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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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There is nothing worse than the feeling of losing your grip and the anxiety of being about to slip. "When I said, 'My foot is slipping,' Your unfailing love, LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy." (Psalm 94:18-19 – NIV) There is nothing more soothing and reassuring than the certainty of God's "unfailing love." You don't deserve it and you cannot earn it but when you need it God's love and consolation is always available. God will support you when you are unable to support yourself. Your foot may begin to slip, or feel that way, but God will never "slip up" or miss a moment of loving and caring for you. What a great God and Savior we have! "How proud I am to bear Your name, O Lord." (Jeremiah 15:16 – LB)
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Patience and waiting require great strength and demonstrate incredible courage. In many situations the easy response is to do something; the harder and more necessary reaction is to be patient and wait. It helps when you know that what you are waiting for is the Lord's help. "Wait for the Lord's help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord's help." (Psalm 27:14 – NCV) Weaklings rush in where strong and courageous people "wait for the Lord's help."
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None of us wants to play the fool or be stupid! Everyone wants the answers; all of us want to know what to do, which way to go. But none of us likes to be told or admit that we are wrong. Much-needed wisdom is the only antidote to stupidity and foolishness, but it comes only to those who are teachable, open to rebuke and willing to change. Jesus Christ, who comes to us with all of God's wisdom, says: "Repent at My rebuke! Then I will pour out My thoughts to you, I will make known to you My teachings." (Proverbs 1:23 – NIV) Unlimited wisdom is readily available to you, covering all aspects of life, addressing all the issues and questions of life, but first you must be willing to hear, listen to and respond in repentance to God's rebuke.
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Today is God's gift to you! "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." (Psalm 118:24 – NIV) This day is unique in more ways than you could ever see. God planned it carefully with you in mind. Today is a special work of your Creator, designed for you, to be enjoyed by you. Before you begin to go about your day, rejoice and give thanks to God for this special gift to you. Then make plans and expect to enjoy this day. Keep your eyes open to see God's goodness to you. It's waiting for you in this day He has made for you!
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Don't be bashful, apologetic or stingy with the skills and abilities that God has given you. They are gifts God has given you to display His glory as you boldly employ them to express to the world who God made you to be. Jesus tells us to do exactly that: "Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16 – NIV) It is when we fully exercise and engage our skills and abilities that others receive value from us and our lives have a lasting and eternal impact.
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Become a student of praise and worship today if you want to rise above the circumstances of life and the situation confronting you. "Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, O LORD." (Psalm 89:15 – NIV) The course of your day and its ultimate outcome will be determined not by what happens to you, but how you respond. It is critical that you choose your response at the start and define your day with praise to God and the affirmation: "Today I choose to live and 'walk in the light of Your presence' and not in the darkness of my present circumstances."
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Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the full, final, revelation of God, the climatic chapter. We need never look beyond Him for more or better revelation. "In these last days [God] has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also He made the universe." (Hebrews 1:2 – NIV) Jesus is the culmination of God's progressive revelation throughout all history (Hebrews 11:39). In Christ God has given us everything He has to give. Enjoy that gift today!
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Today you need to know: You are known! You are not alone! You are not on your own! You can claim God's promise and say with certainty: "You are my refuge and defense; guide me and lead me as You have promised." (Psalm 31:3 – GN)
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To fight and win the battles and challenges you face today you need more than the same old sticks and stones ... ineffective games and gimmicks ... that have proven themselves weak and worthless. Christ has already given you what you need to fight and win your battles. "So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way." (Ephesians 6:11—Msg)
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God doesn't throw out anything He has made! He makes no junk and He made you. Can you tell yourself what that means? Let me help: No matter how bad you have messed up you are still God's masterpiece and He still has big plans to refine you, put you on display and use you. "God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure He will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again." (Philippians 1:6 – NCV) Don't give up on yourself! God hasn't!
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Do you really believe that God's will and ways are superior to your own? If so than you can relax, stop telling God what to do and instead listen and let go of your need to manipulate, manage and maneuver. "God says, 'Be still and know that I am God.'" (Psalm 46:10a – NCV)
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God really does know what He is doing and you never go wrong by trusting Him to lead and to help. "Let the LORD lead you and trust Him to help." (Psalm 37:5 – CEV) The more you decide to take charge, the more detours and dead-ends you will encounter. You can avoid all that and arrive safely and successfully at your destination if you will simply "Let the LORD lead you and trust Him to help."
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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