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[February 26, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
And Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3).
In the Saturday, December 30, 2017 religion section of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record newspaper an article caught my attention. The title was: “How Declining Church Attendance Harms Society.” The author began by noting how the pews in most churches are noticeably fuller during the Christmas season. However, once the Christmas season is over, most churches return to “normal”—meaning that following Christmas, church attendance decreases …

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[February 19, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
If you want to “break the ice” and begin talking to a complete stranger, one of the socially acceptable ways, at least currently, is to talk about the weather: “Cold enough for ya?” Everyone seems to have an opinion about the weather: “That was quite a storm we had last week!” We certainly like to complain about the weather: “It’s too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too windy, too humid, too…whatever!” And, of course, the weather always makes life more miserable for me because it has …

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[February 12, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Timothy Teuscher
When I was elected president, I mentioned to the convention that I wasn’t even sure what I was supposed to do. After receiving a crash-course on the many things that needed to be done, I went from being uncertain to being greatly overwhelmed. Fortunately, Dr. Luther came to my rescue as I remembered his cryptic and profound words: “We serve God best by doing nothing.”

He spoke those words in connection with one of the most shocking sections in all of Holy Scripture—the account of Jesus’ visit to the …

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[February 5, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
In his Gospel Luke says, “They pulled their boats up on shore, and left everything and followed Him” (Luke 5:11). Mark tells us that, “[James and John] left their father in the boat with the hired men and followed Him” (Mark 1:20). Peter, Andrew, James, and John left their boats because they knew they could not catch the lost fish of the world by remaining in their boats.
To catch lost fish, fishers of men have got to get out of their boat! If we’re going to be serious …

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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 …

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[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 …

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