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[August 31, 2018 | No Comment | ]

31 August 2018
TO: Pastors, Deacons and Congregations of Lutheran Church—Canada
FROM: Rev. Timothy Teuscher, President, Lutheran Church—Canada
RE: Restructuring Matters

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In our daily devotions over the past few months here at the synod office, we have been reading through the book of Acts – not only what Jesus continued to do and to teach by the Spirit through the apostles after His ascension into heaven, but what He continues to do and to teach by the Spirit in His church even today. One of the common refrains that …


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[August 22, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Paul Zabel
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).
How often in our lives do we leave untapped the great reservoirs God has provided for us? We think we can find the resources we need in our own strength, but we learn, painfully sometimes, that life would be much simpler if we would simply call upon our Lord to direct, lead, and assist us.
Once there was an old man who had no relatives or family but had some friends with …


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[August 20, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Thomas Prachar
As I approach retirement at the end of this calendar year, I’ve thought back to some of the first columns I wrote for The Canadian Lutheran. Ian Adnams (editor at that time) suggested that the three new district presidents write about what we had learned after our first year in office (September 2001). After eighteen years I’ve revisited that list with today’s comments in brackets. Fortunately, and in some cases unfortunately, the same is true today.

Our district has been blessed with many talented and dedicated people who love …


In: Central District News, District Presidents, District Presidents, Headline

[August 17, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By Glenn Schaeffer
“We do not preach ourselves, but we preach Jesus Christ as Lord” (2 Corinthians 4:5) writes St. Paul—and for good reason! Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is the Saviour of the world! Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus is the Bridge between God and us. Jesus is our Priceless Treasure.

In our bondage, Jesus is our Freedom.
In our blindness, Jesus is our Vision.
In our hunger, Jesus is the Bread of Life.
In our searching, Jesus is our Answer.
In our quest for love and acceptance, …


In: ABC District News, District Presidents, District Presidents, Headline

[August 10, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Timothy Teuscher
We who bear the name of Christ by virtue of our baptism are a new creation. And while we live in this world, we are not, as He says, to be “of the world” (John 17:14). St. John tells us not to “love the things of the world” (1 John 2:15). Likewise, St. Paul warns us against having “minds on earthly things” (Philippians 3:19).
At the same time, however, the First Article of the Creed reminds us that this world, even though it bears the effect of sin, is …


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[July 1, 2018 | One Comment | ]

Since this year Canada Day, July 1st, falls on a Sunday; I would encourage all the members of the congregations of Lutheran Church—Canada to mark this special day celebrating the confederation of our nation by doing first and foremost what the apostle Paul says to Timothy in his instructions concerning worship services. That is, “I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every …


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