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[April 19, 2017 | No Comment | ]
President Thomas Prachar

by Thomas Prachar
With the celebration of another Easter morning, we boldly confess in the Apostles’ Creed: “I believe…in the resurrection of the body.” In the Nicene Creed we confess: “And the third day He [Jesus] rose again according to the Scriptures…and I look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.”
Martin Luther writes: “It is difficult to believe that man, who dies and perishes in so many different ways, is to live again; that his members, so widely scattered, reduced to dust and ashes …


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[December 22, 2016 | No Comment | ]
President Thomas Prachar

by Thomas Prachar
In Charles Dickens’ short story, “A Christmas Carol,” the words of Ebenezer Scrooge are as true today as when Dickens first put them in his mouth: “I live in a world of fools…. Merry Christmas after Merry Christmas…. What is Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money, a time for finding yourself a year older and not an hour richer? If I could work my will, every idiot who goes about with Merry Christmas on his lips should be boiled with his own …


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[December 21, 2016 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Dr. Glenn E. Schaeffer

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
When I was pastor at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Barrie, Ontario, the children and youth, with the assistance of some adults, presented a Christmas pageant entitled, “This is So Embarrassing!”
The pageant starts with a youth complaining about having to dress in his father’s bathrobe. Another youth grumbles about having to be a Wiseman yet again. Others find it embarrassing that they have to dress in silly costumes—halos, wings, and fuzzy caps with sheep ears. After lamenting their situation, the youthful pageant participants shout, “This …


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[December 13, 2016 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Paul Zabel

by Paul Zabel
I was born and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. During my “formative years” my family attended and were members of Holy Cross Lutheran Church located at Grand River and Whitcomb on what is known as the West side of Detroit. I and my three sisters attended elementary school at Holy Cross as well. Every Christmas Eve, all the children in the school took part in the Worship Service or Pageant which consisted of “living scenes” from the Bible, chronicling some of the major prophecies pointing to our Messiah’s …


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[July 25, 2016 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Nolan Astley.

by Nolan Astley
Like me, you may have some Christian friends who talk a great deal about being filled with the Holy Spirit. Though they do not mean to sound arrogant, they often come across as if they think themselves to be a cut above the ordinary Christian. They speak with confidence about their faith, they can pray easily even in a crowd, and they very much want everyone to share the same indwelling of the Spirit that animates their lives.
If you have encountered people like that, do not despair! You …


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[July 8, 2016 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Arron Gust

by Arron Gust
Recently the government of Canada passed bill C-384, a bill which allows Canadians the legal right to kill themselves. Interestingly, people on both sides of the issue remain upset. Those in support of physician-assisted suicide are upset because they feel the bill does not go far enough; those opposed continue to argue any legalization on the issue is immoral.
These are, of course, gross oversimplifications of the many concerns people hold on both sides, but as Christians who hear the Good Shepherd we have a Good Word to proclaim …


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