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[January 1, 2015 | Comments Off on Take a look in a book | ]

by Don Schiemann
In my seminary days I spent a fortune on books—at least it felt like a fortune. The twelve-volume set of Lenski’s commentary on the New Testament cost me $45! Every academic term, required textbooks steadily ate away at the savings I had accumulated at my summer jobs. Most of those books continue to serve me well and I don’t begrudge what they cost me back then or even now, as I still buy the occasional volume to enhance my library.
Things have changed since I graduated from seminary. Some …


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[October 10, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
Is it just me or have manners become a thing of the past? I recently read a novel in which the author sets part of his story back in the mid-to-late 1950s. As he describes the politeness of some of the young people, it struck me as something missing today. Attitudes and actions like being courteous and polite seem to have fallen by the wayside.
Part of this, I think, is due to the fact that manners are seen more and more by society as a sign of weakness. …


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[July 15, 2014 | One Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10: 29-31).
Placed appropriately on the windowsill that is located directly behind our kitchen sink is a piece of wood inscribed with the words: “Good morning! This is God! I will be handling all of your problems today!” I mentioned that this piece of wood …


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[July 9, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
Last summer, while I was driving north on Highway #9 just south of Stockholm, Saskatchewan, I passed by a marker at the side of the road. It intrigued me to the point that I turned the car around and headed back for a closer look, and to take this photo.
Like many places in Saskatchewan commemorating the arrival of the first settlers, this particular marker commemorates immigrants from Sweden and Norway who arrived on July 1, 1886, to homestead in the area. They established the first permanent settlement in …


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[July 7, 2014 | No Comment | ]

by Don Schiemann
It’s hard to avoid being a statistic nowadays. One way or another, we are all counted. Statistically, some of us tend to be in a certain age bracket; we will have certain political persuasions; we will be in favour of or against a certain candidate or proposal; we will have a greater or lesser propensity to heart disease or cancer; we will be a good or a dangerous driver. We could go on, but you get the idea.
There are some statistics which are universal and do not require …


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[October 18, 2013 | One Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”  (Luke 12: 32).
Is God set apart, or is God a part of our lives? One of the greatest miracles of life is the knowledge that God through Christ identifies Himself with us. We can become at one with Him. The Vicarious Atonement is proof of this promise—the Vicarious Atonement being the fact that Christ came to this earth as true God and as true man to be our substitute, to take our …


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