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Self Identity Crisis

by: Marty Paluch

06/10/2021

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So man created God in his own image. 1 Delusions 1:1

 In a world seeming to place high value on self-identity I find it ironic how many people refuse to let God self identify as God. Instead of extending God the courtesy of letting Him choose the pronouns by which He is identified, the world identifies God as this malleable ball of clay to be shaped as it sees fit. The bottom line is God is who He says He is. It’s that’s simple. Or maybe it&rsqu...


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Naming Rights

by: Marty Paluch

06/03/2021

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If you’re an Astros fan, perhaps you’re drinking more orange juice these days – particularly Minute Maid Orange Juice. In 2002 the Coca-Cola subsidiary sealed a $178 million deal for the right to name the ballpark. Talk about the power of a name!

Our names are considered a critical component in our psychological and mental health. They shape our identity and sometimes our destiny. I wonder if Art’s mom and dad knew he’d be a picture h...


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To Tell The Turth

by: Marty Paluch

05/27/2021

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“The truth is still the truth even if no one believes it. A lie is still a lie even if everyone believes it. “

I’m not going to take credit for that quote. Truth is, I don’t know who said it originally. I found these words credited to at least three different individuals. Looks like someone is not telling the truth. Hmmm, imagine that.

I think we have trouble with truth in our lives because we confuse truth with perspective. What we o...


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Watch Your Step

by: Marty Paluch

05/20/2021

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Recently, someone shared with me how they used to think the cross at the corner of Lutheran Church Road was ‘ostentatious’. Imagine that! Someone thinks something we do at Salem is over the top.

In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul writes how the cross was a stumbling block for the Jews, the established ‘Church’, if you will. Jesus’ death on the cross wasn’t the sign they were looking for to prove the Messiah would do what He came to do. To...


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Gain From Loss

by: Marty Paluch

05/12/2021

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Have you ever stopped to think with every gain in life we also experience a loss?

Conversely, with every loss in life there is a gain.

A new baby, a new home, a new job or new marriages are events usually regarded as great gains. Each ‘new’, however carries the loss of something ‘old’. A new baby usually also means loss of sleep for starters. A new home may mean the loss of carefree Saturdays as the yard and home demand attention. Eve...


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Mom's The Word!

by: Marty Paluch

05/06/2021

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Mom. The word hopefully elicits the warm and fuzzies from you. Moms are an extension of the heart of God’s heart into the lives of children. Most any word you can use to describe God, I think you can probably use to describe a mom. Loving, caring, compassionate, gracious, protective, forgiving, longsuffering, patient, sacrificial, wise, fair, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!

Now, we know our moms are human in contrast to God. While moms are all those things abo...


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Oh Lord, It's Hard To Be Humbled...

by: Marty Paluch

04/29/2021

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I’ve had more than a few humbling experiences recently. I can’t say I’ve enjoyed them exactly but neither can I say they weren’t just what I needed. Things I’ve said and done hurt people, confused people and frustrated people. I am sincerely sorry people I care about had to experience pain in order for me to learn a lesson. Thankfully, our gracious God allowed people who know my heart and score high on the forgiveness scale to be my humilit...


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We Love Worship!

by: Marty Paluch

04/22/2021

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This past Sunday’s family meeting on our corporate worship was encouraging and curious. Overwhelmingly, our Salem family is united in its desire to offer God the best in our Sunday morning time together. Very encouraging. The curious part is reaching consensus on what ‘best’ is.

One of the greatest tenets of Christianity is the concept of freedom. We are free from the fear of punishment because Jesus took our punishment for us. We are free from t...


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A BIBLE HISTORY MYSTERY

by: Steve Perkins

04/14/2021

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The forty days after the resurrection and before the Ascension are a bit of a Bible history mystery. How did Jesus and His disciples fill those forty days? It is consistent with the Biblical narrative to contend Jesus spent as much time as He could with the people He loved and to whom He was entrusting the course of world history. I envision the disciples having a host of ‘aha!’ moments as Jesus provided them deeper insight into all He taught and r...
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It Never Dawned On Me!

by: Marty Paluch

03/18/2021

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Has it ever dawned on you nothing has ever dawned on God? That’s right. God is never surprised by the rust on your bike when you leave it out in the rain, when the underdog beats the odds-on favorite to win the championship or when Mom saves the day by whipping up the two dozen cupcakes you forgot to tell her you had promised to bring to the party. He sees it all coming long before we do.

 

We may often wish God wasn’t so omniscient, don&rsq...


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ASH WEDNESDAY DEVOTIONAL

by: Steve Perkins

02/17/2021

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What a crazy week. Salem, we’re praying for you as you deal with power outages, water shortages, internet and cell service trouble, and the patience struggle through it all. Many of you have used a fireplace to stay warm this week. Those of you with wood-burning fireplaces have better access to real ashes than the rest of us for this recognition of Ash Wednesday. If you are able, you may want to mark your forehead with an ash cross today. At the very least,...
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Where do you get a hat like that, anyway?

by: Marty Paluch

01/14/2021

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May I ask you a question?

Thanks. If we are to be a force for positive change in eternity and this life, how does it serve our purpose to vilify someone with a different perspective? (Pause) Good answer, it doesn’t.

I know many opinions involve more than mustard or mayo as ones preferred condiment. Issues in relationships whether marriages, children, parents, neighbors, or other citizens are based on some common bond even if it is no more than occupyin...


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Wait for it...wait for it...

by: Marty Paluch

12/17/2020

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This first paragraphs of this post were originally included in Salem's weekly newsletter on December 17. We thought we'd express our droll sense of humor with a little 'bait and switch' tactic. If you'd like to subscribe to our weekly update click here:   https://www.salem4u.com/news/salem-e-news/ Now, back to the feature presentation:

Stop just for a minute, will you? ...


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Joy, Joy, Joy!

by: Marty Paluch

12/10/2020

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What’s the best news you ever heard? “This is the IRS calling, it looks like we DID make the mistake and you have a significant refund due…” “There’s no more sign of cancer anywhere”, “honey, my mom just called, she’s coming to stay with us!” Okay, two out of three is not so bad. Whether it’s the relief of a burden lifted or the excitement of a dream fulfilled or prayers answered, news of this sort can&r...


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A Couple of Joes

by: Marty Paluch

12/03/2020

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While there are a number of Josephs in the Bible, two are familiar standouts – Coat-of–many-colors Joseph and Father-of-Jesus Joseph. Separated by over sixteen centuries, their stories are linked by faith in a God who at times made no sense to them and who may often make no sense to us. And to misquote a little Shakespeare, “therein lies the rub.” In some ways trying to understand God’s thinking is like trying to understand how yo...


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