CLB Blog

Sola Really Means Alone

The good news of the gospel has been summarized for us so well in what we refer to as the Solas of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), and Solus Christus (Christ Alone). Why was it so important to the Reformers to add the word sola, or

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WM CLB Event Recap

Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Brethren Church hosted the 2015 WMCLB Event on Saturday, July 11, in Minot, North Dakota. Chairwoman Rachel Patterson emceed the event. Our theme verse, “The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2b, NIV 1984), provided the snapshot presenters with their discussion topics. Strength:

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New Classrooms, Same Subject

This feels like a school!” That was the reaction of a Lutheran Brethren Seminary board member when touring the new seminary building in March. It was still under construction then. He should see it now. The Lord has gifted the seminary with an amazing space. It’s not that we were desperate for a new building.

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Global + Local = Glocal

There is a fair amount of conversation today about the need for the local church to think of its ministry in much the same way that overseas missionaries think about theirs. Voices in mission today frequently refer to North America as the largest mission field in the western hemisphere. It is a little-known fact that

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Joy Alone

Call it a strange new hobby. I can’t stop viewing them, at least one a day, sometimes two. You see, I came across a website dedicated to sharing the testimonies of new believers. Specifically, they are people who have come out of a major American pseudo-Christian religion to find—in the true Church—a real personal relationship

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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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Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

God’s love is entirely different from every other type of love we experience. Trying to define it based upon our human love is like trying to explain what someone looks like from the shadow they cast on the ground. The person casting the shadow remains ever constant, but our view of the shadow can change with

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My Soul Restored

September 11, 2011 is a day that has come to represent loss for many in the United States. For me, September 19, 1980 is forever etched in my mind as the day that defines loss—the moment in time when my daughter Amanda Rae Asche was born and then died. Indescribable joy and cruel pain all

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Aunt Esther

She was a constant at the edges of my life. I only saw her a handful of times, yet just hearing her name—“Aunt Esther”—without exception brought me into listening range. She had just come home to stay in the States, after two assignments of three or four years each, in Lere, Chad, Africa. It was

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