Author Archives: Troy Tysdal

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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The Flood is Coming!

Noah’s Ark As a child, when I pushed the limit, my father would warn me, “You are walking on thin ice!” When I heard his warning I knew I had a limited amount of time to change my ways. If I pushed him to his breaking point, if I fell through the ice, there would

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God is in the Storm

Recently I was given a gift, an old red leather Bible that belonged to my grandmother. Embossed on the cover were the words, “In Memory of Tammy Jo.” Tammy Jo was the youngest of my grandparents’ four children and they had lost her suddenly and unexpectedly to spinal meningitis in 1963, when she was just two

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Fight the Good Fight

In 1975 a struggling young screenwriter named Sylvester Stallone bought a ticket to a theater in Los Angeles. That evening the theater was broadcasting a boxing match between the Bayonne Brawler, Chuck Wepner, and The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. To coin an overused, and often abused, sports analogy… It was David vs. Goliath. Muhammad Ali was

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