Religion

A single, most powerful word

January 11, 2018 at 3:00 am

Do you remember John Madden?Back in the day, Madden coached the Oakland Raiders from 1969 – 1978. This extends back to the days of the old American Football League. He led the Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI in 1977.Madden was inducted ...

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The best gift may be to lack gifts

January 05, 2018 at 3:00 am

Years ago, I heard something rather strange. I was told that the Christian Church does not exist for itself as much as does is for others. It took me a while to get my head around this. The more I thought about it though, the more it made s...

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Reflections on praying for peace during World War I

December 29, 2017 at 3:00 am

In 1917 the First World War, a war with no real reason and no clear goals, raged across Europe for a fourth miserable year. Russia was not only at war with outside forces but also within as the struggle for power in the country caused Nicho...

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Giving credit where credit is due

December 29, 2017 at 3:00 am

At Immanuel Lutheran Church, we planned for Christmas months in advance.The Advent-Christmas tree was put up in the sanctuary by Frank Duchow, Mel Martin and Lee Hall. It was decorated by Carolann Swartz and Shawlene Martin.Our Christmas Ca...

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What if we didn’t have Christmas?

December 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

Have you ever taken the time to think of the fact of why we celebrate Christmas on Dec. 25? What if that were not a reality, and Jesus had not been born in Bethlehem? I want you to ponder what our lives today might be like.If we did not hav...

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Ignoring gift-exchange rules

December 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

Many moons ago (1987), Jeanne and I were invited to a Christmas party. It was being held at a friend’s house.There were instructions on the invitation. Each person was to bring a “gag gift.” They would be anonymous. There was a $5 limit on ...

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Is your tree ready?

December 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

Is your tree up and decorated? A common question for this time of year. It sure wouldn’t seem like Christmas without decorated trees, would it? The Bible tells about many different kinds of trees. In the Gospel of John, Chapter 15, we find ...

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Peace is more than just absence of war

December 15, 2017 at 3:00 am

We typically think of “peace” as the absence of hatred, war, strife, prejudice and hostility in all of society. During this Christmas season we hear many people singing carols and proclaiming “peace on earth, good will toward men.” That’s g...

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O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree...

December 15, 2017 at 3:00 am

I put up the Christmas tree a while ago. It celebrates Christ’s birth.First of all, there is a wonderful ceramic manger scene. It is always placed at the center of the tree. This is what Christmas is all about. In my thinking, it is the mos...

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Do you have a favorite song?

December 08, 2017 at 3:00 am

In our household, when I was quite young, we had a record player. I don’t remember my exact age; perhaps I was 4 years old? It belonged to one or both of my older sisters. Looking back, I never did ask whose it was. I just knew that it wasn...

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