Entries by Paul Johansson

Mother’s Day and Mission Madness

Central, Mother’s Day and Mission Madness! On Sunday, May 21 we will celebrate our 8th annual Mission Madness Day! There are over 20 projects that you can sign up for to go out into the community and serve.  Sign up this Sunday at the tables in the lobby or email Sonja.knutson@clcelkriver.org and let her know […]


Central, LET GOD USE YOUR SCARS! After His resurrection, Jesus displayed his scars. Why did Jesus have scars? Read John 20:24-27. Could it be that scars were left to testify to the work of Christ? “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side.” Could […]

Happy Easter

Central, HAPPY EASTER! John 11:25-26 “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though she die, yet shall she live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’” May you celebrate the gift of the forgiveness of sins and eternal life […]

Good Friday and Seven Witnesses

Central, I pray that you will have a Good Friday! Following Jesus’ betrayal, arrest, desertion, false trials, denial, condemnation, beatings and mockery, Jesus was required to carry his cross to “The Place of the Skull,” where he was crucified with two other prisoners. How can the day Jesus was crucified be called GOOD FRIDAY? On […]

Spying on Wednesday and Betrayal on Thursday

HOLY WEEK WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY The gospels do not specifically mention what Jesus did on Wednesday of Holy week. Could it be that Jesus rested and spent the day in Bethany with his friends? In some traditions, the emphasis on Wednesday is not on Jesus but it is on us as human beings. Wednesday of […]

The Shack, Holy Week and Monday!

Central, In THE SHACK, Mack asks Jesus, “Do all roads lead to you?” He answers, “No, not at all – most roads don’t lead anywhere. What I do mean to say is I will travel any road to find you.” That’s why he took the long road from northern Israel to the city, then the […]

How Do We Do Holy Week?

HOW DO WE DO HOLY WEEK? We begin by making our way to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday! In Jewish history and scripture, there were two primary reasons for going to Jerusalem. You went there to enthrone the king, or to pay him homage and tribute. And you went there to meet God, to offer sacrifice, […]

In Remembrance of Craig L. Quist

  Central, Thanks be to God for the life and memory of Craig L. Quist. Craig was born on January 21, 1949 and died on March 09, 2017. Craig is survived by Gail, his wife of 49 years, son Derek and daughter Julie. Please join me in praying for the family and friends of Craig. […]

In Remembrance of Laura DuVall

Central, Thanks be to God for the life and memory of Laura DuVall. Laura was born on March 17, 1959 and died March 7, 2017. Laura is survived by son Jeff Stai (Jackie) and children Mikayla and William, and daughter Cherie Tobias (Dennis) and children Victoria and Cadence, siblings: Dorothy McCormick, Sue Sweno and Mike […]