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[December 13, 2016 | No Comment | ]

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 | ]

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 | ]

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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[June 22, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58).
Almost everybody likes a good mystery, but few of us are comfortable with an unsolved mystery. We get itchy! We want to figure it out and resolve it. During the week of Pentecost and prior to Trinity Sunday, my wife, Judy, and I had an opportunity to travel to Greenwood, Indiana and spend some time with my parents. My mother is an avid reader and some of the books that she enjoys …


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[April 12, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar

A pastor had just celebrated an early Easter morning service at one point of his dual parish, and was on his way now to conduct the service at his second congregation. Suddenly, his car gave a groan and a bang, finally coming to a stop. With his cell phone in hand and with Easter joy still in his heart, the pastor began his call for assistance with the traditional Easter greeting, “Christ is Risen!” The operator was silent for just a moment, and then replied, “Oh did He…really?”
Ah, …


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[April 8, 2016 | No Comment | ]

by Nolan Astley

St. Luke tells us the women went to Jesus’ tomb at “deep dawn.” That’s not exactly what most translations say, but the Greek word usually translated as “early” can also be translated as “deep.” Deep dawn, as in “it is always darkest just before the dawn.” At deep dawn the light and the dark are very close together. As the final deep darkness of night arrives, it seems as if things could go either way. In the deep dawn there will be either light or there will be …


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