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[December 23, 2018 | No Comment | ]

WINNIPEG – After being installed as International Missions Executive of Lutheran Church–Canada, Rev. Mark Smith has jumped into the position with both feet.
Smith was installed on Tuesday, September 11th, and then attended a forum in Honduras later the same week along with representatives from The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) and Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua. There, Rev. Smith met with church representatives from Nicaragua to discuss the current situation in their country.
In October, following a meeting with Canadian Lutheran World Relief’s Board of Directors, Rev. Smith attended District Conventions in …

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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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[December 19, 2018 | No Comment | ]

By: Timothy Teuscher
“Put Christ back into Christmas!” It’s a familiar exhortation we often hear at this time of year—and for good reason. After all, “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” has become the socially accepted and politically correct form of greeting this time of year. And for an increasing number of people, Christmas is nothing more than a winter break from work and school, a time to buy things and exchange gifts, a time for Santa Claus parades in our communities, a time to be with family and friends—a time …

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[December 18, 2018 | No Comment | ]

by Jonathan Kraemer
Christmas, perhaps more than any other time of year, is when music fills the air. It is everywhere, in stores, on the radio, at children’s programs and choir concerts. Some of the songs are fun and fluffy, about sleigh rides and snow. Many of them, though, are very weighty, significant, and profound. For some, Christmas hymns might just be sentimental favourites, souvenirs of Christmases long past. But if we take a moment to stop and really think about the words we are singing, we will see how deep …

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