identity Magazine

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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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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