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Pastor Dave Scharf

Pastor Dave Scharf

Dave Scharf grew up in West Allis, Wisconsin, and served as pastor in Greenville, Wisconsin, from 2005 until 2015. He is currently a professor of theology at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, where he lives with his wife, Beth, and their six children.

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Living My Faith

The only thing I need to know for sure

What do you need to know for sure? That you turned the coffee maker off this morning? That you closed the garage door when…

Living My Faith

Sir, we would like to see Jesus

Jesus was in Jerusalem. His name was being talked about all over Israel. It was the week he was going to die, and he…

Living My Faith

“If I were king . . .”

“If I were king . . .” Perhaps that line reminds you of the cowardly lion from the Wizard of Oz singing proudly, “If…

Living My Faith

The dress code

Have you ever been to a restaurant that requires men to wear sport coats? I’ve never been to one, but I’ve heard that if…

Bible 101

A little of this . . . a little of that

My workplace has an amazing cafeteria. There are so many options: the mainline options, a salad bar with anything you could want, rotisserie chicken,…

Life’s Challenges

The only word I need on my tombstone

Sin is like walking down a hill. Every step we take makes it more difficult to return. How far down the hill are you…

Living My Faith

Remember to be thankful

The pilgrims, remembered for the first Thanksgiving dinner, developed an interesting custom. They would place five kernels of corn on each empty plate before…

Who is God?

An unknown future in the hands of a known God

Some describe the future as peering into the deep unknown. Anything can happen! Do you agree that no one can know how something will…

Who is God?

I promise

How many promises have you made in your lifetime? How many have you broken? You’ve probably made enough promises to realize that they get…

Living My Faith

You have the right words

“I just don’t know what to say.” How many of us have had that thought when someone challenges God’s truth? Before Jesus sent them…

Life’s Challenges

A battle worth fighting

“You have to pick your battles.” In other words, there are some things that are either just too small to worry about or battles…

Living My Faith

This same Jesus . . .

I once read a story about a woman who couldn’t recognize anyone once that person left the room and came back in. She couldn’t…