Author Archives: Troy Tysdal

Deep Water

Mark Twain said, “Faith is believing what one knows is not true.” He was wrong—at least as it pertains to Christian faith. Faith is not believing in something we know is not true. That definition ignores and denies the experience of Christ’s apostles, whose faith was rooted in their eyewitness accounts of the risen Lord

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God’s Testimony

As Vikki watched, I struggled to load the old reclining chair into my Nissan Murano. My wife had placed the chair on the side of the road with a sign that read, “For Sale, $15.” Vikki had chewed me down to $10, and now wanted free delivery. She didn’t live far away, so I agreed

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No Turning Back

I had just finished lunch and it was time to return to work. As I left the restaurant, I looked down the street and saw an old acquaintance standing on the sidewalk about a block away. It had been almost twenty years since our paths had crossed and I was anxious to say hello. As

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Delayed?

As the plane I was on descended toward O’Hare International Airport, I looked down upon one of Chicago’s many large cemeteries and thought to myself, “That’s life—or at least that is the inevitable outcome of life—death.” The thought triggered memories of loved ones lost, consoling grieving family members, repressing grief of my own—only to deal

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Here I Stand: A Beautiful Swan

On July 6, 1415 the Bohemian priest Jan Hus was unceremoniously stripped of his vestments and condemned to die for heresy against the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church. Hus had advocated for morality amongst clergy, that the Scriptures be translated and taught in the common tongue, and that peace of mind could not be

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A Gift Denied?

It had been a difficult year. A year of independence, rebellion and deceit. The relationship between father, mother, and child had been broken. But oh, how they hoped he would come home for Christmas. It would not be the same without him. They had gone to great lengths to invite him, to let him know

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Knowledge is Power

The English philosopher, Sir Francis Bacon, said, “Knowledge is power,” and John Lennon, the British songwriter, sang, “Power to the People!” The department of Communications and Prayer has always sought to put knowledge in the hands of the people of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, and we’ve been doing that for a long time

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Set Free to Love

A few months ago, I received a call from a young man whom I had met through a mutual friend. The man asked if I would be willing to join him for a cup of coffee, and I agreed. I had no idea what was on his mind, but I suspected it had something to

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Into the Muck

When I was a child, about nine years old, I had a four-wheeler. It was a little blue Yamaha 80. It was small, but fast. My older brother had a slightly bigger four-wheeler, a red Honda 125. With help from our father we built a race track around our property. The track weaved around trees

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Unbreakable

The word “diamond” is derived from the ancient Greek word adámas, which means unbreakable. Diamonds are the hardest known material on the planet. They are formed deep below the earth’s surface when pockets of carbon dioxide encounter extreme heat and high pressure. These unique conditions cause the carbon atoms to bond together. Over time, something

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