it - you have a job, whether you like it or not, you are blessed to serve. There is no such thing as a part ...

August 28, 2014 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


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Scharf: A teacher learns from pupils

I write this as I sit in the mission house after my first day of teaching at Christ the King Lutheran Seminary in Uruk Uso, Nigeria. By mission house, I mean the home built for the American missionaries our church body used to send here to work among the Nigerians sharing the Gospel. That started 78 years ago.

September 12, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Nigerian believers sing God’s praises

Wow! That's all I can say. I'm writing this on Sunday night after experiencing something I won't be able to adequately convey in words. A couple of days ago, I wrote to you from our secure hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, the big city of 20 million, home of Nigeria's biggest airport - the one I flew into. Today, I write from a world as far from that as Lagos is from Covington.

September 05, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Redeeming the time in Nigeria

Have you ever thought about foreign mission work? Could you do it? Last week, I wrote about redeeming the time - making the most of every moment of every day. So how's this for redeeming the time? As you read this, God willing, I'm in Nigeria teaching at our Lutheran Seminary there.

August 29, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Depression's cure is in still, small voice

Last week, we started talking about depression by looking at the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19. If you missed that, you can find it under "sermons" at www.abidinggrace.com. We looked at noticing the signs of depression and seeing the dangers of those tell-tale signs, from focusing on feelings instead of facts, to taking responsibility for things you're not responsible for, to withdrawing to "be alone." We focused a lot on the problem of depression. This week, let's see the solution.

August 15, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


We've been sent with a message

Ten years ago, I was installed as the pastor of Abiding Grace. Now, it doesn't seem like it was that long ago, but I guess the calendar doesn't lie. So, when we come to milestones like this, it makes sense to think again about what we're doing and to ask if it is what we hoped for. Is this working out?

August 01, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: The beginning of wisdom

Wisdom…sounds good doesn't it? You want to be wise, don't you? So how do you get there?

July 25, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Seeing through the eyes of faith - God’s gift to all

Crucifixion. Stabbing. Stoning. Flaying. Beheading.

July 18, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


God’s strength makes us all heroes

It's the kind of person who can do anything, right?

July 04, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Religion is relationship, not rules

Why would anyone want to be a Christian? There are so many rules, right?

June 20, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: The gift of the spirit

This Sunday was Pentecost in the Church year - the day we mark what happened in Acts 2. If you aren't familiar - open up your Bible and read the story. Pentecost was really the kick-start to the New Testament Church - with miracles all over the place - the sound that filled the city, the flames of fire, the speaking in all those languages! Can you imagine being there? And it wasn't just the miracles; it was the message. The disciples were reaching so many different people in so many different languages. And the message, they had changed lives. Three thousand ...

May 23, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: That the world may know

Have you ever heard someone pray for you?

May 16, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


An ounce of mother

There's an old Spanish proverb: "An ounce of mother is worth a ton of priest." So, on this Mother's Day weekend, let's thank God for many ounces of godly mothers.

May 09, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: Listen to the shepherd’s voice

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters…"

May 02, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: Peace in everything

Peace be with you. That's one of those things churchgoers hear all the time. So how is it working for you? Is there peace in your world?

April 25, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


Scharf: I love to tell the story

"I love to tell the story of unseen things above, of Jesus and his glory, of Jesus and his love. I love to tell the story because I know it's true; it satisfies my longings as nothing else can do."

April 18, 2013 | Jonathan E. Scharf | Columnists


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