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Craig Bode
Works at Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Pierce, FL
Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lives in Port St. Lucie, Florida
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How do you face fear? There is only one way that works ... firm in faith! Your fear will gradually get to you and eventually overwhelm you if it is not confronted with faith in the only One who can reliably reassure you: "Don't be afraid!" Today be among those of whom it can be said: "Bad news won't bother them; they have decided to trust the LORD." (Psalm 112:7 – CEV)
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Enter your day with the prayer of the Psalms in your heart: "I hate and abhor falsehood but I love Your law." (Psalm 119:163–NIV) Live life passionately today ... fully engaged ... hating every evil and abhorring all falsehood, but also fully and passionately loving God and His Word and all the people that He has created and claimed. Feel the full breadth of emotions. Experience and express the intensity and complete spectrum of passion. Don't settle for less!
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Obedience is not an option. You are going to obey someone or something today, giving yourself to and following the commands and directives of some authority. Who will you obey? Where will your obedience take you? What will be gained or lost? Only God is worthy of your obedience. He tells you: "Obey Me, and I, your God, will show My power to save." (Psalm 50:23b – CEV)
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Here's a prayer to launch your day with: "Lord, tell me Your ways. Show me how to live. Guide me in Your truth, and teach me, my God, my Savior. I trust You all day long." (Psalm 25:4-5 – NCV) Count on God answering your prayer with a renewed sence of purpose, confidence and direction. And don't forget to pause before ending this day to reflect on and thank God for the places He has taken you and the people that He has placed in your path.
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Your neighbor is in need today! Callous or compassionate? Which will it be? Jesus once told an all-too-true story where a priest and a pastor "going down the same road" encounter the battered victim of their violent world. They both make the choice to adjust their route to avoid the one in need and instead "passed by on the other side" leaving it to the Good Samaritan to take "pity on him." (Luke 10:30-37) Too often we too like to keep a safe distance between ourselves and the human need that surrounds us on our journey through life, choosing instead to pass "by on the other side" leaving it to others to care and comfort the one in need. But we can't avoid seeing those in need. Our only choice is whether we will get close enough to encounter their need and respond with compassion like the Samaritan (Luke 10:33) or if we will continue on with our life and business at a safe distance excusing our lack of involvement or worse still judging and condemning the victims of life for being in need. Make the short trip today to the other side of the road to better see and have compassion on life's victims. That's where you will find Jesus!
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Good isn't good enough for your life. God wants what's best for you and those you love. And He promises to make it happen when you stop trying to find your way and pursue His way. "The LORD says, 'I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.'" (Psalm 32:8 – NLT) No seconds or leftovers! Don't settle for less than God's best!
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"The LORD remembers us and will bless us." (Psalm 115:12a – NIV) God never stops thinking about you! When others forget ... He remembers. He knows and feels your sorrows and your joys ... your pain and your pleasure. God never stops thinking of new ways to bless you and make this day one to remember and be thankful for. Take in this truth and enjoy your day and God's blessing on it!
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God's love, grace, care and concern is the same for any and for all. Don't ask for more than God's most extravagant blessing or expect less. "You have established equity ... You have done what is just and right." (Psalm 99:4 – NIV) God always does what is just and right. Don't look to the world or other people for what only God can give!
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Where are you heading today? Will you intended destination bring you what you seek? Before you take off down another dark and deadend path, try this: "I will go to God. He is my joy and my delight." (Psalm 43:4 – NIRV) Don't know what to do? ... which way to turn? "Go to God" and you will always be headed in the right direction!
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All of us crave kindness because all of us need kindness. But we live in a very unkind, often cruel, world, leaving us repeatedly hurt and disappointed. So instead of looking around ... look up and look to Jesus and you will find a God who shows us great kindness. You can experience what David did when he prayed: "I will praise You, LORD, for showing great kindness." (Psalm 31:21a – CEV) When we look to our perfect God to meet our genuine need for kindness, love, understanding and all our other emotional needs, it frees us to love and accept the other imperfect people in our lives and accept and enjoy from them what they have to give us. If you allow God to be God then no one else needs to be.
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You don't need to figure out God's will and plan for others. That's between God and them. And if you love them you you will let God take care of them. "When Peter saw John, he asked, 'Lord, what about him?' Jesus answered ... 'What is that to you? You must follow Me.'" (John 21:21-22 – NIV) Quit comparing yourself to others today, stop worrying about what they are or are not doing, and just follow Christ!
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The job of Savior is already taken; you need not apply! Jesus has no plans on retiring from the position. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12 – NIV) It is important to keep straight who is Savior and who is not. It is difficult to set healthy boundaries in other relationships when you are confused on this point. So when you find yourself attempting to rescuing others or saving them from the consequences of their choices remind yourself that they already have a Savior who is far more capable than you are. Then step aside and get out of the way so their real Savior can do what only He can do. It's a beautiful thing!
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Education
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    1972 - 1976
  • Concordia Theological Seminary
    Biblical Studies, 1976 - 1980
  • Cary-Grove High School
    1968 - 1972
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    1972 - 1976
  • Concordia Theological Seminary
    1976 - 1980
  • Fox River Grove Middle School
    1959 - 1968
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Pastor
Skills
Pastoral Ministry, Counseling, Recovery Ministry, Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages
Employment
  • Trinity Lutheran Church, Fort Pierce, FL
    Pastor, 2012 - present
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Euclid, OH
    Pastor, 1980 - 2011
  • Leave A Lasting Legacy
    2011 - 2012
  • Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Euclid, OH)
    1980 - 2011
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Port St. Lucie, Florida
Previously
Euclid, Ohio - Fox River Grove, Illinois - Jensen Beach, Florida - Fort Pierce, Florida