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[April 16, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
“Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)
A number of years ago my father-in-law wove together a crown of thorns that I attached to a cross which was placed in the chancel of our church during the season of Lent. That cross was formed from the trunks of two Christmas trees which had stood on each side of the altar during the Christmas season. In subsequent years, I had my father-in-law fashion a second crown of thorns to be placed …


In: District Presidents, Headline, Presidential Perspectives

[April 11, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
One of my favourite Easter hymns is a simple, easy-to-sing hymn that has been like a dear, old friend who visits often during the Church calendar, but especially at Easter. The hymn begins and ends with the phrase: “I know that my Redeemer lives” (LSB 461). It is based on Job’s words, “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall …


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[April 9, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn Schaeffer
Every year thousands of people climb a mountain in the Italian Alps passing by the Stations of the Cross to stand before an outdoor crucifix. One tourist noticed an indistinct trail that led beyond the cross. Fighting through a thicket, he discovered a shrine that symbolized the empty tomb of Jesus. The shrine was neglected and overgrown with brush. Visitors had gone so far as the cross, but stopped there.
The story of Jesus Christ as our Saviour does not stop with His death. As essential as Jesus’ crucifixion …


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[April 6, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Timothy Teuscher
“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, Jesus came and stood among them” (John 20:19). So we read in St. John’s Gospel concerning the first Easter—the appointed Gospel read every year on the Second Sunday of Easter whether from the three-year lectionary series used in most of our congregations or the old one-year series. And for good reason; after all, this familiar account is, in a sense, the first Divine Service of the New Testament church—one repeated on every Lord’s …


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[April 1, 2018 | No Comment | ]

“He is risen. He is risen indeed!” With those traditional and familiar words, I extend my greetings to all the pastors and members of Lutheran Church–Canada congregations and pray that your ears would hear anew, your hearts be warmed and comforted, and your minds enlightened by the Easter message of the angel at the empty tomb, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here” (Mark 16:6).
In an Easter sermon the Reformer, Martin Luther, speaks of the empty tomb of …


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[March 27, 2018 | 2 Comments | ]

Thoughtful exploration of mercy, forgiveness, and love
by Ted Giese
When watching Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018) viewers will be well served to remember St. Paul’s words to the early Corinthian Christians: “But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27). Most people don’t think much of Christian films and studios yet Sony Pictures’ division Affirm Films wouldn’t be dedicated to producing them had Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) not …


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