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[June 21, 2018 | One Comment | ]

By Thomas Prachar
For the last while, I seem to be reminded again and again that I’m not as young as I used to be. My mind makes contracts my body can’t meet. I look forward to a dull evening. My knees buckle and my belt won’t. My back goes out more than I do. I know all the answers, but no one is asking me the questions. The other day I caught myself humming along with the elevator music. I got into a heated argument about pension plans. I had …


In: Central District News, District Presidents, District Presidents

[June 18, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By Paul Zabel
“After [Jesus] said this, He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.” (Acts 1:9)
Even though I have four children, all with their own children (my grandchildren) and all with their own homes, whenever any or all of them pile into the home in which my wife Judy and I live, I still think of them as “coming home.” I know how my own dad and mom felt whenever my three sisters or I returned with our families for a visit
to …


In: District Presidents, District Presidents, East District News

[February 26, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
And Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
 
In the Saturday, December 30, 2017 religion section of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record newspaper an article caught my attention. The title was: “How Declining Church Attendance Harms Society.” The author began by noting how the pews in most churches are noticeably fuller during the Christmas season. However, once the Christmas season is over, most churches return to “normal”—meaning that following Christmas, church attendance decreases …


In: Columns, District Presidents, District Presidents, Headline, Presidential Perspectives

[February 19, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
If you want to “break the ice” and begin talking to a complete stranger, one of the socially acceptable ways, at least currently, is to talk about the weather: “Cold enough for ya?” Everyone seems to have an opinion about the weather: “That was quite a storm we had last week!” We certainly like to complain about the weather: “It’s too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too windy, too humid, too…whatever!” And, of course, the weather always makes life more miserable for me because it has …


In: Columns, District Presidents, District Presidents, Headline

[May 2, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
My friend, Roger Miller, died a few years ago after a lengthy fight with cancer, but he died “convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus my Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
Roger loved to fish. One of my fondest fishing memories involving Roger occurred when he and I, with our friend, Tom, …


In: ABC District News, District Presidents, District Presidents, Headline

[April 19, 2017 | No Comment | ]

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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