In 1975 a struggling young screenwriter named Sylvester Stallone bought a ticket to a theater in Los Angeles. That evening the theater was broadcasting a boxing match between the Bayonne Brawler, Chuck Wepner, and The Greatest, Muhammad Ali. To coin an overused, and often abused, sports analogy… It was David vs. Goliath. Muhammad Ali was
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It was warm without being too warm in lower Manhattan on Columbus Day, 2011. I was in the city for a two-day meeting at 7 Hanover Street, not far from Wall Street’s bronze Charging Bull and Zuccotti Park. The DoubleTree hotel, my temporary quarters, was an easy walk just to the east. Zuccotti Park was
My grandmother was passionate about her faith. She loved God and what he had done for her through Jesus Christ. But she could also be a very stern woman. Her piety led her to a strict obedience to the Word of God. When my father would skip church or cut out on Sunday afternoons to
CHINA: A large “Welcome” sign greeted delegates and visitors as they assembled in the basement of a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Thursday, December 13, 1900. The primary topic of this conference was a vital issue for those in attendance: should the congregations present organize a church body called the Church of the Lutheran Brethren?
The Church faces opposition. It is natural for us to focus our attention on outside forces aligned against the Church. For example, Christians experience opposition from human authorities, from their own families, and from death. But there is also another source of opposition. The story of the rich young ruler exposes the opposition we all
“Mom, Dad, come quick. Joel’s been hit by a car!” We rushed down the street and found five-year-old Joel standing by his bike unhurt, with a policeman by his side. Streets in Japan are rather narrow and accidents are frequent so we were very thankful to God for Joel’s protection. Our co-worker, Kazuko, was with
“Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.” —2 Peter 1:4 It was a dark and stormy night. Thick, black clouds slowly pushed to the east as the sun
Lutheran Brethren Homes’ ministry began in 1915, in the town of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, with a handful of elderly people in a single residence called the Serapta Home. Care expanded, over time, to Fergus Falls, Arizona and Texas. Today, LB Homes has advanced with the times in creating a spectrum of care including long- and
The boy sitting next to the sack of grain guards it like a sentinel guarding a treasure. Behind him are hastily set up shelters, providing minimal housing for thousands more like him. This is the refugee camp in Chad called Democratie (democracy). He is thin and obviously hungry. The amulets around his neck reveal his
On March 1, 2015 Scott Robison was ordained as an Elder at Cornerstone Community Church in Ferndale, WA. Pastor Bill Helland officiated the ordination.
Reverend Robert Magnus Sletta, 86, went home to be with his Lord on September 27, 2014, his 62nd wedding anniversary. Born in Chicago, IL, he spent 5 years of his childhood in Norway and then returned to the United States. He graduated high school from Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Fergus Falls, MN, then received his Bachelor
Life can be difficult, and it often is. Some of the stories inside this Faith & Fellowship present real-life trials that some of God’s people have experienced. Reading about them, we cannot help but wrestle with the question: What is the point of suffering? There’s no 400-word answer to that. In fact, no complete answer