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[January 14, 2011 | No Comment | ]

by Edward Kettner
You likely heard (or read) that the Saskatchewan Court of Appeals denied the appeal of a marriage commissioner in Saskatchewan, so that he could refuse to marry homosexual couples on the grounds that his religious beliefs forbid him to do so. This pointedly raises the question for Christians, “What does a believer do when his or her job responsibilities conflict with their faith?”
The law of God clearly says that marriage is between one man and one woman in a lifelong union. “Same-sex marriage” is thus an oxymoron. But …


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[November 28, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Allen Schellenberg 
If you have attended my presentation Christian Estate and Will Planning, you have heard me share that I have been a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Richmond, B.C. for close to 54 years. Well, I’ve checked with my mother, and although close, that’s not exactly correct. I first started going to Trinity 54 years ago when a neighbour took me and others to VBS with her own children. My mother claims it wasn’t unusual back then for parents to pack eight or more kids into a large …


In: General, Insight

[November 9, 2010 | One Comment | ]

by Kurt Reinhardt
As the snow drifts across the ground in the open fields around Trinity Lutheran Church outside Kurtzville, Ontario, one lone dark tombstone stands up out of the white blanket like a sentinel in the back corner of the church’s cemetery. The grave stands alone near a large old maple tree that used to mark the back corner of the church property. This single grave is the only one in a new section for a special reason.
Almost a decade ago the family living beside the church decided to follow …


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[October 26, 2010 | No Comment | ]

by Warren Hamp
This year the costumes and plastic pumpkins were already in the stores by mid-August. Halloween is starting to look a lot like Christmas—the merchandising comes so early that the actual day might become a little anticlimactic for the kids.
It also gives Christian parents more time to think about how to respond to this annual festival of ghouls and goblins, pumpkins and, most of all, candy. How will our children celebrate this holiday? Will they or should they celebrate this holiday? (By the way, Halloween, is getting to be …


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[October 21, 2010 | One Comment | ]

by Robert Krestick

“What next!?, we are tempted to ask the Lord God Almighty. Our hearts are sickened as we consider the gut wrenching news of the horrible crimes committed by one man against so many unsuspecting victims. Two are dead and many more are “frightened to death.” How can a person do this in our calm and decent Canada?

We feel shock, fear and disgust along with disbelief as the media quotes family members who are convinced the devil is incarnate in that one human. Justice Robert Scott told the …


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[October 16, 2010 | One Comment | ]

by Judy Obelnycki
Anyone who knows me knows how much I appreciate Facebook. I have another reason for liking it so much. It is a great source of information. Through Facebook I became a fan of Concordia Publishing House (CPH) and met Pastor Paul McCain, CPH publisher. More than a year ago he sent out links to samples of The Lutheran Study Bible to everyone on the CPH fan list and followed up with a publication How to Use the Study Bible.
After carefully looking it over, I ordered my new Bible …


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