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[August 8, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Mathew Block
There is prepared on high My heritage, my lot;
Though here on earth I sink and die, My heaven shall fail me not.
Though here my days are dark, And oft my tears must rain,
Whene’er my Saviour’s Light I mark, Lo, all is bright again.
So wrote Paul Gerhardt , that great luminary among Lutheran hymnwriters, in 1650 (the translation is Catherine Winkworth’s). Like so many of those hymns penned by Gerhardt, the words here are a comfort to those facing dark days, whether in their personal lives or when they …


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[February 13, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Lenora Buffi
We are creatures of habit, aren’t we? And those pesky bad ones are extremely hard to break. Just ask anyone who has tried to lose a few pounds, or stop biting their nails, or count to ten instead of letting anger erupt in a curse word. The truth is that supplanting bad habits with good ones is nearly impossible.
I’ve certainly had my fair share of bad habits and one of the worst was neglecting God’s Word. Therefore, when our church started a daily Bible reading program covering the …


In: Columns, Headline, Table Talk

[December 4, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
With this issue of the magazine, I say farewell. For a little more than six years now I’ve served as editor of The Canadian Lutheran and communications manager for Lutheran Church–Canada (LCC). The past year and a half of that have actually been in a deployed capacity, as changes in my wife’s employment took us to rural Manitoba. Now seems the right time to step back and let another take up the reigns.
This is a period of change for LCC. Our president of many years is returning to …


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[October 27, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
Jesus had withdrawn from the crowds to pray, and His disciples were with Him. He turned to them and asked a simple question: “Who do the crowds say I am?”
The answers were varied: John the Baptist, Elijah, or some other prophet risen from the dead.
He turned the question then from others to the disciples themselves. “But who do you say that I am?” And here it is that St. Peter made his great confession: “The Christ of God” (read the story in Luke 9:18-20).
It is a confession that …


In: Headline, Reformation 500, Table Talk

[August 14, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
Our world is in a constant state of change. Flash back ten years: cell-phones were used primarily for texting and making phone calls. Today they are as much computers as phones, used for browsing the web, playing games, listening to music, and watching the latest show.
Twenty-five years ago the internet was in its infancy. Today we’re entering the “internet of things” era, in which everything—phones, televisions, thermostats, home alarm systems, and more—are integrated and communicate with each other.
Fifty years ago colour television was a novelty, seventy-five years ago …


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[June 12, 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
The Prophet Elijah was hiding in a cave when the Word of God came to Him and asked him what he was doing. “I have been very jealous for the LORD, the God of hosts,” Elijah said. “For the people of Israel have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword, and I, even I only, am left, and they seek my life to take it away” (1 Kings 19:10). The despair he feels is evident. Not much earlier, in fact, he …


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