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[December 22, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Thomas Prachar
After roughly 135 of these columns for The Canadian Lutheran, it’s time to say, “auf wiedersehen.” Rather than translating the German as “good-bye,” I prefer, “until we see each other again.”
As a new Church Year begins with the season of Advent, our focus turns to preparing our hearts for Christ’s arrival into our world. We prepare our hearts to remember His coming as a baby in Bethlehem. In addition, we prepare our hearts to celebrate His Second Coming. At the end of time, Jesus as our victorious King …


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[December 21, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Paul Zabel
“But they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil hearts, and went backward and not forward.” (Jeremiah 7:24)
One of the curious experiences I encounter as I travel the countryside of southern Ontario is the constant maneuvering through what are called “roundabouts” along the highways and byways. Not only are these roundabouts found on a number of the main roads of the municipality in which I live and work, but these “highway conundrums” are popping up …


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[December 20, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Glenn Schaeffer
In Jesus’ name
The days of our lives pass as sand through an hourglass. It is useless to try to stop the relentless march of time. As the hymn writer Isaac Watts put it, “Time, like an ever-rolling stream, soon bears us all away; we fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the op’ning day” (LW 180:5). Certainly time rolls on and before we know it, death is knocking at our door. But is it true that we will soon be forgotten like a dream?
Every son of Israel was …


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[October 30, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Glenn Schaeffer
Martin Luther’s favourite psalm was Psalm 118, of which he wrote, “This is my own beloved psalm… I fell in love with this psalm especially… Would to God all the world would claim this psalm for its own, as I do!”
High above the plains and rolling hills of Bavaria in southern Germany rises Coburg Castle. Today’s visitor walks into the courtyard to find a massive sculpture of Martin Luther holding a Bible. Luther lived in Coburg Castle from the end of April 1530 to the beginning of October. …


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[October 25, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Paul Zabel
“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
(Proverbs 22:6)
Now that the new school year has begun and children are once again attending classes, notices are appearing, it seems, just about everywhere, for motorists to be especially on the lookout for children on their way to and from school. Safety messages are included on a regular basis in television commercials, on billboards, and even on electronic messaging boards on major thoroughfares and freeways. However, no matter …


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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 …


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