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My mom has an old rocking chair in the back room of the house. She got the chair from her grandmother, my great-grandmother, whose home in Louisiana is one of the greatly treasured places of my childhood memories. That rocking chair had been passed on to Grandma from someone in her family, m…

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I heard a story once about a priest who had a terrible dream one night. He found himself in his parish tool shed when the devil appeared to him and began recounting his ways of misleading souls. The devil brought out a large tool box with the word pride written on it saying: “This is what br…

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It happened last Sunday about noon. My wife and I, her sister, and Pop, my wife’s 95- year-old father, were heading home from a wonderful family reunion held at a camp called Inspiration Point on Spitzer Lake in western Minnesota. I was driving with Pop in the front. His eyes looked closed, …

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So what does immigration policy and practice have to do with spirituality? When one does a study in the Bible on this topic it becomes clear that they are very related. I wouldn’t necessarily have thought so earlier in my life, but two things happened to me that helped me understand this Bib…

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Aren’t you glad that despite our imperfections God still chooses to love us? God has grace for us, and nothing can separate us from His love. I love what we find in Romans 8:38-39 which reads,

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As you read this article, you have just enjoyed the many festivities of 4th of July. The parades, bands, fireworks, food stands, gatherings with friends, music, cabins, ball games, barbecues, chilling on the deck etc all contribute to a grand old time. I remember when I was 12 years old, we …

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“Nature reveals God’s mind and imagination, and scripture reveals God’s heart and will,” — Peter Kreeft

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The Summer Reading Program is here! Down below you will see a full month’s worth of awesome library programs for all ages. A heartfelt thank you goes out to our kind and generous donors. Your thoughtful contributions help keep our community healthy and happy.

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Have you ever wondered if laws are helpful? I mean if a person is intent on doing bad, will a law change their mind? Why do we have laws anyway? In short I would say laws are in place to help people understand the boundaries for safety and to avoid chaos and anarchy.

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Life has its many storms that sometimes we sense coming. Other times they catch us by surprise. I think that we can all agree that there have been times when we bring them on ourselves and other times, they come for no other reason than life brings difficult times. Life isn’t fair and no one…

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I recently read a part of the Bible written by a man named John who was one of Jesus’ closest followers. In the letter he wrote to all Christians of his day these words: I John 2:15-17: Don’t love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Fat…

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The Gurkhas are soldiers from the nation of Nepal who over the past 200 years have frequently been a part of the British Army. Gurkha regiments have often been noted for outstanding combat skills and extraordinary bravery. In 1964 the British were aiding the Malaysians in a battle against In…

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Today we, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, will lay to rest a blessed matriarch.

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When it comes to addictions, we often divide people into two groups: those who are prone to addictions and those who aren’t. Perhaps this is not a real helpful understanding. What if we are all prone to a weakness or weaknesses of some kind? Who has not “overdosed” on one of their favorite f…

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This Sunday, the 12th of May, is significant to me in two ways. First, it is Mother’s day and I celebrate my 32nd. Secondly, it is my dad’s birthday. He will celebrate his 77th birthday in Heaven as he passed away 27 years ago. Hopefully, we all think about our mom’s love for us as well as o…

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I am not one of the soldiers who pounded the nails through Jesus’ body in order to attach him to the cross. I am not the one who fashioned a crown of thorns for him. I did not whip him. I am not the one who shoved a spear into his side to prove that he was dead.

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It is with some trepidation that I write this pastor’s column as LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) issues are rocking my church and every major Protestant denomination in America. Splits have taken place among the Episcopalian Church, Presbyterian Church USA, Evangelical…

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Have you ever really wondered why Easter is celebrated by Christians? You may know the facts about Easter – that Jesus Christ died by crucifixion, was buried and that He arose from the grave three days later – but why do we celebrate that? Crucifixion was one of the most brutal, painful ways…

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Some of my fondest memories have come from camping trips in the Boundary Waters. Every group I have gone with always has the same travel plan. The trip begins with a day or two of marathon-like canoeing and portaging, in order to arrive at a previously chosen, remote destination. We remain a…

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I am selfish. I recently got back from a vacation that was intended to be in sunny Florida until my kids began to cry as we were just getting past the Hibbing city limits. I literally prayed and asked God for patience. He really didn’t answer my prayer in the way I would’ve liked. Instead, h…

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What are you afraid of? I ask you this to mimic Jesus’ question to the disciples on the boat during a horrific storm that he eventually calmed in Matthew 8. However, I also ask this question because I have a feeling that we are not always aware of how significant the role fear plays in our l…

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Most of us are in need of rest, probably a deeper rest than we can imagine. We are just too busy. Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, or maybe it’s simply in our DNA to work and play too hard. We aren’t a sedentary culture that I know of! We are on the move! So It’s no surprise that people are…

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What if the Allies had lost World War II? “The Man in the High Castle” is a popular television series set in a world where Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan were victorious and now occupy the United States. Watching the series inspired Professor Jeremiah Johnston to consider another “what if” …

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Who doesn’t love a good story? When we were young, many of us begged our parents to tell us a bedtime story. They were the spiritual comfort food we needed for a good night’s sleep. Jesus, in his walk on this Earth, shared illustrations (parables) to challenge us and encourage us to act diff…

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I am disappointed today. My church, the United Methodist Church, voted on Tuesday against a plan to make it possible for gays and lesbians to serve in our clergy ministries. We had an opportunity to preserve unity in the church by allowing each one to act on this matter based on their own co…

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There seems to be two ways of getting out of bed in the morning. One way is characterized by immediately saying, “Good morning God.” The other way is by saying, “Good God, it’s morning.” The latter response is sometimes how we feel, since the prior day ended with still plenty of things in ou…

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Dave Simmons, in his book “Dad, The Family Coach” writes of an occasion when he took his 8-year-old daughter Helen and 5-year-old son Brandon to the Sears store. As they drove up to the store, there was an eighteen-wheeler parked with a big sign saying: “Petting Zoo.” “Daddy, Daddy. Can we g…

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Two things prompted me to write on this topic — the polar vortex that swept down on northern Minnesota the last week of January and the controversy over our American president giving the State of the Union address from Washington D.C.

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People have all kinds of opinions about when life begins, but when we look to scripture we see that God begins to interact with individuals as soon as conception takes place. I just want to share a few thoughts from scripture with you that share how God not only valued life from the time of …

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We are now officially in the second half of winter. There is still plenty of time for outdoor winter activities, and soon winter sports tournament season will be front and center. Also, Super Bowl celebrations are nearing (I may even watch the game. I am trying to remember who played last ye…

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Merriam Webster defines the following two words almost the same; ‘Heritage - something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor,’ and ‘Legacy - something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past.’

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Do you ever sit back and think, where am I going in life? Why am I doing the things I do not want to do and the things I want to do I do not do them, those things you aren’t doing that would get you out of the rut of life you are currently in? Instead those mistakes you want to walk away fro…

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As I was sitting here by my computer on Christmas Day, thinking about this past year and what I should write for the article I needed to submit to the Tribune tomorrow, all that came to me were questions to ponder. So with that here are some questions to ponder as a Christian. In the past ye…

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Greeting friends at the store, guests coming through your door, Christmas Eve clutter all over the floor, so many goodies galore, and much more…I believe in celebrating Christmas! I love celebrating Christmas! One may think “But pastor, isn’t Christmas about the birth of the Messiah?” Yes it…

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Earlier in the week my wife shared with me a Facebook post entitled Heart Threads [uncut] that featured an emotional Bob Dole being helped from his wheelchair to give a final salute to fellow WWII veteran war hero, and 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush as the former Presi…

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Luke 2:11-14: For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and…

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After all the hustle and bustle of black Friday and Thanksgiving, how about taking time to rest and get some soul care. It’s important to take care of yourself with the continued winter hustle happening right before our/your eyes. Holiday parties, holiday get together with family and friends…

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Thankfulness is on my mind today. I’m writing this article on the Monday before Thanksgiving and I’ve been reading a few articles that have titles like Ten Things I’m Thankful For.

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Later this week one of the great traditions of our community will begin at 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Thursday Thanksgiving Day at St. Leo’s Hall in the Assumption Catholic School.

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ABC’s Wide World of Sports was a popular Saturday afternoon TV show for many years. It was well known for it’s dramatic opening which depicted “the thrill of victory ... and the agony of defeat!” I often think of that expression in the days following an election. For the winning candidates a…

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I remember the first time I was put into a serious leadership role. After a year and a half into Civil Air Patrol, a civilian auxiliary of the Air Force, my squadron promoted me to Cadet First Sergeant. So, each night most of the other cadets – youth C.A.P. members – were my responsibility. …

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During my senior year of high school, my siblings and I organized a play called The Production of Life. After my older brother wrote a full length play, he gave everyone roles, we rehearsed our lines, and we were ready to pull the curtain back for our first show. The stage lights were lit to…

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Have you ever went to the movie theater to see the new comedy that was playing expecting it to be hilarious, but when it was over you were disappointed at not busting a gut? Or have you ever been really excited for something to happen, only to find yourself disappointed that is wasn’t at all…

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God of the sparrow, God of the whale, God of the swirling stars. How does the creature say Awe? How does the creature say Praise?

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The teacher asked her class, “Which is a bigger problem in our society, ignorance or apathy?” One smart mouth student replied, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.” I would submit that apathy is the bigger problem facing the Christian church today. A seemingly growing number of people simply “do…

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When I was young, I loved to pick agates. With my coffee can in hand (to store my precious finds), I would walk down old dirt roads, searching for those multi-colored gems, always hoping for that special one. It was like finding treasure!

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My dad has been self-employed for most of my life. For a while, he ran a small sawmill he bought, but that never became a money-maker in spite of the long hours and hard work he put into it. He had another business that did better, but there were years he didn’t make much money and years tha…

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John was told that a twin-engine plane would be waiting at the airport. Arriving at the airport, he spotted a plane warming up outside the hangar. He jumped in and said “Let’s go!” The pilot taxied and took off.

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CHISHOLM — The Hibbing Christian Women’s fall retreat committee is pleased to announce that Pam Magawa will be the keynote speaker at this year’s retreat. It will be held at Chisholm Assembly of God Church, 430 Iron Dr. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Pam will be speaking about lavish love and spirit…

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This Labor Day weekend we, as a nation, are laying a true American hero to rest — Sen. John McCain. Since he passed away a few days ago I have been watching TV documentaries and listening to radio programs documenting his distinguished life of service to our country. It appears he was a rath…

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