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A long time ago a family settled in Haran. This family is known in the book of Genesis. It was Abraham’s father’s family who traveled and settled in this location. After Abraham’s father died, Abraham began to hear voices. Eventually, he came to believe those voices were a call from God, and…

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One Sunday we heard the story of the four fishermen, two sets of brothers, being called to follow Jesus. They went willingly and immediately. We considered how we are called in our personal lives.

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There seems to be a growing number of people who advocate that people reject Christianity because it is a negative influence in our culture. However, that charge seems to be contradicted by empirical evidence. A few years ago, Professor Arthur C. Brooks wrote a book entitled Who Really Cares…

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Question that we often ask ourselves is how and what we are supposed to do to become a better person. The answer is simple. We need to reexamine ourselves, to stop judging others, to help where we can, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. For if we do not respect and appreciate our neighbo…

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Suppose I told you to grab a shovel, walk ten paces due north, then turn west and walk another fifteen paces. Now dig! What will you find? Most of you would find dirt, rocks, and tree roots. The unlucky ones would hit a power cable or gas line. I doubt that anyone would find treasure. Who re…

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We all desire happiness. We look for happiness in many places, searching. We find ways that make us happy for a moment, but then the moment is gone. And we are left to realize what we thought would make us happy didn’t. Our experience of life causes us to stop and settle for less. We settle …

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I recently saw a You Tube video of a little boy dressed in a cape who came flying down the stairs only to hit and tumble on the last few steps. Upon reaching the bottom he stands up quickly as if all had gone according to plan. Then came his father’s words: “I don’t think you should ever do …

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I guess that we are all sorting out our thoughts and calories after Christmas. During the last number of days, most people have seen a lot of gatherings, nice presents, family, friends, hugs, many delicious meals, too many cookies, Holiday traditions, ethnic goodies and meals, wrapping paper…

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When we look at scripture we find hundreds of prophecies from the Old Testament about the Messiah that God was going to send. Then as we read through the New Testament we see Jesus’ birth, life, death, and resurrection being the fulfillment of every prophecy that was foretold of the coming M…

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Christmas! Gifts! These two words seem to go hand in hand. And they should as Christmas celebrates the greatest gift ever given to humanity. This gift came through the birth of Jesus in the person of Jesus. This gift was God choosing to not let us experience the results of our choices, our s…

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I love Christmas. I love everything at about it. The church services, the music, the decorations. I love hot cocoa, carols, Christmas trees, Christmas specials, candle light worships, family, togetherness, everything--, I love it. I remember as a child looking forward to Christmas Eve and I …

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In our news of late we have heard rhetoric of negative comments of modern day Americans who should be ashamed of themselves for looting and pillaging the American Indian. The complaints point all the way back to the Pilgrims who are called, in some case, invaders. Please do not misunderstand…

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What does the word magnify mean? It may mean one of two things: “To make something look bigger than it is,” or “To see something bigger than it is.” So, in view of understanding what the word magnify can mean, what is your view of God? Is He made out to be bigger, stronger and better than wh…

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One of the most radical Bible texts is found in 2 Corinthians 3:17 where Paul states, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom.” Just a casual glance at human history tells us that this is not the easiest concept for humans to grasp and implement in our societies. From the Bible tim…

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A little over a week ago many celebrated Halloween by going trick-or-treating with family and friends. Many costumes were harmless pumpkins, turtles, animals of all sorts, or cute creatures. While others dressed as ghosts, witches, grim reapers, and hosts of other ghoulish creatures that are…

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As I reflect on this past spring, summer, and fall, there are so many good memories with God, with people, and in nature. As I am writing part of this, I am at the cabin, in my office, sitting in my chair on the end of the dock. The sunshine is shining brightly today, and flooding everything…

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I remember sitting on my Grandma’s lap, and with folded hands - with fingers strategically placed inward – hearing her give me the rhythmic chant to the tri-fold movement of folded hands…

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“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” Romans 8:37

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I encourage you to read Psalm 77. How many of us are really connected to the Lord as our source of life? At a recent family gathering of over 25 people. I saw a collection of people of different ages and in different stages of life. Some were young parents, some were looking for jobs, some w…

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Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson. It was published on September 27, 1962. The spring was silent because the birds were being killed off by pesticides. Rachel Carson had researched the use of pesticides and wrote about the damage that pesticides were doing to the environment.

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In the course of life and ministry I’ve seen numerous devices to monitor a person’s health, and experienced a few myself. Many people use devices to check their blood pressure or blood sugar on a regular basis. Other vital functions of the body may be tested or monitored by medical professio…

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It’s that time of year when the seasons are changing. People are talking about the fact that summer is over and that colder months are coming. You smell the difference in the air becoming brisker, the leaves on trees changing and falling to the ground. The smell of apple and pumpkin fill hou…

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What if a headline in the Hibbing paper came right out of Luke’s gospel and it read, “Bent woman healed on the Sabbath.”

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My home church in Deerwood has a driveway that runs around the church building. I had a dream once, that it was a drive-thru, but not for coffee or food, but for the Sunday sermon.

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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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