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TLH = The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941; WS = Worship Supplement 2000; LSB = Lutheran Service Book, 2006
Date Hymns Reading Comments Apr 1 TLH 24 Genesis 47:13-27 Through Joseph, the Lord extended many a person’s time of grace. I would hope that some Egyptians were brought to faith in the Lord during that time! Apr Read More

Risen with Christ!

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“Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”   (Romans 6:3-4) Baptists and others Read More

Answering for Themselves

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Jeslyn just looked at me. I had some very important questions for her, but she gave no answer. “Do you renounce the devil and all his wicked works and all his ways?” Obviously, that is a question to which you would hope to hear an unambiguous “YES!” answer. But, Jeslyn said nothing—she just looked at me. Why the silence to such an Read More
Because of editing deadlines, I am writing this Easter piece for the Spokesman today, though Easter itself lies many weeks in the future. Looking out my office window, I see nothing but snow, the thermometer stands at -9° F, and most schools in the state are closed for the next two days. It’s the end of January, and all anyone is talking Read More
Circuit-riding should not be totally unknown to us. Modern competition cowboys ride circuits as well as horses and bulls. Judges in the sparsely populated Old West traveled their circuits of responsibility. And so did some pastors in earlier days, when congregations or preaching stations outnumbered them. One story passed down by my uncle had to Read More


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“Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the Word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.”   (Hebrews 13:7 ESV) The Hebrew Christians who were initially addressed in the book of Hebrews were experiencing persecutions from the Jews for their Christian faith. So severe was this opposition Read More

The Unification Church

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The Unification Church was established by Sun Myung  Moon (“Shining Sun and Moon”) following the Korean War. Claiming that he had received a vision from God, he started out to fulfill his mission of uniting all of Christianity under one headship—his own. Previous articles in this series have noted that most cults can be identified by what Read More

The Small Catechism

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I know nothing about sports. But since many of my church members are sports fanatics, I have had to learn a few analogies. One such is the phrase “back to basics.” It means a return to fundamental exercises. The best way to prepare for the overwhelming stress of a tough challenge is to practice the elementary moves of the game over and Read More

Building Churches

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When you saw the title of this article, what came to mind? You probably thought about sending money overseas to build church buildings. We all want a nice place to gather together to hear God’s Word and to praise and worship Him for all that He has done. Our churches in the United States meet in various places, such as rented conference rooms, Read More
You’re probably familiar with the insurance company whose TV commercials feature the tagline, “Mayhem is everywhere. Are you in good hands?” A man in a black suit acts the part of a deer standing in the road, a texting teen, a faulty GPS; and the commercial always ends with an accident. The lesson is that there are certain things in life you Read More