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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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Can you trust God that He has made you who you are and placed you where you are for a very good reason as a critical piece of His plan and an integral part of His purpose? King Solomon was reminded of this: "It is because the LORD loves His people that He has made you their king!" (2 Chronicles 2:11—NLT) God has you where He wants you because of His love for the people who orbit your life and invade your day. Your life is not your idea, but His calling. You are being asked by God to be an expression of His love for the people in your life and a critical player in His plan to "love the world" (John 3:16) and save it through the finished work of Jesus Christ. Today, trust God and allow Him to use you to love the people He has placed in your life.
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The will of God for your life is not rocket science. It is really so simple and clear that even the youngest child can become a master at knowing and doing the will of God. Paul tells us what God's will is for your life today laying out three not thirty items for your "To Do" list: "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – NIV). So simple. Keep it that way, today!
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More than 95 percent of her body is burned, but after hearing her story, you might consider her one of the most beautiful people you've ever seen. Learn why at "True Beauty: Is it Really Only Skin Deep?" at Lifetree Café! Join us this Tuesday, July 26, 6-7 pm for the discussion and friendship in the Fellowship Hall at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2011 S. 13th St. in Fort Pierce.

Admission is free along with great refreshments and stimulating conversation.

Lifetree Café is located at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2011 S. 13th St., in Fort Pierce.

Lifetree Café is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting in Trinity's Fellowship Hall. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Martha Taylor (772-370-0891—oceanmom6@comcast.net)
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Today will give you plenty to "groan" about. But remember, your life is not as it should be, or one day will be in heaven. "For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling ..." (2 Corinthians 5:1-2—NIV) For now, this side of heaven, there will be plenty of "groans" but as followers of Jesus we have a "groan-free" eternity to look forward to.
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Riches, fame and honor are overrated. You can be fulfilled without these, but not without love. Loving God and others is what life is all about. "I may have enough faith to move mountains, but if I don't have love, I am nothing." (1 Corinthians 13:2—GWT) All the gifts that life has to offer you are just a string of zeros until love is placed in front of them and they are given value. Start your day with the simple but sincere prayer: "Lord teach me what real love is and its value, fill me with Your love and make me a loving person."
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Find out your fears! They are there, often hidden, but always undermining your confidence, robbing your joy, confusing and unsettling those around you. Fear is a daily reality that must be recognized, then faced in faith by listening to the promises of God: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10—NIV)
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"No one will succeed by strength alone." (1 Samuel 2:9b—NLT) To succeed in life we don't have what it takes. We need a power greater than ourselves. We need more strength than we can muster on our own ... even on our best day. God offers you a "Mighty God" (Isaiah 9:6) in Jesus, "who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us." (Ephesians 3:20—NIV) Let Christ work in you and through you today!
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Life is all about people. People are the prize; they are the goal, the means, the purpose. People are what God cares about. They are the pinnacle of God's creation and the object of Christ's redemption. People alone offer you anything of eternal value. So ... "most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other." (1 Peter 4:8—NLT) Today make your day more about the people in it. Let's take care of each other!
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God's standing promise is to provide all our needs. God told Elijah: "Drink from the brook and eat what the ravens bring you, for I have commanded them to bring you food." (1 Kings 17:4—NLT) We need to learn to recognize how God is providing for us and line our lives up with that supply. We must receive and enjoy, "drink ... and eat" what God has provided instead of seeking our own provision, or worse yet, someone else's provision of our needs. Right now, God is issuing the commands to all of his creation to bring the needed provision to His people. Thank him for that and receive the abundance of provisions he is sending you today with enjoyment and thanksgiving. Devour his daily bread for your life today!
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Life offers much joy for all, but complete joy is only found in a genuine relationship with God that overflows into real relationships with other people. The apostle John explains: "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. We write this to make our joy complete." You were made for such relationships and Jesus Christ makes them happen! Your joy in Jesus must be shared to be complete. Don't miss out on the full joy of life and your salvation by not sharing it with those around you!
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Ready yourself today to recognize and deflect the lies that you will hear today from Satan, others and even yourself. "The righteous hate what is false, but the wicked bring shame and disgrace." (Proverbs 13:5–NIV) The most powerful and damaging lie is one that has a kernel of truth in it. This is Satan's favorite tactic ... the mixing of what is true with what is false. Don't believe the lie, even if a morsel of it is true. Satan would be thrilled to see you struggle with his twin tools of "shame and disgrace." Don't descend into that trap, but claim God's gift of forgiveness in Christ and your true identity in Him.
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To be saved is to find and take your proper place in Christ and find God's promised prosperity. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." (Ephesians 1:3—NIV) God does not simply open our lives and pour in His many blessings. He does something far greater. He takes us and places us "in Christ." Draw a circle with a dot in the middle. That is you "in Christ." You have and are all that He has and is. When you are "in Christ" everything that can be said about Christ can be said about you.
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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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Currently
Port St. Lucie, Florida
Previously
Euclid, Ohio - Fox River Grove, Illinois - Jensen Beach, Florida - Fort Pierce, Florida