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Boerner Retires

On May 21, 2017, there were over 100 in attendance as Calvary Lutheran Church in Bergenfield, New Jersey honored Jerry and Colleen Boerner for their twenty-six years of ministry. Rev. Boerner retired from the pastorate in June. During his career he served congregations in Miles City, Montana; Williston, North Dakota; Maddock, North Dakota; and Bergenfield,

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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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Grace Alone: Grace Delivered

This time of year brings apprehension to young people who are around the age of 14. What generates this fear? The public catechization that marks the end of confirmation instruction. For many young people, public catechization evokes fear of humiliation in front of parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. No one wants to stand in front

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Graceful Giving

As the Apostle Paul begins his letter to the Romans, he paints a picture of the human condition which is so stark and bleak that we find ourselves without any hope of avoiding the wrath and punishment of God. But when it seems that all is lost, Paul, in Romans 3:21, uses the words “but

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A Grace-Filled Day Lies Ahead

I am remembering the serene blue waters of the Delaware River flowing along next to the winding tree-covered country lane leading to Tuscarora Inn & Conference Center. I’m remembering the excited voices and smiles of women reunited as friends, and others meeting for the first time. I’m remembering young women, moms, and grandmothers who were

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A Big Story

Anna Cameron is nearing the end of her freshman year at Wheaton College, a Christian school in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton, Illinois. Her hometown is Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania. Anna presented the following testimony to her home congregation, Mount Bethel Lutheran Brethren Church, shortly before her high school graduation. My name is Anna Cameron, and

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Be Still

A Hillcrest Lutheran Academy senior passed away in December following a battle with cancer. Hayley Filippini was loved by her classmates. Her testimony of the Lord’s providence in giving her peace during her journey left a significant imprint on those who knew her. In Hayley’s memory, her classmates are starting an endowment, noting that Hillcrest

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LBIM: Sending Single Women

Historically, there have been many single women who have faithfully served as missionaries on Lutheran Brethren International Mission’s Africa fields. These women served primarily in specific roles as LBIM partnered with our African sister Churches in their development. LBIM continues to value the role that single women can have on our Chad field for the

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