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“If your only tool is a hammer, every problem will look like a nail.”

A similar thing could be said of Gnosticism. If you understand what Gnosticism is and how it works, you will see Gnosticism wherever you look. “Gnostic,” comes from the Greek word gnosis, which means knowledge. More specifically, it refers to experiential Read More
FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS ­­— COVID-19 PANDEMIC The following was written by Pastor Bruce Naumann as a response to a request posted on an online forum frequented by CLC members.
Dear Christian Friends, I’ve been asked to provide some brief comments concerning our government’s instructions, during this time of Read More
READY TO GIVE AN ANSWER (DECISION THEOLOGY) Passages that will help you respond when people say…
These statements and others like them are examples of what is broadly termed “decision theology.” Decision theology is taught in many denominations. It is frequently encountered in Christian literature and in Read More


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Dear brethren: With Jacob at the brook Jabbok I say: “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac…I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies and of all the truth which You have shown Your servant; for I crossed over this Jordan with my staff, and now I have become two companies” (Genesis 32:9-10). Having Read More
By Pastor Paul Fleischer, July 1989

An acquaintance regularly passes along to us The Lutheran, the magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We peruse its contents, since we are not unconcerned about what is being said (written) and done in “mainstream” Lutheranism.

The contents of the magazine are Read More
Not long after retiring and relocating to another city, this writer had a backyard “over the fence” (literally) get-acquainted visit with a next-door neighbor. Upon my mentioning that I was a retired Lutheran minister, the friendly chat quickly turned to the subject of religion. And when I noted that I was a long-time member of the Church of Read More
“Remember those who rule over you, who have spoken the word of God to you, whose faith follow, considering the outcome of their conduct. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace....”  (Hebrews Read More

A few months back we saw a bumper sticker which read: “WE ALL LIVE DOWNSTREAM.” It got us to thinking about how many and broad are its applications to life.

What does it make YOU think about? Here are some of our thoughts.
Intentionally or not, the sticker teaches the significance of history. Living Read More

Father’s Day

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It’s surely true as various billboards around town are proclaiming these days: “Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.”

A “Wyoming Marriage and Family News” flyer that recently came across our desk lists the following “7 tips for Dads.” Each tip had a lengthy paragraph on the Read More

Beloved members of this Christian Congregation,

When I was installed as your pastor in April 2002, this congregation celebrated its 50th anniversary. As now I retire after nigh fifty years of service in the public ministry (1964-2014), some parting thoughts.

We can only begin with the confession that a review of the past reveals Read More