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Author: Mark Gullerud

Being Inside or Outside of the “In-Crowds”

Written by Mark Gullerud | July, 2019
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“For the bodies of those animals, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned outside the camp. Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Hebrews […] Read More

Looking Forward to Christ’s Return on the Last Day of this World

Written by Mark Gullerud | November, 2014
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SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST How often hasn’t it been said, “Well, at least it’s not the end of the world!”? This statement is generally made to console someone going through difficult times. The kind of comfort it’s trying to convey is that the situation could be far worse—even worse than what the troubled person […] Read More

The Height of Faith and Love

Written by Mark Gullerud | October, 2017
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STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which […] Read More

“Oh,Give Thanks to the Lord…!”

Written by Mark Gullerud | November, 2013
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“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!  For His mercy endures forever!” is a familiar prayer expressing our thankfulness to God for the food with which He has blessed us and reminding us to give thanks to God. Such reminders are always in place because, quite frankly, we don’t always remember to return […] Read More

Christ’s Bodily Resurrection – A Foundational Christian Truth

Written by Mark Gullerud | April, 2012
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The many teachings of God from Genesis to Revelation are precious to believing Christians because they form an unshakeable foundation upon which to firmly establish redeemed lives with God and to possess the certain hope of eternal life in heaven. Since God’s teachings are interconnected, we do not want to give up any of them […] Read More

Zion Lutheran Church Ipswich, South Dakota

Written by Mark Gullerud | April, 2018
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A SLICE OF LIFE IN THE CLC SNAPSHOTS OF CONGREGATIONS FROM AROUND THE CHURCH OF THE LUTHERAN CONFESSION Zion Lutheran Church is numbered among the oldest congregations in the Church of the Lutheran Confession. Its early beginnings reach back to 1917, when a handful of families gathered for worship in Union Township, southeast of Ipswich. […] Read More

Jesus, the Great Fulfiller

Written by Mark Gullerud | December, 2011
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Meditations On Jesus’s Sermon On The Mount Matthew chapters Five through Seven “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means […] Read More

Triumphant Faith in the Face of Persecution

Written by Mark Gullerud | April, 2018
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STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the […] Read More

“Blessings in the Family of God”

Written by Mark Gullerud | December, 2013
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First of a 2 part Series An essay titled “What place does the church (small “c”) have in a Christian’s faith-life?” was presented to a CLC Pastoral Conference at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Cheyenne, Wyoming, in September, 2013. This is a first of two parts from that essay (abbreviated by the editor). During Israel’s wilderness journeys children […] Read More

Rahab — A Reformed Prostitute

Written by Mark Gullerud | May, 2016
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Sex sells, is sold, and enslaves human hearts. Businesses use sexual messages and imagery in their advertisements to sell their products. Human bodies are sold for sex in the age-old trade of prostitution. With the proliferation of pornography, especially on the internet, countless victims are enticed and ensnared. Satan, the chief enemy of our souls, […] Read More

Josiah, The Boy-King

Written by Mark Gullerud | August, 2015
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(II Kings 22-23; II Chronicles 34-35)  D own through the centuries, rulers of nations have had either a positive or negative influence on the subjects they govern. During the period of the Divided Kingdom in Israel, there were more ungodly kings that “did evil in the sight of the Lord” than God-fearing kings. Following the […] Read More

Wisdom from Above

Written by Mark Gullerud | January, 2020
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STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by […] Read More

A Christian Support System

Written by Mark Gullerud | January, 2012
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A meditation presented by Chaplain Pastor Mark Gullerud to the West Central District Delegate Conference of the CLC, Grace Lutheran Church, Valentine, Nebraska (May 24, 2011) “So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same […] Read More

Where is Heaven?

Written by Mark Gullerud | May, 2013
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Forty days after His resurrection Jesus made His triumphant return to heaven. At an elevated place on the Mount of Olives (Acts 1:12) the apostles witnessed the extraordinary, supernatural sight of Jesus being “carried up into heaven” (Luke 4:51). They saw Jesus rising bodily from the Earth to disappear from human view as “a cloud […] Read More

Initial Inductees into the Hall of Faith

Written by Mark Gullerud | July, 2017
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By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken […] Read More

Christ-Like Love Is Impartial

Written by Mark Gullerud | August, 2020
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STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT “My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention […] Read More

“The Fellowship of Kindred Minds”

Written by Mark Gullerud | January, 2014
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An essay titled “What place does the church (small “c”) have in a Christian’s faith-life?” was presented to a CLC Pastoral Conference at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Cheyenne, Wyoming, in September, 2013. This is the second of two parts from that essay (abbreviated by the editor). ACTS OF FELLOWSHIP At the beginning of the New Testament church, […] Read More

A Fiery Member in our Bodies

Written by Mark Gullerud | February, 2021
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STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT “See how great a forest a little fire kindles! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell. For […] Read More

Persevere

Written by Mark Gullerud | April, 2019
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“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”   (Hebrews 13:7 ESV) The Hebrew Christians who were initially addressed in the book of Hebrews were experiencing persecutions from the Jews for their Christian faith. So severe was this opposition […] Read More

Esther—A Real Heroine

Written by Mark Gullerud | February, 2016
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(O.T. Book of Esther) Our society has a fascination with heroes. A good example of this is the popularity of super-heroes found in D.C. and Marvel comic books and movies, such as Superman and Spiderman. There are, of course, also super-heroines like Wonder Woman and Supergirl. What intrigues and excites readers and viewers are the […] Read More