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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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Worship is always viewed as a waste by the world. "A woman came to [Jesus] with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on His head as He was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. 'Why this waste?' they asked." (Matthew 26:7-8—NIV) In the eyes of God your "wasteful" worship is always "a beautiful thing." To Him you can give no greater gift. So whatever else you do today "waste" some of your precious time, energy and wealth on worship.
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The plot against you is really just part of God's plan for you. "They plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill Him." (Matthew 26:4—NIV) The plot against Jesus was in reality the plan of God. What His enemies in their religious pride were slyly plotting to do was already part of the predetermined perfect plan of God to bring salvation to all, friend and foe alike (v. 2). Jesus was not in the hands of people but in the hands of His heavenly Father. So are you when you give the care and control of your life to Jesus Christ. Today know the peace and calm of being safe and secure in the hands of your almighty, loving, heavenly Father no matter what others may throw at you. The world and the people around you conform to the plan of God for your life when it is placed in the hands of Jesus. He is "head over everything for the church." (Ephesians 1:22) "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Romans 8:31—NIV)
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Deception is a deadly danger to each of us. Jesus warns us of this: "Watch out that no one deceives you." (Matthew 24:4—NIV) There can be no more serious a threat than for us to see what in truth is not there or not to see what is there. May God protect us from all deception by our commitment to live in the truth of His Word and by opening our eyes to the realities of this life and the next.
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Sit back, relax, and be still, God is in control. There may be those who pursue you and are out to get you today, but there is no need to ever get defensive. Stay right where God has put you and allow Him to surround you with His protection as your safe and reliable refuge and tell yourself as you tell God in prayer: "You, Lord God, are My protector." (Psalm 7:1—CEV) Be safe today! Take refuge in God!
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While the world lives in fear, those who follow Jesus anticipate His return and live in hope. He tells us: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away." (Luke 21:33—NIV) As the course of current events continue to disturb, distress and depress many, followers of Christ face the future unfazed with confidence and clarity of purpose. Jesus is coming back to rescue this world He created. He is the only hope and Savior for our fallen and falling world.
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God's Word always accomplishes God's will and work in your life. God promises about His Word: "It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11—NIV) The smartest, most productive activity that you can include in your schedule today is time in the Word of God. The confusion that confounds you will clear when you clasp the Bible will all five fingers and hear, read, study, memorize and meditate on God's Word. Look forward to becoming wiser and more understanding because of the role you give to God's Word today.

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The only thing you can be absolutely certain of is God's faithfulness. He keeps His word and never breaks a promise. He alone is completely reliable and trustworthy. "Your faithfulness continues through all generations." (Psalm 119:90a—NIV) God's plans will succeed and His purpose will be accomplished and when you unite yourself to Jesus in faith and obedience, you will experience joy, peace and security. God's "faithfulness continues" and will carry you safely, securely and productively into the future made bright by His promises. It is on the foundation of God's faithfulness that you will erect a solid and stable life.
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What are you going to do with your mistakes and failures? Will you forget about them or are you willing to allow God to use them and you to help others who have already made or might be about to make that same mistake? Jesus asks Peter to be our example in this: "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." (Luke 22:31-32—NIV) Let's learn from each others mistakes and help each other keep from making them again.
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Deception is a deadly danger to each of us. Jesus warns us of this: "Watch out that no one deceives you." (Matthew 24:4—NIV) There can be no more serious a threat than for us to see what in truth is not there or not to see what is there. May God protect us from all deception by our commitment to live in the truth of His Word and by opening our eyes to the realities of this life and the next.
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Never underestimate the power of God's Word! Jesus tells His followers: "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God." (Matthew 22:29—NIV) Our two greatest mistakes are ignorance of God's Word and underestimating its power. Don't repeat those mistakes today. Instead: "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15—NIV) And never, never underestimate the power of God's Word and the potential that it can unearth in your life.
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Want to be a part of something that lasts? Want to be on the winning side and experience the thrill of victory? Find a local church that clearly proclaims Christ and faithfully teaches His Word and become an active part of it. Jesus says: "I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it." (Matthew 16:18—NLT) Step off of the sidelines and get in the game on the winning side!
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I don't know about you, but when I die I don't want to leave behind buildings or books or programs or degrees, but people walking with Jesus Christ. "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." (2 Timothy 2:2—NIV) Let's keep passing the truth of Jesus on ... and on ... and on!
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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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Pastoral Ministry, Counseling, Recovery Ministry, Biblical Studies, Biblical Languages
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  • 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
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Euclid, Ohio - Fox River Grove, Illinois - Jensen Beach, Florida - Fort Pierce, Florida