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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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We need to offer the consistent strength of character, integrity and purpose to the people God has placed in our lives. "Those who trust in the Lord are as steady as Mount Zion, unmoved by any circumstance." (Psalm 125:1 – LB) Ask yourself: "How do I need to grow in my 'trust in the Lord' so that I can be a rock solid, steady source of strength and support to the people I love and care for?"
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What do you see when you look in the mirror? "So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them." (Genesis 1:27 – NIV) God made you to be like Him; to reflect His nature to the people around you. What a privilege to represent God to your spouse, children, friends, coworkers and the rest of the world! Jesus Christ makes it possible for you to give others an accurate representation of who God is and what He is like (Romans 8:29-30), showing those around you how loving, merciful, patient, compassionate, affectionate and available God is to people. So hold your head high today ... you bear the image of Your creator. Wear it proudly!
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People think all they need is the solution they imagine to their problems or needs, when in fact on our own we have little awareness of what our real problems and needs are. There is only one who can accurately diagnose us, the One who created us. Jesus is the Great Physician you need who invites you today:"Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30 – NIV)
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God promises you life ... not just any ordinary life, but "life that is in Christ Jesus," life that is full of God's greatest gifts of "grace, mercy and peace." (2 Timothy 1:1-2) Immersed in these amazing gifts of God abundantly supplied to you today and every day, you are safe, secure and saved. Thank Him ... then thank Him some more! And more than just that ... share God's gifts with everyone you encounter today.
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How can we believe Jesus is the Christ, the Word of Life, without ever having seen, handled, touched or heard Him? The same way a jury can condemn a man to die without ever having seen him commit a crime: The testimony of reliable witnesses. "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ." (1 John 1:3 – NIV) Jesus Christ is still opening the eyes and ears of people today to be "seen and heard" for who He truly is ... our Savior, the source of eternal life. See Him and believe Him!
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This day will become the arena in which are fought the next decisive battles that will determine the destiny of lives, families, communities and nations. As you stand at its threshold you must choose once again who you will fight for. God beckons you to wage war with Him, "not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Ephesians 6:11-12 – NIV) To fight with and for the Lord today will bring progress in your life and the lives you battle for. You will see the darkness of this world give way to the light of Christ. God guarantees it! "In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us." (Romans 8:37 – NIV)
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Today, take Jesus at His Word. Believe what He has already told you! The angel at the empty tomb of Jesus instructed the women to "tell His disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see Him, just as He told you.'" (Mark 16:7 – NIV) Do you want to know what God is going to do today about your problems ... your situation ... your pain ... your predicaments? He is going to do exactly what He told you He would do in His Word, the Bible. Why don't you crack open that book today and read a little bit. You will be amazed at how God does exactly what He tells you there He will do. God keeps His promises! That should add some peace and serenity to your day.
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Why are you afraid? Is it not because you believe that you are not good enough, smart enough, experienced enough, strong enough, or rich enough for what is coming at you? Guess what? You aren't but there is one who is and He would love to get to know you and be the leader of your life. This is what He has to say to you today: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades." (Revelation 1:17-18 – NIV) Jesus Christ is more than enough for you and all your fears, needs and problems! You can't, but He can and will if you let Him!
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It is human nature to anticipate the problems of life. We can't help ourselves when we look ahead and see barriers and obstacles that will surely block our path and hinder our progress. The women on their way to Jesus' tomb to anoint His body with spices anticipated a serious problem and "asked each other, 'Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?'" (Mark 16:3 – NIV) But what they should have anticipated was a resurrection and an empty tomb. We may not be able to stop ourselves from anticipating problems, but if we choose to live in light of Jesus' resurrection we can also always anticipate God's awesome solutions to those problems!
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Appeal to others today on the basis of love. The great apostle Paul chose to use love rather than his rank or position. He writes to his friend and disciple Philemon: "I could order you ... yet I appeal to you on the basis of love." (Philemon 1:8-9 – NIV) There is no greater power of persuasion and no more effective way of getting things done today than by loving the people you live, work and associate with. Nothing is more appealing than love. Loving others moves them forward in the direction God wants them to travel. Love truly is the "greatest." (1 Corinthians 13:13)
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Don't dismiss your divine appointment today. What God offers one, He offers all. "God came and stood before [Samuel] exactly as before, calling out, 'Samuel! Samuel!'" God comes and stands before you today calling out your name. Will you answer with Samuel: "Speak. I'm Your servant, ready to listen." (1 Samuel 3:10 – Msg). Today, stop more often, look and listen, recognizing that the Creator of the Universe and your personal God and Savior is trying to get your attention and has something life-changing to say to you.
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There is a strategy that has proven over time never to fail; no matter how challenging the crisis or how critical the choice. No matter what your situation is, always make your first step into the presence of your loving Savior and the light of His Word and "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18 – NIV) From the perspective of that place the way will be made clear and you will be able to make your next move and be certain it will not take you in the wrong direction or over some cliff but down an ever-brightening path of consistent growth.
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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
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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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Currently
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Previously
Euclid, Ohio - Fox River Grove, Illinois - Jensen Beach, Florida - Fort Pierce, Florida