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Author: Bruce Naumann

God-Given Rights and Responsibilities During the Pandemic

Written by Bruce Naumann | June, 2020
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FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS ­­— COVID-19 PANDEMIC The following was written by Pastor Bruce Naumann as a response to a request posted on an online forum frequented by CLC members. Dear Christian Friends, I’ve been asked to provide some brief comments concerning our government’s instructions, during this time of preventing the spread of… Read More »God-Given Rights and Responsibilities During the Pandemic Read More

A Six-Step Engagement Plan

Written by Bruce Naumann | July, 2019
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Life is full of choices—some of little consequence, and some that can change the entire course of your future. There is perhaps no other decision that has more far-reaching implications than selecting a spouse. Here are some time-tested scriptural principles, as well as practical advice on how to go about making this choice in a… Read More »A Six-Step Engagement Plan Read More

Hit the Jackpot This Thanksgiving!

Written by Bruce Naumann | November, 2022
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That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7) If you were suddenly incredibly rich, what would you do with your new-found wealth? You’ve thought about it, haven’t you? Even if you recognize the intrinsic selfishness of gambling, you’ve… Read More »Hit the Jackpot This Thanksgiving! Read More

God’s Advent TIMING

Written by Bruce Naumann | December, 2020
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COVER STORY – ADVENT “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5) There is, perhaps, nothing in this life that is more anticipated… Read More »God’s Advent TIMING Read More

Studies In Galatians

Written by Bruce Naumann | November, 1998
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Standing Fast In The Liberty By Which Christ Has Made Us Free (See 5:1) Chapter 6:16-26 Freedom From Sin Includes Freedom From Sinning “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” Thus wrote author George Bernard Shaw in a brief commentary on politics. Today’s society shows him to be correct, for the blessings… Read More »Studies In Galatians Read More

Studies In Ephesians

Written by Bruce Naumann | August, 2000
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Proclaiming the Unsearchable Riches of Christ (See 3:8) Chapter 4:1-16 True “Unity In Diversity” “Unity in Diversity” is the rallying cry in most of today’s churches. What is meant by this ecumenical motto is that it is not important what people believe and teach about the “details” of their faith. As long as people acknowledge… Read More »Studies In Ephesians Read More

Christian Service to One Another

Written by Bruce Naumann | August, 2011
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(first written for the pastor’s column of a local newspaper) When someone speaks of menial labor, he’s probably talking about the kind of work that hardly anybody wants to do. The word menial originally meant household, which brings to mind all the chores that get done because, well, somebody has to do them. Who, after… Read More »Christian Service to One Another Read More

“WHY?”

Written by Bruce Naumann | January, 2020
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GOD SPEAKS TO THE SUFFERING CHRISTIAN Personal tragedy – whether your own, or that of someone close to you—has a way of making an anguished person ask this question: “If there really is a God, WHY?” • If God is really good, why is there so much evil? • If God really has all power,… Read More »“WHY?” Read More

Semper Paratus

Written by Bruce Naumann | November, 2017
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DEVOTION – SECOND COMING “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so… Read More »Semper Paratus Read More

“Hat in Hand”

Written by Bruce Naumann | March, 2019
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DEVOTION – ASH WEDNESDAY An office worker named Bill had had just about enough. He was tired of the management’s incompetence. Most of all, he was tired of his immediate supervisor, Mr. Sanders. He had to vent about it somewhere, so he walked over to his co-worker’s desk and said “Sylvia, can you believe that… Read More »“Hat in Hand” Read More

The Holy Spirit’s Christmas

Written by Bruce Naumann | May, 2013
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Wouldn’t it be nice to have Christmas twice each year? We all love the traditional food, carols, and decorations that go with the season. Giving and receiving gifts is nice too, and remind us of the greatest Gift which God gave when the Christ Child was born. Still, even if the Father had given His… Read More »The Holy Spirit’s Christmas Read More

CUP OF WRATH — CUP OF BLESSING

Written by Bruce Naumann | February, 1997
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“Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, ‘O my Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done'” — Matthew 26:42. The night before His death found the Lord Jesus in the Garden of Gehtsemane, fighting an intense battle with the forces of darkness.… Read More »CUP OF WRATH — CUP OF BLESSING Read More

You And Barabbas

Written by Bruce Naumann | April, 2000
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He was a vile killer–a ringleader in an effort to overthrow the government. Held in a Roman dungeon in Jerusalem, it was only a matter of time before he was convicted of his crimes and executed for them. If he had committed lesser offenses, this man known as Barabbas might have been fortunate enough to… Read More »You And Barabbas Read More

The Shepherd Kindly Calls

Written by Bruce Naumann | July, 2017
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“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade… Read More »The Shepherd Kindly Calls Read More

“Welcome Back to Church!”

Written by Bruce Naumann | August, 2021
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COVER STORY – RETURN TO CHURCH During the past year of pandemic isolation, we all have been very thankful to God that He has provided us with the means to share His Word through live streaming and other venues. Thanks be to God that He has spared the large majority of our members from severe… Read More »“Welcome Back to Church!” Read More

Wedding Address

Written by Bruce Naumann | September, 2011
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Dear family and friends of the bride and groom, and especially today, dear Jackie and Mac: The text you’ve chosen is a most appropriate one for your wedding day. The setting is Old Testament Israel, where the people had recently conquered the Canaanites under the leadership of Joshua. The Lord, going before them, had won… Read More »Wedding Address Read More

Our “New Wine” Reformation Heritage

Written by Bruce Naumann | October, 2016
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“No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.  Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed.  But new wine is put… Read More »Our “New Wine” Reformation Heritage Read More

Joy to the World, The Spirit’s Come

Written by Bruce Naumann | May, 2013
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(Text: Pastor Bruce Naumann; sung to the tune of TLH #87; see devotion, The Holy Spirit’s Christmas) 1. Joy to the world, the Spirit’s come! Thus we receive our Lord. His pow’rful Word prepares Him room, For His great gifts outpoured, For His great gifts outpoured, For His, for His great gifts outpoured. Read More

“We Are Beggars. This is True.”

Written by Bruce Naumann | February, 2020
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DEVOTION – DEATH OF LUTHER February 18, 2020 will mark 474 years since the death of Dr. Martin Luther in 1546. His tireless efforts and bravery, born from a heart set free by the Gospel of full and free forgiveness in Christ, were God’s instruments to shine this same Gospel on countless hearts and lives,… Read More »“We Are Beggars. This is True.” Read More

Studies in Ephesians

Written by Bruce Naumann | May, 1999
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Proclaiming the Unsearchable Riches of Christ (see 3:8) Chapter 1:1-14 Salvation “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” In Christ When Paul put pen to parchment in his letter to the Christians in Ephesus, he was writing to people who seemed to be in very uncertain circumstances. This city, famous for its majestic temple to the pagan goddess Diana,… Read More »Studies in Ephesians Read More

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