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Announcements

Written by Michael Roehl | August, 1998
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Great Lakes Pastoral Conference Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 1998 Saginaw, Michigan Agenda: * Eschatology of Daniel -- Paul F. Nolting * A Review of Basic Hermeneutical Principles -- Pastor Mark Bernthal * Church History, Council of Nicaea or Post Nicene Era -- Pastor John Johannes * When is a Catechumen Ready for Confirmation? -- Pastor Arthur… Read More »Announcements Read More

Iglesia Luterana Confesional—Mexico

Written by Michael Roehl | December, 2015
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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 Juan José Olvera,… Read More »Iglesia Luterana Confesional—Mexico Read More

Reconsidering Epiphany

Written by Michael Roehl | February, 2022
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It is hard to deny that our celebration of Epiphany has fallen on hard times. For most Christians, both the day itself (January 6th) and the season of the church year that follows pass largely unnoticed. A reevaluation is in order, if for no other reason than that this was not always so. Church historians… Read More »Reconsidering Epiphany Read More

Workers in the Word, Called by God

Written by Michael Roehl | July, 2021
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COVER STORY – THE DIVINE CALL Carrying out the Lord’s kingdom work under a divine call is a truly awesome privilege. It is, at the same time, both enormously gratifying and profoundly sobering to recognize that God Himself has elected you to the office you hold. The Holy Spirit through Paul communicated the weight and… Read More »Workers in the Word, Called by God Read More

The Mediation of Christ: A One➜Way Street

Written by Michael Roehl | July, 2020
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“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6 ESV) Bible words and phrases are routinely tainted by secular usage. Christians hear one thing, the unregenerate hear another. The challenge is to prevent their misunderstanding… Read More »The Mediation of Christ: A One➜Way Street Read More

Announcements

Written by Michael Roehl | February, 1999
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Installation In accord with our usage and order, Jay Hartmann, who was called by Peace Lutheran Church of Mission, S.Dak. and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of White River, S.Dak. to be their pastor, was installed on December 6, 1998. Assisting were Pastors George Dummann, Michael Schierenbeck, Steven Sippert, Timothy Wheaton, and Michael Wilke. –Pastor Michael… Read More »Announcements Read More

Pause, Consider, but Then Move Forward

Written by Michael Roehl | May, 2018
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COVER STORY – ASCENSION Ascension is actually not our holiday, is it? Not really. It belongs, for the most part, to our Lord Jesus. Think of it. If you were Jesus, wouldn’t you be eager to return to heaven to be with your Heavenly Father and to exist in the perfect bliss of paradise—especially if… Read More »Pause, Consider, but Then Move Forward Read More

Saint Paul Lutheran Church – Bismarck, North Dakota

Written by Michael Roehl | September, 2022
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The short answer to “What’s new?” is “God’s steadfast love and mercy, which are new every morning.” So wrote the Prophet in Lamentations 3:21-23: “ This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the L ord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every… Read More »Saint Paul Lutheran Church – Bismarck, North Dakota Read More

The Great Maundy Thursday Disinformation Campaign

Written by Michael Roehl | March, 2021
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COVER STORY – MAUNDY THURSDAY The devil had a dilemma. In the Lord’s Supper, God had just bequeathed to mankind a gift that held the potential to cripple the devil’s plans for mankind’s eternal destruction. Perhaps man didn’t yet realize the power of the gift, but Satan did, and he immediately set to work. What… Read More »The Great Maundy Thursday Disinformation Campaign Read More

Our Triune God-Glorious, Incomprehensible

Written by Michael Roehl | June, 2022
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Christians understand that true science is the humble study of God’s creation, together with the internal interactions of that creation. True science is therefore a good thing, but it can never fully comprehend the God Who exists beyond, or outside of, His creation. Our godless society, however, seeks to transform and elevate the study of… Read More »Our Triune God-Glorious, Incomprehensible Read More

Both Shepherd and Lamb

Written by Michael Roehl | April, 2019
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Jesus was many mutually exclusive things that, humanly speaking, He couldn’t be. He was the God of Sabaoth, and He was the Prince of Peace. He was Lord and Master, and He was the humble Servant. He was “true God, begotten of the Father from eternity,” and He was a mortal man Whose life left… Read More »Both Shepherd and Lamb Read More

Will You Accept the Gift of Lent?

Written by Michael Roehl | March, 2020
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COVER STORY – Lent I’ve never found myself in a situation where I felt I needed to refuse a gift. Some obviously have. No honorable woman would ever, for example, accept a diamond ring while refusing a marriage proposal (as much as she might like to). Others may have found it necessary to refuse gifts… Read More »Will You Accept the Gift of Lent? Read More

The Goal Was Unity, Not Division

Written by Michael Roehl | October, 2019
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COVER STORY – THE REFORMATION Recently I came across the name of yet another Christian denomination that was new to me. I now don’t even recall what it was, but that led me to wonder just how many Christian denominations exist today. I was astounded by the answer. According to the two-volume World Christian Encyclopedia… Read More »The Goal Was Unity, Not Division Read More

Both Shepherd and Lamb

Written by Michael Roehl | May, 2019
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COVER STORY – GOOD SHEPHERD Jesus was many mutually exclusive things that, humanly speaking, He couldn’t be. He was the God of Sabaoth, and He was the Prince of Peace. He was Lord and Master, and He was the humble Servant. He was “true God, begotten of the Father from eternity,” and He was a… Read More »Both Shepherd and Lamb Read More

The Celebration of God’s One-Way Path

Written by Michael Roehl | January, 2018
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COVER STORY – EPIPHANY If we could travel back in time, one of the many things that would no doubt surprise us would be the changes that have occurred in ecclesiastical emphasis. Virtually all Christians today would, for example, list Christmas, Good Friday, and Easter as our greatest Christian celebrations. Yet church historians tell us… Read More »The Celebration of God’s One-Way Path Read More

“Back to School”

Written by Michael Roehl | September, 2017
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COVER STORY – CHRISTIAN EDUCATION It’s just a loaded, emotive phrase, isn’t it? “Back to school.” Individual reactions vary wildly, depending on your station in life and how you are wired. Kids who love school get excited, those that don’t, not so much. Some parents tend to hear the phrase with relief, others with a… Read More »“Back to School” Read More

Resolutions Worthy of Resolve

Written by Michael Roehl | January, 2019
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COVER STORY – NEW YEAR Sometimes more is less and less is more. Consider the word resolve. The word mostly conjures up positive images. To resolve is to make a firm commitment to fix a problem or to fill a deficiency. From the same Latin root comes our word resolute—also basically positive. Someone who is… Read More »Resolutions Worthy of Resolve Read More

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Bismarck, North Dakota

Written by Michael Roehl | May, 2017
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A SLICE OF LIFE IN THE CLC SNAPSHOTS OF CONGREGATIONS FROM AROUND THE CHURCH OF THE LUTHERAN CONFESSION Snow on the prairie often comes early—and sideways. Once it finally reaches the ground it keeps tumbling and swirling until it finds a low spot or depression, and there it finally comes to rest. In the late… Read More »St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Bismarck, North Dakota Read More

The Power and Authority of Light

Written by Michael Roehl | October, 2022
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How ironic that God’s blessings can actually serve to obscure His blessings! More than that, there is a danger that we allow His blessings to cause us to fail to fully comprehend or appreciate all that we read in His Word. When we read, for example, of how people in Bible times waited anxiously for… Read More »The Power and Authority of Light Read More

The Problem of “Saints”

Written by Michael Roehl | November, 2021
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COVER STORY – ALL SAINTS The celebration of All Saints Sunday has been largely abandoned by many Christian denominations. Because of a problem. A poll would quantify or establish the problem. Ask one hundred people to define the word “saint” and most would probably get it wrong. If asked to name a saint, most would… Read More »The Problem of “Saints” Read More

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