A couple of Sundays ago (& 3 weeks after knee replacement surgery), I looked up beyond the pulpit of Salem LBC (our congregational gem in Grand Rapids, MN) where shortly I would be going up to preach, and saw an Advent banner conspicuously beckoning me. I smiled when I read the words and thought, “I
On the Road with President Paul
A picture from the Larson family Christmas celebration in Eau Claire.
On Sunday, December 10th, I had a great morning drive across northern MN to be part of the worship service at Salem LBC in Grand Rapids. Got there in time to take in part of the adult Sunday school class. Pastors Roy Johnson and David Rinden, while in retirement, provide excellent transitional pastoral leadership, preaching, and
From Williston, I travelled on Saturday to be present for and preach at the much-anticipated Reformation Sunday Building Dedication Sunday for Victory LBC in Jamestown! Pastor Paul creating distraction for the Sunday School opening : / Welcoming smiles at the welcome center!! The incomparable Fay Tracy A beautiful, expansive new sanctuary for the people of
Somehow on a day off between Rolette, Antler, Minot, Williston, and being in Jamestown to preach on Reformation Sunday, I found myself on a quick pheasant hunt hosted by Pastor Ron Erickson. Great fellowship with my patient hunting partners, Greg Anderson & my hometown/church childhood friend, Pastor Ron. Greg showing off the tail, err “tale”,
I enjoyed a great visit with Roy and Esther Peterson, one of our long faithful leaders of Bethel LBC in Antler, ND. What special tender hearts for our mission and for God’s people! Roy treated me to a tour of his basement collection of irons. I am certain there is none other like it anywhere!
On the drive from Rolette to Antler, I was able to stop in Bottineau and enjoy an impromptu lunch with Pastor Craig Jennings and Youth Pastor, Rob Røise. Great godly men and leaders of the vibrant ministry happening in the community through Grace LBC in Bottineau!
I enjoyed a great visit with and hospitality overnight at the home of Pastor Ben & Sara Hosch. Here also with two of their three children, and also elder Lonnie Anderson on a tour of the church building. Ben and Sara are doing a great job seeing the mission in Rolette and seeking the Lord for
Friday evening, Eastern Regional Pastor, Warren Geraghty & myself boarded a plane following our COD meetings, and headed east for the weekend celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary and new building addition dedication of Faith LBC in Briarcliff Manor, NY. Pastor Tony Karlik passionately and capably shepherds the flock and leads the ministers / ministries of
At the end of our meetings one day, we were hosted for a meal at Good Shepherd LBC, given a tour of the new construction, and heard from Good Shepherd’s sr pastor, Mark Tungseth about God’s goodness to the church, and the ways in which God’s blessing and coming kingdom is being seen at Good
The CLB Council of Directors met in Fergus Falls for our fall meeting, October 12-13th. What a great honor it is to serve with this group of visionary leaders and owners of our Mission! We gathered for this photo to send a greeting to Chaplain Michael Heuer whose retirement ceremony from the Air Force was
On Sunday, October 8th, Bee and I were blessed to worship with Stavanger Lutheran Church, a rural Fergus Falls independent Lutheran congregation served by CLB pastors. This congregation is a ‘sending’ church in one very unique and powerful way. They have had an intentional ministry of providing pastoral experience to Lutheran Brethren Seminary students for many