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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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[November 17, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
Who wrote the following words?
“We live on earth for no other purpose than to be helpful to others. Otherwise it would be best for God to take away our breath and let us die as soon as we are baptized and have begun to believe. But He lets us live here in order that we may lead other people to believe, doing for them what He has done for us.”
If you answered “Martin Luther” then you are “smarter than a fifth grader!”
Luther’s name is not usually listed …


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[October 11, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
Well, I missed it again—and so did you! David Meade of Wisconsin predicted that our world would end on September 23, 2017 as a rogue planet called Nibiru crashed into Earth. Originally, this planet was to arrive in 2003 but was delayed until 2012. Five years later, the planet Nibiru still poses no threat because it doesn’t exist. NASA issued a statement in 2012: “If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth…astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the …


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[August 23, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Paul Zabel
“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.” – Isaiah 42:16
Although Helen Keller was blind to the sun which shines in the sky, the eyes of her soul enabled her to capture a sunshine for her life which no one was able to take …


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[August 21, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
One aspect of Reformation history that is not commemorated as much by Lutherans is the presentation of the Augsburg Confession. The editor’s introduction to the Reader’s Edition to the Augsburg Confession says:
“On Saturday, June 25, 1530, at three o’clock in the afternoon, Dr. Christian Beyer stood, walked toward the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire, Charles V, and began reading the Augsburg Confession in a loud and distinct voice. Through the open windows a hushed crowd outside in the courtyard hung on his every word, as did the …


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[July 11, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Thomas Prachar
I have this annoying habit that when someone presents me with a gift, I am at a loss as to how to respond. If it’s not Christmas or my birthday (or maybe even if it is), I don’t know how to receive a gift from another. My first reaction is probably to say, “Oh, you shouldn’t have!” I say that sometimes only to be polite when I really don’t like or want that particular gift. Or I say those words because, well, in this situation that’s what people …


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