Lutheran Home Association Blog

Seeing God's reflection in others

Posted on Wed, Feb 22, 2017

“But the LORD forbid that I should lay a hand on the LORD’s anointed.” (1 Samuel 26:11a)

At first glance, our Bible verse this week seems like a little bit of a head-scratcher.  Perhaps you looked at it and asked yourself, “Who exactly is ‘the Lord’s anointed?’”

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Tags: Pastor Gaertner, devotion

Transitioning a family business to the next generation

Posted on Thu, Feb 16, 2017

The transition of a family business from one generation to another can be very seamless and smooth. However, it takes education, planning, openness and humility. Author, speaker and family business consultant Janna Hoiberg shares what it takes to make a successful transition.

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Tags: events, The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine, future planning

Being more than just "good enough"

Posted on Wed, Feb 15, 2017

“For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.” (1 Thessalonians 4:7)

“So how much is too much?” That’s the way some people look at living a Christian life.  Instead of striving to be perfect as God demands, they rationalize that everyone is sinful, so they can get a pass on not being perfect.  When people head down that road, they have to wrestle with the question I just posed: “So how much is too much?”

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Tags: Pastor Gaertner, devotion

Let your light shine

Posted on Tue, Feb 07, 2017

You are the salt of the earth. You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:13a & 14a)

“This little Gospel light of mine.  I’m gonna let it shine.  Let it shine, all the time, let it shine.”

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Tags: Pastor Gaertner, devotions

Meet our Team: Lori, 30 years of patience and learning

Posted on Mon, Feb 06, 2017

Lori, Neighborhood Clerk at The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine in Belle Plaine, Minn.

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Tags: The Lutheran Home: Belle Plaine, Belle Plaine, team members

God's unlikely heroes

Posted on Wed, Feb 01, 2017

1 Corinthians 1:28-29 “God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.”

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Tags: Pastor Gaertner, devotion

Resetting your life compass

Posted on Wed, Jan 25, 2017

Isaiah 8:20 “Consult God’s instruction and the testimony of warning. If anyone does not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn.”

Who or what is your “compass” in life to guide you and make sure you are headed in the right direction?

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Tags: Pastor Gaertner, devotion

The necessity of baptism and assurance of salvation

Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Matthew 3:17 “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

Each year just about all of us observe an anniversary of our birth – we call it our birthday – the day we were born and entered the world.

I’m wondering how many of us observe an even more important anniversary – our baptism day – the day that most of us entered the kingdom of God and became a child of God.

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Tags: Pastor Gaertner, devotion

Visiting a person with short-term memory loss

Posted on Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Sadly, people with dementia often suffer alone. Even though we want to stay connected—having the conversations we used to have—it’s hard. Frequently, the reason is short-term memory loss. Of those with Alzheimer’s disease, 90 percent experience short-term memory loss. Many who have other forms of dementia experience it too. It means a person can’t remember the recent past, even words spoken just minutes earlier. So how can you still have a meaningful visit?

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Tags: Alzheimer's, dementia, Memory Care

Epiphany and the beautiful diversity of God's salvation

Posted on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

Ephesians 3:6 “This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.”

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Tags: Pastor Gaertner, devotion, Epiphany