Jesus had a place of prayer in Gethsemane. He had often sought rest there in communion with his heavenly Father, and often he had wrestled there in prayer. Jesus had also taken his disciples along to this place of prayer. Deep words of life had been spoken there. There too, he had taught them the
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History is full of stories about men and women who have put their lives on the line for a great cause. It is widely accepted that President Lincoln anticipated his role during the Civil War would lead to his death, and yet he plodded forward believing that freedom for all was a cause worth dying
Born in 1971, I was the ideal audience for the 1980 film Flash Gordon. I thrilled to the adventures of Flash Gordon and his companions as he battled the evil forces from another planet who meant to destroy Earth. At the same time, one particular scene was especially scary for me when I was nine years
It was a gorgeous spring day at Coyote Hills Golf Course. My friend Darren and I had just reached the tee box for the 13th hole. We had stopped keeping score because we already had the score we liked! The score card said 70, the thermometer said 70. Leaning on our drivers while waiting for
A few years ago, my parents bought an old farmstead. They bought it primarily because of its location. It’s on a lake, and it’s right next door to where Dad grew up and Granny still lives. The house on this farmstead boasted a “newly” remodeled kitchen and bathroom of avocado green, yellow, and rust-red sinks.
Blaise Pascal was a 17th century philosopher who posed the following argument: All people are betting their lives on whether or not God exists. Given the possibility that God actually does exist and assuming the infinite gain or loss associated with belief or unbelief, the rational person should live as though God exists. This argument
Desera and her husband Bryan will be renewing their wedding vows on their fifth anniversary, the day before Easter. Pretty special, right? More remarkable is the journey God has taken them on during those years. Here’s Desera’s story. “I never had a faith. I struggled with addictions most of my life. Back in 2010, when
There can be no gospel without sin. Whereas God’s grace is preexistent to all creation (because grace is an attribute of God’s own being) the gospel is God’s graceful declaration to people that, because of Christ’s work, forgiveness is theirs. Grace is in the very nature of God, but the gospel is occasioned by human perdition and
Back to Battle Lake we go! What? That’s right! Here’s a fascinating excerpt from J. H. Levang’s summary of E.M. Broen’s historical notes about the beginning of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren: “A Lutheran Brethren Church at Battle Lake, Minnesota was organized about 1904 and served by Rev. Lundeberg from Wahpeton. Only five families
The sun-weary sheets lazed in the breeze as we removed our shoes and entered the tent. It was the heat of the day and we had been invited to a wedding, a wedding unlike any we had previously attended. We waited with the other men on mats in anticipation of the bride. We shared tripe,
Pastor Larry Olson of Fort Collins, CO has accepted the call to be the next pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Brethren Church in Pasadena, CA. He and his wife Irene plan to move to Pasadena at the end of April and begin their ministry there on May 1, 2015.
On February 12-13, 2015 the CLB Council of Directors met in Fullerton, CA in connection with the Pacific Region Convention. President Paul Larson opened the meeting with a meditation on Psalm 121. The council members were assigned to committees with department directors to look at the progress and vision of the five-year plans and goals