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[October 23, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Thomas Prachar
The title for this post comes from LSB 733 v.1, and is the theme for our last Central District Convention in Winnipeg. By the time you read this article, the convention will have passed into the history books.
Beginning in 1922 as the Manitoba-Saskatchewan District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the first convention was held in MacNutt, Saskatchewan. Later, the district adopted a name change to “The Central District” as congregations in Northwestern Ontario were welcomed from the LCMS Minnesota North District. Throughout our 96 years, our gracious Lord …


In: Central District News, District Presidents, Feature Stories, Headline, Presidential Perspectives

[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 …


In: District Presidents, District Presidents, East District News, Headline

[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

[June 25, 2018 | No Comment | ]

Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
By Glenn Schaeffer
What Canada needs is salt and light. Jesus says to us, “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:13, 14). Salt impedes decay. Salt preserves and seasons. Light is necessary for life. Light revitalizes. Light refreshes.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Flight into the invisible is a denial of the call. A community of Jesus which seeks to hide itself has ceased to follow Him.” St. Paul writes, “We were buried with Jesus through baptism into death in order that, just as …


In: ABC District News, District Presidents, District Presidents, Feature Stories, National News

[June 21, 2018 | One Comment | ]

By Thomas Prachar
For the last while, I seem to be reminded again and again that I’m not as young as I used to be. My mind makes contracts my body can’t meet. I look forward to a dull evening. My knees buckle and my belt won’t. My back goes out more than I do. I know all the answers, but no one is asking me the questions. The other day I caught myself humming along with the elevator music. I got into a heated argument about pension plans. I had …


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