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“Why is Our Church So Strict about Divorce?”

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Post Date: December, 2015
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Strictly speaking, the appropriate word for the issue of divorce is serious. We are serious about divorce because we strictly adhere to the Word of God. The seriousness of divorce is not determined by “our church,” but rather by what God has said in His Word. God is serious about His institution of marriage, and therefore He is also Read More

Hope for Every Child in the Child of Hope

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Post Date: December, 2015
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“Would you like to hold her?” Those are some of my favorite words to hear when I visit new parents. So with that invitation I carefully cradled all 6 lbs. 10 oz. of a precious little girl barely seven hours old. I never grow tired of seeing the wonder firsthand of a child “knit together” by the Lord Himself. What happens, Read More

Hymn 64 “Jesus, Thy Church with Longing Eyes”

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Post Date: December, 2015
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Advent Hymn 64 is an Advent hymn. Advent is a “three tense” season: the past and the future unite in our present worship. In the American Heritage Dictionary, the first part of the definition for the word advent is “The coming or arrival of something or someone that is important or worthy of note.” In the Advent Read More

Iglesia Luterana Confesional—Mexico

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Post Date: December, 2015
Post Categories: Missions,Notes from the field
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Following the Light The things we take for granted—like light. During our last mission visitation to Torreón, Mexico, CLC Board of Missions Chairman Todd Ohlmann and I were privileged to join some of the members of the Iglesia Luterana Confesional (ILC-Mexico) in an evening worship service. The service was conducted by Pastor Read More

Our Great Commander

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Post Date: December, 2015
Post Categories: Gems from the Old Testament,Series
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And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “Are You for us or for our adversaries?” So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” And Joshua fell on his Read More
T he “Coulee Region” of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa extends approximately fifty miles on either side of the Mississippi River for a distance of about two hundred miles. In the heart of this Coulee Region lie Onalaska, Wisconsin, and its larger, more famous twin sister, La Crosse, Wisconsin. Onalaska is on the Black River.  La Crosse is Read More

Prepared by John the Baptist

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Post Date: December, 2015
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We are in a season that involves a great deal of preparation. We prepare our homes and our church buildings with decorations for Christmas. In northern climates, the local hardware stores offer “winter survival kits.” Such kits are suggested for a driver who might become stranded in his car during a blizzard. Such Read More

The Invisible Hand

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Post Date: December, 2015
Post Categories: Missions,Newsletter
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In the study of economics, I think it was Adam Smith who first coined the term “the invisible hand” to refer to the operation of economic markets in which thousands and thousands of decisions are made daily, buying and selling, supply and demand. The point is that no government or group of people could possibly make these decisions as well as Read More

Waiting for More than Christmas

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Post Date: December, 2015
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The outcome is always the same. Christ and His Church always come out victorious and all His enemies will be judged. 

“‘Surely I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Even so, come, Lord Read More

When God Gave His Oath

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Post Date: December, 2015
Post Categories: Series,Studies in the New Testatment
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“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.’ And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all Read More