William Knelsen

As I Wait in Hope for the Lord
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The Blessing

The Lord bless youand keep you,make His face shine upon youand be gracious to you.The Lord turn His face toward youand give you peace Amen. This blessing is recorded in Numbers 6:24-26. It was first spoken by Moses as a blessing on Aaron and his sons, who were first in the Nazarite priestly order established …

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Fear vs Care

Just two weeks ago I was faced with a decision to cancel some important organizational events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The response of several people was, “We should not act out of fear.” I agreed, but also said that this was not a response of fear, but of care. On March 12, I flew …

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In Crisis, the Purpose Remains. The Method Changes.

Historically, adversity is a familiar experience for the church. It has come in many forms, yet the church remains strong and growing. This is due to the eternal purpose given to us by Jesus: to know His ways, and to always be discipling until every tribe, tongue and nation has heard the gospel. In the …

Boat in Storm
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Being a Source of Peace and Stability

We are in a time of opportunity. In the midst of uncertainty, it may be easy to just shut down and wait for the storm to pass. But this is not the example set by Jesus. In the midst of the storm, Jesus calmed the storm. This is our call. To be calmers of the …

Apple Tree
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Becoming What We Are Not Yet

This teaching is a continuation of an ongoing theme that seeks to set a foundation for discovering your purpose. It may sound repetitive, but it is meant to reinforce a very elusive concept that followers of Jesus tend to forget constantly. “Calling is not only a matter of being and doing what we are but …

Follow God's Call
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Listen to, Trust in, and Obey God’s Call

God speaks to us in words, and our responsibility as his creatures is to listen, to trust, and to obey those words… [this] is missing among many followers of Christ today. The result is a casualness in faith and a slackness in behavior that show no sign of having listened to any call from Sinai …

Beauty for Ashes
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Sober Joy: A Lenten Prayer

Sober Joy. I like the steadiness that the term portrays. Someone who is described as having sober joy seems to be the type of person who is not phased by the shifting waters or the changing weather. A man who is described this way is a man I respect.  Sober joy requires a firm and …

Be My Witnesses
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In What Am I Participating?

I am participating with God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, in the renewal of Creation. I am a messenger, delivering the proclamation of Jesus as our eternal king. The kingdom ruled by Jesus is not yet fully visible, but has begun to reveal itself. It is revealed when we are kind, generous, …