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Who Do You Think You Are?

Just who are you? How do you identify yourself? How do you complete this sentence? “I am ……” You might answer it in terms of your family and give your name. You might answer in terms of what you do and give your vocation. There are many ways by which we identify ourselves and these

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Navigating Homosexuality

The Bible clearly teaches that same-sex activity and gender confusion are results of the Fall into sin. It also teaches that our God loves his world (John 3:16). God loves us fallen deviants so much that he sent his Son to save us by living the perfect life in our place (Matthew 5:17), dying the

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Humility First

“Love everybody!” That must be good, because it sounds like a Bible verse. Everybody is God’s creation, so we should extend that respect and love to all people. But what if someone tells me that I’m not “loving” them unless I support their sexual promiscuity, same-sex relationship, or gender reassignment? Jesus said, “Don’t judge.” But

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Requests From Africa

I was sitting on a rickety wooden bench, enjoying some sweet tea and grilled goat meat, a common meal for a traveler looking for restaurant fare in rural Chad, Africa. This was not my first visit to this rural Chadian farming community. I had met a young man here a few weeks prior, and he

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Break Every Chain

There is a familiar story where this lady who was caught in adultery was brought before Jesus. Her accusers dragged her into a room full of people who were looking to prove something while using her as a prop. Naked she stood there. Probably with her legs crossed, hugging herself to cover up as much

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Living A Life of Service

Beau and Erin Sibuma live for camp. Their relationship started as a camp crush, and camp was the natural soil they grew in. They looked forward to seeing each other at Warm Beach Bible Camp every summer—after the fall, winter, and spring in their respective home towns in Washington State. Flash forward twenty years and

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Preparing For Persecution

Jesus said we should expect many troubles in following him. For most, we call those troubles persecution. The Lutheran Brethren is historically concerned with equipping young people for tough times by strengthening their faith. Hillcrest Academy was established for this purpose. Here are seven simple steps we use at Hillcrest to equip students for coming

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