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[January 5, 2018 | No Comment | ]

In a galaxy too close to home…
by Ted Giese
In Star Wars: Episode VIII–The Last Jedi (2017), Resistance warrior Rey (Daisy Ridley) continues her mission to convince the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to return from his self-imposed exile to assist the Resistance in its fight against Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis), his apprentice Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson), and the First Order. Despite suffering great losses, Luke’s sister Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), leads the Resistance’s escape from its now-exposed secret base. With the First Order …

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[December 20, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart, that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee.
– The Lutheran Hymnal (TLH) 85:13
This is my favourite verse from Luther’s Christmas hymn, “Vom Himmel Hoch,” or “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come.” In the first five stanzas, Luther has the angel proclaim the message of Jesus’ birth. The remaining nine stanzas contain the response of the shepherds, as well as what this all means for a sinful world.
If one were to speak this stanza instead …

In: District Presidents, Headline

[December 18, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Robert Bugbee
This Christmas may turn out to be a disappointment for you. It has happened to others before. It may have happened to you in the past. People imagine a picture of what a “good Christmas” ought to be. If it doesn’t end up looking or feeling that way, the season may leave you behind deflated, or even a little disgusted. It can happen if your notion of a “good Christmas” means you have to re-create Christmases you had at some earlier time… when friends and loved ones lived …

In: Headline, Presidential Perspectives

[December 15, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart; and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:29).
We are coming upon that time of year when many people often become anxious and begin to worry—even people who normally do not let things adversely affect them. Some of the reasons often cited for this include reduced sunlight and colder weather during this time of year. Then there is the increased difficulty of travelling on the roads that oftentimes become covered …

In: District Presidents, East District News, Headline

[December 12, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
The Christmas radio commercial went something like this: “A common greeting during this holiday season is ‘Wishing you all the best of the season.’ Do you know where to receive the ‘best of the season’?” The advertiser, a Toronto-based diamond store, suggested the “best of the season” was found at their store.
Is the “best of the Christmas season” found in a jewelry store? Is the “best of the season” seeing the magical glow in the eyes of our young children on Christmas morning? Is the “best of …

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[December 8, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Ted Giese
The Star (2017) is a lighthearted kind animated family film from Affirm Films, a subsidiary of Sony Pictures. Set during the nine months leading up to the birth of Christ, The Star tells the story of a young donkey and a little white dove who dream of getting out of Nazareth to join the Royal Caravan. With the help of Dave the dove, the donkey escapes his monotonous life at the mill and finds himself living under the roof of the newly-married Virgin Mary and Joseph. In their …

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