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Daily Devotion | August 11, 2020
Brilliant sunshine poured generously over the landscape. Its warmth and positive cheer were a welcome relief from the...
Daily Devotion | August 10, 2020
Several years ago, I was traveling back from Camp Grafton and decided to visit the graves of my mom and dad, Bonnie and Gordon Mellum...
Daily Devotion | August 9, 2020
I recently was at a Bible study by Priscilla Shirer called Discerning the Voice of God. At the end of the study she told a story...
August 9, 2020 | Sanctuary Worship
Sanctuary Sunday Bulletin: https://www.flcfargo.org/application/files/6815/9673/7084/August_9_2020_Sanctuary_Worship_Bulletin.pdf
August 9, 2020 | Celebration Worship
Celebration Sunday Worship | August 9, 2020 Gospel - Mark 7:1-23 Message - Pastor Marty Tollefson Assisting Pastor - Pastor Laurie Neill Worship Leader - Rollie Johnson Celebration worship bulletin, August 9: https://www.flcfargo.org/application/files/9915/9673/7084/August_9_2020_Celebration_Worship_Bulletin.pdf
Daily Devotion | August 8, 2020
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. This verse from Hebrews 11:1 could ...
Daily Devotion | August 7, 2020
Let’s have a little fun. When Italian pastry chef Matteo Stucchi makes his culinary creations, you can bet ...
Daily Devotion | August 6, 2020
This Gospel text is an interesting one. Jesus is trying to get some “alone time” but is already so popular that he just can’t get away!...
Daily Devotion | August 5, 2020
This week during our staff meeting we did a check in with each other to see how we are doing. I'm not going to share my comments because words came out that are not devotional appropriate. However, they were brutally honest and true...
Daily Devotion | August 4, 2020
Slamming the tailgate of my big Dodge pickup shut, I locked the topper door. After an insanely wild, bucking-bronco-like drive in on some ...
Daily Devotion | August 3, 2020
Since I was a little boy, I have always had a fascination with water. My mother tells the story of when I was ten...
Sanctuary Worship | August 2, 2020
Sanctuary Sunday Worship; Gospel - Mark 7:1-23; Message - Pastor Corey Bjertness
Celebration Worship | August 2, 2020
Celebration Sunday Worship; Gospel - Mark 7:1-23; Message - Pastor Corey Bjertness
Daily Devotion | August 2, 2020
Above is a picture of my oldest daughter’s birthday party. Her younger sister had just blown out her candles...
Daily Devotion | August 1, 2020
As I begin today's devotional message, I need to wish Happy Anniversary to two couples...
Daily Devotion | July 31, 2020
Claude Vignon’s painting, “The Lament of St. Peter,” is a beautiful example of how an artist can use lights and shadows to create a sense of...
Daily Devotion | July 30, 2020
Somehow, when I read this passage from Matthew’s gospel, I can’t help but think about Jed Clampett and the “Beverly Hillbillies.” Now, if you have never seen the show...
Daily Devotion | June 14, 2020
On a Saturday a few weeks ago, Kari and I made a promise. We made several promises on behalf of our beautiful son...
Daily Devotion | July 28, 2020
Daily Devotion | July 27, 2020
Big Coulee Lutheran Church stands a mile away from where I grew up. It closed about forty-two years ago, primarily, because it ran out of people. It continues to be a part of my spiritual landscape. With that said, the church that once gathered in that building no longer exists...
Daily Devotion | July 26, 2020
Many times, in my life I have prayed so hard for something to happen and have had my prayers go seemingly unanswered. Places I thought our family was going to move to over the years and then things falling apart...
Sanctuary Worship | July 26, 2020
Sanctuary Sunday Worship | Scripture - Leviticus 13:1-6, Matthew 8:1-4 | Message - Pastor Marty Tollefson | Assisting Pastor - Pastor Laurie Neill | Minister of Music - Michael Olson
Celebration Worship | July 26, 2020
Celebration Sunday Worship July 26, 2020 Scripture - Leviticus 13:1-6, Matthew 8:1-4 Message - Pastor Marty Tollefson
Daily Devotion | July 25, 2020
Today I'm going to use the second scripture text from the Daily Texts in a most interesting manner: I used to hunger and thirst, particularly hunger...
Daily Devotion | July 24, 2020
Summer—the time of year for flowers! Everyday I linger among my peonies, marigolds, and geraniums, thanking God for their beauty...
Daily Devotion | July 23, 2020
To my dearest children, I am writing to you today to offer you a permission slip. Just like the one you might get...
Daily Devotion | July 22, 2020
We are blessed to have a God who is crazy in love with us. He created us out of love: See what great love God has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1 ...
Daily Devotion | July 21, 2020
Do you feel broken? Do you feel beyond repair and restoration? Has the weight of life’s struggles crushed your spirit?
Daily Devotion | July 20, 2020
A couple of weeks ago, Hannah and I watched a movie entitled I Still Believe which was just released this past March. It is a true story about ...
Celebration Worship | July 19, 2020
Celebration Worship Scripture - Luke 10:25-37 Message - Pastor Laurie Neill
Sanctuary Worship | July 19, 2020
Sanctuary Sunday Worship | July 19, 2020 Scripture - Luke 10:25-37 Message - Pastor Laurie Neill
Daily Devotion | July 19, 2020
It is so hard to lose the ones we love. We all say that they are in a better place, they are in heaven. But I also know that it is easy for doubt to creep in. How do we trust in this place that we can’t see ...
Daily Devotion | July 18, 2020
Two Things to Share Today...As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I was doing some cleaning at home. Along the way, I found some "treasures" ...
Daily Devotion | July 17, 2020
When I was at an art retreat in Venice last summer (seems like years ago!), I found myself with a couple of unscheduled hours, so I made my way to a museum to do one of my favorite activities...
Daily Devotion | July 16, 2020
Daily Devotion | July 15, 2020
The first time I saw the above image was at Castaway Camp a few years ago with a bunch of middle schoolers we took to the Eastern North Dakota Synod gathering. We were listening to an incredible speaker ...
Daily Devotion | July 14, 2020
On recent vacation to Portugal and Spain, we encountered many...
Daily Devotion | July 13, 2020
Someone recently asked, “Has this pandemic been a time for pruning?” Great question! Pruning is a process...
Celebration Worship | July 12, 2020
Sunday Celebration Worship | July 12, 2020 Scripture - John 15:1-17 Message - Rollie Johnson
Sanctuary Worship (Live) | July 12, 2020
Sanctuary Worship (Live Stream) | July 12, 2020 Rollie Johnson John 15:1-17
Daily Devotion | July 12, 2020
Last week a classmate of mine shared a video with us as a way to center our day titled, “How Can I Keep from Singing?" It is a NYC virtual choir and orchestra. I was very moved...
Daily Devotion | July 11, 2020
In light of everything going on these days and looking forward to a less-than-certain future, we need all the strength we can muster. I gain much strength from reading....
Daily Devotion | July 10, 2020
This lovely painting of two friends reading together comes from the French impressionist, Pierre Auguste Renoir. His first foray into art was creating designs on...
Daily Devotion | July 9, 2020
I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted. COVID-19 closed much of our country four months ago and, since then...
Daily Devotion | July 8, 2020
We have all experienced grief and loss in our lives. It is difficult to say goodbye, but for us there is hope. Over the most recent years I have been...
Daily Devotion | July 7, 2020
Daily Devotion | July 6, 2020
Last week, we celebrated our daughter’s birthday. Sarah is now nine years old! She is smart, witty, and just a joy to be around. A couple of weeks ago . . .
Celebration Worship | July 5, 2020
Sunday Celebration Worship Scripture - Joshua 23 Message - Pastor Corey Bjertness
Welcome Home FLC
These last few months have been anything but normal, and we as a staff have missed seeing you face-to-face! However, we are grateful that worship and ministry have continued virtually and for the reminder the church is not limited to the walls of a building. . . .
Daily Devotion | July 5, 2020
I’m taking a seminary course on American theology in the 21st century and we are reading the book, “The Long Loneliness” by Dorothy Day. Just the title “The Long Loneliness” speaks volumes . . .
Daily Devotion | July 4, 2020
Reread the text from 2 Corinthians for today and you will see that every one of God's promises is a "Yes" which is very encouraging as we . . .
Daily Devotion | July 3, 2020
“What in the world?” That is what I was thinking when I ran across this artist. These are just a few paintings of . . .
Daily Devotion | July 2, 2020
I heard a story once about a woman whose life took an unfortunate turn. She fell on hard times, got a divorce, lost her family, and sank into a deep depression. She was in desperate . . .
Daily Devotion | July 1, 2020
I remember my first day at Agassiz middle school. I was entering the sixth grade, leaving a small school of maybe 40 children in a grade, and entering a large school with almost 700 children in a grade, and there were . . .
Daily Devotion | June 30, 2020
The thought came to me one evening awhile back. I wanted to bless and affirm my middle daughter . . .
Daily Devotion | June 29, 2020
I don't want you just to sit down at the table. I don't want you just to eat, and be content. I want you to walk out into . . .
Celebration Worship | June 28, 2020
Sunday Celebration Worship Scripture - Romans 12:9-21 Message - Pastor Marty Tollefson
Sanctuary Worship | June 28, 2020
Sanctuary Worship | June 28, 2020 Gospel - Romans 12:9-21 Message - Pastor Marty Tollefson
Daily Devotion | June 28, 2020
I was reading Jeremiah 20:7-1 last week and it reminded me that words hurt. Jeremiah says . . .
Daily Devotion | June 27, 2020
Some of you may have heard this acronym before concerning the word GRACE. . .
Daily Devotion | June 26, 2020
One of the attractions in New York City is a bronze statue called, “Fearless Girl,” sculpted by Kristen Visbal. She is a 50-inch high ponytailed powerhouse with attitude, facing down the famous . . .
Daily Devotion | June 25, 2020
"But First..." | As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. As they were walking along the road . . .
Daily Devotion | June 24, 2020
In life there is waiting. With the goings on in our world, country, and community it seems like there has been more waiting as of late. What are we waiting for? . . .
Daily Devotion | June 23, 2020
A gorgeous spring day had been birthed for us to enjoy. After a cozy, warming coffee around our morning campfire and downing some delicious and nutritious donuts, it was time for . . .
Sanctuary Worship | June 21, 2020
Sanctuary Worship | June 21, 2020 Gospel - John 14:1-14 Message - Pastor Laurie Neill
Celebration Worship | June 21, 2020
Sunday Celebration Worship June 21, 2020 | John 14:1-14 Message - Pastor Laurie Neill
Daily Devotion | June 21, 2020
Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers and father figures out there! Today we celebrate you and the care and love you give to . . .
Daily Devotion | June 20, 2020
Since today is the first day of summer at 4:44 PM, I think it's high time to talk about God's majesty. Indeed, we've already had some very hot, humid weather . . .
Daily Devotion | June 19, 2020
Marine artist Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky creates mesmerizing waves and seascapes and has over 6,000 painting devoted to the subject of oceans. An article . . .
Daily Devotion | June 18, 2020
Many people first became aware of Westboro Baptist Church in the early 1990s, when the church began picketing in protest of what they saw as the ills of an ungodly world. Megan was 5 years old when it began . . .
Daily Devotion | June 16, 2020
Meet Dr. Enrique Pinto, my 92-year-old father-in-law who now lives alone in the bustling mega-city of Guadalajara, Mexico. Alone, yet surrounded by some seven million other souls . . .
Celebration Worship | June 14, 2020
Sunday Celebration Worship June 14, 2020 | Genesis 32:22-32 Message - Pastor Corey Bjertness Assisting Pastor - Pastor Laurie Neill
Sanctuary Worship | June 14, 2020
Sunday Sanctuary Worship June 14, 2020 | Genesis 32:22-32 Message - Pastor Corey Bjertness Assisting Pastor - Pastor Laurie Neill
Daily Devotion | June 14, 2020
Wrestling is seemingly part of the air that we breathe. We wrestle with important decisions. We wrestle with what we want to do with our one, holy, precious life...
Daily Devotion | June 13, 2020
I used to get up and go for an early-morning walk about 5:15 a.m. every morning. During the past few weeks, I now go walking right after breakfast...
Daily Devotion | June 12, 2020
I recently discovered a wonderful South African artist named Maria Magdalena Oosthuizen. One website explains her style and motivation: “She paints figurative portraits emanating innocence and hope that . . .
Daily Devotion | June 11, 2020
The captain of the ship looked into the dark night and saw faint lights in the distance. Thinking it was a ship with whom they would soon collide, the captain had his signalman send a message, “Alter your course 10 degrees south.” . . .
Daily Devotion | June 10, 2020
I received a book from a dear friend recently and it has God's fingerprints all over it. God knew just what I was needing and he . . .
Daily Devotion | June 9, 2020
Time. Seems like most of us have had more time of late due to the Covid Crisis. Some have gone crazy with boredom. Others, like me have appreciated the extra time to take care of stuff, work on home projects, cleaning, organizing, and tossing. I have used my time for a few extra weekend camping adventures, turkey hunting, looking for arrowheads and investing lots of time in my many handicraft hobbies. Ministry is mostly a head game . . .
Daily Devotion | June 8, 2020
What does the future hold? Unless you are Captain Oblivious, you must acknowledge the fact the world we live in today is pressurized to a degree we have not seen in many decades. I do not remember a time when every nation, every culture, every individual has been so affected by a single factor. Even in you are not in the cross-hairs of the pandemic, likely you are feeling the secondary effect. So, it is easy to ask, “What does the future hold?” But it is the wrong question. The right question is, “Who holds the future?” I have, for some time, encouraged people to look for the heroes in times of crisis. Keeping our eye on the good happening around us keeps our hearts from being discouraged. There is a greater good at work in the world than the heroic action of many. This higher work is the work of God. God is not silenced nor diminished in the grasp of modernity. Not for a moment. Here are some helpful reminders of who is STILL in charge.
Celebration Worship | June 7, 2020
Preacher - Pastor Stephanie Tollefson Scripture - Exodus 33:11-23
Sanctuary Worship | June 7, 2020
Preacher - Pastor Stephanie Tollefson Scripture - Exodus 33:11-23
Daily Devotion | June 7, 2020
Life is quite a wild ride. Sometimes we are flying high having a great time, other times at the bottom, and at some points in life we are just plain terrified. There are times we have to make a decision . . .
Daily Devotion | June 6, 2020
For over two and a half months, churches everywhere have been "doing worship" in very new and creative manners. It has been wonderful to be a part of that process here at First Lutheran Church. I remember very well Sunday morning, March 22. On that particular Sunday morning . . .
Daily Devotion | June 5, 2020
This striking painting depicts the story of Jacob wrestling with a mysterious stranger in Genesis 32. The stars in the background look down upon Jacob and the stranger, whose identity is . . .
Daily Devotion | June 4, 2020
I once heard a group fitness instructor say “You’re here, you’ve showed up. Don’t sell yourself short now.” The idea is simple: if you’ve already committed the time to be here and present, then why not make the most of it? Don’t check out . . .
Daily Devotion | June 3, 2020
Peace and understanding. These two words have gone through my mind constantly for the last couple weeks. I have never experienced a week like I have this last week ever before in my life. I have been at times hopelessly confused, upset, angry . . .
Daily Devotion | June 2, 2020
This photo popped up on my Facebook page Saturday morning. It was taken by Jon Forness, a gifted and skilled photographer friend. It was reminding me that it was the 10-year anniversary of when my good friend Rory Eidsness and I ran the Fargo Marathon together in May of 2010. . . .
Daily Devotion | June 1, 2020
There are two guys walking along a road that leads to a village . . .
Sanctuary Worship | May 31, 2020
Celebration Worship | May 31, 2020
Daily Devotion | May 31, 2020
My Grandpa Arlo passed away on April 15, 2017. He was one of my favorite people in the world. No matter how hard life got, and it did get hard, he always had a positive attitude and . . .
Daily Devotion | May 30, 2020
Before we talk about persons of sincerity, we should discuss sincerity itself. Here are several definitions . . .
Daily Devotion | May 29, 2020
This Sunday is Pentecost, when the church celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit. It occurs 50 days after Easter, and the Greek name for 50 is “Pentecost.” The story as told in Acts 2:1-21 is that all the disciples were together when there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind . . .
Daily Devotion | May 28, 2020
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that . . .
Daily Devotion | May 27, 2020
I woke up this morning with these words, “For such a time as this.” I thought hmmm is this what the Holy Spirit is giving to me for this week’s devotion? Heaven knows I need something. I can’t do this on my own. All morning I prayed and listened to . . .
Daily Devotion | May 26, 2020
Quietly I cast off from shore and began paddling across the lake. My homebuilt 15' solo cedar-strip canoe silently parted the waters as I aimed the bow towards a narrow channel that led to another corner of the lake. A barred owl called out from the opposite shoreline. Odd I thought for mid-day, but . . .
Daily Devotion | May 24, 2020
Lord, today we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom that we enjoy every day. They each have . . .
Celebration Worship | May 24, 2020
Sanctuary Worship | May 24, 2020
Daily Devotion | May 23, 2020
Many of you could recite this blessing almost word for word from the book of Numbers . . .
Daily Devotion | May 22, 2020
This painting is done in the style of art called Cubism. You are probably most familiar with Picasso, who pioneered the genre. It was considered to be among the most influential art movements of . . .
Daily Devotion | May 21, 2020
I love gardening. There is something special about working with seeds and ground and—after a lot of hard work . . .
Celebration Worship | May 17, 2020
Sanctuary Worship | May 17, 2020
Sanctuary Worship | May 10, 2020
Celebration Worship | May 10, 2020
Sanctuary Worship | May 3, 2020
Celebration Worship | May 3, 2020
Celebration Worship | April 26, 2020
Sanctuary Worship | April 26, 2020
Sanctuary Worship | April 19, 2020
Celebration Worship | April 19, 2020
2019 Sermon Archive
Easter Sanctuary Worship | April 12, 2020
Easter Celebration Worship | April 12, 2020
Sanctuary Worship | Passion Sunday | April 5, 2020
Celebration Worship | Palm Sunday | April 5, 2020
Celebration Worship | March 29 2020
Sanctuary Worship | March 29 2020
Sanctuary Worship | March 22 2020
Celebration Worship | March 22 2020
Sanctuary Worship | March 15, 2020
Celebration Worship | March 15, 2020