If you have ever had a student come to you and share that they were cutting or their parents are splitting up, they struggle with their self image or a host of other issues, then the seminar we held at this year’s convention for our church family was for you. We know many couldn’t make
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“Mom, Dad, come quick. Joel’s been hit by a car!” We rushed down the street and found five-year-old Joel standing by his bike unhurt, with a policeman by his side. Streets in Japan are rather narrow and accidents are frequent so we were very thankful to God for Joel’s protection. Our co-worker, Kazuko, was with
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” —2 Peter 1:4 It was a dark and stormy night. Thick, black clouds slowly pushed to the east as the sun
Lutheran Brethren Homes’ ministry began in 1915, in the town of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, with a handful of elderly people in a single residence called the Serapta Home. Care expanded, over time, to Fergus Falls, Arizona and Texas. Today, LB Homes has advanced with the times in creating a spectrum of care including long- and
The boy sitting next to the sack of grain guards it like a sentinel guarding a treasure. Behind him are hastily set up shelters, providing minimal housing for thousands more like him. This is the refugee camp in Chad called Democratie (democracy). He is thin and obviously hungry. The amulets around his neck reveal his
On March 1, 2015 Scott Robison was ordained as an Elder at Cornerstone Community Church in Ferndale, WA. Pastor Bill Helland officiated the ordination.
Reverend Robert Magnus Sletta, 86, went home to be with his Lord on September 27, 2014, his 62nd wedding anniversary. Born in Chicago, IL, he spent 5 years of his childhood in Norway and then returned to the United States. He graduated high school from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Fergus Falls, MN, then received his Bachelor
Jesus had a place of prayer in Gethsemane. He had often sought rest there in communion with his heavenly Father, and often he had wrestled there in prayer. Jesus had also taken his disciples along to this place of prayer. Deep words of life had been spoken there. There too, he had taught them the
Born in 1971, I was the ideal audience for the 1980 film Flash Gordon. I thrilled to the adventures of Flash Gordon and his companions as he battled the evil forces from another planet who meant to destroy Earth. At the same time, one particular scene was especially scary for me when I was nine years
A few years ago, my parents bought an old farmstead. They bought it primarily because of its location. It’s on a lake, and it’s right next door to where Dad grew up and Granny still lives. The house on this farmstead boasted a “newly” remodeled kitchen and bathroom of avocado green, yellow, and rust-red sinks.
Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher who posed the following argument: All people are betting their lives on whether or not God exists. Given the possibility that God actually does exist and assuming the infinite gain or loss associated with belief or unbelief, the rational person should live as though God exists. This argument
Back to Battle Lake we go! What? That’s right! Here’s a fascinating excerpt from J. H. Levang’s summary of E.M. Broen’s historical notes about the beginning of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren: “A Lutheran Brethren Church at Battle Lake, Minnesota was organized about 1904 and served by Rev. Lundeberg from Wahpeton. Only five families