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[June 22, 2017 | No Comment | ]
First Vice-President Timothy Teuscher

by Timothy Teuscher
Everything in the Christian church is so ordered that we may daily obtain full forgiveness of sins through the Word and through signs (i.e., the Sacraments) appointed to comfort and revive our consciences as long as we live.
These words from Luther’s Large Catechism are not only fitting words for us to hear as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, but they are also necessary words to take to heart and actually put into practice, especially in light of the present state of turmoil and …


In: District Presidents, East District News, Headline

[June 20, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Screen still from CBC's "Keeping Canada Safe" segment on Rev. D.J. Kim.

REGINA – The series, “Keeping Canada Safe” has begun on CBC. The purpose is to capture intimate and dramatic behind-the-scenes stories of the everyday heroes who keep our country secure—from first responders and professionals who do important work of which we often are not aware, to ordinary citizens driven to take action in the face of pressing needs.
A segment on the Regina Police Services features the Central District chaplain Rev. D.J. Kim. The clip is available as a stand-alone digital moment being shared on social media.
Watch the short one-minute segment …


In: Central District News, Headline

[June 16, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Rev. Dr. Glenn E. Schaeffer

by Glenn E. Schaeffer
There was nothing secretive about Pentecost. Sounds of violent wind filled the house—a sign that the Spirit of the Lord was among them. Visible flames of fire rested on their heads fulfilling John the Baptist’s prophecy that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. Inspiring speech flowed from the lips of Jesus’ followers as they began to speak in a variety of foreign languages.
These Spirit-filled followers spilled out into the streets of Jerusalem! There was such a ruckus that God-fearing Jews in the city for …


In: ABC District News, District Presidents, Headline

[June 15, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Stop-Famine-Together-web

CANADA – At the end of May, the Government of Canada announced that for every eligible donation made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities between March 17 and June 30, 2017, it will contribute an equivalent amount to the Famine Relief Fund.
More than 20 million children, women, and families in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Uganda are suffering and in need of urgent humanitarian aid and the Humanitarian Coalition’s member agencies are on the ground providing life-saving assistance. Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) is working with local …


In: Headline, International News, Mission News

[June 14, 2017 | No Comment | ]
Guardians-of-the-Galaxy-2

by Ted Giese
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is the continuing story of Peter Quill/Star Lord and his band of intergalactic misfit anti-heroes. In this installment of the Marvel franchise Quill finally meets his biological father who his mother insisted was “an angel composed out of pure light.” This extraterrestrial being named Ego turns out to be something called a “Celestial” and lives up to his name. The character Quill interacts with is only a manifestation of the real Celestial entity named “Ego the Living Planet.” Yes, that’s right, Quill’s …


In: Feature Stories, Headline, Movie Review

[June 12, 2017 | No Comment | ]
"Elijah in the Desert." (Washington Allston, 1818).

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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