Religion

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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The true meaning of Christmas

December 06, 2017 at 3:00 am

My mom, my wife and my daughter all like Hallmark Channel movies. I wonder about the girls in my life because although these movies are enjoyable, there is nothing new about any of them — you can see every plot development coming a mile awa...

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You’re my only hope

December 01, 2017 at 3:00 am

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope!” Remember these epic words spoken by Princess Leia in a hologram message in Stars Wars? In the midst of a hopeless situation, the princess of the Rebellion sends out a desperate message. As she ...

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Remember to treat others well

December 01, 2017 at 3:00 am

There are a couple of ways of saying this.“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, h...

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