Religion

Jesus gives liberty and justice for all

February 16, 2018 at 3:00 am

When my daughter was 3, I took her with me to a small Christian book store to get a greeting card. After finding the one I wanted, I couldn’t find her. I asked several people if they had seen her. No one saw where she went. I called the pol...

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When you lose a parent

February 16, 2018 at 3:00 am

I can’t remember when I have felt this heavy-hearted. Seeing your father pass away is a difficult thing. Watching his steady decline right before your eyes. It is gut-wrenching.He lived 98 years on this earth. He had a full life. I keep rem...

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Jaime Jorge: Living for the glory of God

February 09, 2018 at 3:00 am

Jaime was 9 years old performing in a music competition. He did so well one of the judges said, “Jaime, you could win the competition if you gave up being a Christian.”Jaime was born in Cuba. When he was 4 years old, his mother introduced h...

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Double your pleasure, double your fun

February 02, 2018 at 3:00 am

Are you old enough to remember television commercials from the 1980s? If so, do you recall the one for Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum? It featured identical twins doing exactly the same thing, including putting a stick of Doublemint gum in their ...

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Jesus and politics crossed paths more than once

January 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

I have heard it said that Jesus had nothing to do with politics. For me, this is like claiming Jesus never took in a breath of air.In fact, every time Jesus made comments about Temple leadership, he was talking politics.In the Old Testament...

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Beware of the Bible Gnomes

January 19, 2018 at 3:00 am

I don’t know about you, but I tend to get cabin fever this time of year. Because of the winter weather, my outside activities have been temporarily curtailed: I’ve put away my macro lens camera until the spring. I haven’t been walleye fi...

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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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