Our Stories

“Two steps forward and one step backward.” It’s an old saying that is used to convey a lack of progress toward a goal. And sometimes, it seems to apply to Gospel ministry.   About four years ago, Kyle was incarcerated in a county jail. Once there, he quickly acquired a Bible and began attending a WELS Bible study. A...
At the Grace Oasis recovery support group one evening we were discussing how we could bring our resentments and conflicts to God rather than let those things consume us and drive us to relapse. One of the guys in the group raised an objection: “Isn’t God supposed to be all-powerful? Then how come he doesn’t stop conflicts and...
It was a rather somber day on the women's unit at the jail. When I arrived, Karrie (an inmate who had been attending my Bible study) asked, “Do you remember Jenna?” Jenna had been a regular part of our Bible study group. Pregnant and nearly full term, Jenna had been released two weeks earlier. “Yea, I remember Jenna.” I...
We may associate a painful experience with the Lord having left us. Poor Gospel preachers may even lead us there, but don’t believe it. Consider these three passages as you deal with your personal or family pain.   "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel...
In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a story that used to bother me: It’s the story of the five foolish bridesmaids who didn’t bring an adequate supply of oil for their lamps and ended up getting shut out of the wedding celebration while they were out hunting for an oil seller. I used to think that the “foolishness” of these women...
He deeply needed anger management counseling. He was guilty of domestic violence and murder. While committing acts of vengeance, it seemed he was comfortable with the motto, “Do unto others worse than they did to you.” His parents were distressed by his lifestyle. He was an object of both fear and hatred by those who became the target...