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THANK YOU!

Written by Paul Fleischer | December, 2014
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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 […] Read More

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday…”

Written by Paul Fleischer | October, 2014
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“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

We All Live Downstream

Written by Paul Fleischer | July, 2014
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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 downstream […] Read More

Father’s Day

Written by Paul Fleischer | June, 2014
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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 thought. […] Read More

Not a Boast but a Cause for Rejoicing

Written by Paul Fleischer | May, 2014
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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 many […] Read More

The Hammer Blows of Matthew Chapter 10

Written by Paul Fleischer | March, 2014
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Not long ago we read of a recently published book which claims that reports of Christian martyrdom under the Roman Empire were all fabricated. According to a review of The Myth of Persecution in WORLD magazine (June 1, 2013), the book’s author, a Notre Dame professor, theorizes that “the ancient narrative of Christians tortured and […] Read More

“Judge Not…” — and the Lutheran Reformation

Written by Paul Fleischer | October, 2013
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The Reformer on “Judging” God-pleasing Judging: “You must understand this in such a way that it does not take away the right of the man in the public ministry of preaching to judge matters of doctrine as well as of life. Indeed, it is incumbent on him in his office to rebuke publicly whatever does […] Read More

Of Ravens, Crows, and Pastoral Concern

Written by Paul Fleischer | August, 2013
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In the process of laying out the August issue of the Lutheran Spokesman, including the article which mentions the selfish behavior of ravens, we came upon a quote in which the Reformer Dr. Martin Luther uses the ravens’ cousins, the crows, to make a spiritual point. Recall the times of Luther (b.1483-d.1546). In preparation for […] Read More

“Read…Ponder…Share

Written by Lutheran Spokesman | July, 2013
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June is subscription month for the Lutheran Spokesman. In that connection the usual appeal went out to CLC pastors nationwide, seeking their help in the promotion of the magazine in their respective congregations. The latest appeal prompted the following response from one of the pastors regarding “disposal” of the monthly issues. “’What to do with […] Read More