Herald Journal Columns

Pastors' Columns

These columns are written by pastors of local churches and appear weekly in the Herald Journal newspapers

The Messiah - truth or myth?
By Rev. Robert Rupprecht, St. John Lutheran Church of Hollywood

Have you made room for Jesus?
By Rev. Dan Swanson, First Baptist Church, Cokato

Advent – a time to prepare for the real season of Christmas
By Pastor Elizabeth Hadler, Montrose United Methodist Church

A case of pheasant forensics
By Dr. Tom C. Rakow, Pastor, Grace Bible Church, Silver Lake

God’s promised gift of an eternal inheritance
By Pastor Tom Starkjohn, Harvest Community Church, Winsted

Why do we need Thanksgiving?
By Rev. Leland D. Bendix, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township

Bring God’s promises to life
By Father Paul Wolf, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted

Thanksgiving is more than speaking the right words
By Rev. Michael Nirva, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

Jesus is the real deal
By Pastor Robert Hellmann, St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran, Montrose

When the storms come
By Pastor Derek Forseth, Blessed Hope Church, Howard Lake

Ordinary people can make possible God’s extra-ordinary blessings
Pastor's Corner, By Pastor Robert Ramphal, Oster First Covenant Church, Waverly

Discipleship – helping others become all they can be in Christ
By Pastor Frank Moyer, Celebration Community Church, Montrose

We must teach civility and compassion, as Jesus did
By Pastor Bill Baldwin, Prairie Community Church, Lester Prairie

Healthy laments end with hope
By Pastor David Sorensen, Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cokato

The promise of peace in a troubled world
By Rev. Martin Schoenfeld, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

Stop complaining and get on with it
By Rev. Sherri L. Sandoz, Bethel Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

Death – the enemy we just can’t beat
By Rev. Gerald Boldt, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran, Winsted

It is power to serve, for God is love
By Father Robert Mraz, Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake

There is a price to pay,
By Pastor Paul Marggraf, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Delano

The perfect match
By Pastor Daniel Runke
Albion Evangelical Free Church, Cokato

A name above all names
By Pastor Elizabeth Hadler, Montrose United Methodist Church

Cast all your cares on Him
By Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

What is a pleasing sacrifice to God?
By Pastor Thomas Starkjohn, Harvest Community Church, Winsted

Touching the dirt
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

Hospitality brings blessings
By Father Paul Wolf, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted

Bring your anxiety to the One who cares
By Rev. Michael Nivra, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

True religion is reflected in the way this life is lived
By Pastor Bill Baldwin, Prairie Community Church, Lester Prairie

The significance of little things
By Pastor Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

Are you a peacemaker?
By Rev. Robert Ramphal, Oster First Covenant Church, Waverly

Taking a walk in 'wilderness times'
By Rev. Elizabeth Hadler, Montrose United Methodist Church

Remember the One who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom
By Rev. Martin Schoenfeld, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

Thanks, Mom, for insisting on nap time
By Rev. Sherri L. Sandoz, Bethel Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

‘In the world, but not of the world,'
By Rev. Kevin Opatz, Good News Church, Howard Lake

God’s commands express His love for us
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

True faith comes from within,
By Rev. Mark Winther, Walker United Methodist Church

Overhauled to be a new creation in Christ
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

Resurrection – right with God
By Rev. Herman R. Hannemann, Interim Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

How much is too much?
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

Looking for the 'real' Jesus,
By Rev. Leland D. Bendix, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Middleville Township

Hope is found within the heart of faith
By Rev. Paul Wolf, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted

Are you starving on a full stomach?
By Rev. Robert Hellmann St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Montrose

Experience the power in Christ’s words, ‘It is finished’
By Rev. Michael Nirva, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

Live with intensity, controlled by the Spirit
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

The inevitability of change, but the sameness of Jesus
By Rev. Robert Ramphal, Oster First Covenant Church, Waverly

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved
By Rev. Michael Nirva, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

Seek to make God the true priority in a busy world
By Rev. Elizabeth Hadler, Montrose United Methodist Church

Salvation is yours by faith in Jesus Christ alone
By Rev. Bill Baldwin, Prairie Community Church UCC, Lester Prairie

Seek the Lord in all things - it's a matter of trust
By Rev. Derek Forseth, Blessed Hope Church, Howard Lake

Life - a precious and sacred gift
By Rev. Martin Schoenfeld, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

What is the purpose God has given us for this life on earth?
By Rev. Kevin Opatz, Good News Church, Howard Lake
What is it about Christmas that makes it wonderful and powerful
By Rev. Sherri Sandoz, Bethel Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

A look at the history of 'Sinterklaas' - St. Nicholas around the world
By Father Robert Mraz, Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake

Clasp Christmas close to your heart as you prepare this year
By Rev. Mark Winther, Walker United Methodist, Howard Lake

Take time to cleanse your temples from idols in your life
By Rev. Daniel Runke, Albion Evangelical Free Church, Cokato

'Peace on Earth' - more than a carol phrase or a line on a card
By Rev. Julie Malone, Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church, Annandale

What is the meaning of 'The End?'
By Rev. Leland Bendix, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Annandale

A pastor's address on racism present in the United States
By Father Timothy Cloutier, St. Mary's Catholic Church, Waverly

November is a time of preparation on the church calendar
By Father Paul Wolf, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted

Praise the Lord your God for the good land He has given you
By Rev. Michael Nirva, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

The world could be a much better place if only people were nicer
By Rev. Robert Hellmann, St. Paul's Lutheran, Montrose

Who needs a physician but the sick? Do you know you are ill?
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

Are you listening closely to God, or do you forget to listen?
By Rev. Elizabeth Hadler, Montrose United Methodist Church

Who has top priority in your life? Is it God or material things?
By Scott Yates, Howard Lake Christian Church, Howard Lake

The moral standard of the church according to God's word
By Rev. Robert Ramphal, Oster First Covenant Church, Waverly

Has today's church outlived the usefulness to the community?
By Rev. Bill Baldwin, Prairie Community Church, Lester Prairie

God's timetable is perfect for every situation in our lives
By Rev. Kevin Opatz, Good News Church, Howard Lake

Where does the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod stand in its belief?
By Rev. Martin Schoenfeld, Associate Pastor, St. James Lutheran, HL

Where can we find a meaningful small town ministry around here?
By Rev. Sherri Sandoz, Bethel Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

Are we using spiritual wisdom or human wisdom in our lives?
By Rev. Rick Messer, Howard Lake Christian Church, Howard Lake

Mary, mother of God - what does it really mean to the church?
By Rev. Robert Mraz, Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake

To understand watermelon wisdom
By Rev. Mark Winther, Walker United Methodist Church, Howard Lake

The argument between creation and evolution
By Rev. Grant T. Bode, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

Oh God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come
By Rev. Daniel Runke, Albion Evangelical Free Church, Albion Township

There are no brakes on the right side of the car
By Rev. Julie Malone, Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church, Albion Township

The blessings of a warm fellowship with believers
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

Perseverance requires a long and wide view of life
By Rev. Paul Wolf, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted

The foolishness of making excuses to God
By Rev. Michael Nirva, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

Leaving it to chance is just monkeying around
By Rev. Robert Hellmann, St. Paul's and Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Montrose

How smart are you? Are you sure about that?
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

Go to every nation and make the people my disciples
By Rev. Robert Ramphal, Oster First Covenant Church, Waverly

Being a regular churchgoer ­ and enjoying the challenge
By Rev. Arthur Hill, Montrose United Methodist

Lest we forget the men and women who fought to be free
By Rev. Gerald Boldt, St. John Evangelical Lutheran, Winsted

The virtue of doubt and how it plays a factor in our life
By Rev. Bill Baldwin, Prairie Community Church, Lester Prairie

How do you measure a mother's success in life?
By Rev. Derek Forseth, Blessed Hope Church, Howard Lake

Did you have a burning heart this past Easter season?
By Rev. Martin Schoenfeld, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

A look at true shock and awe - that Christ died for us
By Rev. Sherri Sandoz, Bethel Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

Revival is God's glory and grace
By Kevin Opatz, Good News Church, Howard Lake

May we show the world Jesus through the way we live
By Rev. Robert Mraz, Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake

God - a mighty fortress, a bulwark never failing
By Mark Winther, Walker United Methodist Church, Howard Lake

Annunciation of our Lord ­ the miracle of His birth
By Rev. Grant T. Bode, St. Paul's Lutheran, Lester Prairie

Live in submission, as the church submits to Christ
By Rev. Daniel Runke, Albion Evangelical Free Church, Cokato

Atmosphere around us is more important than you think
By Rev. Julie Malone, Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church, Annandale

What (would) does Jesus say?
By Rev. Leland Bendix, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Annandale

What are the items we are not willing to give to God?
By Scott Yates, Youth Pastor, Howard Lake Christian Church

This story will give you a gift that keeps giving
By Tim Borg, Youth Pastor, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

God stands ready to forgive ­ and forget ­ our sins
By Rev. Paul Wolf, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted

Watch out for the deceitful snake in the grass
By Robert Hellmann, St. Paul's and Trinity Lutheran Churches, Montrose

Are you tired from the holidays?
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen, Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

Trying to remember what year to write down
By Rev. Daniel Runke, Albion Evangelical Free Church, Cokato

Another new year, but let it not be the same as last
By Rev. Robert Ramphal, Oster First Covenant Church, Waverly

The birth of human worth, bringing meaning to our lives
By Rev. Bill Baldwin, Prairie Community Church, Lester Prairie

May great peace of heart and mind be with you
By Rev. Derek Forseth, Blessed Hope Church, Howard Lake

What is the meaning and significance of Jesus' names?
By Rev. Martin Schoenfeld, St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake

Advent should be a time to seek the face of Jesus
By Sherri L. Sandoz, Bethel Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

How can I continue growing in my relationship with God
By Kevin Opatz, Good News Church, Howard Lake

What is our attitude of gratitude towards God?
By Rev. Robert Mraz, Holy Family Catholic Church, Silver Lake

Teach us to number our days, that we may be wise
By Rev. Debra Clausen, Walker United Methodist Church, Howard Lake

The miracle of turning water into the best wine
By Rev. Grant Bode, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie

Remembering all who have died for our freedom
By Rev. Daniel Runke, Albion Evangelical Free Church

A thought on the reward of wisdom and truth
By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen,Good Shepherd Free Lutheran, Cokato

It is easier to give when we realize we have enough
By Rev. Sherri L. Sandoz, Bethel Lutheran Church, Lester Prairie, 10/28/02

We are accountable for our actions, good and bad
By Rev. Robert Ramphal, Oster First Covenant Church, Waverly, 10/21/02

You good-for-nothing blankety blank blank blank
By Rev. Robert Hellmann, St. Paul's and Trinity Lutheran, Montrose, 10/14/02

How to secure peace
By Rev. Bill Baldwin, Evangelical UCC, Lester Prairie, 10/7/02

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The Conclusion of the Matter

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:

Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.

For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14