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[July 10, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.” This is the first prayer I memorized, with my mother’s help, when I was around three years old. It was the prayer I prayed every night in bed before I went to sleep. And then as I recall, after I prayed this short prayer, I attached this addendum: “And God bless mommy and daddy and Bobby (my …

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[May 11, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
“Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a spring; his branches run over the wall.” (Genesis 49: 22)
Chapter 49 in the Book of Genesis is often referred to as the “Blessing of Jacob.” And rightly so, for in this chapter of Scripture, Jacob blesses his sons before his death. We do not have enough space here to grasp the central thought in the blessing pronounced upon each of Jacob’s twelve sons. In this article I would like to call your attention to how mightily Jacob’s son, …

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[April 14, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by Donald Schiemann
We celebrated Easter at church this morning,” the eight-year-old said to his parents. “We talked about Jesus rising from the dead!” “But wait a minute,” the father said, “this is October. Easter doesn’t happen until April next year.” The little boy responded, “But our Sunday school teacher taught us that every Sunday is a little Easter and in our church service we worship Jesus who rose from the dead.”
The Sunday school teacher was right on. The Early Church chose to worship on Sunday because that is when Jesus …

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[February 18, 2015 | Comments Off on President Schiemann on ABC District situation | ]

by Donald Schiemann
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
At some time or another everyone faces a major crisis in his or her life. It could be entirely of one’s own making; it could be entirely the result of another’s actions; it could be a combination of the first two; but it is always the result of the fact that we live in a sinful world. Apart from trying to understand our circumstances and the people involved, a common question at times like these is “Where is God in all of …

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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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