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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 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 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 …


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[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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[November 23, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
During a recent trip to visit relatives in St. Louis, we sat down to eat our evening meal in a restaurant with our nephew and his family. Early into the conversation, my grand-nephew noted that he had just begun attending his first year of confirmation class.
Through a number of questions I addressed to him, it became apparent that this announcement was not just “put on” to please Uncle/Pastor Paul, but contained actual excitement for what he was learning. As I sat there listening and taking it all in, …


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