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How do you die well?

by Ryan Kron

Phil Ryken says: “Shortly after the death of my father-in-law, I had the opportunity to thank his pastor for the spiritual care he received from the church in his last days of life on this earth. I will always remember the words of encouragement the pastor gave me. “Jim Maxwell died well,” he said, before […]

Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols

by Ryan Kron

You are warmly invited to join us for our first ever service of lessons and carols on Tuesday, December 24 at 4 pm.  We will be meeting at our usual location (Eden Lake Elementary School 12000 Anderson Lakes Parkway, Eden Prairie, MN). This  historic  service follows  closely  the  pattern  of  the  famous  Christmas  Eve  celebration  from […]

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you!” Isaiah 43:5

by Ryan Kron

Yesterday, our family spent Thanksgiving with my aunt, Janice, who is dying from cancer.  These words were a comfort to my soul as I reflected today on fear, suffering, and God’s promises to us which are yes and Amen in Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20): “The presence of a friend in trouble is cheering and consoling. But it […]

Live near to God

by Ryan Kron

Prayer is the link that connects earth with Heaven. Live near to God, and all things will appear little to you in comparison with eternal realities. When you gaze upon the sun — it makes everything else dark. When you taste honey — it makes everything else tasteless. Likewise, when your soul feeds on Jesus — it takes away the sweetness of […]

I am not what I once was!

by Ryan Kron

In his old age, when he could no longer see to read, John Newton heard someone recite this text, “By the grace of God—I am what I am”  (1 Corinthians 15:10).  He remained silent a short time and then, as if speaking to himself, he said: “I am not what I ought to be—ah, how imperfect and deficient! I […]

What do you fear?

by Ryan Kron

“You need shelter for many reasons.  Here’s just one: without Christ, you are all you have.  One unbeliever puts it bluntly: ‘It looks as if we are all we have.  Given what we know about ourselves, and each other, this is an extraordinarily unappetizing prospect; looking around the world, it appears that, if all men […]

Sanctification is about…

by Ryan Kron

“John Newton shows us from Scripture that true sanctification is all about growing in humility, dependence and gratitude.  Joy blossoms in our hearts not as we try harder and harder to grow, but as we see more clearly the depths of our own sin and understand more fully our utter helplessness.  Only then will we […]

Are you disappointed by love?

by Ryan Kron

“The only love that won’t disappoint you is one that can’t change, that can’t be lost, that is not based on the ups and downs of life or of how well you live. It is something that not even death can take away from you. God’s love in Christ is the only thing like that.” […]

by Ryan Kron

“He that has slight thoughts of sin never had great thoughts of God.” (John Owen)

Is there anything as painful as the death of a child?

by Ryan Kron

Only parents who have suffered such a loss can tell what agony they experienced when they buried their son or daughter, or what anguish they endure as they continue to lament everything they have lost and everything that might have been. Robert Dabney was a Southern Presbyterian pastor.  He and his wife had six children […]