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Not That!

A few years back, I was called to the local hospital to visit a parishioner before surgery. As I entered the building, I stopped at the front desk to pick up my identification badge and check in with  hospital staff. They informed me of the room number I was looking for and I quickly made

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A Controversial Doctrine

This is the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation. One of Martin Luther’s most controversial Reformation teachings was a doctrine he called the “theology of the cross”—hardly a controversial sounding name. What could be more everyday Christian than a doctrine about the cross of Christ? Why was it so controversial? It said that some of

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Dreaming of Christmas

Christmas creates images of pristine snow-blanketed landscapes, warm hearths, hot steaming flavorful beverages, and joyous laughter with loved ones. Or the reality of nasty frozen mud-chunks, fallen from cars splashing through the slush of a dreary rush hour, in a crowded anxiety-ridden city. Which scene are you dreaming of? Me? Oh, I aspire to the

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Mission: Red Deer

Whether it’s a married couple who are finding themselves part of planting their second Lutheran Brethren congregation in Alberta or young adults eager to see people come to know Jesus, friendships are key to the Red Deer mission known as The River. Over the past year, Pastor Harold Rust, former president of Canadian Lutheran Bible

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Taking Up the Cross of Ministry

Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Harsh words? Strong words, yes. But harsh words? Three former Lutheran Brethren Seminary students faced that question as they followed Christ into ministry. Jason Rogness grew up on a farm near Toronto, South Dakota, left

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Hurricane Irma

On September 10, 2017, Hurricane Irma made its way past our city, Cape Coral, Florida. The damage here was less than expected, but neighboring communities were hit hard. Irma was the seventh most intense hurricane to hit the United States mainland. (Hurricane Charlie in 2004 caused more damage in Cape Coral.) Approaching Storm: As Hurricane

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Consider It Pure Joy

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.   —James 1:2-4 My Regional Pastor called recently to see how things were

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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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