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Our God Speaks

When I was a young pastor with no seminary education, I once said to my father-in-law, Rev. O.E. Overland, “I think that I’m going to skip going to seminary and just do ministry.” His terse response abruptly ended our conversation: “I think we need lots of seminary.” Why? Why did this seasoned pastor stress the

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Faith and Hope

A couple of months ago, I bragged to my congregation that we northerners, especially we upper Midwesterners, “get” summer so much better than our friends to the south. It’s all in the contrast. We have such long miserable winters that we cannot help but appreciate, even treasure, our brief summers—far more than those who basically,

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He Died for You!

Before the morning star heralded the dawning of the first day, before the creation of the first man, the eternal God had in his unbounded love determined that Christ was to die for the ungodly. Our salvation is then a product of God’s free and eternal counsel. This is the rock foundation on which we

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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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Son Rise

Right before dawn, I’d like to grab a seat on the top of Mount Nebo in Israel, to stare into the darkness to see if I can make out the image of a cross. There actually is a cross there on top of Mount Nebo. It’s a bronze cross, created by an Italian artist, Giovanni

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The Christian’s Hope

In John chapter 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus that unless one is born again or born from above, one cannot see the kingdom of God. What does it mean to be born again or born from above? It is to be delivered from the domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Jesus, in whom

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His Song in the Night

Whether you are still in the throes of winter or enjoying tulips blooming where you live, close your eyes and imagine the warm breezes of Minnesota “lakes country,” with God’s star-drenched sky above! This is your invitation to spend Saturday, July 16, 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm (registration 8:30 am), with women from coast-to-coast at our

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Journey to Chad

‘Twas Christmas Day, and all through the house things were being packed up. With only four days left before our departure for Chad, the small artificial tree came down Christmas afternoon. Once again we were in the middle of the process of packing suitcases, deciding what we needed to get rid of, and what few

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UPDATE: Resurrection LBC

Have you ever wondered how things are going for churches in Canada? As I read a couple of articles from Canadian pastors in the November/December Faith & Fellowship, the thought came to me that we at Resurrection Lutheran Brethren Church should give an update on how things are progressing in Camrose, Alberta… so here it

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