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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

Persevere

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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

Our Future Easter

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It’s the service no one wants to miss. After forty days of somber Lenten reflection and repentance, everyone is hungry for the exuberant joy of Easter morning. It’s time to put on the best dress and suit. Trumpets, organ, and voices crescendo into one thundering “Alleluia!” after another. In many of our churches the service is preceded or Read More
GEMS FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT
“Don’t just sit there—do something!” This familiar adage applies in many situations. The crops won’t plant themselves in the spring. The cereal spilled all over the floor isn’t going to clean up itself. “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” (2 Thessalonians Read More
STUDIES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”  (Hebrews 13:5-6) Have you ever Read More

Rosicrucianism

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UNDERSTANDING THE CULTS – ROSICRUCIANISM In this twelve-part series we are taking a brief look at some of the major cults, past and present, that have found adherents in the United States. Your pastor can help you if you’d like a more in-depth study of a particular group.
In the arena of secret societies, Read More

The Athanasian Creed

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“THIS WE BELIEVE” In ongoing observation of the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, we are presenting a brief overview of the Book of Concord. The series will survey the three ecumenical creeds and the Lutheran confessions.
Martin Luther once said of the Athanasian Creed, “I doubt whether the New Read More