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[October 31, 2014 | No Comment | ]
A group of students perform during the Reformation Day service.

NICARAGUA – October 25th was a day of great joy for the church in Nicaragua as around 200 children and 20 adults gathered at LCC’s mission centre in Chinandega to celebrate the 497th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. The theme of the event was taken from Paul’s letter to the Romans: “You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness” (Romans 6:18). An emphasis of the event was Martin Luther’s battle for pure doctrine: for grace alone, Scripture alone, faith alone, and Christ alone. The children …

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[October 31, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
Annabelle is the follow-up to James Wan’s horror film The Conjuring. This time out, Wan is a producer and not the director; Annabelle is directed by Wan’s cinematographer from The Conjuring, John R. Leonetti. The Conjuring introduced viewers to a creepy doll named Annabelle who terrorized a couple of young nursing students in the 1970s.This b-plot (allegedly based on a true story) proved so popular it garnered the production of Annabelle, a film detailing the origins of the possessed doll.
Annabelle is set in 1970. The film’s central young …

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[October 30, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
Scripture is clear that the Church has a particular calling to care for the vulnerable. The Apostle James reminds us that “religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (James 1:27). Likewise, Jesus Himself tells us that service to Him is hidden under service to the lowly of this world—service like providing for the hungry and thirsty, welcoming the stranger, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, and …

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[October 30, 2014 | No Comment | ]

NICARAGUA – On October 21 Rev. Leonardo Neitzel, Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Executive for Missions and Social Ministry) met in Managua to discuss the creation of a new mission plant. Present for the meetings were Rev. Edmund Auger (LCC’s new regional mission overseer) and Rev. Dr. Nilo Figur and Licenciado Ricardo Arguello, representatives of Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones (CPTN—the Nicaraguan Lutheran Hour).
This was a second meeting between these leaders and was preceded by on-site survey visits to examine the possibility of a establishing a LCC mission site jointly with the …

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[October 29, 2014 | One Comment | ]
Portrait by Lucas Cranach the Elder (c. 1530).

by Peggy Pedersen
“I will cling to Christ as a burr clings to a coat!” With these words, Katie Luther gave up her breath to the Lord.
On January 29, 1499, she had been born to an aristocratic family of diminished means and given the name Katharina von Bora. Little is known of her early life, even her place of birth — likely in Meissen or Lippendorf, Germany— except that she had several brothers and possibly a sister. As in other Catholic families, Katharina was baptized shortly after birth, joining her to …

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[October 28, 2014 | No Comment | ]
Albrecht Dürer’s classic “Praying Hands” image (c. 1508).

by Glenn Schaeffer
Martin Luther reminds us in his Introduction of the Lord’s Prayer in the Small Catechism that “God invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear Father.”
We have many reasons to talk with our Father, but here are just a few:

To thank and praise Him for His grace and mercy!
To adore Him as the Creator of heaven and earth!
To confess our failings and to rejoice …